Samrat Chakrabarti

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Samrat Chakrabarti
সম্রাট চক্রবর্তী
Born (1975-08-22) August 22, 1975 (age 39)
London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004-present

Samrat Chakrabarti 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), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC) opposite Chris Noth, Law & Order (NBC), Love Monkey (CBS), The Sopranos (HBO) 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, the and Sundaram Tagore’s Natvar Bhavsar: Poetics of Color.


Year Title Role Notes
2004 She Hate Me Ahmad
2005 Arya Raj Singh Tamil film
2005 The War Within Pakistani Interrogator
2006 The Bong Connection Rakesh
2007 Loins of Punjab Presents Trance Sen
2007 Karma Calling Rohit Rao
2007 Kissing Cousins Amir
2009 New York Yakub Hindi film
2010 Ashes Rishi
2012 Winds of Change Wee Willie Winkie
2012 Price Check Eddie
2013 Vishwaroopam Deepak Chatterjee Tamil film
2013 Vishwaroop Hindi film
2013 Vishwaroopam 2 Tamil film
2013 Vishwaroop 2 Hindi film
2013 Beyond the Mask Basil In-Production
2014 The Ladies of the House Derek English
2015 Blemished Light Anees English
2016 Wiener-Dog Filming

Television roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Sopranos (HBO) Dr. Onkar Singh
2004 Law & Order (NBC) Hydar Raheem
2004 Hope and Faith (ABC) DJ
2006 Love Monkey (CBS) Engineer
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC) Tariq Amir
2013 Law & Order: Criminal Intent


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