First ever Disney series with South Asian stars and story features Frieda Pinto, Kal Penn.
Disney’s first ever animated series for kids with an all Indian star cast just announced their premiere dates. Mira, Royal Detective will be premiering in the US on March 20. To be aired on Disney Junior, it will be rolled out in about 160 countries.
The series is awaited not only because it’s the first time that Disney is showcasing an Indian character in the lead, but also because the entire star cast as well as the backdrop and story setting reflects Indian culture.
Lending their voices to the characters would be established names in entertainment such as Frieda Pinto, Kal Penn, Jameela Jamila, Aasif Mandvi, Sarita Choudhury and Utkarsh Ambudkar who just performed a rap on the Oscars stage. The protagonist, Mira is given a voiceover by newcomer Leela Ladnier.
Speaking ahead of the series premiere, musician and actor Utkarsh Ambudkar noted it’s the first time when he is working with an all-South Asian star cast in a series. Usually, it’s one or two artists in a series who may be South Asian.
Set in the magical Indian-inspired land of Jalpur, the series follows the brave and resourceful Mira, a commoner who is appointed as royal detective by the queen after solving a mystery that involves saving the kingdom’s young prince.
The queen’s voiceover is by Frieda Pinto and each episode will show two stories that will showcase the culture, food and traditions of India.
Created for kids in the age group of 2-7, the series would also see some other actors such as Kunal Nayyar and Hari Kondabolu in recurring roles.
The series will be shown in India from March 22.