Set in a Fairytale Land Inspired by the Cultures and Customs of India
We at UrbanAsian.com are jumping up and down. Yes, we are not of little age but who isn’t a Disney fan? Well, a new show is in town and this one is a must-see. Disney is bringing some South Asian Flavor and we are excited!
Disney Junior’s animated series “Mira, Royal Detective” will premiere in the U.S. on FRIDAY, MARCH 20 (11:00 a.m. EDT/PDT on Disney Channel and 7:00 p.m. EDT/PDT on Disney Junior). Disney Channel India will also be premiering a sneak-peek that same day, followed by the series premiere on Sunday, March 22. Set in the magical Indian-inspired land of Jalpur, the series introduces a brave and resourceful girl named Mira, a commoner who is appointed to the role of royal detective by the queen. Following its premiere in the U.S. and India, the series will roll out worldwide in an estimated 160 countries on Disney Channel and Disney Junior platforms globally.
“Mira, Royal Detective,” which has already been ordered for a second season, stars Freida Pinto, Kal Penn, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Hannah Simone, Jameela Jamil, Aparna Nancherla, Aasif Mandvi, Karan Soni, Maulik Pancholy, Sarayu Blue and Sarita Choudhury. Newcomer Leela Ladnier stars as the voice of Mira, alongside additional cast members Roshni Edwards, Kamran Lucas, Karan Brar, Parvesh Cheena and Sonal Shah.
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Joining the previously announced cast is recurring and guest star roles are Kunal Nayyar (“The Big Bang Theory”), Danny Pudi (Disney’s “DuckTales”), Iqbal Theba (“Glee”), Sunita Mani (“GLOW”), Karen David (“Fear the Walking Dead”), Rizwan Manji (“Perfect Harmony”), Hari Kondabolu (“Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell”), Nardeep Khurmi (“Jane the Virgin”), Aarti Sequeira (“The Next Food Network Star”), Avantika Vandanapu (Disney+ Original Series “Diary of a Future President”), Julian Zane (Disney’s “Doc McStuffins”), Brian George (“The Big Bang Theory”), Sakina Jaffrey (“House of Cards”) and Madhur Jaffrey (“I Feel Bad”).
Created for kids age 2-7 and their families, “Mira, Royal Detective” centers on Mira, who, along with her friend Prince Neel, creative cousin Priya, and comical mongoose sidekicks Mikku and Chikku, set out on mystery-solving adventures that highlight critical thinking and encourage deductive reasoning for young viewers. Each episode is comprised of two 11-minute stories that celebrate the cultures and customs of India by incorporating authentic food, fashion, language, and art. Reflecting their importance in Indian culture, music and dance play an integral role in “Mira, Royal Detective,” with each episode featuring at least one original song and dance number that showcases the diversity of the culture.
A music video featuring a mash-up of the series’ main title song and Mira’s song, “We’re on the Case,” will debut Friday, Feb. 21, on DisneyMusicVevo and in the DisneyNOW app. In conjunction with the series premiere on Friday, March 20, Walt Disney Records will release a digital soundtrack with 20 songs from the series, and the DisneyNOW app will debut a hidden object game in which players are invited to help Mira solve mysteries by following a trail of clues in an immersive 3D environment. Additional extensions for the series will continue to roll out later this year.