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Never Have I Ever Review (Netflix): Mindy Kaling’s teen drama stereotypes Indians

May 1st, 2020 | by vBollywood Author
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High school dramas are fun to watch. Mindy Kaling presented Netflix’s new teen drama Never Have I Ever is a quirky story of a teenage girl shares about her life. But it also has unnecessary stereotypes about India and Indians that might not go well with all.

The teen drama is starring Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Ramona Young, Lee Rodriguez, Darren Barnet, Jaren Lewison, John McEnroe, Poorna Jagannathan and, Richa Moorjani.

15-year-old Devi Vishwakumar is a first-generation Indian American teenage girl who is brought up in California, where she is all set to hit the sophomore year. But Devi also has a traumatic past where she loses her father to a cardiac arrest and is not able to deal with his absence. The show is about being a girl who wants to be cool, what it takes to be a girl of colour and much more.

Devi is played by a super confident for her debut Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, praying to a group of gods (her shrine is crowded). She prays for good marks, less hair on her arms and a good looking boyfriend she can have the best make-out session with. The first scene tells us how self-obsessed our protagonist is. That is Devi, a girl though marinating her grief also has many other things going on in her head, having sex being the priority.

Created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher the show is true to its character. The writing never portrays that Devi’s problems are small. Her world narrated by one of the finest narrators is by tennis player John McEnroe who is on Devi’s side. Even having a pimple on her forehead is a problem and a big one. Even teen swimmer of the college Paxton Hall-Yoshida (Darren Barnet) has a lot to hide. No one’s perfect, the show in the most sitcom manner made it possible and isn’t that Mindy Kaling we admire. Devi and her two friends Fabiola and Eleanor, are criticised for their roots, decide to hel themselves. The show offers women of colour, sexual orientation and different mindset a voice.

Acting performances are great and Devi’s mother played by Poorna Jagannathan is impressive. If you are a fan of high school dramas then 10 episodes with a runtime of 30 minutes each is a a fun watch.

Never Have I Ever Review: Star Rating: 3/5 stars (Three Stars)

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