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January 21st, 2015 | Posted by Jenn in Interviews | News | Press - (0 Comments)

The Picture House in Pelham, New York, hosts a January 22 screening of Brahmin Bulls and Q&A with Sendhil Ramamurthy. The film will be released on VOD later this year. 

Waiting by my phone for my latest interview to begin, I’m a bundle of jittery excitement. It’s not every day that I expect a call from an actor who has transformed South Asian American media depictions beyond mere ethnic caricatures, and in the 10-plus years since he broke into showbiz, Sendhil Ramamurthy has done just that. His career trajectory mirrors his personal history, marked by unconventional paths, a patchwork of traditions, and a steadfast resolve to stray from stereotype: a Tamilian lineage with an upbringing in San Antonio; a pre-med major in Boston turned drama school graduate in London; a recurring role on hit American TV shows like Heroes and Beauty and the Beastalongside a part in 2011’s acclaimed, offbeat Bollywood crime drama, Shor in the City.

I look over my notes once more in the few minutes I have left. We’re scheduled to chat about his most recent release, another exercise in cultural convergence, as Sid Sharma in independent filmmaker Mahesh Pailoor’s Brahmin Bulls. The story of an estranged father and son whose cautious reunion is threatened by the return of a woman from their past, the film festival favorite stars Ramamurthy opposite veteran actors Roshan SethMary Steenburgen, and Michael Lerner, as well as Justin Bartha of The Hangover series fame.

At precisely 10 a.m. — a welcome surprise these days, when punctuality is an increasingly rare trait — my ringtone blares and his signature baritone seeps through, tentative yet friendly as he asks if he’s dialed the right number. True-blue Texan that he is, he warns me good-naturedly that he only has a few minutes to chat before a Cowboys game will command his attention. There’s no time for nerves. I take that as my cue to fire away.

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January 20th, 2015 | Posted by Jenn in Interviews | News | Press - (0 Comments)

While the 2008 writer’s strike halted production on countless film and television projects, ironically, it actually served as the impetus for Sendhil Ramamurthy‘s newest film.

“I was on the series when 2008 hit and we had to shut down work,” says Ramamurthy, who was playing Mohinder Suresh on NBC’s “Heroes” at the time. “We couldn’t work for months and months and months, so the script kind of came out of a mutual frustration on our part to do something. I was ostensibly just sitting on my butt waiting for this strike to end so we could go back to work, so we decided to try and put it to some sort of good use.”

The film, “Brahmin Bulls,” tells the story of an estranged father and son trying to mend their relationship after many years.

“I play the son, Sid, who’s a struggling architect who’s a little bit rudderless in his life at the moment,” says Ramamurthy, who stars in the film and also serves as producer. “My father, Ashok (played by Roshan Seth), shows up unannounced. It’s pretty apparent from the get go that these two do not have a good relationship.

“As the film progresses you find out about things that happened in the past and forgiveness that needs to occur that have not yet. It’s really a question of these two figuring out a way forward in their relationship”

Ramamurthy will be at The Pelham Picture House on Thursday for a screening and Q&A, but he talked to us first.

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January 20th, 2015 | Posted by Jenn in Interviews | News | Press - (0 Comments)

Local resident Sendhil Ramamurthy of Heroesfame will air his film Brahmin Bulls and lead a Q & A after the show on Thursday, January 22 at 7:30 pm. Starring Sendhil Ramamurthy and Roshan Seth, Brahmin Bulls follows the complicated, interesting lives of a father (Seth) and grown son (Ramamurthy) as they attempt to rebuild their damaged relationship and mend their own personal lives.

Eva Nagorski, a writer and producer who suggested the film showing to Pelham Picture House said, “I think it’s important to support independent movies given how hard it is to make them and, in particular, distribute them. But that’s far from the only reason I’m supporting Brahmin Bulls. It’s a great film, Sendhil puts on a terrific performance, and it’s a creative accomplishment overall for a first-time director.” She added, “Pelham Picture House is a venue that not only supports independent films, but draws audiences from all over the area who appreciate them.”

Sendhil was gracious enough to meet me one morning in Scarsdale to be interviewed for Only after he had left did several people at the café come up to me and ask how I got to hang out with “The ‘Heroes’ guy.”

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BrainGainMag Interview with Sendhil!

January 5th, 2015 | Posted by Jenn in Interviews | Press - (0 Comments)

Backstage Interview: 7 Questions with Actor Sendhil Ramamurthy

Sendhil Ramamurthy, was a pre-med student at Tufts, but fell in love with acting after taking a drama elective. He followed his passion and went onto study in the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
For decades, South Asians were rarely U.S. television series regulars. But actor Sendhil Ramamurthy changed all that by playing dashing genetics professor Mohinder Suresh on NBC’s sci-fi tinged “Heroes” which made him a household name in America.
“It’s wonderful “Heroes” had an Indian character that had a serious role,” says Ramamurthy, who was asked by the director to deliver his lines with a British accent.Ramamurthy’s roles span not only television, but theater and film as well. On London’s West End stages, Ramamurthy starred in The Royal Shakespeare Company production of “A Servant to Two Masters.” He also starred in the New York premiere of Tom Stoppard’s “Indian Ink” and “East is East” directed by Scott Elliott.

He had a starring role in Gurinder Chadha’s “It’s a Wonderful Afterlife,”’ which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The actor also stars as Jai Wilcox inTV spy drama “Covert Affairs.”

Ramamurthy was a pre-med major at Tufts University in Boston. But his interest in acting led him to London, where he attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art whose alumni include Matthew Goode, and Terrence Stamp. He left drama school with a comprehensive knowledge of the classics and his future wife — fellow thespian Olga Sosnovska.

Ramamurthy talked to about following his passion for acting.

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