Mahira Kakkar

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About Mahira

Mahira Kakkar was born and raised in Kolkata, India. Her grandfather gave her the name Mahira – derived from the Urdu word Mahir- which means “talented.” At a young age, she won prizes in elocution contests in school, and dreamed of becoming a ballet dancer, a rock star, or an actor, but only had access to training in Bharatnatyam dance, and Hindustani classical music. Mahira graduated from the drama program at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, and was the first Indian accepted into the drama program. Since then, she has worked extensively in the theater, and in January 2013, Mahira co-starred in the play “Clive” at The New Group, directed by and starring Ethan Hawke, and also starring Vincent D’Onofrio and Zoe Kazan.

Mahira's Reel

Mahira's Resume

Off-Broadway / New York Theatre

  • Romeo & Juliet Lady Capulet The Public Theatre / Lear deBassonet
  • Untitled Julie Taymor Project Ensemble Workshop / Julie Taymor
  • Monsoon Wedding Pimmi Workshop / Mira Nair
  • When January Feels Like Summer Nirmala Ensemble Studio Theatre / Daniella Topol
  • The Ragged Claws Safiya Cherry Lane Studio / Jedadiah Schultz
  • Clive Woman #2 New Group / Ethan Hawke
  • Harper Regan Justine Ross Atlantic Theatre Company / Gaye Taylor Upchurch
  • All's Well That Ends Well Widow / Linguist Soldier Public Theater Shakespeare Lab / Barry Edelstein
  • Sophistry Debbie Beckett Theatre / James Warwick
  • Opus Grace Primary Stages / Terry Nolen
  • Betrothed Bibi Ripe Time Theatre Company / Rachel Dickstein
  • Cave Dwellers The Girl Pearl Theatre Company / Shepard Sobel
  • Miss Witherspoon Maryamma Playwrights Horizons / Emily Mann

Television / Film

  • Odd Mom Out ("Brooklandia") supporting Jeff Melman
  • Louie ("A La Carte") Check-Out Clerk Louis C.K.
  • The Blacklist ("Luther Braxton (No. 21): Conclusion") E.R. Doctor Michael Watkins
  • Hechki Lead Kartik Singh Audience Favorite Award-River to River Florence Film Festival 2014
  • Oil and Vinegar Fahira Brad Binning
  • The Life Of Pi V oiceover Ang Lee
  • Blue Bloods Supporting Stephen Gyllenhaal
  • Hank And Asha Asha (Lead) James E. Duff BronzeLens Award- BronzeLens Film Festival
    Audience Favorite Best Actress Award – Napa Valley Film Festival
    Audience Favorite Film Award – Slamdance Film Festival
  • The Big C Supporting Craig Zisk
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent Guest Star Steve Shill
  • Gareeb Nawaz’s Taxi Supporting Ritesh Batra
  • A Night In The Hill Abhi (Lead) Matthew Weiss

Regional Theatre

  • The Crucible Mary Warren Cleveland Playhouse / Laura Kepley
  • The Profane Aisa/Dania New York Stage and Film / Carolyn Cantor
  • Five Mile Lake Peta McCarter Theatre / Emily Mann
  • Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Cassandra Bucks County Playhouse / Sheryl Kaller
  • La Dispute Adine Hartford Stage / Darko Tresnjak
  • Macbeth 2nd Witch Hartford Stage / Darko Tresnjak
  • Modern Terrorism Yalda CATF / Ed Herendeen
  • Jesus In India Mary / Mahari Magic Theatre / Daniella Topol
  • Twelfth Night Viola Westport Country Playhouse / Mark Lamos
  • Rafta Rafta Vina Old Globe Theatre / Jonathan Silverstein
  • Romeo & Juliet Vina Virginia Stage Company / Patrick Mullins
  • Romeo & Juliet Juliet Arden Theatre Company / Matt Pfeiffer
  • Inana Shali Denver Center Theatre / Michael Pressman
  • Seven Mukhtaran 92nd Street Y / Evan Yionoulis
  • Coriolanus Virgilia Oregon Shakespeare Festival / Laird Williamson
  • Our Town Emily Webb Oregon Shakespeare Festival / Chay Yew
  • The Three Sisters Irina Baltimore Center Stage / Irene Lewis
  • Around The World In 80 Days Aouda Florida Studio Theatre / Russ Treyz
  • Miss Witherspoon Maryamma McCarter Theatre / Emily Mann
  • Lady Windermere's Fan Lady Windermere Baltimore Center Stage / Irene Lewis
  • Once In A Lifetime Miss Leighton Chautauqua Theatre / Ralph Zito
  • Macbeth Witch Chautauqua Theatre / Rob Bundy

Training

  • Acting: Juilliard – Drama Divison, Harold Guskin, Cotter Smith, SITI
  • Shakespeare: The Public Theatre Shakespeare Lab
  • On Camera: Bob Krakower, Ted Sluberski, Steven O’Neill, Victoria Visgilio, Ellen Novack
  • Voice/Singing: Matt Farnsworth Studios

Special Skills

  • Dialects: Standard American, Afghani, Standard British, Cockney, French, German, Pakistani, Indian Fluent in Hindi and Bengali.
  • Basic Trapeze
  • Spoken Word

Contact

Email

DGRW
Douglas, Gorman, Rothacker & Wilhelm
1501 Broadway, Suite 703
New York, NY, 10036
212-382-2000

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News

Watch Mahira’s scene in Season 5 of “Louie”

Mahira was really excited to work with Louis C.K. on his show Louie. Her scene is on Louie C.K.’s official YouTube channel. Check it out!

Watch the entire short film “Hechki”

Kartik Singh, writer and director of “Hechki” has posted the short film on his YouTube channel. It’s a beautiful, fun film and I was delighted to work with him. Click here to see Mahira in “Hechki.”

Movies and Films Likes Hank & Asha

The industry podcast Movies and Films reviewed Hank and Asha, calling it “a very sweet love story.” And:

Mahira Kakkar plays Asha and she is wonderful. She has such a beautiful energy to her and she is just delightful. You can’t take your eyes off her.

Comments about Hank and Asha begin at about minute 44. You can listen to the entire episode (#87) here.

Hank and Asha reviewed in LA Times

Hank and Asha received a glowing review from the LA Times:

… the beguiling lead performances are what ultimately make “Hank and Asha” such a watchable little adventure. Like the film itself, Kakkar and Pastides are lively, adorable and thoroughly winning.

Read the entire review here.

Hank and Asha Extended For One More Week At Village East

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Hank And Asha is being held over at Village East Cinema in New York, NY has been extended another week! You now have until April 24 to go see it.

River Run Review Likes Hank And Asha

Chad Nance, writing for Winston-Salem’s River Run Review saw Hank And Asha. and loved it. He had some very kind things to say about Andrew Pastide, my co-star, and about me as well:

Mahira Kakkar as Asha is, in a word, adorable. Her performance is truthful, fleshed out and filled with a true joy that is never “bubbly” or vapid, but comes from a sincere depth and strength of character.

Read the whole review here.