The series, said to be loosely based on Kaling’s growing up years as an Indian American, tells the story of Devi, an overachieving high school sophomore who has a short fuse that gets her into difficult situations. Netflix says “Never Have I Ever,” is a “coming-of-age comedy about the complicated life of a modern-day first-generation Indian American teenage girl.” Poorna Jagannathan and Richa Moorjani star as series regulars.
Toronto native Ramakrishnan, who was selected from 15,000 applicants who replied to the open casting call that Kaling posted online, makes her television debut with the series.
Last year, Kaling told Variety that when Netflix approached her about doing a series on young Mindy, she told them she “wasn’t as interested in telling a period piece about an Indian girl growing up in the ‘80s.”
However she told them that “I’d love to do a show about a 15 year old Indian girl now.”
Kaling received a 10-episode order in March, after she signed a deal with Warner Bros. TV, after spending a decade and a half with Universal. The series is co-created by Kaling and Lang Fisher, who are also executive producers, along with Howard Klein and David Miner.
Since ending her six-season run as Mindy Lahiri on “The Mindy Project,” Kalings TV credits have included the short-lived NBC comedy “Champions” and a guest appearance on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” She also served as a writer and executive producer on Hulu’s “Four Weddings and a Funeral” miniseries, an adaptation of the 1994 film.
Kaling is also writing and showrunning HBO Max’s “College Girls,” a comedy about three freshman roommates at a college in Vermont. “A bundle of contradictions and hormones, these sexually active college girls are equal parts lovable and infuriating,” according to the official description.”
The first season of “Never Have I Ever” hits Netflix on April 27.