- With the contract, the young Indian American will develop and produce projects for a variety of platforms.
Writer and producer Amina Munir has signed a deal with Universal Television, Variety has reported. The young Indian American is currently working on two series with the television production company – as a supervising producer for Netflix’s “Never Have I Ever” and a producer on NBC’s “Mr. Mayor.” She is also a writer on the Mindy Kaling coming-of-age series.
With the new deal, Munir will develop and produce projects for a variety of platforms. It’s been a dream come true to work with Universal and feels surreal to be a part of their incredible comedy roster,” she told Variety. “The past four years of working on their shows has been life-changing to say the least.”
In a June 2021 interview, Munir told Vogue India that she likes using comedy “as a way to take the sting off painful truths.” As a writer on “Never Have I Ever,” Munir was able to blend comedy with culture. The series created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher centers on the complicated life of Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), a modern-day first-generation Indian American teenage girl. She’s an overachieving high school sophomore with a short fuse that gets her into difficult situations. Season 3, which just wrapped production, will launch this summer, and production on Season 4, which will launch in 2023, is expected to kick off in the coming months,
Munir talked to Vogue India about writing for the female characters in the series. “I think of the times I’ve felt betrayed by portrayals of South Asian women in Hollywood, who are either oppressed and/ or too academically focused,” she said. “So, naturally, I am tempted and drawn to messy and complex characters—women who embody good intentions but bad decision-making, women who get to be human and experience a spectrum of emotions.”
She got her start on Fox’s Dylan McDermott-fronted comedy “LA To Vegas” and worked on YouTube original series “Champaign, Ill,” which starred Sam Richardson and Adam Pally.
Having spent five years “onto the scene,” Vogue India said, “Munir has artfully learnt how to appeal to audiences across ages.” One of the reasons a lot of people have identified with the series “is because so many of us carry our teenage emotions with us all our lives. They’re so raw and humiliating, it’s hard to shake them even in adulthood.”
When asked by Vogue India about her future plans, Munir said: “The door has been cracked open, but it’s important that there is diversity amongst the South Asians telling stories too. We just have to keep on holding the door open and making sure we lift emerging voices in the space.”