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.
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!