Disney Junior Announces New Show “Mira, Royal Detective” Inspired By Indian Culture
Good news Disney Junior fans! A brand new show is in the works. Production has begun on “Mira, Royal Detective,” an animated mystery-adventure series for preschoolers. The new show is slated to debut on Disney Junior channels and programming blocks around the world in 2020. Set in the magical Indian-inspired land of Jalpur, the series follows the brave and resourceful Mira. Mira is a commoner who is appointed to the role of royal detective after solving a mystery that involves saving the kingdom’s young prince. Also, 15-year-old newcomer Leela Ladnier makes her big debut voicing the role of Mira.
The big announcement was made by Joe D’Ambrosia, senior vice president, Original Programming, Disney Junior. D’Ambrosia said, “We are eager to introduce kids and their families to the rich, diverse cultures and customs of India through Mira, a young girl who looks at things with her own unique lens to gain different perspectives and help others in her community. We hope that she will encourage our audience to actively engage with the inspiring world around them and appreciate the little details that make life extraordinary.”
“Mira, Royal Detective” Storyline
As royal detective, Mira travels throughout the kingdom helping royals and commoners alike. Along with her friend Prince Neel, a talented inventor, creative cousin Priya, and comical mongoose sidekicks Mikku and Chikku, she will stop at nothing to solve a case, taking young viewers on adventures that highlight critical thinking and encourage deductive reasoning. Rooted in India’s vibrant heritage, each episode will also weave authentic music, dance and customs into two 11-minutes stories.
“Mira, Royal Detective” Cast
In addition to Ladnier, the “Mira, Royal Detective” voice cast includes Freida Pinto (“The Path”) as Queen Shanti; Hannah Simone (“New Girl”) as a young commoner named Pinky; Jameela Jamil (“The Good Place”) as Mira’s Auntie Pushpa; Kal Penn (“Designated Survivor”) and Utkarsh Ambudkar (“The Mindy Project”) as mongooses Mikku and Chikku, respectively. The voice cast also includes Aasif Mandvi (“Shut Eye”) as Mira’s father, Sahil; Sarita Choudhury (“Homeland”) as Prince Neel’s Great-Aunt Rupa; Aparna Nancherla (“BoJack Horseman”) as Mira’s cousin Meena; Kamran Lucas (Disney’s “Mech-X4”) as Prince Neel; Karan Brar (Disney Channel’s “BUNK’D”) as Prince Veer; Karan Soni (“Deadpool”) as twins Ranjeet and Manjeet. Also, Sarayu Blue (“I Feel Bad”) voices the palace tailor and Parvesh Cheena (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) and Sonal Shah (“Scrubs”) voice bandits, Manish and Poonam, respectively. Lastly, newcomer Roshni Edwards voices Mira’s cousin Priya.
Emmy® Award-nominated Sascha Paladino (“Miles from Tomorrowland”) is executive producer of the series, which was developed by Becca Topol (“Elena of Avalor”) who also serves as story editor. Sue Perotto and Dorothea Schoentag (both of “Phineas and Ferb”) are supervising director and art director, respectively. Additionally, IW Group’s Shagorika Ghosh is the series’ cultural consultant. Additional consultants also include Bollywood dancer and choreographer Nakul Dev Mahajan (“So You Think You Can Dance”) and music producer Deepak Ramapriyan (“Basmati Blues”). Also, Emmy Award nominees Matthew Tishler (“Fancy Nancy”) and Jeannie Lurie (“The Muppets”) will write and produce original songs, and Amritha Vaz (“Miss India America”) will serve as composer. Wild Canary produced the series in association with Disney Junior.
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