With Desert Dancer currently filming, it’s been very quiet in Freida-land (and here on Freida Pinto Fan) this past November, but things are about to change come December – she’s been selected to join the jury at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival! As a member of the jury, she will be judging films that are part of the Shorts and Emirati section – short films from the Arab, Emirati and Asian African countries making her the first Indian to be on the jury of the international short film contest as part of the festival.
In addition to her duties as a juror, she has also been invited to attend a special gala hosted by Academy Award winning actor Colin Firth and his fashion entrepreneur wife Livia to support the annual ‘One Night to Change Lives’ charity event to benefit Oxfam and Dubai Cares on December 14. Last year’s event raised over $1 million, funding 14 regional schools and 10 schools in Pakistan. The festival will kick start on Dec 9 and will come to a close on Dec 16. We will provide you with full coverage from the film festival. Stay tuned!
We want to wish our favorite girl Freida Pinto a very happy birthday, as today marks her 28th! It’s been a great year for Freida as she joined Plan’s inspiring Because I Am a Girl project as well as joined exciting movies such as Desert Dancer (which she just started filming!) and Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups! We hope you have the best day and a great coming year. Be sure to leave your birthday wishes to her official Twitter-account @BecauseImFreida!
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.
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.
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.