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Mira Nair to direct Pulitzer finalist ‘Jungle Prince of Delhi’ series for Amazon

Los Angeles, July 10 (IANS) Filmmaker Mira Nair will be adapting the 2020 Pulitzer Prize finalist New York Times story and podcast “The Jungle Prince of Delhi” as a drama series.

Written by Ellen Barry, the story delves into the history of the royal family of Oudh, who lived in a ruined palace in Delhi and claimed to be the heir to the fallen kingdom.

Nair is attached to direct the project and will also executive produce. Amazon Studios has secured the rights to develop the drama series.

“The Jungle Prince of Delhi” will narrate a personal story of a displaced family, set against the backdrop of the Partition of India.

“Barry’s beautifully written tale of the Oudh family revealed deeper truths rooted in the violence and trauma of the partition of India,” said Caitlin Roper, head of scripted entertainment at The New York Times.

Nair has received a BAFTA, Academy Award, and Golden Globe nomination for her work previously. She is known for “Salaam Bombay!”, “Mississippi Masala”, “Monsoon Wedding”, “Vanity Faira, “The Namesake”, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” and “The Queen of Katwe”.

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Mindy Kaling’s coming-of-age comedy series “Never Have I Ever”, about an Indian teenager growing up in the US, will be getting a second season. With the show, she has used her “relationship with being Hindu” and the experience of “straddling the lines of two cultures” to narrate story of a 15-year-old Devi, first-generation Indian American, and her desperation to feel that she belongs in the society. With Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Poorna Jagannathan and Richa Moorjani leading the cast, the coming-of-age story examines Indian culture against an American backdrop, its values and grief through the story of Devi as she navigates ups and downs of high school. Netflix has renewed Kaling’s series for a second season. The news comes just over two months after the show launched to critical acclaim, reports variety.com. The second season will see Maitreyi return alongside Poorna (who plays Devi’s mother Dr. Nalini Vishwakumar), Richa Moorjani (who plays her cousin Kamala), Jaren Lewison (who plays her high school nemesis Ben Gross), Darren Barnet (who plays her crush Paxton Hall-Yoshida) and Lee Rodriguez and Ramona Young (who play Devi’s best friends). Talking about the show, Mindy had told IANS: “A lot of Devi’s relationship with her faith was inspired by my relationship with being Hindu. I do consider myself a Hindu, but I also feel insecure about my understanding of my own religion. “The scene where Devi prays to her household shrine of Gods, it’s a lot similar to my upbringing. And when I was a teenager, I resisted wearing Indian clothes because while beautiful, I found them itchy and hard to wear,” she added. Full report on our website. Link in bio. #mindykaling #neverhaveiever #secondseasoncomingsoon #netflix #hindu #indianamerican #identity #maitreyiramakrishnan #poornajagannathan

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