Ashok Chaudhary

Ashok Chaudhary, an Indian American actor based in New York, will play the role of a spy in “Code Name Abdul,” also starring Indian actress Tanishaa Mukerji. (photo provided)

New York-based Indian American actor Ashok Chaudhary, who was earlier seen in key roles in Ekta Kapoor’s mega soaps, “Kasautii Zindagii Kay” and “Kkavyanjali,” will reportedly play a spy in Eshwar Gunturu’s upcoming Bollywood film, “Code Name Abdul,” which stars Tanishaa Mukerji in the lead.

 “‘With Tiger Zinda Hai’ touching Rs. 300 crore business, everyone has a renewed interest in movies involving spies. But I believe that Bollywood often portrays spies in a very superficial manner. I hope to introduce more intrigue and suaveness through my character. I am sure that will give it an edge,” said Chaudhary.

A hardcore fan of Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino movies, Chaudhary hails from Haryana, and is a graduate of the Film and Television Institute of India.

“At an early age, my father introduced me to films like ‘Pather Panchali,’ ‘Garm Hava,’ and ‘Taxi Driver,’ and they inspired me to be an actor,” he recalled. “However, when I told my folks at home about my acting dreams, they thought I’d gone crazy. But once they began seeing my work, they understood my passion.”

After moving to the U.S., Chaudhary studied method acting at the Stella Adler School of Acting, The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, and The Herbert Berghof Studio of New York.

Chaudhary has been a part of several plays, television shows as well as award-winning short films like “Lucky Day” and “Back Up.”

 “The Man’s Woman and Other Stories,” where he played the protagonist, won the Orizzonti Award at the Venice Film Festival, while his supporting role in the Indo-American Malayalam comedy, “Monsoon Mangoes,” also got him acclaim.

Apart from “Code Name Abdul,” Chaudhary is looking forward to filmmaker Payal Kapadia’s untitled film, where he portrays a weather forecaster from the ‘70s.

Chaudhary will also be performing as one of the leads in an Off-Broadway play, “The Music In My Blood” this year. 

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