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In a first, a Sikh American character to headline a TV legal drama

American activist and filmmaker Valarie Kaur is developing the show with ‘Ugly Betty’ actress America Ferrera.

A legal drama that will feature a female Sikh American character in the lead role for the first time is being developed at the NBC network, NBC News reported.

“The show will be co-executive produced by filmmaker, lawyer, and activist Valarie Kaur, and based off a concept initially drafted by her husband Sharat Raju, an alum of NBC’s Emerging Directors Program,” the report said. The show’s other producer is Ugly Betty actress America Ferrera.

The pilot is being written, and will possibly be shot next year. The drama will follow a “band of law students in a renegade law clinic, fighting the good fight”, Kaur told NBC News. “The untitled series will follow the story of Amrita Kaur, a law student, and her classmates as they work at a student law firm,” the report added. “It’s going to be a series that explores the stories of communities that are behind the headlines right now, [and] on the frontlines of fighting injustice in this country,” Kaur told the channel.

Kaur has previously directed the 2006 documentary Divided We Fall, which examines hate crimes against Sikh Americans following September 11, 2001, attacks.

Divided We Fall (2006).
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