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Ranjit Chowdhry (alternate spellings: Ranjit Chowdhary / Ranjit Chowdhury) is an Indian actor, with around forty movies and television performances to his credit, besides acting in theatre as well. Varied spellings of his names have been used in credits. He has also appeared in several episodes of The Office, as Vikram, a telemarketer who worked with Michael, and was briefly hired for The Michael Scott Paper Company.
For his role as Rocky in Deepa Mehta's 2002 film Bollywood/Hollywood, he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role at the 23rd Genie Awards His other most noted role in recent times has been Last Holiday (2006), starring Queen Latifah.
Ranjit was born and brought up in Mumbai in a family with a theatre background, where he received his early education at Campion School, Mumbai and started his acting career. His father is from a Gujjar background, while his mother, Pearl Padamsee, was of part Jewish descent. He made his debut with Basu Chatterjee's Khatta Meetha, following which he played prominent parts in the Bollywood comedy classics such as Basu Chatterjee's Baton Baton Mein (1979) and Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Khubsoorat (1980). Thereafter, he moved to the USA in the early 1980s. He wrote the screenplay and acted in Sam & Me (directed by Deepa Mehta), which won an Honorable Mention at Cannes in 1991.
His mother, Pearl Padamsee, was a well-known theatre personality, drama teacher and actress on stage and film. His stepfather, Alyque Padamsee,was a theatre actor and director who also headed an advertising company.
- Khatta Meetha (1978)
- Baton Baton Mein (1979)
- Khubsoorat (1980)
- Kaalia (1981)
- Chakra (1981)
- Such a Long Journey (1998)
- Lonely in America (1991)
- Mississippi Masala (1991)
- Bandit Queen (1994)
- Fire (1996)
- Autumn in New York (2000)
- Bollywood/Hollywood (2002)
- Kaante (2002)
- Last Holiday (2006)
- American Blend (2007 film)
- Today's Special (2009 film)
- Slowly, With Love Rafta Rafta, Theatre Review, 3 May 2008.
- Bollywood Hollywood gets 5 Genie nominations Times of India, 3 January 2003,
- Article describing a movie with Ranjit nominated for an award Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine 3 January 2003.
- Interview with Ranjit Chowdhry including a photograph Rediff.com, 13 January 2006.