Mindy Kaling portrays the character of Kelly Kapoor in the popular American TV series titled The Office. She has also donned the hat of executive producer, writer and director of an assortment of the show's episodes and is consequently one of the most important members of its cast and crew. Her surname Kaling is however, an anglicisation of the relatively common Tamil name of Chokalingam.
Kaling was born Vera Mindy Chokalingam in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Indian parents, Swati and Avu. The family migrated from India to the United States by way of Nigeria. She was named Mindy after the TV series Mork & Mindy.
She has also acted in a handful of movies including The 40 Year Old Virgin and License to Wed.