Actress, writer, and director Mindy Kaling, made famous on the small screen by her series about a raunchy Indian-American physician in search of love, is now looking to enter the big screen.
Not satisfied to rest on her laurels with ‘The Mindy Project’ Kaling revealed at a press conference Aug. 5, at Hulu’s Television Critics Association meeting, that she had finished writing a feature length script for the big screen, etcanada.com reported. She will play a small part in the movie which will be set in New York City, and it may be related in some way or form indirectly to the news world, she hinted.
Kaling, 37, whose offbeat manner both on and off screen has endeared her to a loyal fan following, said she does not have a name for the movie. “I’m bad at naming things — that’s why my show is called ‘The Mindy Project,’” she quipped.
It is not a romantic comedy as most of those who follow her would assume, and that she said, surprised her as well.
Born Vera Chokalingam, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Kaling was a long-time script writer for the hit TV series ‘The Office’ where she was the only female writer on staff at the age of 24. She appeared as Kelly Kapoor in some of the episodes. Her first solo venture, The Mindy Project, ran on Fox for 3 seasons from 2012 to 2015. When Fox cancelled the contract, Kaling took the series to Hulu, where it has run since 2015.
Kaling has authored two books, ‘Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me? (And Other Concerns)’ which featured on the New York Times Best Sellers list, and ‘Why Not Me?’. She was the voice of Disgust in Pixar’s award-winning animated movie, Inside Out. She made her feature film debut in The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
“I always thought the first thing I’d do [for the big screen] was a romantic comedy and what I realized was we write that so much on [‘The Mindy Project’] that I kind of decided that, you know what, I’m going to save that stuff for the show and this is about something completely different,” she is quoted saying in the news report. “It’s inspired by movies I love, like ‘Broadcast News’,” she said, but added, “It’s not in the news world.”