British born actor Dev Patel began his career with TV shows in the United Kingdom. He has been a known face in UK since then. His Indian fan base built up with Slumdog Millionaire. The film has been praised worldwide and received several awards and nominations. Dev Patel comes with another film “Hotel Mumbai”.
Dev Patel’s Upcoming ‘Hotel Mumbai’
The American-Australian thriller film, Hotel Mumbai is based on a documentary Surviving Mumbai made by Victoria Midwinter Pitt in 2009. This documentary is based on the 2008 Mumbai Attacks at The Taj Hotel in Mumbai, India. Heavily armed militants held hundreds of hostages inside the Taj Mahal Hotel. More than 160 people were dead and many more than this injured.
The film stars Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Anupam Kher, Tilda Cobham-Hervy, Nazanin Boniadi, Jason Isaacs, and Natasha Liu Bordizzo. It is directed by Anthony Maras and written by John Collee and Anthony Maras.
The shooting of the film has already begun in South Mumbai. Armie Hammer landed five days ago in Mumbai with Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter’s Malfoy). Dev Patel would be joining the schedule next Tuesday. Not to forget, Dev is also the executive producer of the film.
The film features Dev Patel as Arjun, hotel waiter; Anupam Kher as Hemant Oberoi, ex Taj chef and Armie Hammer and Nazanin Boniadi, a couple with their 4 days baby, trapped in hotel. Australian actress Tilda Cobham-Hervy plays Sally, baby’s nanny. The Crouching Tiger actress Natasha Liu Bordizzo is a tourist in the hotel.
Taj Hotel Recreated In Australia
According to Mumbai Mirror, a close source of the film reveals that the first schedule of the film is already shot in August in Adelaide, Australia where the hotel was recreated. It wrapped up at an Indian restaurant in Adelaide where the cast binged on desi khaana. The current Mumbai schedule will be filmed in South Mumbai and some scenes in Film City in the next 40 days.
Dev Patel is presently attending the BFI London Film Festival. The festival premiered his film Lion on October 11. Lion also features Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara.
Incidentally, Hotel Mumbai’s Mumbai locations also include Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport where the climax scene of Danny Boyle’s award winning Slumdog Millionaire was also shot.
The director Anthony Maras is an Australian filmmaker, who is well known for the award winning thriller The Palace.