The long road that started over two years ago when I sat down to write a new TV series has led me to one steamy night this July when I'll see the pilot Cuff have its world premiere at the New York Television Festival. Just three weeks from now, on Tuesday, July 17th at 8 p.m., I'll be in attendance with some of the very special folks who helped me put this show together as well as the people I hold near and dear to my heart. Tickets are only $5 and are on sale now (click the picture below to zip over to the purchase page). Hope to see you at the Helen Mills Theater in Chelsea, NYC! :)
Excited to announce that I've joined the cast of Nivedita Kulkarni's How I Died going up as a part of the Riant Theatre's Strawberry One-Act Play Festival in February! (Feb. 16th to be precise). Really thrilled to work with Nivedita who's a regular fixture at Upright Citizen's Brigade here in NYC and a talented actor/director.
FEB - MARCH 2013 - I played "Sidd" in Turhan Calyk's play Ringmaster that was presented as a part of the Kraine Theatre's 2013 FRIGID Theatre Festival in the Lower East Side.
APRIL- MAY 2013- I got to work with an award-winning young director, Michael Morgenstern, and two really talented actors, David A. Gregory and Dan Amboyer, on Michael's short film, Lily In the Grinder. Lily is a surrealist piece on the elasticity of time and how we perceive/experience death. It's in post-production right now so stay tuned for updates!
JULY-AUGUST 2013 - These two months were packed! First, I got to work on my first New York Fringe Festival show when I joined the cast of Joe Martin's Soundwaves: The Passion of Noor Inayat Khan as Noor's younger brother, "Vilayat". The true story about an English spy of Indian descent who hailed from a Sufi Muslim family is one of the great stories of the WWII era and I'm so happy I was a part of keeping this legend's tale alive.
Then, on the heels of Soundwaves closing, I was cast in a short film, BK, by a graduate student from USC, Jay Julian Cohen. Jay's film is an ode to friendship, Brooklyn, and the cost of following your dreams. I play "Pardiv", one of three best friends who room together in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and share a crazy night when their cat sneaks out of the apartment. Had a lot of fun working on this project and pulled a couple of beast all-nighters on the streets of Williamsburg and Bushwick. The cast and crew were amazing to work with and made some great friends in the process. This one's also in post-production so keep an eye out for updates!
OCTOBER-DECEMBER - I got to meet Marci Phillips of ABC Prime-time Casting in New York City thanks to ABC's partnership with South Asians in Media & Marketing Association (SAMMA). I was selected along with 15-20 other South Asian actors from hundreds of submissions to participate in a workshop with Marci on audition techniques for booking series regular roles and it was invaluable!
I also hit up Los Angeles for Actors' Connection and auditioned for some pretty well known casting directors and agents to let the West Coast know what I have to offer (e.g. Russell Scott who cast Breaking Bad). This trip was a huge success because two agencies invited me back for interviews and I'm happy to announce that I am on board with Rogers Orion Talent Agency!
All this bouncing around and hustling this year must have left an impression on interwebs because a couple of weeks into December I got a call from the newspaper India Abroad to do a piece for their India In New York weekly magazine about my life in New York City as an artist in a segment they call "Desi View". Needless to say I was thrilled to share my story and it's posted on my site if you want to check it out.
And last but not least, this is the final two months of my film For Flow's run on HBO. I've been spamming my social media feeds about this so one more mention can't hurt right? Go check out For Flow on HBOGo!
I want to thank all of you, my friends and family for all the support over the years. This journey is just getting started and I have a lot more exciting work to share with you.