Tony Sirico as "G"

Tony has had his share of run-ins with the law before packing the pistol away to play hoodlums in the movies. Best known for portraying the character “Paulie Walnuts” for the six season run of HBO’s award-winning dark comedy The Sopranos, Tony knew immediately upon reading the script that this was the role he had been looking for his entire life. In addition to The Sopranos, Tony has worked with directors like Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Sydney Pollack, and Francis Ford Coppola. In his own words, he’s “done like 45 movies, played 40 gangsters and five crooked cops” (Daily News, 2/7/99), a resume that eminently qualifies him for the official group of New York actors called GAG – the Gangsters Actors Guild.

Sulekha Das as Mausi

After making her appearance as the title role in Mausi or:  how an old lady finds her way back to India, Sulekha Das is back by popular demand. She wowed audiences in her hilarious onscreen debut as the hyper chai-caffeinated Mary Poppins from India and inspired the continuation of this story as a feature.  Sulekha made her foray into acting doing radio plays for All India Radio.  She is also a talented lyricist and poet.  In addition to being the Director of the Whippanong Public Library, she dedicates much of her time to charitable causes including the M.A. Center, a school for blind and deaf children, and an orphanage in her home state of Orissa, India.

Gargi Mukherjee as Bebe Raj

Gargi Mukherjee recently played the part of Mira Mashi in Mira Nair’s latest film, The Namesake. She is a well-known actress in the New York/New Jersey Bangla theatre community. She performed the lead part in Rabindranath Tagore’s The Red Oleanders at the South Asian Theatre Festival in the summer of 2006. In the International Fringe Theater Festival of New York in 2005, Gargi performed a monologue The Breast Chronicle, to much critical acclaim, which was based on an adaptation of a short story by the celebrated Indian novelist Mahasweta Devi.  She was the executive producer of a documentary Free to Sing made on the controversial singer/songwriter from Kolkata, India.  Gargi holds a master’s degree in English Literature from NYU.

Barnali Das as Sonal Raj

Barnali has been a working actress in Chicago for several years. Her credits include the short film Complimentary Nuts. Barnali has done several commercials, print campaigns, and voiceovers. In 2003 Barnali co-founded the first South Asian theatre company in the Mid-West, Rasaka Theatre Company.  Rasaka produced Karma Calling as a staged reading during its inception at the Storefront Theater in Chicago.

Ansuman Das as Shyam Raj

Ansuman makes an encore appearance as Shyam Raj in Karma Calling.  He played Shyam in the short film Mausi or:  how an old lady finds her way back to India and received accolades for his onscreen debut in film festivals across the globe.  Ansuman is also an executive producer with Illpath Entertainment, an independent music label creating original hip hop sounds.

Ishani Desai as Jamuna Raj

Ishani developed her passion for acting when she was in the 5th grade and began acting lessons with Kerry Lea in New York City.  Her first gig was for a Masala Bhangra Workout Video with Sarina Jain. Her dedicated father, Mike, continued to accompany her to auditions and forums until she landed her next big break with a small part in August Rush, starring Robin Williams and Freddie Highmore.  Ishani recently appeared on HBO’s new hit “Flight of the Conchords” and also wrapped on the feature film “Pretty to Think So.”

Rizwan Manji as Nikhil

Rizwan was recently seen playing Colonel Mahmood in Mike Nichols’ Golden Globe Nominated film “Charlie Wilson’s War” (with Tom Hanks and Om Puri). He is best known for playing Salim Ali Khan in the Indo-American film “American Desi”. Past tv/film credits include: Transformers, The Guru, Rescue Me, NCIS, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Sleeper Cell, The Game, E-Ring, Damage Control, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and One Life to Live and The Shield to name a few. Rizwan is also the co-Artistic Director of Disha, a theater company whose mission is to foster and produce the works of South Asian artists.

Kavi Ladnier as Radha

Kavi is best known for her role in the first season of NBC’s hit show HEROES as ; Mira Shenoy, Mohinder’s ex-girlfriend. She is slated to star this year in the feature JOY LIES alongside Indian powerhouse actors Revathi and Dhritiman Chatterjee and fellow Karma Calling cast mate Samrat Chakrabarti. Kavi is also featured in a documentary called I HEART HOLLYWOOD, currently in post production. Kavi’s short film DRY CLEAN ONLY was one of this 2008’s winners of the INDEPENDENT LENS FESTIVAL online. In 1998 Kavi starred in JANANI, an Indian art film that won India’s National Award for best director. Other film and televsion credits include CSI:NY(2009), CSI:MIAMI(2009), THEY (Best Screenplay at the ELEVATE FILM FESTIVAL 2008), MR. WOODCOCK, LAS VEGAS, LAW & ORDER, HBO’s SUBWAY STORIES, COSBY and commercials for CHEVY, CONTINENTAL AIRLINES and MEETIC. On stage she has appeared in ANON(YMOUS) at The Joseph Papp Public Theatre in NYC, PENTECOST at Yale Repertory Theatre, OUTFEST LA 2008, SEVEN.11.2005 with Desipina & Co., and several other off-Broadway productions. She holds a BFA in Acting from New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. and currently studies with Stuart Rogers. She is a member of the award winning Theatre Tribe theatre company in North Hollywood. You can visit Kavi at

Darshan Jariwala as Ram Raj

Darshan Jariwala is a theater veteran now claimed by films. An accountant by qualification, and stockbroker by profession, Darshan lived a schizophrenic life, cultivating a passion for theater which competed with his successful career in finance for 20 years. Eventually, he chucked it all and turned into a full-time actor. Recently, Gandhi, My Father opened worldwide to rave reviews for Darshan’s complex rendering of Mahatma Gandhi. According to Newsweek magazine, “Veteran actor Darshan Jariwala gives a refreshing portrayal of a man whose cast-iron morality could transform a nation yet failed to save his own son.” Mostly busy with Bollywood films such as Guru, he has also acted in a couple of indies stateside including Karma Calling and Loins Of Punjab Presents.

Samrat Chakrabarti as Rohit Rao aka "Rob Roy"

Samrat Chakrabarti holds a MFA in Acting from the ART/MXAT Program at Harvard University. His film credits include: Claire McCarthy’s “The Waiting City” (w/Radha Mitchell), Bruce Leddy’s “The Wedding Weekend” (w/Molly Shannon), Manish Acharya’s “Loins of Punjab of Presents” (w/Shabana Azmi), Spike Lee’s “She Hate Me”, Leonardo Ricagni’s “Indocumentados”, Joseph Castelo’s “The War Within” (nominated for INDIE SPIRIT AWARD), Anjaan Dutt’s “The Bong Connection”(w/Victor Banerjee), Ajay Naidu’s “Ashes”, and,Amyn Kaderali’s “Kissing Cousins.”   He has had several guest stars and recurring roles on television, such as: Law And Order(NBC), The Sopranos(HBO), Love Monkey (CBS), Damages (FX), All My Children (ABC) and Hope and Faith(ABC).  Samrat is also an established international musician and has won numerous awards for his music, including: a U.S. CARA for Best Original Pop/Rock Song, for his composition, “What’s It all About.”

Parvesh Cheena as Promod Pattanayaka aka "Peter Patnick"

Parvesh Cheena has  been a part of Karma Calling from its reading in Chicago with Rasaka Theatre Company (Founding member) to its final cut.  Based in Los Angeles, Parv grew up in Naperville, IL and attended college at Roosevelt University in Chicago.  He made his film debut in Barbershop in 2002 as Samir and reprised his role in the 2004 sequel, Barbershop 2:  Back in Business.    Parvesh has also appeared on the ABC sitcom, Help Me Help You starring Ted Danson, ER, The West Wing, The Suite Life with Zack and Cody, and Crossing Jordan. He is currently performing with “The Group” at Second City Los Angeles and is set to film Ode in 2007.

Debargo Sanyal as Chirag Chidambaram aka "Chandler"

Debargo hails from New York City, and is starring in the upcoming feature films Everybody’s Fine, with Robert De Niro and Kate Beckinsale, 7 to the Palace, with Aasif Mandvi and Naseeruddin Shah, Ashes, with Ajay Naidu and Faran Tahir, and Made for Each Other, with Bijou Phillips. His other feature film credits include Red Hook, Drawing with Chalk, Sad Sack Sally, My Sassy Girl, West 32nd, Quarter Life Crisis, and the animated film Sita Sings the Blues. He has made TV guest appearances on Law & Order, The Sopranos, The Unusuals, All My Children, and L&O: Criminal Intent, as well as national commercials. On the NYC stage, Debargo has starred in dozens of theater productions, including the world premiere of Chuck Mee’s Queens Boulevard (the musical) and the NY premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink, with Sendhil Ramamurthy of TV’s Heroes.