Utkarsh Ambudkar

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Utkarsh Ambudkar
Utkarsh Ambudkar in White Famous S01 E03.jpg
Utkarsh Ambudkar in White Famous in 2017
Born (1983-12-08) December 8, 1983 (age 35)
OccupationActor, singer, rapper
Years active2006–present

Utkarsh Ambudkar (/ˈʊtkɑːrʃ æmˈbʊdkɑːr/ UUT-karsh am-BUUD-kar;[1] born December 8, 1983) is an American actor.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Baltimore, Maryland and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 2004.[2]

Career[edit]

He is a former VJ for MTV Desi. He has appeared in the comedy film Pitch Perfect as the character Donald, and in the television shows The Mindy Project and The Muppets.[3] He was set to star in the Fox series, Eat, Pray, Thug[4] but the show was not picked up.[5] Ambudkar originated the role of Aaron Burr in the developmental readings of Hamilton.[2][6] Utkarsh was also seen in the Dungeons & Dragons campaign Force Grey: Giant Hunters and Force Grey: Lost City of Omu, hosted by Matthew Mercer. In that, he plays the character "Hitch", a rogue with a nefarious past. He currently plays Raj on the sitcom Brockmire.

He was cast in the upcoming Disney live-action remake of Mulan as Skatch, a con-artist.[7] He was also cast in the upcoming film Free Guy.[8]

Since 2005, Ambudkar has been a part of hip-hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme under the name UTK the INC.[2] As part of the group, he participated in the limited television series for Pivot in 2014[9] and made his Broadway debut in the group's self-titled show on October 2, 2019.[10]

Discography[edit]

  • The Gold Tusk EP (2006)
  • Members Only EP (2012)[11]
  • Vanity (2019)
  • Petty (2019)

Filmography[edit]

Theater[edit]

  • Freestyle Love Supreme (2019)

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Rocket Science Ram
2008 Last Call Nikash
2012 Pitch Perfect Donald
2015 Freaks of Nature Parminder
2016 Ride Along 2 Amir
2016 Barbershop: The Next Cut Raja
2017 Basmati Blues Rajit
2018 Blindspotting Rin
2018 Game Over, Man! Bae Awadi
2019 Brittany Runs a Marathon Jern
2020 Mulan Skatch Post-production
2020 Free Guy Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006; 2010 The Electric Company UTK; Harry 2 episodes
2011 Danni Lowinski Rasoul Television film
2012 Freestyle Love Supreme UTK Television film
2013 The Mindy Project Rishi Lahiri 10 episodes
2016 The Simpsons Jay (voice) Episode: "Much Apu About Something"
2016 The Muppets Pizza 3 episodes
2017 White Famous Malcolm 10 episodes
2018 Bartlett Sanjay Kahn 4 episodes
2018 Brockmire Raj 5 episodes
2018- Harvey Street Kids Fredo (voice) 17 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Let's Talk About Me, Baby with Utkarsh Ambudkar". Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Caramanica, Jon (2019-09-26). "Utkarsh Ambudkar Finally Gets His Broadway Shot in 'Freestyle Love Supreme'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  3. ^ Peitzman, Louis (8 January 2013). ""Pitch Perfect" Breakout Utkarsh Ambudkar Takes On "The Mindy Project"". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Utkarsh Ambudkar To Star In Fox Comedy 'Eat Pray Thug' Inspired By Rapper Heems". Deadline Hollywood.
  5. ^ "Heems' TV Show Is Not Happening". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  6. ^ Utkarsh Ambudkar and Nisha Ganatra Reveal What Has (and Hasn’t) Changed in Hollywood, retrieved 2019-11-14
  7. ^ "Disney Casts 'Mulan' Love Interest (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  8. ^ "Ryan Reynolds strikes a pose with 'Free Guy' cast as filming ramps up in Boston | Boston.com". www.boston.com. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  9. ^ "Lin-Manuel Miranda on bringing Freestyle Love Supreme to TV". EW.com. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  10. ^ Peikert, Mark (2019-06-18). "Lin-Manuel Miranda's Freestyle Love Supreme Coming to Broadway". Playbill. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  11. ^ "Members Only EP by UTK the INC". Bandcamp.

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