Freida Pinto’s Secret Project

Frieda Pinto

Frieda Pinto

Freida Pinto is possibly the luckiest girl in the world (and I think she knows it.)

She was recently spotted on a flight back to Mumbai clutching a folder with her name on it and thoroughly embarrassed to have appeared to be “advertising” when a co passenger (who all the while was wondering where he’d seen her before) spotted and commented on it!

But here’s the scoop, everybody knows she’s been cast in Woody Allen’s next film set in London. (Other cast members include Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas, and Naomi Watts) but she secretly revealed that she was going to be in a new project to be made well before the Woody Allen flick (which is so very hush hush) for which she has to rustle up an American accent. Unfortunately from what I hear so far she’s got a long way to go before she cracks that one but perhaps she has enough goodwill (and eye candy power) as the lovely Latika in this year’s Oscar darling Slumdog Millionaire that we’ll forgive her. Just as we forgave Dev Patel for his ridiculous (and very labored) Brit-Indian accent which made him just a tad unbelievable as “Jamal the chai walla” (aka tea boy.)

Besides the co-passenger in question did mention several times how very very cute she was and how sweetily she chatted away happily through the whole flight. Awww.

Didjya Know?
Freida Pinto was born in Mumbai to Sylvia Pinto, a principal of St. John’s Universal High School (Goregaon), and Frederick Pinto, a senior branch manager at the Bank of Baroda. Freida Pinto’s father is from Neerude and mother from Derebail, both towns in Mangalore.[1] Her elder sister Sharon Pinto is an associate producer on the NDTV news channel. [2]

Freida was student of Carmel of St. Joseph School in Malad and an Arts degree from Xaviers college, Mumbai  She currently lives in Malad , a suburb of Mumbai.

Freida Pinto met Rohan Antao while attending St Xavier’s College in Mumbai. The two began dating and got engaged in 2008, but Pinto called off the engagement in January 2009.

Reports have recently surfaced saying Pinto and Antao had secretly wed in 2007 and have now been separated. Rohan’s probably kicking himself now eh?

Freida has revealed several times, including a appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Lenoon February 19, 2009, that she has had a mad crush on Leonardo DiCaprio ever since she was in 8th grade school after seeing Titanic.

She is also trained in different forms of Indian classical dance as well as Salsa

Before starring in Slumdog Millionaire, Freida anchored the international travel show, Full Circle on Zee International Asia Pacific in English between 2006-08. Pinto was also featured in several television and print advertisements for products such as Wrigley’s Chewing Gum, Škoda, Hutch, Airtel, and DeBeers. Pinto modeled for ten years and appeared in runway shows and magazine covers.

She learned acting from The Barry John’s Acting Studio in Andheri and was trained by his mentor Barry John. After six months of auditions, she received a call to audition for Slumdog Millionaire. Frieda Pinto auditioned for Danny Boyle and was short-listed and finally selected to star in Slumdog Millionaire.



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7 responses to “Freida Pinto’s Secret Project

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  3. miss28

    As an Indian who grew up in the West and is now living in Paris, I have come to the conclusion after reading so many negative comments on Freida Pinto’s looks, that the Indians posting these comments simply have no clue as to Western standards of beauty.

    In response to mpmatthew’s post : “It’s as though WASPs can’t cope with Indians who are in any way on the same level as them or even superior; and so they will uphold the mediocre amongst the latter. Someone like Aishwarya, Sushmita or Preity is beyond their field of comprehension.” :

    First, please spare me your colonialist conspiracy theories. To say that Aishwarya’s beauty hasn’t been appreicated in the West is a bit far fetched, wouldn’t you say, what with the Miss World crown, the L’Oréal brand ambassador status… People in the West appreicate Aish’s beauty because it corresponds to their ideals of beauty. For the same reason, though the two look entirely different, people in the West appreciate Ms. Pinto’s. Indians like MP Matthew are simply unable to accept this very simple fact. Moreover, Preity Zinty while pretty enough in her own right simply doesn’t correspond to Western ideals of beauty as much as Ms. Pinto does. The same goes for Kareena and company.

    The real problem is that Indians have a serious inferiority complex when it comes to white people. The average Indian (MP Matthew being a perfect example) believes that in order to be beautiful, one must look as much like a white person as possible. (However, even in this pursuit their reasoning is flawed – fair-skinned Indians are MUCH more likely to be confused for Turkish, Afgani or Iranian – or even in the case of my Sindi friend when she came to visit me in Paris – North African ! – than for European).
    The Bollywood actresses whom MP Matthew vaunts all (unsuprisingly) have very fair skin, which, because of its rarety, is considered to be a key beauty asset in India. However, in the West, seeing as the majority of people (particularly in Europe) are white, fair skin is nothing special. On the contrary, most people aspire to have tanned, glowing skin (i.e. like Ms. Pinto’s). Other beauty caracteristics highly valued in the West are the following:

    – nice, model-type bone structure (high cheek bones, well-defined jaw-line, etc…)
    – symetrical facial features
    – a slim and toned figure
    – blemish-free, radiant skin
    – an elegant and graceful allure
    – beautiful eyes and a captivating gaze
    – a beautiful, sparkling smile

    Freida Pinto HAS all of these attributes. Thus, it should be no wonder to anyone that she’s considered to be a great beauty in the West. And if you don’t believe me, I invite you to read a very well-written article on Ms. Pinto in an influential French fashion e-zine. This article will surely clear up any doubts as to the genuine nature of Western appreciation for Ms. Pinto’s beauty :,… however, as the article is in French, it may not be accessible to everyone!

  4. slumblogmillionaire

    I wish her luck. It is a great that a bollywood actress has an appeal to the western movie market.
    it’s about time. 🙂

  5. mpmatthew

    Most people who criticise Miss Pinto, will get accused of being envious of her good fortune.
    But, one has to accept that, her girl-next-door looks and barely-tested talents, are immensely forgettable in comparison to the attributes of most Hindi film actresses.

    Also, even though Slumdog Millionaire’s success was largely attributed to the children who played the main roles in it, this starlet – who had far less screen time than them – is now being seen as milking the film’s success.

    There are many Indians overseas who feel that the Western media, are making a darling out of her unnecessarily, in order to whittle South Asians down to a box that they have reserved for them. It’s as though WASPs can’t cope with Indians who are in any way on the same level as them or even superior; and so they will uphold the mediocre amongst the latter.

    Someone like Aishwarya, Sushmita or Preity is beyond their field of comprehension.
    Many WASPs have a tough time believing that such women are even Indian – shocking!!!

    If the Lauder cosmetic company wants to use Ms Pinto as their poster child, then a lot of Arabs, Central Asians, Indians or Pakistanis may think twice about forking out their precious dollars for costly make-up that is displayed on a girl who isn’t prettier than most of them.

  6. babudeepan

    Yeah she will have great future.

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