How a two-minute tactic from a TED Talk helped Manish Dayal crystallize his character in The Hundred-Foot Journey


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Manish Dayal (center) plays a young chef, Hassan, in "The Hundred-Foot Journey." Here, a scene for which he likely power-posed. With co-stars Om Puri, who plays his father, and Helen Mirren, who plays the owner of a fancy French restaurant. Photo: Courtesy of Dreamworks Manish Dayal (center) plays a young chef, Hassan, in The Hundred-Foot Journey. Here, a scene for which he likely power-posed—with Om Puri, who plays his father, and Helen Mirren, who plays the owner of a fancy French restaurant. Photo: Courtesy of Dreamworks

In The Hundred-Foot Journey, a young chef named Hassan transcends the kitchen of his family’s boisterous Indian restaurant, charms the icy proprietress of the Michelin-starred French restaurant across the street, and tries his hand at becoming a top chef in Paris. The story unfolds over the course of years, and actor Manish Dayal came up with an intriguing way to show his character’s fluctuations in mindset and confidence over time: he power posed.

Power posing is a concept that Dayal lifted from Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk, “Your body language shapes who you are.” In the talk, Cuddy—a social psychologist—reveals how holding a body position…

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