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Netflix releases first look at Mindy Kaling’s new Indian American coming-of-age comedy

Screen capture of Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) in the first look trailer for Never Have I Ever via Netflix on YouTube.

The protagonist of Mindy Kaling’s latest project Never Have I Ever is the gods’ favorite Hindu girl in the San Fernando Valley, and Netflix is hoping she’ll be your favorite, too. 

On Thursday, the streaming service dropped its first look teaser for the coming-of-age comedy, which follows first generation Indian American teenager Devi Vishwakumar as she navigates “difficult situations due to her short fuse.” 

The trailer shows the high school sophomore praying in front of a Hindu shrine. Devi’s requests are simple: she wants an invite to a party where she can politely decline to do “alcohol and hard drugs,” less arm hair, and a boyfriend that is a “stone-cold hottie” rather than a nerd from one of her AP classes. 

Devi is played by 17-year-old actress Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, who will make her television debut with the show. According to Vulture, executive producer Kaling reviewed over 15,000 submissions in a nationwide open casting call before deciding on Ramakrishnan. 

Never Have I Ever is inspired by Kaling’s own upbringing in suburban Massachusetts and is set to drop on April 27 on Netflix. Watch the teaser below for a first look.

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