LONDON – Quarantine brought opportunities to Dev Patel’s front yard.
From a safe distance, the British actor was able to enjoy both his birthday and his relationship with India without leaving his L.A. home.
The first was courtesy of his girlfriend, Australian actress Tilda Cobham-Hervey, who arranged for Patel’s friends to drive past with paper planes and letters while he sat in front of the house.
Second was the offer to celebrate India’s culture and civilizations by narrating a National Geographic special, “India From Above,” which airs Sept. 30.
As he quarantined, a portable recording booth was sent and parked in his driveway. “It was like a trailer hitched to a car, that had been completely sanitized,” Patel explained.
Apart from being reminded of the pandemic by the sound of a passing ambulance, it worked well for the voice-over.
“It was incredible to be able to make some art in a way, to voice this beautiful thing, linked up to India,” said Patel.
“India From Above” is a two-part documentary which uses drone footage to show aerial views of towering temples, religious gatherings, EDM festivals and solar technology.