In 2014, Patel starred alongside Robert Sheehan and Zoë Kravitz in the film, The Road Within, about three unlikely friends, one with Tourette's syndrome (Sheehan), one with OCD (Patel) and an anorexic woman (Kravitz) who go on a road trip. Variety had positive words for the "bristling and committed performances by Robert Sheehan, Dev Patel and Zoe Kravitz" while noting that "there remains a nagging tidiness to the whole endeavor that leaves a strained, cloying aftertaste" that kept the movie from truly succeeding.In 2016, Patel starred as Saroo Brierley in the biographical film Lion, directed by Garth Davis and co-starring Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara, which premiered to rave reviews and "Oscar buzz" at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.The two, in the beginning, seemed to have a strong, romantic connection, Michael often gave emotional support to Jamal whenever necessary, and also he always seemed to support his music, despite Jamal's refusal to promote his artistry to the public.
To prepare for the role, Patel went along with Boyle while scouting for filming locations, where he was able to observe the Dharavi slums for himself.
The Jamal-Michael Relationship is the formerly romantic relationship between Jamal Lyon and Michael Sanchez.
Throughout season 1, Jamal and Michael's relationship takes a turn to the worst.
Afterwards, Michael discovers that Jamal may be the father of his ex-wife's daughter, Lola; therefore, he breaks up with Jamal and leaves his apartment.
By the start of the second season, they have resumed dating and living together.