It is very common for art to inspire reality. There are many firsts associated with the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak. He’s the first Asian, the first Indian-origin, the first person of colour, and the first richest frontline politician in the history of the UK to become PM. It is highly likely that this development will be immortalized in some movie or drama in the near future. Playing around with that idea, British actor Rahul Kohli joked on Twitter that he might end up in the role of Sunak.
Rahul Kohli vs Dev Patel as Rishi Sunak
The Tweet started a funny debate, with viewers saying they would love to see Kohli as Sunak. Some even compared him to another British actor of Indian origin, Dev Patel. The actor engaged in banter with the fans, who unapologetically told him other options. They found Patel better suited to play Sunak as Kohli was not English enough. Nonetheless, most commentators agreed that any of the actors would do a better job playing Rishi Sunak than the PM himself, especially after watching his brief address to the nation.
Both Rahul Kohli and Dev Patel are known for their outstanding performances in Hollywood and British films and TV shows. Kohli is best known for his lead role in CW crime drama iZombie (2015 – 2019), in which he appeared in every single episode. His other notable work in TV includes The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020), Midnight Mass (2021), and one episode of The Midnight Club (2022). He has also appeared in films, including Happy Anniversary (2018) and Next Exit (2022).
Dev Patel, on the other hand, enjoys more accolades than Kohli. Besides a BAFTA Award, he is a recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Award and a Critics’ Choice Award. After a humble start, Patel rose to the heights of stardom after playing the lead role in Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire (2008). His impressive list of films includes The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), Chappie (2015), The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016), Lion (2016), and The Green Knight (2021).
Rishi Sunak in TV and Film Projects
Rishi Sunak has already been portrayed in a 6-episode drama, This England, by British actor Shri Patel. It is mainly based on Boris Johnson’s government and how it handled the COVID-19 pandemic. However, a project based solely on Sunak is yet to come. There are several options for either Rahul Kohli or Dev Patel to work their magic as Sunak. For example, the ongoing Netflix series The Crown may have room for Sunak’s character. A few months ago, there were discussions about adding the final moments of Liz Truss’s tenure in The Crown as she was the last PM to take an oath under The Queen. If the show goes down that route, then Sunak would certainly be in it, as he was the strongest rival of Truss during the Tory leadership race.