Bend it Like Beckham famed Parminder Nagra to star in the upcoming crime series ‘DI Ray’
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Bend it Like Beckham famed Parminder Nagra to star in the upcoming crime series ‘DI Ray’

The upcoming crime series is touted to shine a light on the subject of racism at the workplace, along with murder investigations.

Samayeshwari Vithaspa
Sep 27, 2021
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Parminder Nagra

Parminder Nagra, whom we’ve seen in hit movies and series like Bend it Like Beckham and ER, is all set to enter the world of crime with the upcoming crime-drama series titled, DI Ray.

Commissioned by ITV, DI Ray is about Rachita Ray, a police officer (played by Nagra) who takes on a murder case that gets her to question her own identity. It puts her at a crossroads, wondering if she resonates more with being British or her origin as a South Asian. Taking place in the gloomy underworld of Birmingham, the series brings out hard-hitting questions related to feeling like an outsider, although being a Brit. The crime series also addresses racism at the workplace while simultaneously, investigating a murder case.

Parminder Nagra in 13 Reasons Why

Talking more about DI Ray, Rachita Ray is elated when she gets her first homicide case after ages of waiting for a promotion. She is in turn, downhearted when she realises that she was assigned the case based on her cultural ethnicity. Nevertheless, being someone who never backs out from a challenge, she goes forward to investigate the crime. It takes her to several avenues, which involves organised crime, but mainly makes her question herself about her ethnicity.

DI Ray is written by ‘Line of Duty’ famed Maya Sondhi and is backed by HTM Television that founded the BBC police drama, along with Charlotte Surtees (of Code 404 fame). Alex Pillai who helmed episodes of hit series like Bridgerton and Riverdale will be directing the same for the upcoming crime-drama series.

Meanwhile, Parminder Nagra was earlier featured in several hit TV series such as the medical drama-ER, The Blacklist and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. She also made a brief stint on the cult-classic teen-thriller drama 13 Reasons Why as the high school counsellor, Priya Singh. There were several series where she played a doctor or a detective. This time, fans are eager to know what the upcoming Dl Ray has in store for them. It will go on floors in the Midlands of the UK, later this year.

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