Freida Pinto

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Freida Pinto
Freida Pinto 2010.jpg
Born Freida Selena Pinto
(1984-10-18) 18 October 1984 (age 29)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater St. Xavier's College, Mumbai (B.A.)
Occupation Actress, model, presenter
Years active 2005–present
Religion Mangalorean Catholic

Freida Selena Pinto (born 18 October 1984)[1] is an Indian actress and model. From a Mangalorean Catholic family, she wanted to become an actress from a young age. Prior to making her cinematic debut, she worked as a model and television presenter, and acted in plays while attending college. Pinto continued modeling for four years and enrolled herself in an acting course at the "Barry John's Acting Studio" in Mumbai, where she was trained by Barry John.

Pinto rose to prominence by playing the leading lady in the 2008 British drama film Slumdog Millionaire, a film that marked her debut. Her performance was well received, and she won the "Breakthrough Performance Award" at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. In addition, she was nominated at various award ceremonies such as British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) and MTV Movie Awards. Since then she has starred in a number of British and American productions, notably You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Immortals (2011), and Trishna (2011), where she played the titular character.

Pinto is a part of the Agassi Foundation, a philanthropic organization started by Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf which looks after providing education for deprived children.

Early life and modeling career[edit]

Pinto was born into a Mangalorean Catholic household in Mumbai.[2][3][4] Her mother Sylvia is the principal of St. John's High School, Goregaon, and her father Frederick is a senior branch manager at the Bank of Baroda.[5] Pinto has an elder sister, Sharon, who works as an associate producer of NDTV, a news channel.[6] Pinto aspired to become an actress when she was five years old.[7] Pinto studied at the Carmel of St. Joseph School in Malad, Mumbai, where she actively participated in sports and sang in the school choir. By the time when she was ten, Sushmita Sen won Miss Universe 1994, which in turn inspired the former to become an actress and proved to be a defining point in her career.[8][9] She completed a degree in arts with a major in English literature, and minors in Psychology and Economics, from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.[7][10][11]

Pinto is an accomplished dancer in Salsa and Classical Indian dance.[12] She actively participated in plays and amateur theatre while attending college.[9] Later she joined the Elite Model Management and modeled for two-and-half years.[7] Pinto was featured in several television and print advertisements endorsing products such as Wrigley's Chewing Gum, Škoda, Vodafone India, Airtel, Visa, E-Bay and DeBeers.[5] She continued to model for four years and appeared in runway shows and magazine covers including Femina and FNL.[5][6] Pinto joined an acting course at "The Barry John's Acting Studio" in Andheri, Mumbai where she was trained by theatre director Barry John.[13]

Acting career[edit]

Beginnings and breakthrough (2008–10)[edit]

Pinto along with the crew of Slumdog Millionaire
Pinto along with the crew of Slumdog Millionaire during its screening at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival.

Before her entry into films, Pinto anchored Full Circle, an international travel show which was aired on Zee International Asia Pacific in English from 2006 to 2008.[14] During this time, she visited countries such as Fiji, Malaysia and Thailand.[5] By that time Pinto auditioned for numerous films, all of which turned out to be unsuccessful. Later in an interview while being questioned about her rejections she added, "I'm glad things happened the way they happened. I needed to be rejected, and I needed to learn that it's part of the game... I can have 100 rejections, but I'm sure there's going to be one particular thing that is almost destined for me to have".[15] She received a call for Slumdog Millionaire;[16] she was short-listed and finally selected to star in the film.[10] Directed by Danny Boyle the film starred Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, and Irrfan Khan. Pinto played the role of Latika, the love interest of the lead character, Jamal.[17] Dubbed as India's answer to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, the film was made on a moderate budget of USD 15 million.[18] Slumdog Millionaire turned out to be a sleeper hit, receiving universal acclaim,[5] mainly for its plot and soundtrack. It also played a vital role in launching the career of Pinto in Hollywood.[18] The film opened to international acclaim at the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival winning the Cadillac People's Choice Award.[19] It emerged as the most successful film at the 81st Academy Awards winning eight of the ten nominations, including major categories such as Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.[5] The film also gained nominations at various award ceremonies including the Golden Globe Awards, where it won four awards. Pinto herself was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the 2009 BAFTA Awards.[20] In addition, she won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture alongside other cast members from the film.[21][22]

Pinto next starred in Woody Allen's comedy-drama film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, alongside Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Anupam Kher and Naomi Watts.[23] The film premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, receiving negative reviews.[24] Pinto played a minor role as the character Dia.[25] She next appeared in the 2011 science fiction film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a reboot of the Planet of the Apes series, where she played Caroline, a primatologist, and was cast opposite James Franco. Pinto played the central character in her next production Miral, a biographical film based on a novel by Rula Jebreal. The film opened to negative reviews. A review from East Bay Express noted, "Pinto handles the central role with a certain dignity, but the real drama is in Miral's rejection of violence in favor of Hind Husseini's (Abbass) example of education and negotiation."[26] Following that, Pinto starred in 2011 fantasy-action-drama film, Immortals, in which she played the oracle priestess Phaedra.[27] The same year, she played "Princess Lailah" in the 1930s-set period drama film Black Gold; she was cast alongside Antonio Banderas and Mark Strong.[28]

Trishna and the future (2011–present)[edit]

In 2011, Pinto starred in Michael Winterbottom's British drama film Trishna alongside Riz Ahmed; she played the titular character in the film. An adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles, the film first premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Described by The Guardian as a "seductive, allegorical study of male-female relationships",[29] the film features Pinto as the daughter of a peasant who falls in love with a London-based hotelier, played by Ahmed.[30] Unlike her previous films, Trishna gained positive response from critics.[31] The film was universally acclaimed as it was nominated for the Best Film Award at the London Film Festival and Grand Prix at the Tokyo International Film Festival.[32]

In October 2013, Pinto was seen in Bruno Mars's single Gorilla. She was criticised by the Indian media for a sequence involving shedding her clothes and getting intimate with Mars.[33] Nevertheless, MTV described the act as "one gloriously cinematic scene", while James Montgomery of the channel further added "Thanks to Pinto's wattage".[34] Pinto's forthcoming releases include Desert Dancer and Misfits. Desert Dancer is a biographical drama film that revolves around the life of a dancer. Pinto underwent rigorous dance training consisting of eight hours of rehearsals a day lasting for 14 weeks, as demanded by the role.[35] As of 2013, she is scheduled to act with Christian Bale in Knight of Cups.[36] Misfits is a Comedy-drama film which will star Guy Pearce alongside her. On choosing Pinto for the role, Doug Claybourne, the film's producer commented "Freida is the perfect fit: Intelligent and talented, and she completely gets the humor in this story about finding family."[37]

Media image and personal life[edit]

Pinto attending the 41st International Film Festival of India in Goa

Soon after the release of Slumdog Millionaire, Pinto garnered immense popularity and was frequently included in the "Most Beautiful Women in the World" list. In 2009, she was featured in People magazine's "Most Beautiful People List",[38] and "List of World's Best Dressed Women".[39] The same year, The Daily Telegraph reported that Pinto was the highest-paid Indian actress, although she never appeared in a Bollywood film.[40] She was also included in Vogue's 2009 list of the "top ten most stylish women".[41] On 13 May 2009, Pinto became a new spokesmodel for L'Oréal.[42] A controversy arose when she appeared in a TV commercial promoting L'Oreal, as many thought it to be racial discrimination from countries that are possessive about fair skin. The commercial showcased Pinto in what many perceived to be a lighter skin tone due to make-up or editing.[43] In 2010, she was featured in the "Top 99 Most Desirable Women" poll conducted by AskMen.[44] Two years later, People named her one of the "Most Beautiful at Every Age".[45] The following year, Pinto was voted the "Hottest Indian Chick" in a controversial poll conducted by GQ.[46]

Before making her film debut Pinto was engaged to former publicist Rohan Antao; the relationship ended in January 2009.[47] After that she started dating her Slumdog Millionaire co-star Dev Patel. Since then the couple have been living together in Los Angeles, United States.[48] Later in an interview, Pinto stated that she does not want to act with Patel as she feels they will not be able to mete out the "chemistry" they had in their debut film.[49] Pinto was criticised for having "shunned" the Indian film industry.[50] However, she claimed that she is unable to find roles that suit her in Bollywood. She also stated that she enjoys watching Bollywood films and is keen to act in future.[51]

Pinto joined Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf in support of their philanthropic organisation, the "Agassi Foundation". She is the only Indian actress to have participated in their annual fund raiser titled, "The 15th Grand Slam for Children", aimed at raising funds for the education of underprivileged children.[52] In 2012 Freida Pinto joined Plan International's Because I am a Girl Campaign as Global Ambassador, promoting gender equality to lift millions of girls out of poverty. In 2013, she appeared in a video clip for Gucci's "Chime for Change" campaign to raise funds and awareness of women's issues in terms of education, health, and justice.[53] In April 2013, Pinto collaborated with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim for the Call to Action – Girl Rising campaign. The documentary film Girl Rising made by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins, showcases the power of education in transforming girls' lives around the globe.[54]

Filmography[edit]

Film roles
Year Film Role Notes
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Latika Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Palm Springs International Film Festival – Breakthrough Performance Award
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Black Reel Awards of 2008 – Best Ensemble
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Female Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (Shared nomination with Dev Patel)
2010 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Dia
Miral Miral
2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes Caroline Aranha
Immortals Phaedra
2012 Day of the Falcon Princess Leyla Film also referred to as "Black Gold"
Trishna Trishna
2013 Girl Rising Narrator Documentary
2014 Desert Dancer Elaheh Post-production
Knight of Cups Post-production
Unity Narrator Documentary
2015 The Orphan: A New Kind of Hero

Notes[edit]

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  2. ^ "Slumdog has done India proud, says Frieda's father". Daily News and Analysis (DNA). 23 February 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
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  6. ^ a b D'Mello, Gerry (25 November 2008). "The Newest Star on the Mangalorean Horizon-Freida Pinto". Daijiworld Media. Retrieved 25 November 2008. 
  7. ^ a b c Sung, Helena. "Destiny's Child". Audrey Magazine (February – March 2009). Archived from the original on 12 January 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2009. 
  8. ^ Silva, Horacio (19 August 2010). "Out on a Limb". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
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  10. ^ a b "It's natural to want to become an actress after living in Mumbai". Rediff.com. 16 June 2008. Retrieved 11 November 2008. 
  11. ^ "Unplugged: Freida Pinto". The Times of India. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Freida Pinto". Sify. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "Freida Pinto thanks mentor Barry John for success". Daily News and Analysis (DNA). 29 January 2009. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "Freida Pinto had a brush with suicide bomber". The Times of India. 2 March 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  15. ^ Martin, Michael. "Freida Pinto". Interview (magazine). Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  16. ^ Ramani, Nithya. "It's natural to want to become an actress after living in Mumbai". Rediff.com. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "What's next for the stars of Slumdog Millionaire?". Daily News (New York). 25 February 2009. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  18. ^ a b Fodor's 2013, chpt. Slumdog Live on.
  19. ^ "Film based against Indian backdrop wins award at TIFF". The Economic Times. 14 September 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  20. ^ "Film Awards Winners in 2009". BAFTA. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
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  22. ^ "Slumdog Millionaire bags 2 more US film awards as well as picking up 8 awards at the oscars.". CNN IBN. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 1 February 2009. 
  23. ^ Verma, Sukanya (17 December 2010). "A twisted Woody Allen fairytale!". Rediff.com. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  24. ^ "Cannes Film Festival 2010 as it happened: day four". The Daily Telegraph. 15 May 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  25. ^ A. O. Scott (21 September 2010). "Looking for Something When Life Signifies Nothing". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  26. ^ "Miral". East Bay Express. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  27. ^ "Freida Pinto takes on Immortals". The Indian Express. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  28. ^ Fischer, Russ. "Antonio Banderas, Mark Strong and Freida Pinto Cast in Black Gold". /Film. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  29. ^ "Trishna – review". The Guardian. 11 September 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  30. ^ Collin, Robbie (8 March 2012). "Trishna, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  31. ^ Nigel M Smith (15 September 2011). "Sundance Selects Nabs Michael Winterbottom's Trishna". IndieWire. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  32. ^ "Film Description Trishna". Barrie Film Festival. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  33. ^ Goyal, Samarth (17 October 2013). "Freida Pinto stuns fans with dirty dancing in Bruno Mars". The Hindustan Times. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  34. ^ Montgomery, James (15 October 2013). "Bruno Mars Turns Up The Heat In 'Gorilla' Video". MTV Networks. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  35. ^ Joshi, Priya (13 October 2012). "Freida Pinto: 'Dance training for Desert Dancer was daunting". Digital Spy. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  36. ^ Larkin, Mike (15 March 2013). "Life's a beach for Christian Bale as he frolics on the shore with brunette beauty Freida Pinto". Daily Mail. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  37. ^ Willis, Tania (20 November 2013). "Sexy senorita! Actress Freida Pinto strolls around Madrid in stunning thigh-high leather boots". Daily Mail. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  38. ^ "Sneak Peek: World's Most Beautiful People". People. Retrieved 15 August 2009. 
  39. ^ "Freida Pinto, Winslet in People's best dressed list". Daily News and Analysis (DNA). 17 September 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  40. ^ Nelson, Dean (26 March 2009). "Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto is Bollywood top earner". The Daily Telegraph (New Delhi). Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  41. ^ ""Stylish" pinto in Vogue's top 10 list!". Hindustan Times. 24 December 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  42. ^ "Pinto thinks L'Oreal is worth it". Daily Express. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  43. ^ "Freida Pinto's 'lighter' skin tone was not altered, says L'Oreal". The Financial Express. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  44. ^ "Why She's No.50". AskMen. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  45. ^ Karen J. Quan (20 April 2012). "2012 Most Beautiful at Every Age – Freida Pinto". People. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  46. ^ "Freida Pinto named hottest Indian chick". The Times of India. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  47. ^ Susan Wloszczyna (29 March 2011). "Freida Pinto, Dev Patel: Like something out of a movie". USA Today. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  48. ^ Marcus Barnes (5 November 2011). "Dev Patel and Freida Pinto move their belongings in to a swish 1.5 million Santa Monica home". Daily Mail. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  49. ^ "Freida Pinto won't act with Dev Patel again". Evening Standard. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  50. ^ "I can find my place in Bollywood now: Freida Pinto". The Indian Express. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  51. ^ Nigam, Aarushi (17 March 2013). "I don't feel like an Indian in Hollywood: Freida Pinto". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  52. ^ Ganguly, Prithwish (30 September 2010). "Freida the ace in Agassi-Steffi game". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  53. ^ Karmali, Sarah (16 April 2013). "Blake Lively and Halle Berry Join Gucci’s Chime For Change". Vogue. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  54. ^ "Freida Pinto, Anne Hathaway join Girl Rising documentary". The Indian Express. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 

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