Dev Patel is playing a Sikh character in his upcoming film, Hotel Mumbai and to make his character look authentic, the actor lived with Sikh families in Mumbai for over a month. In fact, we hear that it was Dev, who insited the makers to make the protagonist a Sikh.
Talking about it, the actor said, “I was trying to be more versatile as a performer and break down stereotypes. I love going to India, and I jump on every opportunity I get to explore my roots. I don’t want to repeat the same character again. I had read many stories about Sikh cabbies being abused after September 11, and I saw that people didn’t understand what their faith was about. There needed to be a better representation of them. A young Sikh man once took off his turban to stop someone from bleeding after a car crash. These are the things I held on to in order to imbibe the vibe of this part. It’s a selfless and incredible community. In their Gurudwara, it reads – “My turban, my pride”. It became one of the speeches in the film.”
Dev is playing a chef’s apprentice in the movie, which revolves around the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Anupam Kher is essaying the role of his mentor in the film.
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