Jameela Jamil stars in new Disney show

British actress Jameela Jamil voices the lead character's sassy aunt. (AFP)
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Updated 17 March 2020

Jameela Jamil stars in new Disney show

  • Set to be released on March 20, ‘Mira, Royal Detective' features a smart, resourceful lead character entertaining sidekicks, and a bright, colorful animated environment, filled with song and dance

DUBAI: British star Jameela Jamil has been hitting the press circuit promoting her latest show — and it’s something new for the TV actress.

Jamil, who was born to a Pakistani mother and an Indian father in London, is starring in a new Disney Junior series, in which she voices the aunt of a headstrong young detective.

Set to be released on March 20, “Mira, Royal Detective” features a smart, resourceful lead character, entertaining sidekicks, and a bright, colorful animated environment, filled with song and dance.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The cartoon incorporates the cultures of India and centers around Mira, a young girl who is named by the queen of fictional Jalpur as, yes, you guessed it, the royal detective. She’s got friends and relatives who help her solve her cases, along with two chatty mongoose sidekicks.

The actors voicing the recurring and guest characters include a who’s who of South Asian talent, like Kal Penn, Freida Pinto, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Jamil. The voice of Mira belongs to 16-year-old Leela Ladnier in her first professional role, The Associated Press reported.

“I would say this is a pretty good start” to a career, Ladnier said. The show has been a reminder of “how beautiful our culture is and I’m really excited to share that with the public.”

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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For her part, Jamil, who plays the role of Pushpa, took to Good Morning America last week to explain why she is proud of the show.

“It’s incredible. The whole time I was growing up I would see, perhaps, white actors playing my people … to now be part of a story where we are showing a different type of beauty and culture … is so important.

“And also, it’s a girl who’s not just waiting for a prince to sweep her off her feet, she’s the protagonist, she’s the hero.”

From the start, the intent was to make the show as true to its Indian inspiration as possible, said Sascha Paladino, the executive producer.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“We wanted it to feel authentic,” he told The Associated Press. “The biggest piece of that in terms of authenticity was making sure we included as many South Asian voices in the process as possible.”

That means writers, designers, musicians, a cultural consultant and even seeking the input of the people working in the animation studio in India that did some work on the project.

For Penn, who plays Mikku, one of the mongooses, being part of the show is a thrill. He’s excited for people like his young nephew to have a show like this and other diverse offerings on television.

“This is going to be a generation of kids for whom this is going to be normal,” he said. “They don’t carry the emotional baggage or institutional memory of what it was like for us growing up with a lack of content on TV, they just don’t have that.”


Kim Kardashian and Kanye West ‘seem much happier’ after family trip 

Updated 10 August 2020

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West ‘seem much happier’ after family trip 

DUBAI: US rapper Kanye West and his wife, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, returned from their private family vacation in the Dominican Republic this week and they “both seem much happier,” People magazine reported. 

The celebrity couple took the trip last week to try to save their marriage. 

Problems between the parents-of-four started after the 43-year-old rapper announced he was running for the US presidency in 2020. Following a series of Twitter rants last month, the singer revealed he has been trying to divorce his wife.

A source close to the couple told the publication: “They had a good family week in the Dominican Republic. They are continuing the family vacation in Colorado. Kim and Kanye are getting along. They both seem much happier.”

On Friday, West shared a heart-warming video on Twitter of himself dancing with his eldest daughter North during their trip.