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  Freida Pinto finds short films fascinating

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“Slumdog Millionaire” star Freida Pinto, who has also featured in films like “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Immortals”, says working in a short film is “fascinating” as it allows you to tell a story in less time.
“Short films are very fascinating because we don’t get the comfort of like two hours feature to tell the whole story and develop it. So you pretty much have to be very spot on in a short film to tell the whole story,” Freida, who starred in the short film “Black Knight Decoded” as part of the Pepsi Challenge, told IANS.
“Black Knight Decoded”, released in November last year, imagines a rich narrative around the Black Knight satellite.

“I was actually headed back into the sci-fi world. In America, there are many people who believe in the Black Knight theory and they believe in the extraterrestrial world. It’s very, very big in America. In a way for me to find comfort in it and understand this other world which I didn’t know was very fascinating,” Freida said. “As actors, we always like to do things that we haven’t done before. It’s a great way for us to learn the material and understand a world which we are not very familiar with,” she added.

Directed by Jabbar Raisani, “Black Knight Decoded” follows the journey of a father (David Oyelowo) and daughter (Layla Crawford) on their quest to decode the radio signals transmitted from the Black Knight satellite.
With the help of their friend Ahna (Freida), they seek to unite the world in anticipation of the Black Knight’s (voiced by Usher) revelation on Earth.
Freida, who earlier worked with Oyelowo in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, says it was interesting to work with the “Selma” actor again.

“The other interesting thing for me was getting back to the film set with David Oyelowo. He is such a phenomenal actor. Also Jabbar Raisani is a fantastic young director who is one to watch out for. The way he has put this film together is beyond phenomenal,” she said.

Freida’s upcoming projects include “Jungle Book: Origins” and “Yamasong: March of the Hollows”.


  Special cut of ‘Trishna’ to come out before release

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PinkVilla.com — Film producer Sunil Bohra has revealed plans of launching a 10-minute cut of the Freida Pinto-starrer “Trishna” online – much ahead of the feature film’s release in the country. Directed by the internationally acclaimed Michael Winterbottom, “Trishna” will hit the theatres Jan 30, 2015. But before that, Bohra of Bohra Bros has come up with the unique idea to let the public know what the film really contains.

The special cut of the movie will go online Nov 15.

Talking about the plan, he said: “I want the people to know what the film is all about. This has not been done before in the industry, and if everything goes well, it will become a trend to showcase 10 to 12 minutes of a film’s story through which the public can get to know what content they are buying tickets for.”

Is he being over-confident about “Trishna”? “This is not my over confidence, but it is a sincere effort to be honest about the product. I really want people to buy tickets after they are sure and convinced about the story. “Though the film has some really high erotic content, yet it will be very little in this cut of the story as I feel that more should be left for the cinema cut. “I strongly believe that the story is very strong in itself,” he said.

Based on Thomas Hardy’s novel “Tess of the d’Urbervilles”, “Trishna” tells the story of a woman whose life is torn between love and circumstances. The story revolves around Trishna (Freida) meeting a wealthy young British businessman Jay Singh (Riz Ahmad) who has come to India to work in his father’s hotel business. After an accident destroys her father’s jeep, Trishna goes to work for Jay, and they fall in love.


  Day of the Falcon DVD Screencaptures

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Added to our photo library are 567 photos of Freida Pinto as Princess Leyla in Day of the Falcon, previously known as “Black Gold”.

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Set in the 1930s Arab states at the dawn of the oil boom, the story centers on a young Arab prince torn between allegiance to his conservative father and modern, liberal father-in-law.


  W Best Performances: Freida Pinto

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Great news! Freida Pinto is featured among W Magazine’s honorees in their Best Performances of 2012 portfolio! The 33 stars on the list (including Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Chastain, Amy Adams, Javier Bardem, Marion Cotillard and many more) are mentioned with some great portraits and quotes on their roles. Freida Pinto, honored for her role in Trishna (rightfully so!) looks natural and beautiful in her photo, seen to the left. Here’s what she said in the magazine. A scan of her page will be added to the gallery soon.

“It was much more difficult to do a death scene than a sex scene for Trishna. The sex scenes were disturbing: Trishna is a submissive person, and she is having sex in a submissive way, which is so not me. But I have never died, and I did not want to die in a gimmicky or comical way. It is hard to fake stabbing yourself with great intensity. I was so uncomfortable, I started to laugh.”


  ‘Desert Dancer’ London photocall

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Earlier today, Freida Pinto attended a photocall for her upcoming movie Desert Dancer in London, England. Set in Iran, where dance is illegal, Desert Dancer tells the story of Afshin Ghaffarian (Reece Ritchie) who risked his life to fight for his dream to become a dancer. This film plays against the backdrop of the 2009 election protests, where the passion and defiance of a young generation lit the flame of revolution still sweeping the Middle East and Africa. Freida said she had no professional experience of dancing before she began rehearsals for the film, but there was a strong tradition in her native India. “We love dancing in India anyway,” she said at a press conference at London’s Sadlers Wells Theatre today as plans for the film were announced. She said rehearsals have had a huge impact on her life: “It’s not just training for the film, it’s training for life – dance has made me emotionally stronger as well, I deal with situations much better.” Filming – due to take place in the UK, the Middle East and north Africa – begins next week, with the movie expected to be released next year.


  Freida Pinto to play Osama Bin Laden’s mistress?

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According to rumors on the Internet, controversial best selling author and Osama Bin Laden’s mistress in 1996, Kola Boof, has said that Hollywood Studio Lionsgate is making a film on her biopic titled Osama and the Sex Slave. Boof further reveals that the studio is trying to cast Freida Pinto along with Adrien Brody, who would be playing notorious terrorist Osama Bin Laden. So far these are just rumors, but we will keep you updated on the project.


  New director for ‘Planet of the Apes’ sequel

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Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that Cloverfield and Let Me In director Matt Reeves is finalizing a deal to direct Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which itself was a prequel-reboot of the original Planet of the Apes films from the 1960s and 70s. Reeves replaces Rise director Rupert Wyatt, who reportedly left the project due to concerns about Fox’s announced release date of May 23, 2014. Andy Serkis will, however, reprise his performance-capture role as lead intelli-ape Caesar. No word yet whether costars James Franco and Freida Pinto will also be returning. Stay posted for more.


  ‘Trishna’ press conference pictures

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Two days ago Freida Pinto participated in a press conference held to promote the release of Trishna. She looked gorgeous in a purple dress (which, by the way, is the same outfit she wore to the taping of Conan) as she discussed the movie with the press. Click on the previews below to see all the pictures in our photo archive.


  Pictures from ‘Trishna’ Screenings

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I’m back from traveling and ready to catch up with all that’s happened since I last updated Freida Pinto Fan! She’s attended two special screenings of Trishna – one held in Los Angeles and the other in New York. As always, Freida looked absolutely gorgeous at both events. More to be added soon; stay tuned!


  ‘Trishna’ is released in theaters today!

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It’s finally here – Trishna is released in US theaters today! The film, loosely based on Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles, stars Freida Pinto and Jay Ahmed in the leads. It’s been given positive reviews, currently with a 75% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com, with many of them praising Freida’s portrayal of Trishna. Be sure to check it out, and return to post your opinions of the movie here!