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Deep Roy, the Indian connection in ‘Star Trek Beyond’

The in-demand actor has made his presence felt in big-budget Hollywood productions.

In the July 20 release Star Trek Beyond, actor Deep Roy is back as Keenser, the character he has played in the two previous instalments Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). Keenser is the non-human chief engineer of a spaceship who bonds with Scotty (Simon Pegg), and is described in the script as “a small, dark, oddly alien creature.”

In this short clip from the Star Trek Into Darkness, Roy is unrecognisable. He does not have a single line to speak. Keenser was first introduced in the Star Trek comic series before making the leap into films.

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‘Star Trek Into Darkness’.

If it’s a film about oddballs, Deep Roy (born Mohinder Purba in Kenya in 1957) is a snug fit. Roy’s short stature (4’ 4”) has landed him several roles in films and television, making him one of Hollywood’s most sought after Indian-origin actors. He also does his own stunts and is a stand-up comedian.

Roy has appeared in over 50 films, including an uncredited part in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), in which he was a stand-in for the character Yoda. Roy is included in Hollywood’s 10 richest little people list, rubbing shoulders with Peter Dinklage, the acclaimed actor who plays Tyrion Lannister in the television series Game of Thrones.

Roy rarely goes unnoticed when he’s on the screen. In Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Roy plays all the 165 Oompa-Loompas, the human dwarves from Loompaland who work for eccentric inventor Willy Wonka. About his role in the film, Roy said, “It was a challenge for me. A, I’m not a professional dancer. B, I’m not a professional singer. C, I portrayed all of the Oompa-Loompas, and that kind of opportunity comes once in a lifetime. It was Tim Burton’s vision and I delivered to him what I could. It started as four Oompas and I finished up doing 165 individually, myself.”

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‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.

One Roy’s personal favourite appearances is as Van Bullock, a pint-sized mafia don in Roots of Evil (1979). It is one of his earliest roles after brief parts in The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) and the serial Doctor Who The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977). Bullock is described as “a small guy with big ideas” in the trailer. Complete with sticky fingers, evil laughter and a romp with the ladies, Roy owns the B-grade universe.

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‘Roots of Evil’.

In the short film The Ballad of Sandeep (2012), Roy was cast as Sandeep Majumdar, a computer programmer in America who loses his job to an offshore employee in India. The film toured the festival circuit and earned Roy praise for his performance as an overworked, frustrated employee.

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‘The Ballad of Sandeep’.

For the television comedy series Eastbound & Down (2009-2013), Roy got under the skin of a foul-mouthed Mumbai-born Mexican criminal named Aaron.

‘Eastbound & Down’.
‘Eastbound & Down’.

Roy has worked with Burton in several films, including Planet of the Apes (2001) and Corpse Bride (2005). In Big Fish (2003), he plays a clown named Mr Soggybottom, armed with a gun that is not for laughs.

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‘Big Fish’.
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Advice from an ex-robber on how to keep your home safe

Tips on a more hands-on approach of keeping your house secure.

Home, a space that is entirely ours, holds together our entire world. Where our children grow-up, parents grow old and we collect a lifetime of memories, home is a feeling as much as it’s a place. So, what do you do when your home is eyed by miscreants who prowl the neighbourhood night and day, plotting to break in? Here are a few pre-emptive measures you can take to make your home safe from burglars:

1. Get inside the mind of a burglar

Before I break the lock of a home, first I bolt the doors of the neighbouring homes. So that, even if someone hears some noise, they can’t come to help.

— Som Pashar, committed nearly 100 robberies.

Burglars study the neighbourhood to keep a check on the ins and outs of residents and target homes that can be easily accessed. Understanding how the mind of a burglar works might give insights that can be used to ward off such danger. For instance, burglars judge a house by its front doors. A house with a sturdy door, secured by an alarm system or an intimidating lock, doesn’t end up on the burglar’s target list. Upgrade the locks on your doors to the latest technology to leave a strong impression.

Here are the videos of 3 reformed robbers talking about their modus operandi and what discouraged them from robbing a house, to give you some ideas on reinforcing your home.

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2. Survey your house from inside out to scout out weaknesses

Whether it’s a dodgy back door, a misaligned window in your parent’s room or the easily accessible balcony of your kid’s room, identify signs of weakness in your home and fix them. Any sign of neglect can give burglars the idea that the house can be easily robbed because of lax internal security.

3. Think like Kevin McCallister from Home Alone

You don’t need to plant intricate booby traps like the ones in the Home Alone movies, but try to stay one step ahead of thieves. Keep your car keys on your bed-stand in the night so that you can activate the car alarm in case of unwanted visitors. When out on a vacation, convince the burglars that the house is not empty by using smart light bulbs that can be remotely controlled and switched on at night. Make sure that your newspapers don’t pile up in front of the main-door (a clear indication that the house is empty).

4. Protect your home from the outside

Collaborate with your neighbours to increase the lighting around your house and on the street – a well-lit neighbourhood makes it difficult for burglars to get-away, deterring them from targeting the area. Make sure that the police verification of your hired help is done and that he/she is trustworthy.

While many of us take home security for granted, it’s important to be proactive to eliminate even the slight chance of a robbery. As the above videos show, robbers come up with ingenious ways to break in to homes. So, take their advice and invest in a good set of locks to protect your doors. Godrej Locks offer a range of innovative locks that are un-pickable and un-duplicable. To secure your house, see here.

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