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#AllRounder: Sendhil Ramamurthy talks Fathers, Sons and ‘Brahmin Bulls’

It’s difficult to maintain any kind of objectivity when interviewing someone with as much floppy-haired charm – not to mention that chiselled jaw-line, an extraordinarily husky voice and oodles of humility – as Sendhil Ramamurthy.

Those wonderful attributes however, are merely the icing on a cake that would make Mary Berry envious for Ramamurthy, 41, boasts a CV that is remarkable not only for how prolific it is but also for its sheer variety.

Born in Chicago to physician parents originally from South India, Ramamurthy’s first instinct – unsurprisingly – was to follow his parents into medicine before the acting bug took hold.

Arming himself with a degree in history – and what better way to successfully contextualize any character than having a good grasp of history? – Ramamurthy first lit up London’s West End in plays such as ‘A Servant of Two Masters’ and ‘Indian Ink’ before settling down as a working actor, appearing in everything from ‘Casualty’ and ‘Ellen’ to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and Gurindher Chadha’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Afterlife’.

He is best known however, as Professor Mohinder Suresh in the mind and time-bending sci-fi hit ‘Heroes’.

His latest project is the curiously-named ‘Brahmin Bulls’, a film unlike any Ramamurthy has done before – in scale, characterization and pace.

Written and directed by Mahesh Pailoor, the film follows the fortunes of LA architect Sid Sharma (Ramamurthy), whose life is thrown into turmoil due to multiple simultaneous crises.  His marriage is on the rocks, his job is slightly less parlous and he’s smoking an unhealthy amount of dope.

Adding to his woes is the arrival on the scene is his father Ashok (the outstanding Roshan Seth) who decides a sojourn to sunny California is the cure for his own ailments. 

The highly accomplished Pailoor charts the journey of these two flawed men as they come to terms with life and each other. 

It is a deeply moving film that reminded me very much of Satyajit Ray’s work: slow-paced, beautifully shot, funny, moving and with characters that are utterly compelling.

Ramamurthy is excellent – giving a nuanced performance as a man coming of age.

I caught up with him in London to find out more.

 

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