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Mindy Kaling Reveals She's Finished Writing Her First Movie

by Philiana Ng 4:54 PM PDT, August 05, 2016
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Mindy Kaling has big plans for the big screen.

The Mindy Project star revealed that she’s just finished writing her first feature film at Hulu’s Television Critics Association press day on Friday.

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“I just finished writing a movie,” Kaling, 37, told a small group of reporters following her Mindy Project panel. “I don’t have a name for it. I’m bad at naming things -- that’s why my show is called The Mindy Project.”

The multihyphenate shared that the movie isn’t a romantic comedy, which, she admitted surprised her.

“I always thought the first thing I’d do [for the big screen] was a romantic comedy and what I realized was we write that so much on [The Mindy Project] that I kind of decided that, you know what, I’m going to save that stuff for the show and this is about something completely different,” she said.

Kaling revealed more details for her upcoming movie, which she says will be set in New York City. “I have a small part in it,” she said, giving a hint as to what the tone may be, adding that “it’s inspired by movies I love, like Broadcast News.”

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“It’s not in the news world,” Kaling emphasized, but alluded to a possible connection to that universe.

As for how Kaling has managed to keep several balls in the air at the same time as an actress, writer and producer, she shared her secret.

“I’ve managed now to figure out a little routine where I pick one project, if it’s a movie -- I just finished a movie -- I’m going to work on that or work on a novel or a project I’m producing, since I have a deal with NBC now,” she said. “I’ve managed a little system in my mind.”

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