Acclaimed Bollywood choreographer Nakul Dev Mahajan (“So You Think You Can Dance”) serves as the dance consultant and choreographer for the series, Disney Junior’s “Mira, Royal Detective,” an animated mystery-adventure series for preschoolers inspired by the cultures and customs of India.
In this featurette, the creative team behind the series discusses the approach to choreography that elevates the authentic storytelling of the show. The series debuts Friday, March 20th on Disney Channel (11:00 a.m. EDT/PDT) and on Disney Junior (7:00 p.m. EDT/PDT).
Set in the fictional land of Jalpur, the series follows the brave and resourceful Mira, a commoner who is appointed to the role of royal detective by the Queen. Along with her friend Prince Neel, a talented inventor, creative cousin Priya, and comical mongoose sidekicks Mikku and Chikku, Mira will stop at nothing to solve a case.
Each episode features two 11-minute stories spotlighting Mira as she utilizes critical thinking and deductive reasoning to help her family, friends and extended community. Whether it’s tracking down the culprit who stole the Queen’s crown or clearing the name of a falsely accused chicken, Mira believes that every case is important, no matter how big or small. She loves solving puzzles and has a gift for observation, which allows her to see situations from different perspectives.
Rooted in India’s vibrant heritage, each episode of “Mira, Royal Detective” weaves the country’s culture and customs into the storytelling. Shagorika Ghosh Perkins from IW Group serves as the series’ cultural consultant and consulting producer, weighing in on everything from costumes, music, food, and set design to specific holiday traditions and festivals.
Reflecting their importance in Indian culture, music and dance play an integral role in “Mira, Royal Detective.” Each episode features at least one original song and Mira’s signature recurring song, “We’re on the Case.” Both the songs and the underscore pair a variety of South Asian musical styles, including Bollywood, pop, classical, folk, fusion and more, with a classic Disney feel that will resonate with viewers of all ages around the world. The dance numbers also showcase the diversity of the culture, highlighting both northern and southern Indian styles, as well as big Bollywood routines.