In Conversation with Dev Patel: Monkey Man is an ode to my ancestry

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Director Dev Patel (center left) on the set of his film MONKEY MAN

Experience Dev Patel’s ode to his ancestry in his new film Monkey Man, which releases April 5th. Not only is the esteemed actor starring in the film, but he also wrote the story and is making his debut as a director for the action drama!

Produced by Jordan Peele, Monkey Man also features Sharlto Copley, Pitobash, Vipin Sharma, Sikandar Kher, Adithi Kalkunte, Sobhita Dhulipala, Ashwini Kalsekar, Makarand Deshpande, Jatin Malik and Zakir Hussain.

Monkey Man is inspired by the legend of Hanuman, and the embodying strength and courage of Hanuman, Monkey Man stars Patel as Kid, an anonymous young man who ekes out a meager living in an underground fight club where, night after night, wearing a gorilla mask, he is beaten bloody by more popular fighters for cash.

After years of suppressed rage, Kid discovers a way to infiltrate the enclave of the city’s sinister elite. As his childhood trauma boils over, his mysteriously scarred hands unleash an explosive campaign of retribution to settle the score with the men who took everything from him.

Dev revealed earlier, “At its core, Monkey Man is a love letter to my family. It’s about blending the mythology that my father and my grandfather shared with me and also about honoring the power of all the incredible women in my life—foremost my mother. And how far someone would go to avenge a wrong inflicted on someone you love so dearly.”

Adding, “It’s very close to my heart. It’s taking one of the oldest Indian mythologies and giving it a modern spin, so hopefully it’ll internationalize this story and create a brand new superhero epic, something wholly original. It vibrates with energy and soul and heart, and insane action.”

Now we have even more about Monkey Man with a fascinating video. Featuring excerpts from his 2024 SXSW Featured Session conversation, Dev Patel discusses the cultural details infused in MONKEY MAN, his “anthem for underdogs”, and so much more. Plus we get a glimpse of even more scenes plus as a bonus some behind the scenes shots of this epic action drama.

Monkey Man hits the bigs screen on April 5th!

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