Poorna Jagannathan is an American actress and producer of Indian descent. She is best known for her portrayal of Safar Khan in the HBO miniseries The Night Of as well for her role as Nalini Vishwakumar in the Netflix teen comedy series Never Have I Ever by Mindy Kaling. She also initiated, produced and acted in the play Nirbhaya, written and directed by Yaël Farber, which dealt with breaking the silences around sexual violence, including her own. Nirbhaya won the prestigious 2013 Amnesty International Award and was called by The Telegraph as the "One of the most powerful pieces of theater you'll ever see". The play is considered one of the most impactful moments in India's history of women's empowerment. Jagannathan was previously a series regular in the Netflix psychological thriller series Gypsy, a recurring in the Apple TV+ crime drama miniseries Defending Jacob, and part of the ensemble cast for HBO's anthology series, Room 104. She also starred in the cult Bollywood comedy, Delhi Belly as well as the movie Share, which was directed by Pippa Bianco, produced by A24, and released on HBO in 2019. Jagannathan was featured among the top 10 in Femina magazine's "India's 50 most beautiful women" in 2012 as well as being named by Vogue India as one of 8 Indian women changing the face of beauty. In 2014, Jagannathan was named among the top 50 most powerful women in India. And in 2021, she was named among the top 100 Most Impactful Asians by Gold House. She is an occasional contributor to CNN Opinions.