Teenage romcom Never Have I Ever embraces its South Asian heritage

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, who plays Devi, said the creators just wanted a realistic girl.
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, who plays Devi, said the creators just wanted a realistic girl.PHOTO: NETFLIX

LOS ANGELES - When it debuted last year, Never Have I Ever broke a few rules - at least when it comes to your typical teenage romantic comedy.

For starters, it cast a dark-skinned and nerdy Tamil-American girl as its heroine, Devi. And it made her hilariously obnoxious while also setting her on a romantic collision course with the hottest guy in school, who happens to be half-Japanese.

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