This March, Disney is giving us an all desi-show called ‘Mira, Royal Detective’

and we are digging the all brown cast featuring Jameela Jamil and Freida Pinto.

TEXT Suhani Lotlikar 

At the end of the last decade, Disney showed us what they had coming for the new decade. The Juniors announced a new show called ‘Mira, Royal Detective’ set to be released in March 2020. The show is about the adventures of a smart young, brown girl named Mira in the fictional kingdom of Jalpur. Her character is played by the 16-year-old Leela Ladnier. In the show, Mira will be seen solving mysterious for both her royal family and the people of the kingdom for which she earns the title of Royal Detective. The cast of the show extends to Freida Pinto who plays Queen Shanti. And our ever-so-lovely Jameela Jamil will voice the character of Mira’s Auntie Pushpa. The star-studded casting list goes on with Kal Penn and Utkarsh Ambudkar who will voiceover the characters of Mikku and Chikku respectively while Aasif Mandvi will voiceover for Mira’s father.

Each episode will feature two 11-minute stories and many of them will spotlight music, dance and customs that are rooted in Indian heritage and culture. As a 90’s kid, one of the desi animated shows I remember was ‘Chota Bheem’ which was set in a village with a strong boy saving the day for everyone. The female character ‘Chutki’ was designed to be fair, skinny and have pink cheeks- you know the typical. The other shows were mostly based on the old Indian mythologies. This show, however, will represent brown culture not only for South Asian children but worldwide. We are hoping for it to be something that brown kids can relate to their age rather than falling into the sexist, misogynist and itemized hands of Bollywood. And the theme song ‘Mira, Mira, Mira, Mira… Royal Detective’ is catchy too! As an animated series lover at 21 myself, I cannot wait for the release of this all-desi show.