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Dev Patel hates star label

OHMYGOSSIP — Dev Patel dislikes being called a “star” as he says it doesn’t “work with [his] low self-esteem”. The ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ actor admits he hates being praised as it doesn’t “work” with his low self-esteem.

When asked if he’s a superstar in India, he replied: “No, no, no, of course not – that word star is something I’m really not comfortable with – it doesn’t work with my low self-esteem.”

The 25-year-old star also recalled a strange experience where he was travelling on public transport and spotted his face on the front of a fellow commuter’s newspaper.

He said: “It’s weird – I used to travel on the train a lot and you get that free newspaper Metro. One day I was going to the city meet a friend and I was on the front page.

“And I remember one by one everybody just started looking at each other, going, ‘Who is that guy?’ – and we’re all stuck in this sardine can. It was pretty crazy.”

Meanwhile, Dev opened up about becoming “connected” to India whilst filming his latest movie ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’.

He added to the National newspaper: “When I was in school [in London] you get those terms, like ‘fresh off the boat,’ and you try to shun your heritage so that you can fit in. That’s something I did, like lots of kids try to do – dress cool and be ‘normal’ – but embracing your originality is something I find I’m learning as I grow up.

“And going to India and filming and really being connected to India like that – that was life-altering, a tectonic shift. It made me incredibly proud of something I wasn’t before.”

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