Actor Dev Patel had a harrowing experience while acting for the film Hotel Mumbai. It was an eye opener for him as he realized the struggles of 2008 terrorist attack victims of Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
Present at the discussion of Asia Society, Dev Patel recalled his experience of shooting the film. On being asked whether it would interest him to do a movie on British rule in India, Dev expressed his interest towards the same, however, he insisted on its possibility depending upon the script. He further went on to add about the challenges of crafting a movie based on historical happenings.
As per the IANS reports, Dev Patel said,”I feel especially when you are tackling a project that is about real events, that affected real human lives, in a massive catastrophic way, there is great responsibility in that. So I tread very carefully when I am dealing with such subject matters. I just did a film recently which is based on the 2008 terror attacks on the Taj Hotels in Mumbai. It was a harrowing film to shoot and to really get an inside look at the suffering of these people in this hotel in this terror siege was really eye-opening.”
Hotel Mumbai chronicles the true events of terrorist attacks hurled on Taj Mahal Palace hotel dated November 26, 2008 by the terrorists of Pakistan who belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba. The attack which prevailed for three days killed 167 people.
Dev is playing the role of a waiter in the movie which is helmed by Anthony Maras. Dev Patel who is British born actor was bestowed the Asia Game Changer Award of Asia Society’s 2017 for “using celebrity to place a spotlight on India’s poor”.
Asia Society extolled Dev Patel’s characters in Slumdog Millionaire and Lion by stating, “challenge audiences to view India’s poor not as teeming, desperate masses but as individuals imbued with hopes, dreams, and opportunities”.
Dev Patel mentioned about his love for movies ever since he was a child and that his favourite includes Bruce Lee’s Enter The Dragon which he used to watch it during his bedtime at home.
“I fell in love with cinema and escapism, he said to IANS.
On being questioned about any role that he would be disinterested in playing, he said, “I would take home any role if it is executed well.”
Recounting about his avoidance towards characters like taxi drivers or terrorists, Dev spoke about thes sudden transformation in his thoughts, he said to IANS, “It is important that we educate the world through our art. If I can play a role like that… and show the grey areas and parts of the human psyche and mentality that we are not aware of, then we can break down those broad strokes that we have, that we keep painting in the media and we can get to the core of some of these issues.”
He mentioned that Hollywood has improved in producing movies about non-white and different people, though, he said, “There’s ways to go.”
“Our film-making and art should represent an exploration of what it is like to be human. It shouldn’t be giving voice to (only) one part of society. Everyone should be able to look at that big screen and be able to relate to someone out there. There should be a story for everyone,” he said to IANS.
Adding further he said, “We’re beginning to hear some more diverse voices in the film industry.The box office success of films like The Big Sick can show the studios that an Asian actor can be bankable.”
The Big Sick revolves around the true story of inter-racial Pakistani and white American couple portrayed by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, who are also the writers of the film. The movie also features Anupam Kher. The movie has marked $50 million at the box office this year.