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(L-r): Indian American actress/producer Mindy Kaling, Nathalie Emmanuel and British Indian actor Nikesh Patel speak onstage during the Hulu 2019 Summer TCA Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel July 26 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Hulu)

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Hulu’s “Four Weddings and a Funeral’’ pays homage to the 1994 film, but don’t expect a Hugh Grant copycat in the limited series.

Creator Mindy Kaling said she deliberately avoided duplicating the movie’s floppy-haired British guy as the romantic lead.

That character and look were “iconic’’ for Grant’s career and for British comedy, Kaling said, but there are other ways to be sexy and stake out new ground.

“It makes room for a lot of other fascinating characters,’’ Kaling told a TV critics’ meeting July 26.

In the 10-episode Hulu series, it’s Pakistani British character Kash who’s front and center in the story of four friends and their love interests in London. He’s played by Nikesh Patel, a British actor of Indian descent.

 The woman who catches his eye in episode one is black, played by British actress Nathalie Emmanuel, who was Missandei on “Game of Thrones.’’ Other cast members include Rebecca Rittenhouse, John Reynolds and Brandon Mychal Smith.

There are touches of Richard Curtis’ original film sprinkled throughout the series, including an opening scene with liberal use of a certain expletive. Andie MacDowell, who starred opposite Grant in the movie, is back in a different role.

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