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Freida Pinto shines in Slum Dog Millionaire

Published Date: 02 Oct, 2008 (11:57 AM)

By Team Mangalorean, USA

"I don't dream at night, I dream all day; I dream for a living."  - Steven Spielberg

"So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable." - Christopher Reeve

Toronto Sept 24, 2008: To achieve great things, we must not only take the opportunities that come our way, make the right decisions, act on them, but also dream; not only plan - but also believe. We all dream in Technicolor, but how often do they turn into reality? Our childhood dreams transmute into veracity only when boosted by self confidence, dedication, hard work, buoyancy and unremitting devotion.  Such was and is the dream of 23 year old Freida Pinto from Mumbai.

Born on October 18, 1984, Freida is the second daughter to her parents - Frederick Pinto (Neerude), Sr. Branch Manager, Bank of Baroda and Sylvia Pinto (Derebail), Principal of St. John's High School, Goregaon, Mumbai.  Frieda completed her BA in English Literature from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.  She has done some modeling assignments and travel shows which have taken her to countries such as Fiji, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Afghanistan.  Her only sister Sharon Pinto works as Associate Producer for NDTV.

A vivacious and precocious child, Freida aspired to be part of the reel life - an actor in real life. Many years down the line, her fledgling childhood dream of acting finally came true. It not only came true in the city of her birth place, Mumbai, but it came big-time too and put her on the global canvas of celluloid.

Freida Pinto is the leading actor in the internationally acclaimed UKís film producer Danny Boyleís latest movie called Slum Dog Millionaire. Auditions for the role took 6 months and she was shortlisted from over a thousand candidates from USA, UK, Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta.

Slumdog Millionaire shines in Toronto. Itís about a gritty underdog story, set in Mumbai, and one that's won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto film festival. The People's Choice Award is often touted to be a harbinger of better stuff to come, such as nominations for the Academy Awards. An Oscar buzz has already been started by this film, which opens on November 28.

Slumdog Millionaire is based on Vikas Swaroop's book Q and A and the complete setting is amidst the chaotic ethos of Mumbai and spins a touching tale about a penniless waiter from Mumbai going on to become the biggest quiz-show winner in history.

It is about how an impoverished teenage slum dweller Jama Mailk (role played by newcomer Dev Patel of UK), who enters a game show - the Hindi version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" His intentions are not for the high stakes - the prize money, but rather to prove his love for his friend Latika (Freida Pinto), who is an ardent fan of the show. Well known Cine star Anil Kapoor plays the egoistical quiz show host in the movie that also stars Irfan Khan.

Following are excerpts of a tÍte-ŗ-tÍte with Freida:

M.Com:  Who is your guiding light to the glamorous world of movies?

The fact that I have been born and brought up in Bombay- a city of dreams pretty much stood out as my guiding light. I have no role models as such. Yes there are many actors I respect and I am inspired by them but stepping into the world of Cinema was my childhood plan and I am proud to have finally hit my first goal!

M.Com:   Had this been your childhood dream?

Freida:  Acting was something that I always wanted to do and I am happy to say I had my fair share of struggles getting there. It (acting) teaches you a lot about life in general and has brought me a long way.  As a child I would stand in front of the mirror performing many a challenging role that had been performed in the past by great actors, but with Freida's flavor to it. In time I learnt to create my own characters and storylines. My mirror has been my unflinchingly faithful audience, critic and fan from childhood. However, after the release of Slumdog Millionaire, I have many observing, criticizing and praising. At times, itís almost daunting.

M.Com:   When you came to know of the offer to act in a medium which would be beamed internationally, what was your reaction?

Freida:  What do you think? Obviously I hit the roof! I couldn't stop screaming for a day! When I finally settled down I realized what a big opportunity had come my way and I knew I had to make the most of it!  This film has been a blessing for me.

M.Com:  What was your family's reaction?

Freida:  Imagine three 6 footers hitting the roof!! Ha! They are already as tall as the roof!! But yes they have been so excited for me and have been extremely supportive!!


 M.Com:  How do you feel about your initiation to international stardom?

Freida:  Spectacular!!

M.Com:  What is your impression of working with international movie personalities?

Freida:  It sets a learning curve for you that is challenging and rewarding. There is always an upward graph to working with professionals and the masters of cinema!

M.Com:  Do you think you will be moving onto Hollywood or Bollywood?

Freida: I will go anywhere where there is good and meaningful cinema - somewhere where I can learn something from and grow as an actor and as a human being. Slumdog Millionaire in that sense has been an all-encompassing experience for me. It's going to be difficult if I have to settle for anything lesser after that.

M.Com:  What are your future dreams after this new found success in movies?

Freida: To just observe and learn my trade and master it! I would definitely want to go down in history as an immensely successful fine actor. congratulates Frieda Pinto and wishes her all the very best in her future endeavors.

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jay, Philippines Oct 12, 2012
hello freida, really you r very beautiful both inside and out..your lovely & kind face shines among all other stars.. i hope you'll pay a visit here in Philippines..
neil, Canada Sep 20, 2010
I just recently watched Freida Pinto on news and she put on such an accent she British? no no shes not so why the accent?
Alicia, USA Oct 13, 2009
Go for it you deserved it, God Bless you. Just I want to know your parents where are from, if somebody knows?.. Since I saw your name I am trying to find out where are they from. Good luck. You are an inspiration to follow.
Dr. Sudhir N. Pujari, M.D., USA Mar 21, 2009
Congratulations Freida. You have done Mangaloreans and all Indians proud by your spectacular achievements. I was watching you on the Late Night Show with Jay Leno with some of my American women friends and couldn't hide my excitement and pride when they said that "she is so beautiful and speaks English better than an American". Way to go Freida!!
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA.
manoj, India Mar 11, 2009
hi freida, first congratulation 4 oscar. than i wanna 2 tell u really have the treasure that attracts me towards u. best wishes 4 life.
roshan braganza, India Feb 24, 2009
I think freeda is lucky to be associated with 'slum dog millionaire', which gave her international fame. But looking at her personal life, she looks opportunist. How can she forget or distance herself from boyfriend cum husband rahul (from goa), after she tasted the 'success'. She realy dumped him, that shows how cunning she is.
Wendy Silveira, UAE Feb 23, 2009
Congrats Freida, you made all the catholic communities accross the globe proud!

Well Done girl:)
Nita ( Dubai), UAE Feb 23, 2009
Congratulations to Freida & fly and to the entire crew of slumdog millionaire..and special congrats to A R Rehman..
collin, Bahrain Feb 22, 2009
lucky u
Sophie and Merwyn Colaco, Canada Jan 17, 2009
We would like congradulate Freda Pinto on her great acting in Slum Dog Millionaire. We saw it twice once in Tronto and gain in Clearwater, Florida during Christmas vacation. Our hats off to her!! Good job Freda.

We are Mangaloreans now living in London, Ontario, Canada. It gives me goosebumps to know that a fellow Mangalorean has achieved such heights.

Keep up the good work Freda!!

Sophie and Merwyn Colaco
allwyn lobo, Saudi Arabia Jan 13, 2009
Congratulations Ms. Freida. Welll-done.
Hope ur future will be bright.
fredrick vas , India Jan 12, 2009
Congratulations Freida,

All the very best top soar higher!

GOD Bless you and ur family
from fredrick vas from lucknow city
Preeth Noronha, UAE Jan 12, 2009
Congratulations Freida,

All the very best top soar higher!

GOD Bless.

ANTHONY RALPH, India Dec 13, 2008


Jacob(Harry)Saldanha, UAE Sep 28, 2008
Frieda, congrats dear, you have made us proud.
All the best for your future career..
Vantia Fernandes, UAE Sep 25, 2008
Hi Freida, Congrats girl. We are very proud of your achievements and wish you all the very best in all your future endevours. You have made all of us proud. Its a pleasure for us to have a star in our family.
rohan shetty, India Sep 25, 2008
Congratz Miss Pinto, u r so cute!!!!!!!
No words to explain.
Rajanikanth Shenoy, Kudpi, India Sep 25, 2008
Remarkable achievement indeed.
Best wishes to Freda in pursuing her acting career.
Errol Edwin Goveas, UAE Sep 25, 2008
Frieda, you make us all proud, keep going, its nice to have a star in the family.
Shenoy, India Sep 24, 2008
Freida has good looks.I wish her all the success in the tinsel town.Give us some good movies Freida.
Rocky Pinto, India Sep 24, 2008
All the best!!
God bless you Ms. Pinto
raj shetty, USA Sep 24, 2008
Congratz Miss Pinto, u r so cute..
i hope best of luck for ur hollywood career...
Claude Fernandes, UAE Sep 24, 2008
Congratulations Freida Pinto. You possess all the traits that will help you reach the top and fulfill all your dreams. May you climb greater heights and reach the pinnacle of success. Best wishes.
f.Serrao, India Sep 24, 2008
Congratulations to Miss Pinto for making us Mangaloreans proud and wishing u all the best for the future.
SHINE KUMAR SAUDI ARABIA, Saudi Arabia Sep 24, 2008
All the best Frieda Pinto.
Rina, UAE Sep 24, 2008
She is too pretty,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,no words to explain.
congradulation Freida. May u shine in Holywood as an Indian.
Dony Lobo, Kelarai, Milagres, Doha,, Qatar Sep 24, 2008
Congratulations to Ms. Freeda Pinto and her parents - Frederick Pinto (Neerude), Sr. Branch Manager, Bank of Baroda and Sylvia Pinto (Derebail), Principal of St. John's High School, Goregaon, Mumbai....I am sure thousands of young growing up girls of the community will henceforth look up to you as a role model!!!!

God Bless You with more and more success in life!!!
R. Prabhu, Saudi Arabia Sep 24, 2008
Congratulations! You have the looks and the talent. Good Luck.....Hollywood is not far away.
Nishan shenoy, India Sep 24, 2008
Congratulations Freida Pinto.
Jay Paul, India Sep 24, 2008
She's a beauty with brains. Will go far in life.
Frank Fernandes , UAE Sep 24, 2008
Congratulations Freida Pinto. You have those captivating and stunning looks that has enhanced the look of this website today. The sky is the limit to perform. Keep rising and shining bright like the stars in the galaxy. You have made the entire community proud with your achievements. With that beautiful smile you will achieve your dreams. All the best and Keep it up!!
john pereira Mumbai /Kuwait , Kuwait Sep 24, 2008
I like your guts keep it up my blessing to you in every future step you take.
Donald Pinto Abu-Dhabi/chickmaglore, UAE Sep 24, 2008
All the best Frieda Pinto.
Simon Lasrado, India Sep 24, 2008
Yet another feather to Mangalorean Crown!! Congratulations Frieda Pinto and all the best in future.
Chris Rego, UAE Sep 24, 2008
Aye bonny lass. Thou art an eyeful indeed!

All the very best and may your career graph soar on the wings of an eagle.

Touch them skies on gilded wings and be at home amongst the Nimbus.

Nagendra Shenoy, India Sep 24, 2008
Nice article. Although I felt the photos were very less!! ;-) :D

All the best Frieda.

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