“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”.
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.
DigitalSpy.com — Freida Pinto has said that she has no intention of starring opposite her boyfriend Dev Patel in a film again.
The couple met and fell in love while shooting Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire and have been in a relationship for three years. According to Bollywood.com, the actress said: “I think we created all the magic that was needed for one film. We’re leaving the rest of the magic for our personal lives.”
Revealing aspects of their personal life, the Desert Dancer star said they enjoy cooking together. “I don’t want to say we like cooking because we’re both not good. We argue through the food prep, but it’s fun. I wish I could cook Indian food because I could start a restaurant and have an alternative career. There aren’t any good Indian places in LA,” she said.
The 26-year-old described her romance with Patel as “an amazing journey”.
Yesterday, Freida Pinto delivered a speech on rights and issues concerning girls and women, at the world’s first-ever summit for girls in Londo.
The summit, jointly organised by the government of United Kingdom and Unicef, is aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) within this generation.
Freida delivered the closing speech along with the Deputy Prime Minister of UK.
FinancialExpress.com — “Girls and women have the right to live free from violence and discrimination and achieve their potential, but some are being prevented from doing so by harmful practices such as FGM and CEFM, which are illegal in the UK. Girls affected by child marriage and FGM are among the most vulnerable in the world,” Freida said in a statement here. Freida said that she looks forward to discussing how ending child marriage and FGM can preserve a girl’s childhood, promote her education, and reduce her exposure to violence and abuse, thus allowing her to make choices about her own future and fulfill her potential in life.
“More than 125 million girls and women alive today have suffered some form of FGM in the 29 countries where the practice is concentrated. UNICEF estimates that globally, around one in three young women aged 20 to 24 were married before the age of 18. Around 23 million girls entered into marriage before they reached 15,” the 26-year-old actress said. Freida said that she was concerned about the incidents of FGM and CEFM in India as well.
“It maybe a small community of people that practise it but no matter how small the number is its a violation of human rights and those girls are significant and important to us. We are aware that child marriage is a common practise in some communities but we also need to be aware of the full extent of its damage caused to these young lives physical and psychological,” Freida said.
Freida Pinto is featured in Harper’s Bazaar Arabia for their June issue! In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, she shares her love for Chanel, talks of protecting herself from the public eye, her obsession with shoes and other things. In the magazine, she models several Chanel looks from its Paris-Dallas Métier d’Art collection in a spread that was shot in Dubai during the Chanel Cruise show earlier this month. Added to our gallery is 1 scan and 4 outakes, all shot by Mathieus Cesar, courtesy to DailyMail.co.uk for the photos.
On her affection for shoes:
They’re my biggest obsession but I don’t even know how many I have. It’s a bit obscene for me, but I’m sure there are people that have way more. It’s really weird though, because my love for shoes isn’t because I want to wear them all. I mean, there are only so many days in the year, so it’s impossible to wear all of them, but I have them because they’re so beautiful, like works of art, and I love looking at them.
On her outlasting love for Chanel:
It was amazing that the brand believed in me, and I felt very, very lucky. If you wear Chanel to a premiere, you feel like you’ve kinda made it.
On her practices for yoga:
No matter where I am, once a day I bring myself to the mat. But I don’t practice a very calm style of yoga. If I’m working on something big, then my mind is absolutely mental, running wild, with a million different things going on, so the cardio really helps to calm me down.
Dailymail.co.uk — Freida admitted to not always feeling beautiful: ‘I was at an event with Karlie Kloss last year and it was horrible standing next to her. She’s a beautiful lady and I felt like a little ant!’
Shoes are not the only vice the Mumbai-born actress admitted to. ‘Bread. I love it,’ she said. ‘Not just bread, but bread as pizza or rolls – I want, want, want,’.
One thing you won’t find this beauty doing is cooking. She told the magazine she considers it a ‘waste of time’ and that she eats out when in Los Angeles and has someone cook for her while in India.
The actress insists that her family and friends keep her grounded. ‘I’ve never been brought up with a silver spoon in my mouth, and have been taught to work hard for things I want and not expect anything,’ she said. ‘Everyone around me would tell me if I did something arrogant or I got too big for my boots.’