Aug 4, 2013

Actor, Model Dev Gill Interview, Profile

Actor, Model Dev Gill Profile, Interview

Born : Devinder Singh Gill
October 12, 1977 (age 35)
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Residence Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune
Other names Dev, Danny
Occupation actor, model
Years active 2004–present
Height 5.11
Relatives Tanny gill Brother
Actor, Model Dev Gill  Interview

Meet Milkha’s T-town ‘enemy’: Dev Gill

The menacing Pakistani athlete Abdul Khaliq, who looks down upon Indian champion runner Milkha Singh in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag before being defeated, was none other than T-town villain Dev Gill, who was seen as a ruthless warrior in Magadheera.

“After watching me in Bhaag Milkha..., many thought that I was actually a Pakistani actor and director Rakesh Mehra had to explain that I was none other than the Magadheera guy,” says the actor.

Dev says he had a great time working with Farhan Akhtar. “Farhan breathed life into the role and I was inspired by his commitment and it reflected in my performance too. Getting to play real-life roles is a rare opportunity,” he adds.

The actor who was also seen in Telugu hits like Ragada and Nayak, underwent a 30-day training programme with runners from the US and Indian Railways for his role in Bhaag Milkha... “They wanted to show me as a strongly-built athlete. I had to practise running seven hours a day and I lost almost 7 kg, but it was all worth it,” says Dev. “I am a Sardar and I had to play a Muslim while Farhan is a Muslim and he was playing a Sardar. That was another challenge we had to surpass besides the finishing line on track,” he says.

Dev also says that he finds similarities between Telugu director Rajamouli and B-town director Rakesh Mehra. “Both are highly creative, and make actors ‘visualise’. However, Rajamouli was the director who launched me and made a star out of me. I am indebted to him for giving me the once-in-lifetime role of Ranadeera,” he adds. About Bollywood offers post-Bhaag Milkha..., Dev says, “A big announcement is awaited but Tollywood will remain close to my heart.”