Dev Patel reveals he is tired of being criticised for stealing roles from 'real' Indian actors

The 28-year-old actor, who was born in London to parents from Gujarat, said he is trying to understand himself better by connecting to his heritage.
News,Dev PatelThe 28-year-old actor, who was born in London to parents from Gujarat, said he is trying to understand himself better by connecting to his heritage.
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British-Indian actor Dev Patel made an impressive debut in 2008 with Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire but he revealed that he is tired of being criticised for "stealing" roles from "real" Indian actors. The 28-year-old actor, who was born in London to parents from Gujarat, said he is trying to understand himself better by connecting to his heritage, reported PTI. Dev Patel went on to do critically acclaimed films after his breakthrough performance as Jamaal Malik in Slumdog Millionaire. 

In an interview with San Francisco Chronicle, Patel revealed that even today he faces flak for 'stealing' roles. "I get flak sometimes because people will say, 'Why aren't they giving these roles to a real Indian?' I wonder, What does that even mean? The only way I can converse with my grandparents is in Gujarati. Does that make me real enough?" the actor questioned. 

He also added that he is trying to connect to his heritage. "The truth is I'm trying to understand myself better and my heritage, to figure things out, in the movie choices I make. That's been the greatest thing for me in going to India repeatedly," Patel told the publication.

Dev Patel has starred in more than one film which has been set in India. The latest one was Hotel Mumbai which is based on the terrorist attacks that took place in Mumbai and several other locations across the city in 2008. The Lion star previously confessed he "reconnected" with his Indian roots when he starred in the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire. In 2016, he later said that he could never really fit in as the locals "could smell the foreigner on me".

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Those are the only roles Hollywood even gives him. Do these people want him to be jobless or something smh

Honestly, I found it really weird that Dev Patel is playing one of the main characters in Hotel Mumbai. Not because I think he is not Indian enough but I feel as though he just cannot do full justice to the role. It needs to be played by someone who has a true Indian accent, who lives here in India and can understand the depth of that role. A lot of American Indian/British Indians find it offensive when they are just asked to play an India guy on T.V shows with an accent because that's not how the identify themselves so..I say the same thing when Dev Patel is being offered a role just because he is Indian he should not take up that offer! It's weird enough the more than half of the movie will be in English.

This guy is such a lame actor he and Frieda got fame for no reason, just because their movie won Oscars, otherwise they are totally bad actors, very average..

But this NRI actors are more real and educated than Bollywood wannabe actors...

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