Danny Boyle’s wonder boy, Freida Pinto’s (Latika) million dollar co-star, and the man who made it big as the ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, names Patel, Dev Patel. An award-winning British actor who’s known as Anwar Kharral in the teen drama series Skins but better known as the ‘Jamal Malik’ who got lucky winning the Who’s Want To Be A Millionaire (in movie of course) is the man of hour.
Dev has won a number of awards for his role in Danny Boyle's rag to riches saga Slumdog Millionaire, including a Critics' Choice Award and Screen Actors Guild Award. The British Indian has even been nominated for the prestigious BAFTA Award for the Best Actor in a Leading Role.
But it looks like it didn’t take long for Dev Patel to go Hollywood, for according to media reports, M. Night Shyamalan has cast the 18-year-old actor for his supernatural martial-arts movie, ‘The Last Airbender.’ The filming begins in Greenland next month.
Born Drama King..
Dev was a born drama king in all means, in fact his drama teacher, Niamh Wright had once stated, "Dev was a gifted student who quickly impressed me with his innate ability to communicate a wide variety of characters imaginatively and creatively.” Well boy, don’t know about your teacher but you sure have impressed us with your role in Danny’s ‘Slumdog’.
Did You Know?
Many of you might not know this but Dev’s a black belt in Taekwon-do. He was trained at the Rayners Lane Academy of Taekwon-do and he went ahead winning bronze medal at the Taekwondo 2004 World Championship in Dublin. So Dev can not only act but can kick some butts if required! Ever thought trying action films?
The Actor in Dev…
Dev’s acting career started off with E4 TV teen drama series, Skins in which he was cast in a role of a British Pakistani Muslim teenager. And guess what the role was written specifically for Dev after he was cast in. Now that’s what I call a custom made role!
The first season was aired in 2007 and Dev went on to receive two nominations at the BAFTA. And it was in the very same year that Danny roped in Dev for Jamal’s role in ‘Slumdog’. Dev plays the protagonist, an Indian Muslim boy born and raised in the poverty of Mumbai, India who goes on a Television show, “Who’s Want To Be A Millionaire” and wins it. The story revolves around this plot.
Studded with Awards..
• Black Reel Award — "Best Actor" — Slumdog Millionaire
• Black Reel Award — "Best Breakthrough Performance" — Slumdog Millionaire
• British Independent Film Award (BIFA) — "Most Promising Newcomer" — Slumdog Millionaire
• Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) Award — "Most Promising Performer" — Slumdog Millionaire
• National Board of Review (NBR) Award — "Best Breakthrough Performance" — Slumdog Millionaire
• Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) Award — "Best Breakthrough Performance" — Slumdog Millionaire
• Black Reel Award — "Best Ensemble" — Slumdog Millionaire (nominated)
• Critics' Choice Award — "Best Young Performer (Actor/Actress)" — Slumdog Millionaire
• Richard Attenborough Film Award — "Best Breakthrough" — Slumdog Millionaire
• Richard Attenborough Film Award — "Rising Star of the Year" — Slumdog Millionaire
• Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award — "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture" — Slumdog Millionaire
• Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award — "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role" — Slumdog Millionaire ((nominated)
• BAFTA Award — "Best Actor in a Leading Role" — Slumdog Millionaire (nominated)
• London Critics' Circle Film Award — "British Actor of the Year" — Slumdog Millionaire (nominated)
• London Critics' Circle Film Award — "Young British Performer Of The Year" — Slumdog Millionaire (nominated)
• NAACP Image Award — "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture" — Slumdog Millionaire (nominated)
Looks like the movie Slumdog Millionaire turned out to be the million dollar note for Dev. Lets hope his next with M. Night Shyamalan also gets Dev lucky. Here’s wishing the actor all the successes!
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