- The “Never Have I Ever” actress will be seen opposite Asif Ali, Saagar Shaikh and Alfie Fuller.
Poorna Jagannathan has been cast as a lead in “Deli Boys,” Onyx Collective’s half-hour comedy pilot from Abdullah Saeed and 20th Television. She will be seen opposite Asif Ali, Saagar Shaikh and Alfie Fuller.
“Deli Boys” is written and by Saeed and directed by Nisha Ganatra. “It revolves around a pair of pampered Pakistani-American brothers, Mir (Ali) and Raj Dar (Shaikh), who lose everything when their convenience-store magnate father suddenly dies,” Deadline said in its synopsis of the series. “They are forced to reckon with their Baba’s secret life of crime as they attempt to take up his mantle in the underworld.”
Jagannathan will play Lucky, “Baba’s right-hand woman,” Deadline said. “She can be very caring or a badass business boss lady, depending on what’s needed.”
Saeed and Ganatra executive produce with Jenni Konner, Vali Chandrasekaran and Nora Silver. 20th Television, a part of Disney Television Studios, is the studio.
Jagannathan is best known for starring as Devi’s (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) mother Nalini in “Never Have I Ever” on Netflix, and Nasir’s (Riz Ahmed) mother Safar in “The Night Of” on HBO. She has also played roles in “Defending Jacob” on Apple TV+, “The Act” and “Ramy” on Hulu and “Big Little Lies” on HBO.
She recently wrapped a lead role in the HBO Max film” Turtles All The Way Down,” directed by Hannah Marks and adapted from John Green’s bestselling novel. She also stars in the upcoming Netflix/Happy Madison comedy “The Out-Laws,” set for release in 2023. She was seen in Apple TV+’s “Defending Jacob,” as well as in Hulu’s “The Act,” starring Joey King and Patricia Arquette.