Mindy Kaling

GQ 2010 "Men of the Year" Party - Arrivals

Kaling in 2010, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Vera Mindy Chokalingam

Place of Birth: Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 24, 1979

Ethnicity: Indian [Tamil, Bengali]

Mindy Kaling is an American actress, comedian, screenwriter, producer, director, and author. Her roles include the series The Office and The Mindy Project, and the films Inside Out, A Wrinkle in Time, and Ocean’s 8.

She is the daughter of Swati, an obstetrician and gynecologist, and Avu Chokalingam, an architect. Her parents, who met in Nigeria, were both Indian. Her father is Tamil. Her mother was Bengali, and her maternal grandparents were born in Nepal. Her family is Hindu. Mindy has two children.

Mindy has said that her birth first name, Vera, is an “incarnation of a Hindu goddess,” and that her birth middle name, Mindy, is after the series Mork & Mindy.

Mindy’s maternal grandfather was named Nepal Chandra Raisircar.

Mindy’s maternal grandmother was named Amita Roychoudhury.

Source: Genealogy of Mindy Kaling (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://www.geni.com

18 Responses

  1. Nicholas says:

    She is very dark. HEr face reminds me of a tiger somethimes hence the benga tiger.

  2. Jacklyn 224 says:

    She’s Dravidian Indian meaning she has African admixture and really dark to pitch black skin tones.I love her though but she’s really lucky to have the career she has.

    • midori29 says:

      @Jaclyn yes I agree with you. I think she gets over in America because Americans just do not know about other cultures. And she is super funny. But yes she would not be cast in Bollywood, yet she makes more money than any Bollywood actress.

    • andrew says:

      @Jacklyn 224

      Dravidians don’t have “African” admixture, what the hell are you talkin’ about??

    • Arif says:

      @Jacklyn 224 You don’t know anything about Dravidian! Obviously the south asian people like us know about that better than your made up stuffs! All the brown skins are not from Africa!

      • midori29 says:

        @Arif@Andrew yes Dravidians are originally from Africa. Indians are highly admixed people. They just like to hide that fact.

        • passingtime85 says:

          Dravidians are mixed with the Andamanese. Where do they fall on a genetic drift scatter plot graph? Who’s they’re closest population after the Negritos? I looked but I couldn’t find a graph that encompasses world populations.

          • passingtime85 says:


          • andrew says:

            Andamanese…you mean a lost isolated ethnic group from a group of island in Bay of Bengal??

            Btw this woman looks a lot different from the pic above now.

            @passingtime. Midori is a mixed-race woman with reddish hair from Guyana who is a wannabe Black African.

          • passingtime85 says:

            Yep Dravidians have Andamanese roots.

            Antagonism between you two?

  3. Katz says:

    Bollywood movies are largely about casting for purely aesthetic purposes over substance in talent. Admittedly her complexion would unfortunately be a hindrance in securing a Bollywood role, but the truth is while the general consensus is that she’s immensely talented, she’s not particularly known for her beauty in Hollywood either. Just look at her IMDb boards, YouTube videos, etc. at the moment. They’re filled with nasty threads targeting her appearance. She’s considered a comedian, and most would agree that she got to where she is on her talent, which is an afterthought in Bollywood, not her looks. If that’s what you’re getting at, a fairer comparison would be Freida Pinto or Nina Davuluri – both ‘conventionally’ attractive women who probably wouldn’t make in Bollywood purely because of their color.

  4. Adamina says:

    She is beautiful and darn hilarious

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