Trek Untold-Episode 153: Kavi Raz is Engineering A Future for South Asian Filmmakers
Kavi Raz is Engineering A Future for South Asian Filmmakers
Kavi Raz only appeared once in Star Trek history, but his story beyond this sci-fi franchise is what makes him truly fascinating.
Kavi appeared as Lt. Jg. Singh in the Star Trek TNG episode “Lonely Among Us,” but his humble beginnings make his trip to the stars even more exciting. We learn about the journey that took him from Punjab, India, to England and Hollywood, being an engineer in real life before he played one on a starship, learning acting from Hedy Sontag, forming The Wandering Players theater troupe to bring authentic Indian theatre to L.A., and more about his past.
From there, it's onto our Trek talk, including a reveal of which leading role he initially auditioned for (and almost got), working on Stephen King's “Pet Cemetery” film with Denise Crosby, and what it was like walking through a Starship. Kavi also talks to us about his time on “General Hospital” and “M.A.S.H.”
Plus, why he started directing and formed his own production company, and the latest project he is working on – a streaming platform focused on Indian shows and films.
Check out “The Barefoot Warriors” and “The Gold Bracelet,” among other great films and shows made by South Asian creators, at Cpics.tv.
NOTE: This interview was done on the day the SAG-AFTRA strike was announced, so we were unsure of the union rules for this interview, but we decided to conduct it in good faith. No other interviews with actors on this podcast were recorded after the strike began unless they were discussing those specific events.
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