Actor Ranjit Chowdhry Passes Away at Age 64


Logan Wilkov, Staff Writer

At the age of 64, actor Ranjit Chowdhry passed away in his hometown in India. He recently traveled home to receive a dental procedure but eventually was unable to return to America due to the coronavirus pandemic shutdown. During his stay he endured a ruptured ulcer in his intestines and was rushed to emergency treatment. But unfortunately he passed away on April 15th at a Mumbai hospital. 

Chowdhry was most famously known for his roles in movies, television, and theater. He was raised with a theater background and began his acting career at a very young age in school. He first appeared in Basu Chatterjee’s film, Khatta Meetha and later played roles in Bollywood comedy classics. In the early 1980’s he moved to America where he continued his passion for acting along with writing the screenplay for Sam & Me.

As a guest star he appeared in television series from Prison Break, Law & Order SVU, NYPD Blue, Bored to Death, and Girls. He also appeared in the 1990 film Lonely in America and Last Holiday with Queen Latifah. 

He most famously starred on the television series, The Office for season 4 and 5 in 2007. He played the role of Vikram, who was a telemarketer who worked with Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell, at his second job at a diet pill company. Vikram is highly talented at sales and his figures are not even comparable to other workers. He later appeared working for The Michael Scott Paper Company after Michael recruited him due to leaving Dunder Mifflin Company. 

Filmmakers, directors and fans remember and embrace Chowdhry’s great work in American and Indian entertainment through social media this week. Chowdhry’s half-sister, Raell Padamsee announced a celebration of his life occurred on May 5. 


“Confidence. It’s the food of the wise man, but the liquor of the fool.”- Vikram