Dev Patel says that he is being trolled online for taking up the roles of Indians in Hollywood movies. He says that there are a group of fans who are trolling him for usurping the roles that should go to Indians.
The 28-year-old Hollywood actor was born in London to parents from Gujarat, India. Dev said he is trying to understand himself better by connecting to his heritage.
"I get flak sometimes because people will say, 'Why aren't they giving these roles to a real Indian?' I wonder, what does that even mean? The only way I can converse with my grandparents is in Gujarati. Does that make me real enough?'' Dev Patel expressed his thoughts when he was asked this question in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle.
''Or am I only allowed to witness the moments of prejudice and racism going through airports? Is that the only bit that I'm allowed of the culture?'' he continued.
He says that he chooses his roles not because he wants to play to a stereotype but he wants to feel closely connected with his roots.
"The truth is I'm trying to understand myself better and my heritage, to figure things out, in the movie choices I make. That's been the greatest thing for me in going to India repeatedly," Patel added.
Dev rose to fame through his film Slumdog Millionaire where he played a young boy in the slums. He has also appeared in various critically acclaimed films after that such as Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Man Who Knew Infinity and earlier Lion, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award as well. Dev also starred in the recent release Hotel Mumbai alongwith Armie Hammer and Anupam Kher.