New York: SONNY SIDE UP, a new talk show launched by New York actor/producer Sonny Chatrath on YouTube, is racking up followers in the entertainment industry all over North America. Part talk show, part improvisation, the 20-minute weekly segments with renowned South Asian actors, directors and industry professionals are serving as a tutorial of sorts for those who are striving to hone their craft in the arts and entertainment industries.
Chatrath, who launched the wildly popular “South Asian Artists in U.S. and Canada” Facebook group in 2013, says his growing audience of 2500+ was asking for this kind of content, especially during the pandemic.
“It was a natural next step in our journey to becoming a world-class arts fraternity. The film industry is a very tough environment, and by sharing success stories of people who are creating incredible content, I want to motivate all the artists who are a part of our group to stay focused and keep pursuing their passions,” said Chatrath, who has acted in several commercials and films himself. He is also a film producer and a veteran of the international travel industry.
SONNY SIDE UP has already featured in-depth interviews with actors like Suniel Shetty, who recently launched a new portal for young South Asian artists called FTC Talent, and directors like Ananth Narayan Mahadevan, whose film Mai Ghaat recently showed at the Cannes Film Festival. Upcoming artist segments featuring the Diaspora and talent back home will include Maneet Chauhan (chef & celebrity judge Chopped), Mannu Sandhu (Miss Universe Canada Humanitarian 2011), Ankur Bhatia (actor AARYA, Haseena), Prashantt Guptha (actor/producer, A New Christmas) and Himanshu Malik (actor/writer/producer, Chitrakut, Kama Sutra, Tum Bin), just to name a few.