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Lia Chang Video: Aroon Shivdasani interviews The Waiting City’s Samrat Chakrabarti at the 10th Annual Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council (MIAAC) Film Festival

Indo-American Arts Council founder and executive director Aroon Shivdasani and Samrat Chakrabarti at the 10th annual Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council (MIAAC) Film Festival at the SVA Theater in New York on November 12, 2010.  © Lia Chang

Indo-American Arts Council founder and executive director Aroon Shivdasani and Samrat Chakrabarti at the 10th annual Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council (MIAAC) Film Festival at the SVA Theater in New York on November 12, 2010. © Lia Chang

Claire McCarthy’s cross-cultural drama The Waiting City, starring Radha Mitchell, Joel Edgerton and Samrat Chakrabarti, will be released on DVD on May 31, 2011, by Entertainment One.

After the film was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, 2009, Chakrabarti was named one of the Fresh Faces at TIFF by thestar.com, for his role as Krishna. Linda Barnard of thestar.com wrote, “The high point of The Waiting City, about an Australian couple in Calcutta to adopt a child, is the lively and hilarious performance of Samrat Chakrabarti as Krishna, a meddlesome worker at the hotel where the Aussies stay. Befriending them and inserting himself into their lives, he digs out their secrets and gives unsolicited advice, in what seems like a typical Bollywood comic turn by an Indian actor.”

Samrat Chakrabarti, author Jhumpa Lahiri and Glee’s Iqbal Theba at the 10th annual Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council (MIAAC) Film Festival at the SVA Theater in New York on November 12, 2010. © 2010 Lia Chang

Samrat Chakrabarti, author Jhumpa Lahiri and Glee’s Iqbal Theba at the 10th annual Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council (MIAAC) Film Festival at the SVA Theater in New York on November 12, 2010. © 2010 Lia Chang

Last November, I attended the sold-out screening of The Waiting City at the 10th annual Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council (MIAAC) Film Festival at the SVA Theater in New York. After the screening, Indo-American Arts Council founder and executive director Aroon Shivdasani interviewed Chakrabarti about his experience working on The Waiting City. Watch the video below.

It was a big night for Chakrabarti, who had three films at the festival, appearing as an actor in Claire McCarthy’s The Waiting City and Ajay Naidu’s Ashes, and creating the score for Sundaram Tagor’s documentary The Poetics of Color: Natvar Bhavsar, which screened the night before. Chakrabarti, who is also an award-winning musician, is the recipient of the 2010 TMG Award for Global Achievers in the category of Film, TV and Drama, for his outstanding body of work as an actor. Click here for Samrat’s reel.

Bonus features on the DVD include commentary by director Claire McCarthy and actors Radha Mitchell and Joel Edgerton, a featurette and cast and crew interviews.

Other Articles by Lia Chang:
Samrat Chakrabarti stars in Soham Mehta’s Fatakra, Shiva Bajpal’s Raju, and Rehana Mirza’s Zameer & Preeti at NYIFF
Nan Melville’s Documentary ‘Nrityagram: For the Love of Dance’ screens at the Newport Beach Film Festival on May 3
11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF), May 4-8, 2011
Vikas Khanna’s Holy Kitchens Karma to Nirvana premieres at New York Indian Film Festival on 5/7 at Tribeca Cinemas
MIAAC Screens Ashes & The Waiting City, two films featuring Samrat Chakrabarti at SVA Theater on 11/12/10

Actor Samrat Chakrabarti Receives 2010 TMG Award for Global Achievers Samrat Chakrabarti is Featured in Claire McCarthy’s The Waiting City Which Screens at the Toronto International Film Festival
AAIFF Karma Calling, You Don’t Know Jack and Children of Invention
Up Close and Personal with Darren Pettie, Star of The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore
House of Payne’s Denise Burse on the 2011 NAACP Image Awards & Season 7; “Shout Out” Episode airs April 20
André De Shields stars in Chicago Premiere of Charles Smith’s The Gospel According to James at Victory Gardens 5/14-6/12
32nd Annual Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Festival at Union Square Park in NYC on May 8, 2011
Join Minami Tamaki LLP & Inspirational Opportunities for Youth and Seniors (IOYS) in Helping Victims of Japan Earthquake
Ruby Dee, Alicia Keys, Sidney Poitier among honorees at Woodie King, Jr.’s New Federal Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Gala at Edison Ballroom on May 22
Photo Call: BD Wong and the Cast of Heading East at the Asia Society
Multimedia-Photos and Video: Disney’s The Lion King Las Vegas- In the Makeup Chair with Thom Sesma
Crafting a Career
Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive.

Lia Chang Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

As a photographer and videographer, Lia collaborates with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive and social media presence. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden. Lia currently plays Nurse Lia on “One Life to Live”. She has appeared in Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and “New York Undercover”.

Selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space are now in the newly created LIA CHANG THEATER PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.

Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre, Broadwayworld.com, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle, Timeout.com, Villagevoice.com, Playbill.com, Theatermania.com, thelmagazine.com, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for AsianConnections.com. She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog.

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