Sobhita Dhulipala Bags Lead Role In Dev Patel’s Directorial Debut Monkey Man

Shobhita Dhulipala will be seen in Dev Patel's Monkey Man

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Sobhita Dhulipala

Former beauty queen Sobhita Dhulipala, who became a household name with her performance in Made In Heaven, will be next seen sharing screen space with Dev Patel in Monkey Man.

The film will mark Dev’s directorial debut and Sobhita had auditioned for it almost five years ago. Talking about the project, Dhulipala reveals, “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). All these years later and many turns in the journey of the film and our individual lives later, looks like we belonged with each other all along. 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 knew it would be special from the get go. I really enjoyed my character’s tender dilemmas, they were as glamorous as sorrowful.”

The actress shot in Indonesia for four months last year, amid the pandemic. She states, it was “incredibly wholesome and introspective”. She adds, “This is the closest I have been to my own self, my family and my pursuits. I shot for Monkey Man during a global health crisis, which has its share of inconveniences but that aside, I didn’t find my journey during the film particularly challenging or difficult. I enjoyed every second of the ride.”

With several Indian actors making a mark globally, when asked if expectations are making her jittery, the actress said, “It is the greatest era for potent crossovers in all fields, I am very inspired by the many hard workers who stand tall globally. I am too much of a wayfarer to feel bogged down by expectations on any front. It’s a short, short life, you know? Gratitude and passion will light my path,” she concludes.

The actress will also be seen in Major starring Advi Shesh, Kurup with Dulquer Salmaan and Made In Heaven Season 2.

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