Dev Patel in Slumdog Millionaire.
Dev Patel in Slumdog Millionaire.

Actor to fans: Stop asking me to do the Slumdog dance

DEV Patel wants to shoot people "in the face" when they ask him to do the dance from Slumdog Millionaire.

The 24-year-old actor shot to fame in Hollywood after starring in the 2009 film and while he is grateful to have played a huge part in the movie, which ends with his lead character Jamal and Freida Pinto's alter-ego Latika doing a dance to song Jai Ho, he insists he has "moved on".

He said: "The amount of people who've said to me, 'Do that dance from Slumdog... I just want to shoot them in the face.

"I worked bloody hard on it and I'm proud of it. It's difficult to compete with a movie that won eight Oscars, so if on my grave someone says, 'He made Slumdog Millionaire'. That's great. I feel like I've moved on."


Since shooting to fame in the movie, Patel has lived in Los Angeles but the London-born star admits he misses his mum's cooking.

He said: "I miss my box room and my old Bruce Lee posters. And, it sounds cheesy, but my mum's food. The Indian food in LA is really s***."

Patel first rose to stardom in British teen drama TV series Skinsand revealed the cast used to get paid £1000 to go to university parties, where they were given free drinks and used to ogle girls.

He added to Shortlist magazine: "When we were 16, we got paid £1000 to show up at university Freshers' Week parties, and we'd get drinks and look at older girls ... I look up to the boys, and I always have.

"I got plucked from the street, so I didn't know what I was doing.

"In early episodes you can see me mouthing everyone else's lines - I was bad."