Today : Monday - Sep 22, 2014, 01:39am (GMT+5.5)
All News  
Top News
National News
International News
Business News
Sports News
   » Cricket
   » Football
Entertainment News
Sci - Tech
Politics News
Health & Fitness
Gulf News
::| Latest News
News in Pictures

Intelligence Bureau Special Director Rajendra Kumar will not be named in the Central Bureau of Investigation's first chargesheet in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case, according to sources. Sources say the CBI needs more time to investigate the alleged conspiracy behind the encounter.

Entertainment News

Indian-American actor plays contrasting roles in Friday releases

Monday - Jan 28, 2013, 03:04pm (GMT+5.5)
[+] Text [-]

Washington - British-born US-bred actor Samrat Chakrabarti plays two contrasting roles in two new films releasing in India Friday - South Indian icon Kamal Hassan's "Vishwaroop" and Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta's "Midnight's Children".

Chakrabarti, who is headed to Mumbai for the release of the two films plays "Deep", a wealthy, slick, wheeling-and-dealing businessman who gets more than he bargains for in "Vishwaroop".

And in "Midnight's Children" based on the novel by controversial author Salman Rushdie, Chakrabarti plays "Wee Willie Winkie," a poverty-stricken street musician who sings for his supper in the 1940s.

"2013 is proving to be an incredible year so far, especially since I never thought both my latest films would open in the same city on the same day," said Chakrabarti, who is also a musician and a playwright.

"I've been fortunate enough to work with the likes of Salman Rushdie, Deepa Mehta, and Kamal Hassan, all the while playing characters that are completely different from each other," he said.

"I feel lucky to be a part of both of these films and am excited to be in Mumbai for their releases. My parents left India to pursue their dreams, and years later, I have come to India to pursue mine. Full circle!"

Chakrabarti was seven years old before he saw an actor on the big screen he could relate to; that was a young Amitabh Bachchan, in "Namak Halal".

He began watching more Indian cinema, particularly that of fellow Bengali Satyajit Ray, and soon began dreaming of becoming an actor himself.

He began performing onstage in his hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, acted throughout college at Brandeis University, and went on to receive an MFA in Acting from Harvard University.

He has appeared on numerous American TV shows, including '30 Rock', 'In Treatment', 'Bored to Death', 'Law & Order', 'The Sopranos' and 'All My Children and Damages.'

Last February, he made the winners' list of the Triangle Media Group's Global Awards, honouring South Asian achievements in arts and sciences.

Chakrabarti has also won several awards for his compositions, including a US CARA (The Classification & Rating Administration) award for Best Original Pop/Rock Song, for the song "What's It all About."

By Arun Kumar


Rating (Votes: )   

blog comments powered by Disqus

Other Articles:
Race 2' collects Rs.51.35 crore over first weekend (28th Jan, 2013)
Drew Barrymore likes to be a dork at home (28th Jan, 2013)
Kourtney Kardashian flaunts trim post-baby figure in series of skimpy bikinis (28th Jan, 2013)
It’s time for me to take a break from acting, says Helena Bonham Carter (28th Jan, 2013)
Catherine Zeta-Jones to perform in Oscars night tribute to movie musicals (28th Jan, 2013)
Argo tipped for top Oscars after Producers Guild Award win (28th Jan, 2013)
Sofia Vergara credits hooker looks for first acting break (28th Jan, 2013)
Sir Elton John unveils new son Elijah for first time (28th Jan, 2013)
Argo` and Jennifer Lawrence `big winners at SAG Awards` (28th Jan, 2013)
`Hansel and Gretel` tops weekend box office with $19m opening (28th Jan, 2013)
Zoe Saldana seen with mystery man (28th Jan, 2013)
Aamir supports fight against alcoholism among women (28th Jan, 2013)
Grand 'Ram Leela' poster sends right message about film: Ranveer (28th Jan, 2013)
'Ek Thi Daayan' team to visit Maha Kumbh (28th Jan, 2013)
'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’ 2012 Finals; Jasraj Joshi win (28th Jan, 2013)
'Vishwaroopam' ban can spell Rs.30 crore loss: Experts (28th Jan, 2013)
Court defers 'Vishwaroopam' verdict until Tuesday (28th Jan, 2013)
Lucky to be working with Bollywood: Author Chetan Bhagat (28th Jan, 2013)
Gippy Grewal to dub for Punjabi 'Die Hard 5 (28th Jan, 2013)
Live audience most satisfying: Shruti Seth (28th Jan, 2013)
Initially, Akshay didn't understand 'Special Chabbis' (28th Jan, 2013)
Bradley Cooper in talks to play Lance Armstrong (28th Jan, 2013)
Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam case postponed till tomorrow (28th Jan, 2013)
Harry Styles is Ed Sheeran's favourite (28th Jan, 2013)
I am dead to Adele, says father (28th Jan, 2013)

Contact Us | Advertise with Us | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use