Never Have I Ever
Cast: Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Darren Barnet
Creators: Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher
Where to Watch: Netflix
Plot: An Indian American girl, Devi wants to lose her virginity to the hottest crush in her college (Paxton Hall-Yoshida). This movie is a fun ride on her adventures.
Mindy Kaling has been one of the foremost exponents of desi talent in Hollywood. Hence, when Mindy set her foot down to produce a 10-part dramedy series centering an NRI teen, expectations were sky-high.
Mindy made an open casting call last April for the series which can also be called her semi-autobiography. A year later when the 10-part series finally debuted on Netflix, audience was curious enough to see how much authenticity has been delivered as promised by Mindy.
The 10-episode series pivots around a 15-year-old girl (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) growing up in California’s San Fernando Valley and dealing with teenage pangs aggravated by issues pertaining to, while going beyond, chasing “perfect grades and killer test scores”, finding camaraderie and love, and dealing with a fretful single mom forever worried that her daughter might be hurtling down a ruinous path.
An amazing East Meets West drama!
However, this show has all possible cliches about India that the West already knows and what we Indians are desperate to shrug off. In its montage, the Taj Mahal crops up as does an elephant and a sadhu, possibly the most abused identifiers linked with India. But the icing on the cake are some beautiful visuals of Durga Puja. The placement sticks out because it makes no sense.
But hold your breath guys, as Never Have I Ever has the easy, charming disposition associated with Kaling’s comedic voice, armed with her affinity for creating likable characters and eye for an ensemble just like how she did in The Mindy Project. So, don’t let the clichés stop you from watching this easy-breezy show and get some laughs.