Dev Patel, known as the Slumdog Millionaire Boy, is set to make his directorial debut with his upcoming project, ‘Monkey Man’. The film stars ‘Made in Heaven’ actress Sobhita Dhulipala making her Hollywood debut. Set in modern India, the film also stars Sikander Kher and South-African actor Sharlto Copley.. The film is written by Dev together with Paul Angunawela and John Collee.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Sobhita said:
I had auditioned for it almost five years ago and I got a call back in a few days for a screen test with Dev. I remember, it was on the day I was leaving for the Cannes Film festival with my first film Raman Raghav 2.0 (2016). What appealed to me about the project is that it’s a collaborative spirit, a young and rather eccentric approach to the story and most certainly the people involved. I really enjoyed my character’s tender dilemmas, they were as glamorous as sorrowful.
The team wrapped up the shoot for the film and reportedly Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to the film for $30M..
Apart from this, Sobhita also starring in a Hindi-Telugu bilingual, Major. She also has Mani Ratnam‘s Ponniyan Selvan, Malayalam Film ‘Kurup‘ opposite Dulquer Salmaan and the Hindi project Sitara in the pipeline!