- The British Indian actor’s directorial debut, co-written by him, is partly inspired by the Hindu deity Hanuman.
Indian actress Ashwini Kalsekar has been roped in for Dev Patel’s directorial debut “Monkey Man” on Netflix. She joins a star-studded cast including Sikander Kher, Sharlto Copley and “Made in Heaven” fame Sobhita Dhulipala.
The film, also starring Patel, is partly inspired by the Hindu deity Hanuman. Patel wrote the script with Paul Angunawela and his “Hotel Mumbai” collaborator John Collee. The film was due to shoot in India last year but according to local reports had to re-route to Indonesia due to the pandemic. The film is a co-production between Bron Studios and Thunder Road Pictures, in association with Creative Wealth Media.
Deadline says Patel, will be seen as “an unlikely hero who emerges from prison to take on a world enmeshed in corporate greed and eroding spiritual values and seeking revenge from those who took everything from him years before.” In a statement sent last March to the entertainment portal, Patel said: “I’m so thrilled to be partnering with Netflix on this adventure. I hope this will be a fresh addition to the genre at a time in this industry where my story can become our story. Shooting a film during a pandemic has been quite challenging, to say the least, but the opportunity to reimagine stories from my childhood and infuse them with my love of action cinema has been an absolute joy.”
Patel recently launched his new production company “to explore and develop the creative landscape of voices and talent that too often are unrecognized, bringing these stories to life in a larger way.” He hired two Indian American industry veterans — Lakshmi Iyengar, executive vice president, head of production and development, and Samarth Sahni, executive vice president of production.
Kalsekar has acted in films like “36 Farmhouse, “Laxmii,” “Andhadhun,” and “Simmba.” She will also be seen in the web series “Rudra: The Edge Of Darkness” along with Ajay Devgn and Atul Kulkarni.