Ms Marvel is Pakistani and should be played by one, says Never Have I Ever star

Ms Marvel is Pakistani and should be played by one, says Never Have I Ever star

According to Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, her taking on the role of Kamala Khan would be unfair to the Pakistani community
14 May, 2020

With Netflix's latest show Never Have I Ever becoming an instant hit, it's no surprise that lead Maitreyi Ramakrishnan is getting her much-deserved spotlight.

The series - while getting mixed reviews - is one of the fewer Netflix originals to feature South Asian representation in starring roles. And from the looks of it, Ramakrishnan takes representation very seriously.

With the constant buzz around a Ms Marvel - Kamala Khan version - movie, that could easily become one of the biggest desi characters in cinemas should it work out, Maitreyi was asked by ET about whether she'd be interested in taking on the role.

However, the actor had a different approach to the matter.

"I've seen a couple posts about that, but honestly, no," she said. "Kamala Khan is Pakistani and I'm Tamil. If there was a Tamil superhero, I wouldn't want to see a Pakistani girl playing [her]. I would say, 'Really? You couldn't find anybody who was Tamil?' So why would I want to do that to the Pakistani community? That wouldn't be fair."

Well well well, the 18-yr-old knows what's up and we can't help but respect her for it! It's about time we speak up about the importance of representation in cinema, especially when a character demands it.

Now if only Scarlet Johansson would get the message...

Of course Ramakrishnan is still down to be in a Marvel movie, saying, "Trust me, I'd love to be a superhero. I love Marvel so much... "I could be the daughter of Deadpool or apprentice or something!"

"Maybe Deadpool adopts a South Asian girl. It would make sense -- Ryan Reynolds and I would both make the Canadian jokes."

Hey, if you ask us, that can work. Somebody call Marvel please!


Freedom May 14, 2020 04:00pm
She should play the character
bhaRAT© May 14, 2020 05:28pm
There are some Indians with good heart as well. RSS extremists take a lesson!
Ahmad Sajwani May 14, 2020 08:01pm
That Scarlet Johansson comment....savage AF
Ga May 14, 2020 08:46pm
Thank you for your honesty. It is quite disappointing when they cast other nationalities. I suppose to the white producers they are all brown, or Chinese or Hispanics. What difference does it make. It does make a difference. Its racist.
N abidai May 14, 2020 10:01pm
Great answer and a test for HW ,to do the right thing !
aslam May 15, 2020 12:41am
Indian values ..hats off
Babur-I-Azam May 15, 2020 02:21am
Intelligent and fair thoughts from someone so young!
KHK May 15, 2020 05:20am
Weldon Ms Marvel.
Tamza May 15, 2020 08:31am
@Babur-I-Azam it is so BECAUSE she is young; older people become more selfish.
Rahul May 15, 2020 10:33am
That’s the selflessness required by any superhero
sameer lushker May 15, 2020 03:21pm
"With great powers come heavy responsibility (and Humility)". Maitreyi, you are Ms.Marvel -whether you play one or not.
SATT May 15, 2020 07:13pm
But a Bangladeshi or Telugu girl can play a Pakistani girl role.
Tony Soprano May 15, 2020 07:18pm
This young girl is going places. After excelling in various fields in the US, Indians are now excelling in films & arts as well.
M. Kamran May 18, 2020 10:39am
This girl has earned respect.