Sikh Community Extremely Underrepresented in Cinema: Dev Patel

Dev Patel plays the role of a Sikh waiter in his upcoming movie Hotel Mumbai, based on the November 2008 terror attacks....


Slumdog Millionaire actor Dev Patel, who plays the role of a Sikh waiter in Anthony Maras' Hotel Mumbaibased on the November 2008 terror attacks, said he felt compelled to be part of the film after his family watched the city burning across TV screens....

...About his role of Arjun, the Sikh waiter, he said: "This film has so many amazing characters. For me, I wanted to do more with the character of Arjun. I had read this article about Sikh cab drivers in New York being targeted and attacked after the September 11, 2001, attacks and being labelled terrorists. 

"I thought we can make this Sikh man, a community extremely underrepresented in cinema, to break stereotypes and educate the audiences about a culture."

Editor's note: This article was originally published on Sep. 13th 2018

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