Mindy Kaling,an American actor of Indian origin ,comedian,writer and producer,is a Twitter star with over 2.3 million followers. She is the creator of sitcom The Mindy Project on air on Comedy Central currently. Excerpts from an email interview with Jaskiran Kapoor
Tell us about your TV show The Mindy Project.
The show revolves around Mindy,a successful,hard-working doctor. Her dreams are dashed when her boyfriend dumps her. She pursues dating,but its predictably messy.
How would you describe yourself as a person?
Born in an Indian family,I have lived all my life in the US. However,I am unlike Mindy Lahiri,my character on The Mindy Project,who is a bit more preppy,frisky and girlie. Like a lot of creative people,I can be a little mercurial.
Does your Indian background act as a deterrent in the US?
I try not to rely on my Indian-ness nor do I deny it. About five years ago,we wrote this episode of The Office,called Diwali,which seemed like an organic way of dwelling on it.
What comes first: writing or comedy?
The experience of writing comedy is very similar to the experience of enjoying comedy. I love acting,but I wont be in every scene which is why The Mindy Project cast is so big.
Any other projects that you are working on?
I am working on a film that will star Anne Hathaway. I have been a fan of hers and drew the character keeping her in mind. Her part in the film is quite unglamorous.
You are a rare case of an Indian-American being
I dont think of my work in political terms nor view myself so much in terms of being Indian.