Vera Mindy Chokalingam, better-known by her professional name of Mindy Kaling , is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer who is best known for portraying Kelly Kapoor on the NBC sitcom The Office and created and currently stars as Mindy Lahiri in the FOX sitcom The Mindy Project. She is also a co-executive producer, director and writer of several of the show's episodes. She also wrote, executive produced and directed various episodes of The Office. She is also known for her roles in the films This Is the End, Wreck-It Ralph, and The Five-Year Engagement. Kaling was nominated five consecutive times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series as a producer of The Office. In 2010, she received a nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series with Greg Daniels for the episode, "Niagara".