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Mindy Kaling Casts Toronto-Tamil Teen Maitreyi Ramakrishnan In New Netflix Series

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, a Toronto-Tamil teen makes her screen debut as Devi, a modern-day, first-generation South Asian American teenage girl, in Kaling's upcoming series inspired by her upbringing.

Mindy Kaling has filled the lead role for her untitled coming-of-age comedy at Netflix.

After an open casting call that drew 15,000 responses, Toronto newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan has been cast as Devi, an overachieving high school sophomore who has a short fuse that gets her into difficult situations.

Ramakrishnan will make her onscreen debut in the comedy inspired by actress/writer/producer Kaling's childhood as a first-generation Indian American teenage girl. At the time of her casting, Ramakrishnan had no representation, and is now repped by Sandra Gillis of Premier Artists' Management in Toronto.

Netflix gave a straight-to-series order for 10 episodes to the show created by Kaling, who will serve as a writer, executive producer and showrunner alongside Lang Fisher. Continue reading at The Hollywood Reporter.


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