Mindy Kaling’s Untitled Netflix Series Casts Its Lead From Open Casting Call

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan will make her on-screen debut as Devi

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan
Tamil Canadian, Netflix

Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher’s untitled Netflix series has found its lead.

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan was chosen after Kaling put out a tweet for an open casting call for the role in April. Over 15,000 people responded to it. This will be Ramakrishnan’s first on-screen role.

The series, which was inspired by Kaling’s childhood, revolves around Ramakrishnan as Devi, who Netflix describes as an overachieving high school sophomore who has a short fuse that gets her into difficult situations.

Kaling’s casting call outlined two other roles for women of South Asian descent that have yet-to-be-announced  — one character in her mid-40s and one in her mid-20s.

Kaling (“The Office,” “The Mindy Project”) and Fisher (“The Mindy Project,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) are co-creators, co-writers, executive producers, and showrunners. Howard Klein (“The Office,” “Parks and Recreation”) David Miner (“30 Rock,” “Master of None”) and Tristram Shapeero (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) will also executive produce.

The 10-episode series is under Kaling’s deal with Universal TV, which she is leaving for a multi-year deal with Warner Bros. TV.

Kaling had been with Universal Television since getting her start on NBC’s “The Office.” She created “The Mindy Project” for the studio, which ran for a total of six seasons on Fox and Hulu, as well as the short-lived NBC comedy “Champions.” Her feature film, “Late Night,” from Amazon Studios is currently in theaters. Her limited series adaptation of “Four Weddings and a Funeral” premieres July 31 on Hulu.