Fame Material: Satya Bhabha

2.19.2013

By Out.com Editors

With the screen adaptation of Salman Rushdie's 'Midnight's Children' by Deepa Mehta, the young actor is about to get his big shot

Photography by John Russo | Styling by Ashley Weston

You Know him From: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, as a Bollywood-dancing goth.

What’s Next: The lead role of Saleem Sinai in Deepa Mehta’s adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s epic novel, Midnight’s Children; his own directorial and screenwriting debut, Meteor Night -- in his words, a short “about two best friends who live together whose plans to watch a very rare meteor shower are upended when they have to go and help a dying movie star, played by John Glover.”

“I’ve always loved performing. The Marx Brothers and Fred Astaire were my first big influences. When I was three years old I came home with an assignment that said, ‘When I grow up I want to be….’ And I crossed out the ‘want to be’ and defiantly wrote, ‘will be.’ I am not cookie-cutter -- I don’t fit into a lot of traditional American archetypes. [Hollywood] is a fast business, and what happens is a bunch of boxes get thrown into a room and they need to find the correct-sized peg to fit in all these boxes, and that doesn’t always result in interesting match-ups.”

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