Dev is featured on the current issue of Esquire Middle East (June 2017). The in-depth interview was released earlier this week, which we have added in our gallery. We have added the outtakes in our gallery and we will added the (digital) magazine scans as soon as possible. We also added a new outtake of a photoshoot Dev did later year.
On the polished wooden floors of a cigar bar in Four Seasons DIFC lies a pair of battered shoes; the leather creased and worn, the shoelaces frayed and splitting. This footwear belongs to Dev Patel and it serves as a useful reminder of his roots. Patel has evolved from the skinny north-London teenager who seemed to fall into a couple of surprise hits — UK TV indie hit Skins and Slumdog Millionaire — but is now becoming a fine actor, demonstrating his rapidly maturing talent in more considered roles — most notably winning a BAFTA for his lead role in the heart-breaking Lion.
Those shoes are a small but telling portal to the past. They look like they should belong to the Slumdog-era Dev Patel; the one whose mum forced him to audition for his first roles, rather than the present-day version who has buffed up, let his hair grow out and inhabits the more alpha-male presence that he developed for his character in Lion. Patel has hurriedly discarded the footwear to change into a designer-label blazer, shirt and chinos for his Esquire photoshoot, which, along with the IWC watch (he’s a brand ambassador), seems far more in keeping with his current vibe.
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