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Dev Patel says Shah Rukh Khan’s Koyla had a deep impact on his psyche - ‘It burnt into my...’

Dev Patel-starrer Monkey Man is all set to release on April 4. The actor-director recently talked about Bollywood and Shah Rukh Khan's film, Koyla.

Dev Patel says Shah Rukh Khan’s Koyla had a deep impact on his psyche - ‘It burnt into my...’
Dev Patel is in and as Monkey Man

Last Updated: 09.14 PM, Apr 03, 2024


Actor-turned-director Dev Patel is currently gearing up for the release of his directorial debut project, Monkey Man, which has already garnered much appraisal from the critics and audience. There is no denying the fact that Bollywood must have had an impact on the actor’s psyche. Adding much fuel to this conjecture, Dev recently revealed in an interview that Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's 1997 film, Koyla, had a deep impact on his psyche.

Dev Patel on watching Koyla

During an interview with Anushka Arora, the actor was asked about his experiences of watching action films over the years and Dev replied that he is a huge fan of action cinema and the first thing he watched as a kid was Bruce Lee. He revealed his obsession with the action genre started with Bruce Lee and later every inch of his wall space was covered with Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Donnie Yen. He added that there were John Wick films too.

Further speaking about his admiration for action-adventure films, Dev added that there has been a Bollywood influence as well. “I remember watching this film as a kid, I quite didn't understand it, but it was called Koyla. He couldn’t talk and he was holding this knife, and he had those red eyes while he was drenched in blood. I think that was just burnt into my psyche since a young age," he said.

Dev Patel on working with Sikandar Kher

The actor was also asked about his experience of working with Bollywood actor Sikandar Kher, who is a part of Monkey Man. Responding to the question, Dev replied that Sikandar is a “beast”, he is a big guy, and they spent a lot of time doing the stunts together. Dev also revealed that when Sikandar came to the audition for the film, he had a big plastic bag and a uniform along with him.

Helmed by Dev Patel, Monkey Man stars Dev Patel himself, along with Sobhita Dhulipala and Sikandar Kher. The film is set to hit the theatres on April 5.

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