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Mindy Kaling’s ‘Never Have I Ever’ may have missed out on the Emmy’s but this coming-of-age comedy has managed to take home the People’s Choice Awards for the Best Comedy Show of 2020!
The show marks the debut of Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, a witty and extremely talented Indo-Canadian actress who is bound to make her mark in the industry. Ramakrishnan plays Devi Vishwakumar, an Indian-American high schooler in California trying to navigate boys, friends, popularity, the “perfect” cousin, and an overbearing desi mom, all the while struggling to cope with the sudden death of her father. Devi is so traumatized by her father’s death that she loses the ability to use her legs. With therapy and some motivation from a cute boy, Devi gets her legs back and she plans to make the most of her sophomore year. The show is loosely based on Kaling’s life growing up in Boston and reflects a unique perspective not seen on American televisions before. Though it is meant to represent the South Asian diaspora, the story is focused on all aspects that make Devi who she is, not only on her heritage, which is what makes this show so relatable for all.
Kaling and Ramakrishnan accepted the award on the team’s behalf at the People’s Choice Awards.
“I can’t believe we were nominated in such an amazing company,” Kaling said in her acceptance speech of the People’s Choice Awards. “We feel so grateful just to be with that group of shows. Thank you so much for this award and a huge thank you to Netflix and Universal TV. This means the world to us because it is coming from you, the fans. We set out to tell a funny story about an Indian American girl and her family and had no idea that we would get this response.”
‘Never Have I Ever’ saw a fantastic debut when it released this May in the midst of this pandemic. It didn’t take long for executives to realize it’s potential, and by July 1st, it was renewed for a second season. If you haven’t seen it yet be sure to binge-watch the show today!
Nila is a freelance journalist and Clinical Psychology Doctoral student who was born and raised in New York City. There is very little she loves more than Harry Potter marathons, pizza, 90s Bollywood, bagels, falooda, and her family. She hopes to use her powers for good by spreading mental health awareness and positivity in the South Asian community through her love of writing.