‘The Office’ Actor Ranjit Chowdhry Dies at 64

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ranjit Chowdhry

Actor Ranjit Chowdhry died on April 15 in Mumbai, India on the age of 65. He was extensively identified for his position as Vikram on the NBC comedy The Office.

Chowdhry lived in New York City however was unable to return dwelling after visiting India as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. According to Entertainment Weekly, Chowdhry suffered a ruptured ulcer in his gut and died throughout emergency surgical procedure. 

Ranjit Chowdhry 'The Office'
Steve Carell & Ranjit Chowdhry | NBC through Youtube

Ranjit Chowdhry had an intensive profession as an actor 

The Office wasn’t Chowdhry’s first performing gig. Early in his profession, Chowdhry labored as a author. He wrote the screenplay for the 1991 drama Sam and Me. Chowdhry additionally labored on a number of Bollywood movies earlier than engaged on American tasks. 

Chowdhry has an intensive listing of movie and tv credit. He starred in motion pictures like Mississippi Masala alongside Denzel Washington. Chowdhry additionally had roles in Khubsoorat, Khatta MeethaBaton Baton Mein, Last HolidayAutumn in New York, and King of the Jungle.

Later, Chowdhry labored on a number of roles for well-liked televisions exhibits, together with CosbyNYPD BlueGirlsFalconePrison Break, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, amongst others. 

Ranjit Chowdhry as Vikram on ‘The Office’

On The Office, Chowdhry performed Vikram, Michael Scott’s fellow salesman on the Lipephedrine Diet Pill Company within the Season four episode “Money.” Vikram, a former surgeon in India, labored laborious to take care of his considerably excessive gross sales numbers. That dedication to his work was one thing Michael remembered when he began the Michael Scott Paper Company, the short-lived rival of Dunder Mifflin. 

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After Charles Miner (Idris Elba) changed Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak), Michael determined to depart and begin his personal firm. In want of a gross sales staff, Michael recruited Vikram from the weight loss program capsule firm in an try to get his business off the bottom. After realizing Michael’s business wasn’t reliable, Vikram returned to his job promoting slimming capsules. 

Remembering Ranjit Chowdhry

Chowdhry’s half-sister, Raell Padamsee, remembered him in an Instagram post over the weekend. Padamsee wrote: “For all those who knew Ranjit, the funeral will be held tomorrow and a gathering to celebrate his life n share his stories on May 5th. With love, Raell.” 

Chowdhry’s fellow actors paid tribute to his life and work as properly. “This guy made magic out of nothing, filling paper thin roles with so much depth. I always saw my father when I was with him- the same humor, stubbornness and brilliance. Heartbroken, dear friend. RIP,” tweeted actor Poorna Jagannathan, famously identified for her roles in The Night Of and Big Little Lies. 

Director Sanjay Gupta additionally took to Twitter to pay tribute to Chowdhry’s lengthy performing profession. The two labored collectively on the 2002 movie Kaante. “RIP my friend Ranjit Chaudhury,” Gupta wrote. He continued: “Had the pleasure of working with you in KAANTE. Thank you for the joy you gave us through your performances. KHATTA MEETHA is my favourite. Keep smiling wherever you are.”

Andy Buckley, the actor who performed David Wallace on The Office, additionally remembered Chowdhry’s life and profession in performing. 

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