Dev Patel's reconnection with Indian culture

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 April 2016
Dev Patel

Dev Patel

Dev Patel found himself "reconnecting" with Indian culture when he starred in 'Slumdog Millionaire' but insists he could never really fit in with the locals as they "could smell the foreigner on me"

Dev Patel "reconnected" with Indian culture when he starred in 'Slumdog Millionaire'.

The 25-year-old actor - who was brought up in London, England - enjoyed visiting the country whilst shooting scenes for 2009 critically-acclaimed movie but claims he could never really fit in as the locals "could smell the foreigner on me".

He told the i newspaper: "You start to reconnect to the culture. But I also felt like I stood out in India. It doesn't matter what I look like - my brown skin. When I went there, for 'Slumdog Millionaire', they could smell the foreigner on me, no matter what clothes I wore ...

"Freida [Pinto] and I have become people's access to India. I'm more a product of London than I am of anything, so that shapes you. People ask you, what am I? And I say British, first and foremost."

Meanwhile, Dev previously insisted he doesn't like being referred to as a "star".

When asked if he would consider himself to be a superstar in India, he explained: "No, no, no, of course not - that word star is something I'm really not comfortable with - it doesn't work with my low self-esteem."

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