Samrat Chakrabarti

  • Actor

Aug 22, 1975  in London, United Kingdom

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Samrat Chakrabarti is an Indian-origin British-American film and television actor and musician, who was seen in single episodes of shows such as The Sopranos, Law & Order, and NCIS. Meanwhile, he has appeared in Tamil, English, and Hindi language movies.

EARLY LIFE
Born on 22 August, 1975 in London, England, Samrat Chakrabarti’s parents originally hail from Kolkata, India. As a child, he often performed at Indian community functions in Boston, Massachusetts, which is where he was exposed to music, poetry and the plays of Rabindranath Tagore.

Movie CAREER
Samrat Chakrabarti made his acting debut in 2004 with Spike Lee’s independent comedy-drama She Hate Me. This film largely received negative reviews and failed to perform at the box office. He then appeared in the 2005 American drama film directed by Joseph Castelo, The War Within, which was nominated for an Indie Spirit Award. Following that, Chakrabarti was seen in The Wedding Weekend (2006) opposite Molly Shannon, which was unsuccessful. The actor then played a part in Manish Acharya's hit musical comedy Loins of Punjab Presents (2007).

Chakrabarti starred opposite Rebecca Hazlewood in the 2008 American romantic comedy film Kissing Cousins, which received mixed reviews from audiences. The following year saw him in the Australian drama comedy film The Waiting City (2009), which was relatively well-received. In 2009, he was cast alongside Tannishtha Chatterjee in Bombay Summer, which went on to win the Best Film at the 2009 MIAAC Film Festival.

He then made an appearance in the successful Indian thriller film by Kabir Khan, New York (2009), following which he was seen in Ajay Naidu’s 2010 indie drama film Ashes, which was appreciated by audiences. He was then seen in Chris Wyatt’s murder mystery film Murder in the Dark (2013).

Television CAREER
Chakrabarti has appeared in numerous television shows. While he was seen playing Irrfan Khan’s son on In Treatment, he was also cast in other popular shows such as 30 Rock opposite Alec Baldwin, Bored to Death, Blue Bloods opposite Tom Selleck, the successful legal drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent opposite Chris Noth, Law & Order, Love Monkey, The Sopranos opposite James Gandolfini, and All My Children. While of these are either single or multiple episode appearances, he has a recurring role opposite Tad Danson on FX’s Damages.

MUSIC CAREER
In 1994, he formed an award-winning all-male a capella group called VoiceMale of which he is actively a part of and contributes original compositions and arrangements for, including the single Please Don’t Go, which appeared on the album Suit Up. He has received a U. S. CARA for Best Original Pop/Rock Song for his composition, What's It all About. He was also a part of an a cappella group named Five O' Clock Shadow and the group The Hyannis Sound. In 1998, Chakrabarti produced an untitled album for his musical group, JYDE, and composed one song named Startving. Chakrabarti also composed the theme song Dhol Beat for his film Loins of Punjab, and Sundaram Tagore’s Natvar Bhavsar: Poetics of Color.