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Meet The All-Brown Cast of ‘Mira, Royal Detective,’ Disney’s Upcoming Animated Series

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Yesterday, Disney announced a new show for their junior network, slated for release in 2020. The show is called “Mira, Royal Detective” and is about the adventures of a smart young girl named Mira in the kingdom of Jalpur. Though a commoner, her ability to solve mysteries for both members of the royal household and common people in the kingdom has earned her the title of Royal Detective. Each episode will feature two 11-minute stories about Mira and her merry band of mates. The show also features “authentic music, dance, and customs that are rooted in India’s vibrant heritage.”

“Mira, Royal Detective” is set to debut on Disney’s Juniors channel in 2020, and we can barely contain our excitement. If the possibility of baby desi Sherlock Holmes is not enticing enough for you, take a peek at the star-studded cast.

Leela Ladnier


This 15-year-old newcomer is all set to make her Disney (and social media) debut as the lead of the new series. She’ll be voicing the title character in “Mira, Royal Detective,” the young, sleuthing star of the show.

Kamran Lucas

Kamran’s been on the Disney roster since 2016, starring on “Mech-X4.” Now, he’s all set to star as Prince Neel, Mira’s best friend, and a talented inventor at that.

Roshni Edwards

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This 19-year-old newcomer stays stunting on IG (no, really, follow her and cry with us about how cool she is), and soon she’ll be voicing Priya, Mira’s artsy cousin.

Kal Penn

Now that he’s had a break from “Harold and Kumar,” and working for Obama, and playing a speechwriter on “Designated Survivor,” and generally being a star on Twitter (seriously what can’t the man do???), Penn will lend some comedic voice acting to “Mira, Royal Detective” by playing a Mongoose name Mikku.

Utkarsh Ambudkar

BG’s favorite brown boy (We all know it’s true — we’ve been stans since day one) will join pal Kal Penn as the other mongoose, Chikku.

Frieda Pinto

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Okay, is no one else shook about this??? Pinto will voice Queen Shanti, Mira’s mother, and we cannot wait to watch her character in action.

Hannah Simone

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This is a love letter to all you ride or die sisters who have been sliding into my DMs and writing monologues in my comments about how to navigate a bang free life and my Big Bang Theory is this: those who have walked this road of growing out these pesky hairs know that the struggle is real and temptation to snip is ever present so THANK YOU for the insane photos you have all sent of your own hair woes, your daily reminders that a bobby pin is my friend and that a new lewk is a good thing. You are my sisters and get the the draaaaaama I’m bringing is understated. Also this will be my speech if I ever win an Oscar. I’m dedicating it to YOU who supported me on this journey. To the rest of you: I’m sorry and will go back to my scheduled programming about cats and bullshit rompers shortly. #oldphoto #oldhairs #oldlife

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That’s right people. Disney also managed to rope the best character on “New Girl,” Cece (seriously, I’ll fight anyone on this), into the gang! Simone will voice a young girl named Pinky, and if that isn’t the most desi thing you’ve ever heard, you’re insane.

Jameela Jamil

The “Mira, Royal Detective” cast would be incomplete without our new best friend, Jameela Jamil, of “The Good Place” fame. As she shared in a super sweet post on Twitter, she’ll be joining the cast to lend her voice as Mira’s Auntie Pushpa.

Aasif Mandvi

You’ve seen the man in about a million things and he’s a fan favorite here at Brown Girl. Mandvi will play Mira’s father Sahil, and we’re ready for dad jokes and lectures about ‘when I was a young boy…’

Sarita Choudhury


Whether it’s “Mississippi Masala,” “Homeland” or more, Choudhury doesn’t do anything short of greatness. She’ll be voicing Prince Neel’s Great Aunt Rupa.

Aparna Nancherla

She was great on “BoJack Horseman,” she’s iconic on Twitter and she’s written for about a billion great shows. Now get ready for her to play Meena, another one of Mira’s cousins, and part of the sleuthing squad.

Karan Brar

Our boy Ravi’s all grown up!! In case you’re missing Karan from his “Jessie” and “BUNK’D” days, he’s rejoining the Disney crew to voice Prince Veer.

Karan Soni

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Disney really cast this show with South Asian actors from all genres, and we’re super appreciative! Karan Soni gets a double role (hello Bollywood, he’s ready now) on “Mira, Royal Detective,” as twins Ranjeet and Manjeet.

Sarayu Blue

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Living our best lives.

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In case you were wondering, YES we absolutely are dying about this too! Sarayu will play a secondary role in the cast, appearing occasionally as the royal tailor.

Parvesh Cheena and Sonal Shah will also feature in a limited number of episodes as bandits Manish and Poonam.

Announcement: If anyone in the world at all needs babysitters after 2020 I gotchu. Your kids are I are gonna have some great “Mira, Royal Detective” marathons.

Oh, and I’m set with my niece’s Christmas/Birthday/just-because-you’re-cute gifts for the next three years, at least. My guess is most South Asian kids will be getting “Mira, Royal Detective” gifts for the next several years, and it’s about time kids see more images that look like them as they grow up.