Interview with Aerogram!

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.

For the interview, please head over to their website!

Interview with lohud.com!

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.

For the rest of the interview, head over to their website!

Interview with Scarsdale10583.com

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 Scarsdale10583.com. 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.”

For the rest of the interview, please head over to their website!

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 Braingainmag.com about following his passion for acting.

- See more at: http://www.braingainmag.com/backstage-interview-7-questions-with-actor-sendhil-ramamurthy.htm#sthash.gkITJf9s.dpuf

 

India Abroad Profiles Mahesh Pailoor

November 18th, 2014 | Posted by Jenn in Interviews | News | Press - (0 Comments)

The folks at India Abroad profiled Brahmin Bulls director, Mahesh Pailoor this week as the film screens all over the country.

Mahesh’s profile

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Brahmin Bulls Reviews!

November 14th, 2014 | Posted by Jenn in News | Press - (0 Comments)

From The Village Voice in New York City:

The delicate father/son drama Brahmin Bulls relies on a series of small miracles, from an indoor cat finding her way home after being left on the side of the road to an estranged spouse putting her faith in a husband who has repeatedly sidestepped his promises. In Mahesh Pailoor’s accomplished first feature, written with his wife, Anu Pradhan, these moments serve as markers on a path to reconciliation for stern engineering professor Ashok Sharma (Roshan Seth) and his impetuous son Siddhartha, an architect who prefers the nondescript Sid (Sendhil Ramamurthy).

For more of this review, click here!

And from the NYU News:

“Brahmin Bulls” offers a refreshing and honest peek into the relationship of a father and son. The film, directed by NYU alumnus Mahesh Pailoor, manages to balance poignant, raw and realistic moments in the lives of two men with both levity and sincerity.

This story follows Ashok Sharma (Roshan Seth), who visits his son Sid (Sendhil Ramamurthy) on the other side of the country. Ashok has not spoken to Sid in a long time, though this visit is not just a gesture of reconciliation. Ashok also has plans to reconnect with an old flame.

To read this review, please click here!

Any Sendhil Fans in NYC?

November 12th, 2014 | Posted by Jenn in News - (0 Comments)

The time has come for Sendhil fans in NYC! The film will be shown at the AMC Empire 25 near Times Square this Friday night!

Sendhil and writer, Mahesh Pailoor will be doing a Q&A after the screening. If you are planning to attend, let us know on Facebook! Here is a link to the event!

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Brahmin Bulls in Toronto and Philadelphia!

October 14th, 2014 | Posted by Jenn in News | Press - (0 Comments)

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Great news, Sendhil fans! Brahmin Bulls will be showing at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival and at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival on Sunday, November 16th.

Even better news, Sendhil will be at the Toronto showing and director, Mahesh Pailoor will be at the Philadelphia showing!

Looking for tickets in Toronto? Please head over to their website here!

Looking for tickets in Philadelphia? Please head over to their website here!

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More awesome news for Brahmin Bulls. It will be showing next Monday, October 13th at the 20th Annual South Asian Film Festival in Orlando, Florida!

If you are in the area, please report back!

Click here for a link to buy tickets!

Here’s a great short interview with Sendhil from this past spring at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles where he was screening his film, Brahmin Bulls!