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US Asian Comedy Hits UK Screens

Introducing The Mindy Project...

Posted: 02.04.13
US Asian Comedy Hits UK Screens

We’ve pretty much seen it all when it comes to Brit Asian TV – soaps, short films, sketch shows and comedies but we had no idea The States were also up on all things Desi until we heard about The Mindy Project.

America’s first ever sitcom with a South Asian lead, the programme is written by and stars actress and comedian Mindy Kaling and it premiered in the UK last week on E4.

Mindy plays Dr. Mindy Lahiri, a gynaecologist/obstetrician. The character is based on her mother, while the plot centres around her life as a single doctor and her mission to become the perfect woman with the perfect man…though as you’d expect, finding the man of your dreams is never an easy mission. In episode one she is dumped by her boyfriend, ends up in jail and goes on a date that doesn't end as well as she'd hoped it to.

You may recognise Mindy the star of the show from the US version of The Office, which she also co-wrote. She’s also starred in a string of Hollywood feature films including The 40-Year-Old-Virgin, Night In The Museum and The Five-Year Engagement and is the also the author of best-selling book Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me? (And Other Concerns). Add to that over two million followers on Twitter and you have one of the most famous Asian women in the world.

Although she’s not yet a household name in the UK, she’s well on the way to being, especially as The Mindy Project which first aired in the US last October has just been commissioned for a second series.

Watch The Mindy Project, Series 1, Tuesdays on E4 at 9.30pm.  

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