Shooting in India helps me connect with my roots: Dev Patel

“It is a wonderful way to get in touch with your culture and with your roots. I’m constantly astounded whenever I go to India. I feel so inspired by the people I interact with and with the things that I see,” Dev, who sprang to global stardom with the Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire, told IANS over phone from Berlin.

“I really hope I can continue to do that all my life,” said the Gujarati lad, adding that he finds Indian food ‘great’.

Just a cursory glance on the work done by Dev - be it a Mumbai slum dweller in Slumdog Millionaire, Neal Sampat of TV series The Newsroom or a manager of a hotel in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel- shows that despite spending his growing up days in Britain, the actor has traced the journey of an Indian man in most of his films.

Another movie, The Man Who Knew Infinity, a biopic on Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, brought Dev to India. Now, Dev is gearing up for his movie Chappie, set to release in India on March 13. For Chappie, Dev teamed up with Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver.

Asked about Bollywood legends, Dev was quick to share his long list of favourites.

“There are a couple. I would start with Shah Rukh Khan. He is my absolute favourite. And then...I have already worked with him but I would die to work with him again - Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin, these are my top favourites,” the actor said.

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