EXCLUSIVE: Utkarsh Ambudkar, who stars as Jay in the CBS comedy Ghostsboarded the indie tied to Tribeca Four samosas as executive producer, with Verve Ventures on board to handle sales.
The comedy from writer-director Ravi Kapoor (Miss India America) centers on an aspiring rapper from Little India in Los Angeles, who concocts a backhanded plan to disrupt his ex-girlfriend’s wedding by stealing her wedding diamonds. It will be one of 10 features competing in the US Narrative Competition at Tribeca in June – premiering in New York on June 10, with several more screenings to follow throughout the week of the festival. Venk Potula leads the cast, which also includes Karan Soni, Sonal Shah, Sharmita Bhattacharya, Nirvan Patnaik, Summer Bishil, Meera Simhan, Sujata Day, Samrat Chakrabarti and Tony Mirrcandani.
Kapoor product Four samosas alongside Potula for Khrisp Entertainment, and Rajiv Maikhuri and Craig Stovel for Creative Rebel Productions. Other executive producers on the project include Sanjay Sharma and Milan Chakraborty of Marginal MediaWorks.
“We are thrilled to have UTK join our production team,” Kapoor said. “He is part of a new generation of South Asian luminaries and his breadth of work, from stage to screen to music, coupled with his passion for uplifting others, will provide us with invaluable support as we go forward. that we market “Four Samosas”.
“Utkarsh paves the way for so many of us actors and creators who have worked on the fringes of Hollywood for so long,” Potula said. “We can’t wait to hit NYC with UTK and paint the city brown. Dark brown.”
“I watched and supported Venk grow as an actor for years,” Ambudkar added. “When he and Ravi shared an early version of ‘Four Samosas’ with me, I said I would do whatever I can to help shed some light on the project. I can’t wait for the public to see this entirely original and serious comedy.
Ambudkar is an actor, writer, producer and recording artist whose film credits include Marry me, tick, tick… BOOM!, free guy, Mulane, Brittany runs a marathon, Game over, man!, Blind spot, Basmati Blue, Barbershop: the next haircut, Roll Along 2, Perfect and rocket science. In addition to Ghostswe have seen it on TV in series including The stall, I have never, Special, Brockmire, famous white and The Mindy Project. He recently started shooting best in the world– a feature-length rap musical he conceived, co-wrote, co-produced and starred in for Disney+ – and will also soon be seen in I have never Season 3.
Other upcoming projects from Verve’s independent finance and business team, Verve Ventures, include Steve Buscemi The listenerwith Tessa Thompson; Providencewith Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lily James; Knox leavesstarring and directed by Michael Keaton; Bad behaviour, with Jennifer Connelly and Ben Whishaw; SXSW Grand Jury and People’s Choice Award Winner I love my fatherwith Patton Oswalt; Criminal Emily, featuring Aubrey Plaza; and the queer musical Glitter and misfortune.
Ambudkar is represented by Gersh, 3 Arts Entertainment and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.