Samrat Chakrabarti

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Samrat Chakrabarti
সম্রাট চক্রবর্তী
Born (1975-08-22) 22 August 1975 (age 44)
EducationBrandeis University (BA)
Harvard University (MFA)
OccupationActor, musician
Years active2003-present

Samrat Chakrabarti (Bengali: সম্রাট চক্রবর্তী) (born 22 August 1975) is a British-American film actor and musician of Indian descent.


Early life[edit]

Born in London, England to Indian Hindu Bengali immigrant parents from Kolkata, West Bengal, India. He performed in Indian community functions in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was exposed to music, poetry and the plays of Rabindranath Tagore.

Acting career[edit]

Having acted all through school, Chakrabarti's feature film debut came in 2004 in Spike Lee's She Hate Me. Early in his career, he starred opposite Molly Shannon in The Wedding Weekend and then in Manish Acharya's Loins of Punjab Presents. He also had a role in the Australian film, The Waiting City. His film, The War Within, was nominated for an Indie Spirit Award while Bombay Summer, starring Tannishtha Chatterjee won Best Film at the 2009 MIAAC Film Festival. Chakrabarti starred opposite Rebecca Hazelwood in Kissing Cousins and made an appearance in the Yash Raj-produced Bollywood film, New York. Chakrabarti played the character Rishi, a menacing gangster in Ajay Naidu’s Ashes. He will be seen soon in Murder in the Dark, produced by Napoleon Dynamite’s Chris Wyatt.

Chakrabarti has also appeared in television productions. He has appeared on In Treatment (HBO) as Irrfan Khan’s son, 30 Rock (NBC) opposite Alec Baldwin, Bored to Death (HBO), Blue Bloods (CBS) opposite Tom Selleck, Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC) opposite Chris Noth, Law & Order (NBC), Love Monkey (CBS), The Sopranos (HBO) opposite James Gandolfini, and All My Children. Chakrabarti was a recurring character on FX’s Damages opposite Ted Danson.

Music career[edit]

Samrat Chakrabarti is also an established international musician. In 1994, he founded Brandeis University's award-winning all male a cappella group, VoiceMale, for which he continues to contribute arrangements and original compositions, including "Please Don't Go," which appears on the album Suit Up and arrangements for the national a cappella compilation Voices Only 2009. He won a U.S. CARA for Best Original Pop/Rock Song for his composition "What's It all About". He is a former member of the a cappella group Five O' Clock Shadow. He was also a part of the group The Hyannis Sound. In 1998, Chakrabarti produced an untitled album for his musical group, JYDE, and composed the song "Startving".

Chakrabarti has also composed the theme song "Dhol Beat" for Loins of Punjab, and Sundaram Tagore’s Natvar Bhavsar: Poetics of Color.


Year Title Role Notes
2004 She Hate Me Ahmad
2005 Arya Raj Singh Tamil film
The War Within Pakistani Interrogator
2006 The Bong Connection Rakesh
2007 Loins of Punjab Presents Trance Sen
Karma Calling Rohit Rao
Kissing Cousins Amir
2009 New York Yakub Hindi film
2010 Ashes Rishi
Gangor Ujan
2012 Midnight's Children Wee Willie Winkie
Price Check Eddie
2013 Vishwaroopam Deepak Chatterjee Tamil film
Vishwaroop Hindi film
2014 The Ladies of the House Derek English
2014 Unfreedom Anees
2015 Beyond the Mask Basil
2016 Wiener-Dog Dr. Farhard Rahman
2017 Viceroy's House Moshin
2018 The Kindergarten Teacher Sanjay Roy
2018 Nancy Raj
2018 Vishwaroopam 2 Deepak Chatterjee Tamil film
2018 Vishwaroop 2 Hindi film
2019 Stray Dolls Sal

Television roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Sopranos (HBO) Dr. Onkar Singh Episode: "Marco Polo"
Law & Order (NBC) Hydar Raheem Episode: "Enemy"
Hope and Faith (ABC) DJ Episode: "Jack's Back"
2006 Love Monkey (CBS) Engineer Episode: "Opportunity Knocks"
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC) Tariq Amir Episode: "World's Fair"
2008 All My Children (ABC) Saad Pertiwi Episode: #1.10018
2009 Damages (FX) Manu Singh Episodes: "They Had to Tweeze That Out of My Kidney" and "New York Sucks"
Celebrity Ghost Stories (The Biography Channel) Pharmacist (TV Series documentary)
2010 Bored to Death (HBO) Akhil Episode: "Forty-Two Down!"
In Treatment (HBO) Arun Sanyal Episode: "Sunil: Week One"
30 Rock (NBC) Ramesh Episode: "College"
2013 The Carrie Diaries (The CW) Doc Episode: "I Heard a Rumor"
Blue Bloods (CBS) Parmar Hameed Episode: "Mistaken Identity"
2014 Law & Order: SVU (NBC) Mr. Salim Episode: "Criminal Stories"
2015 Mr. Robot (USA Network) Rohit "Ron" Mehta Episode:
2016 NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) Jenner Blye Episode: "Sister City: Part 1"
NCIS (CBS) Episode: "Sister City: Part 2"


Year Title Role
2005 SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy SEALs Additional South Asia AO Voices
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories N/A
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo Additional South Asia AO Voices
2013 Grand Theft Auto V The Local Population
2014 Far Cry 4 Additional Voices


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