Disney Channel has finally revealed its first original TV movie centered on Indian culture, with an Indian-American lead, according to a report by Entertainment Tonight.
‘Spin’ follows Rhea (Avantika), an Indian-American teen who learns she has a passion for creating DJ mixes that blend the textures of her Indian heritage and the world around her. Her life revolves around her group of friends, Molly (Anna Cathcart, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before), Watson (Jahbril Cook) and Ginger (Kerri Medders), her afterschool coding club, her family’s Indian restaurant and her tight-knit, multigenerational family, which has only grown closer since her mother’s passing.
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“I’m so eager to have this movie out in the world — as a reminder for young Indian girls, and anyone really, to follow their aspirations,” Avantika, who is the lead of the movie, exclusively told ET over email.
Spin does not have an official premiere date just yet but it is slated for some time this year. Directed by Manjari Makijany (Desert Dolphin, I See You), the film breaks barriers with an international Indian-led ensemble that includes actor Abhay Deol (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara) as Rhea’s father Arvind, U.K. comedian/actor Meera Syal (The Kumars at No. 42) as Rhea’s grandmother Asha, and Aryan Simhadri (who will star in the Disney+ remake of Cheaper By The Dozen) as Rhea’s younger brother Rohan.
Watch the first teaser for Spin, below.