Freida: I’m an actor, not a star

article001Freida Pinto, female lead in the much acclaimed Slumdog Millionaire, is enjoying every minute of her new found stardom. “It’s been a great homecoming,” she says with a tired but contented smile. The Indian premiere last night has kept the jet-lagged actress on her toes ever since she came back from the Golden Globes.

“I need to treasure these moments for the rest of my life. For someone who’s never acted before, this break was a blessing. Working for Danny Boyle was like attending the best acting school. When we started working, he told me, ‘Life isn’t always the same. Brace yourself for the world!’ The attention does get overwhelming at times and I’m still getting used to it. I’m a shy, reserved girl. Even when today someone compliments me, I get very embarrassed,” she says with laugh.

The last week has been almost surreal for the ex-Xavierite. “Suddenly everyone needs my opinion and wants to know everything about me! Just yesterday a man stopped me to ask if he could take a picture with me. The adulation has been very unexpected. At the Golden Globes, I felt like Alice in Wonderland on the red carpet. Being among all those stars was a very humbling experience and was even more special because I’ve struggled to get where I am,” says the dusky beauty.

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Slumdog Millionaire Mumbai events, Part Two

To continue the previous post, I’ve now added eight photos from the Mumbai premiere of Slumdog Millionaire! Freida looked very pretty and more traditional than usual in a Sari. Judging by the pictures, she seemed to have very fun walking down the red carpet.

Slumdog Millionaire Mumbai events, Part One

Freida has been to several Slumdog Millionaire-related events the past few days. I have now added pictures from the official photocall and press conference of the movie to the gallery, where she looked beautiful in two different blue dresses. Click on the previews below to check them out!

Freida’s reaction to Oscar nominations

Even though Freida herself didn’t receive an Academy Award nomination (she did deserve a Best Supporting Actress nod!), she’s been quoted amongst all of the “celebrity reactions”. Check out what she had to say below!

“The entire Slumdog Millionaire experience has exceeded my wildest expectations. I feel thrilled and so thankful that Danny had faith in me even though I had no past experience in films. Hailing from Mumbai, it means even more to me that a film about this unique city has been nominated for such a prestigious award. It’s been an absolute honor to have worked with such a passionate team and its wonderful to know that critics and audiences across the globe have loved what we have worked so hard to achieve.”

Freida, Dev and Danny react to Oscar announcement

As previously reported, Slumdog Millionaire received an astonoshing ten nominations at this year’s Academy Awards! Freida Pinto, co-star Dev Patel and director Danny Boyle appeared on the Today show through sattelite from Mumbai (the movie premieres in India today) and shared their reactions to the terrific Oscar-news. Check out the video after the cut!
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Slumdog Millionaire nominated for ten Oscars!

The nominations for the 81st Annual Academy Awards – also known as the Oscars – are in! Slumdog Millionaire is nominated in ten (!) categories, including heavy ones such as Best Motion Picture of the Year, Achievement in Directing and Best Adapted Screenplay! View all the nominations below, and visit the official Oscar-site to see the complete list of nominees!

  • Best Motion Picture of the Year
  • Best Adapted Screenplay – Simon Beaufoy
  • Achievement in Directing – Danny Boyle
  • Achievement in Cinematography – Anthony Dod Mantle
  • Achievement in Film Editing – Chris Dickens
  • Achievement in Music (original score) – A.R. Rahman
  • Achievement in Music (original song) – “Jai Ho”
  • Achievement in Music (original song) – “O Saya”
  • Achievement in Sound Editing – Tom Sayers
  • Achievement in Sound Mixing – Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, Resul Pookutty

Slumdog Millionaire sets UK box office record

Slumdog Millionaire has broken the British box office record for the most successful second weekend. The rag to riches story, based in India, has beaten off competition to stay top of the UK box office for a second week, with a 47% increase in takings.

Nielsen EDI, the industry body that monitors tickets sales, has confirmed this is the most successful second weekend ever recorded for a movie that has not substantially increased its print number. “It’s incredible… 47% is the biggest ever increase for a UK saturation release,” said Dave Thurston, managing director of Nielsen EDI.

Following its success at the Golden Globes and BAFTA nominations, Danny Boyle’s film took £2.6 million over the weekend and a whopping £6.1 million since it opened 11 days ago.

Be sure to return to Freida Pinto Fan tomorrow as the Oscar-nominees will be announced! Fingers crossed for Slumdog Millionaire – and Freida – nominations!

Check out the British top ten box office-movies in full after the cut!

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Slumdog Millionaire Mumbai Press Conference

Freida is currently in her hometown of Mumbai, India, promoting Slumdog Millionaire (the movie opens in cinemas on January 23rd). Yesterday she attended a press conference along with the entire cast of the movie. I have added seven twelve pictures from the event, thanks to the great BollywoodHungama.com. Enjoy!

Two new photo shoots

I have added two new photo shoots to the gallery. One of them are being used in the current issue of Arena, and the other one is a portrait session photographed in London, last November. The latter is unfortunately tagged, but hopefully I’ll be able to replace it with untagged versions someday. Freida looks incredibly beautiful in all the pictures, as always, though. Click on the previews below to view all the new photos in the gallery.

Freida: I believe everything is written

Freida was recently interviewed by CNN-IBN about Slumdog Millionaire, awards and her career. Watch the video and/or read the transcript after the cut. Enjoy! Read full article.

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