- Never Have I Ever is one of the latest hit sitcoms from Netflix.
- The show examines the trials and fallacies of a young Indian-American girl who has to balance the balance between teenage and personal tragedy.
- The show shows elements from Mindy Kaling's personal life.
This story contains spoilers from the first season of Never Have I Ever.
Never Have I Ever is about an Indian-American girl who is trying to control the millennial life while coping with a massive tragedy. With storylines that focus on the ups and downs of friendships, first loves and all-round fear of teenagers, the show pushes the right buttons for those who still miss the glorious days of Malcolm In The Middle.
While the show is clearly fictional, there are elements that point to the childhood of the adorably kitschy sitcom co-creator / co-writer: The Office Star Mindy Kaling. Throughout the show, there are hidden gems that explore their culture and mindset as they try to figure out their Indian identity. And if you were wondering what they are ̵
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Devi has a lot in common with Kaling.
As co-creator and co-author of the series, it is clear that Kaling incorporated some of her own personal details into the background story of her main character Devi. Like the young teenager on the show, Kaling grew up Indian-American (especially Indian-Tamil) and had a doctor for a mother. There was a twist that she implemented, namely that Devi suddenly lost her father on the show (a tough moment that comes early in season one). In real life, Kaling lost her mother to a fight against pancreatic cancer in 2012 when she was an adult.
The opening scene of the show comes directly from Kaling's teenage years.
In the first two minutes of the show, viewers watch Devi bow to the Indian characters (and a geometry textbook) on their bedroom dresser and pray for … seemingly trivial things, like going to a house party and one "Guy from a sports team" to be her boyfriend. Though it seems nonsensical, it turned out that Kaling did something similar as a teenager and wanted the Hindu gods to bless their car and textbooks.
"I loved the experience of creating this show," Kaling said to The Hindu . "And if people who see it can say," Oh my god, yes, me too, before my SATs have to pray to two gods, only two of whom I know what their business is "- that's a rewarding feeling. "
The show shows a holiday that Kaling is celebrating.
In the fourth episode of Never Have I Ever Devi reluctantly finds himself at a Ganesh Puja celebration and honors the Indian God to remove all personal obstacles (suitable for the young teenager). Since Devi shares a cultural background with Kaling, it makes sense for the show to offer such an outstanding holiday in Hindu religion.
"I grew up in a predominantly white community as an Indian and Hindu and did not feel comfortable with my Hinduism," said Kaling Netflix in an exclusive interview . "It is so colorful and inherently self-confident, even if I didn't feel safe. I think for the character of Devi we wanted her to feel the same way in this environment."
Kaling's father is a big fan of the Series narrator John McEnroe.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly tennis legend (and narrator!) John McEnroe revealed a very interesting reason for his involvement in the series. "I hear things sometimes where someone comes up to me and Mindy was like. "My parents were great tennis fans and they were watching you." That clearly gave the writer a seed, since it not only made McEnroe assume the role of the omniscient Viewer in the story, but also presented him in a cameo of the season finale.
Kaling loved to write a show and a character that she liked so much
Although the show is fictional, Kaling explained in an interview with Variety how she used experiences from other first-generation Indian-American countries to shape the story of the main character. "Our show is about a Tamil Indian girl and they are usually South Indians and dark skinned. I was lucky enough to be able to do a show about an Indian nerd who also behaved badly to show it because I was with [the storyline] I am very familiar. "