Mindy Kaling (Vera Mindy Chokalingam) is an Indo-American actress, comedian, writer, and producer who is widely regarded as first South Asian to have her own Network Television Show in USA. She stars as Mindy Lahiri in the in the famous FOX sitcom The Mindy Project.
Kaling was nominated five consecutive times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series as a producer of The Office. In 2013, Kaling was recognized by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Kaling was born on June 24, 1979 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to a Tamil father and a Bengali mother. Her father, Avu, is an architect, and her mother, Swati Roysircar, was a gynecologist.
Kaling graduated from Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a private school in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1997. Kaling graduated in 2001 with a bachelors in Playwriting.
In 2003, she portrayed Ben Affleck in a play called Matt & Ben, which she also co-wrote with her best friend from college Brenda Withers. The play was named one of Time magazine’s “Top Ten Theatrical Events of The Year.”
In 2012, Kaling pitched a comedy to Fox called The Mindy Project; which was written by her. The initial pilot featured her as the lead actress, while she also contributed as a producer. Fox began airing the series Tuesdays at 9:30 Eastern Time starting 2012
Kaling was featured on the cover of the November/December 2013 issue of Christian lifestyle magazine RELEVANT. The corresponding article, titled “That’s So Mindy”, focuses on the actress’s uncanny ability to win over Hollywood with her quirkiness and “girl next door” portrayal.
Kaling first joined The Office TV Show as a writer at age 24 as the only woman on a staff of eight, and then took on the role of character Kelly Kapoor. She has written at least 22 episodes, including “Niagara,” for which she was co-nominated for an Emmy with Greg Daniels.
Later she started her headliner show The Mindy Project on NBC in which she appears as an actor and contributes as a writer. This show makes Kaling the first South Asian-American woman to be the headliner of her own network television show.