Entertainment: Why did 'Slumdog Millionaire' star Dev Patel apologize to Makrand Deshpande?


Dev Patel's Apology to Makarand Deshpande:

Actor Makarand Deshpande recently shared in an interview that a significant scene featuring him in the action film 'Monkey Man' was cut, a decision he learned about from director-star Dev Patel before the film's US premiere. According to Makarand, this scene was integral to the film's underlying philosophy and he considered it the soul of the movie.


In a conversation with Siddharth Kanan, Makarand revealed Dev Patel's explanation for the scene's removal. Patel expressed regret over the decision, acknowledging the importance of the scene but citing unspecified political reasons for its exclusion. Despite Patel's reassurances that Deshpande would still appreciate his role in the film, Makarand couldn't help but feel disappointed.

Reflecting on the impact of the scene's absence, Deshpande emphasized its significance, likening it to the soul of the film. While audiences might not notice the absence of the edited scene, Deshpande felt its loss keenly as an actor. He expressed his belief that the scene could have added a unique punch to the film and lamented its removal.

Despite the disappointment, 'Monkey Man' has received acclaim from critics and is even being considered for potential recognition in the Oscar race. However, for Makarand Deshpande, the absence of that particular scene remains a poignant reminder of what could have been.