Actor and comedian Nik Dodani, who currently stars in the “Murphy Brown” revival on CBS, is writing the script based on Rakesh Satyal‘s 2009 award-winning debut novel “Blue Boy,” according to a Variety report.
“Blue Boy” is a coming-of-age story focusing on gay Indian-American teenager Kiran Sharma. Even as a young boy, Kiran knows he’s a bit of an outcast because he enjoys ballet and playing with his mother’s makeup. He loves his heritage and culture and truly believes he is the 10th reincarnation of Lord Krishna aka Krishnaji.
The book is a wonderful read, it is very nuanced and symbolic. Satyal covers the themes of gender identity, hyphenated lives of immigrants, adolescent problems, and high-school politics, all through the lens of a sixth grade Indian-American teen. Kiran Sharma makes for the most lovable, relatable lead sixth grader. “I’ve never related to a character more,” Dodani said.
On working with Dodani, Satyal said that “from the moment I spoke with Nik, I was impressed by his intelligence and warmth and his inspired vision for Kiran. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect person to bring the character to life in this way.”
“Blue Boy” won the 2010 Lambda Literary Award and the 2009 Prose/Poetry Award from the Association of Asian American Studies.
Besides his regular role in “Murphy Brown,” Dodani also starred in “Atypical” on Netflix. He will next be seen on the big screen in Feb 2019’s thriller “Escape Room.”
Satyal went on to write “No One Can Pronounce My Name,” which was published in 2017.