Mindy Kaling has been in the public eye since she made her first on-screen appearance in the second episode of the American mockumentary TV series, The Office. Her flawless portrayal of the character Kelly Kapoor didn’t only win her a great deal of attention from the show’s fans but also a slew of awards from numerous nominations in the movie industry. Apart from acting, Kaling also makes money through writing, comedy, directing, and producing films.
The Office star was born by Indian parents in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the U.S, on 24th June 1979. Her real name is Vera Mindy Chokalingam and her home town is Boston, Massachusetts. Kaling’s dad, architect Avu Chokalingam and her mom, obstetrician/gynaecologist Swati Chokalingam, raised her alongside her only brother Vijay Jojo Chokalingam who currently works as a college admissions consultant. Being a vocal and honest individual, Mindy is always open about things happening around her but one aspect of her personal life that she has kept the public in the dark is the paternity of her daughter. Here is what we know about her mystery baby dad and daughter.
Who’s Mindy Kaling’s Mystery Baby Daddy?
When the news of the actress’s pregnancy hit the air in 2017, the world couldn’t help but wonder who the father of her child could be as Mindy wasn’t seeing anyone publicly at the time neither was she even married. It’s been a while since her daughter was born, yet the actress has not come forward to name the man who made her a mother. While Mindy Kaling is well within her right to hide the paternity of her daughter, her decision to keep her fans uninformed about the identity of her baby daddy has given rise to lots of speculations and unsolicited attention from the public.
Kaling may have been tight-lipped about her baby daddy but that hasn’t stopped fans from having their suspicions as to who her baby daddy could be. Top on that suspicion list is none other than her The Office co-star B. J. Novak, whom she dated on and off during their time on the show where they were also romantically matched-up. In addition to working with Mindy on several projects, including as a consulting producer for Season 1 of her show The Mindy Project, Novak is also the godfather of her daughter.
While Kaling’s refusal to reveal the identity of the father of her child might be a bad idea for some people, her decision to name Novak as Katherine’s godfather made many people believe the actor is not actually her baby daddy.
Besides Novak, Massachusetts-born writer Benjamin Nugent has also been named as a suspect. The two were rumoured to have dated from 2008 to 2012 but since their friendship ended, they haven’t been seen together. Considering the time Mindy Kaling and Nugent called it quits, there is little chance of the latter being Katherine’s father. But, if Benjamin is Mindy’s baby daddy, her daughter might be an amazing writer someday.
The last person who has been linked to Katherine’s paternity is none other than the American politician Senator Cory Booker. However, out of all the potential fathers we’ve mentioned above, Booker is the only one who publicly asked Kaling out on a date but didn’t confirm later if the date actually happened. Born on April 27, 1969, Cory has never been married but has been linked to American activist/poet Cleo Wade and recently – Hollywood star Rosario Dawson.
As at the time of writing this piece, none of the alleged fathers has come out to admit paternity or comment on the actress’s decision. And, while naming Novak as Katherine’s godfather may seem to have cleared the air a bit on Mindy’s relationship status with the actor, it is not proven yet that he, Nugent, or Cory, is the father of the child. Interestingly, Kaling has categorically stated on several occasions that her The Office co-star is much more like a family and that she will only unveil the father of her child after she must have discussed the issue with her daughter. Until then, we all have to respect her decision, after all, she has every right to do so.
Everything You Need To Know About Her Daughter
Mindy Kaling’s daughter, Katherine Swati Kaling, was born on the 15th day of December 2017. She was named Swati after her grandmother who died from pancreatic cancer in 2012. To the best of our knowledge, Katherine is being raised by her mom alone. As an accomplished actress who is worth about $25 million, Kaling blows lots of dough on her little princess. She is equally protective of her daughter as she carefully selects what information she gives away about her and has never revealed her face to the world.
Although Katherine is still young to make decisions on her own or even choose a career path for herself, it won’t come as a surprise if she follows in her mother’s footsteps when she grows up.