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    Freida Pinto - Latika from Slumdog Millionaire exclusive

    Freida Pinto Aka Latika from Slumdog Millionaire Her First Official Thread
    Freida Pinto (born October 18, 1984) is an Indian actress and professional model born in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

    She is the daughter of Sylvia, a principal of St. John’s High School, and Frederick Pinto, a senior branch manager at the Bank of Baroda. Her parents hail from the coastal city of Mangalore. She is of Mangalorean Catholic descent. Her father is a banker, while her mother is the principal of a High School. Her older sister, Sharon, is a producer with the Indian news channel, NDTV. Between 2006-07, she anchored 'Full Circle', a travel show which was telecast on Zee International Asia Pacific. She went on assignments to Afghanistan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Fiji among other countries. Freida is trained in some forms of Indian classical dance as well as Salsa. Pinto graduated from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. She modeled for two years before meeting Danny Boyle and being cast in Slumdog Millionaire. She also featured in several television and print commercials for products such as Wrigleys Chewing Gum, Skoda, Hutch, Airtel, and De Beers. Ramp shows and magazine covers are also part of her resume.


     


    At the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival the movie won the Cadillac People's Choice Award.

    At the 2009 Golden Globe Award the movie won four awards: Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Director - Motion Picture (Danny Boyle), Best Screen Play - Motion Picture (Simon Beaufoy), and Best Original Score - Motion Picture (A. R. Rahman).



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    Q: Could you tell me something about ‘Miss Freida the Super Star’?
    A: Well, I’m someone who has achieved something finally. I have always wanted to get into the acting field. It was always my childhood dream to be in front of the camera and to entertain people. I consider myself very lucky and very blessed. From being a child standing in front of the mirror and doing all these roles as a performer to actually getting a role written just for me is a huge blessing.

    Q: Now you are on your way from Bollywood to Hollywood. First of all, what made you jump into such a highly competitive arena like Bollywood?
    A: It’s more like Bollywood came to me. It just came to me. I just wanted to act, and so when Bollywood came to my door, who am I to shut the door and say “No”? So when Bollywood came to me, I just accepted the role!

    Q: Was the first audition process tough for you?
    A: Yes, the audition was tough for me, no doubt. The 6 months of auditioning and then the 6 months of filming was a huge experience. It was like going to Pre School, then High school and finally Graduating.
    Q: Prior to your selection for the role in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, have you attended any acting classes?
    A: I attended acting classes only after the film because I had a lot of spare time, about 6 months, from the last day of shooting to the release of the film. I wanted to keep myself active by doing what I love, that is acting. Most people find it funny that I attended acting classes only after the film!

    Q: Undoubtedly, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ will be a box-office hit. Can you tell me the main reasons for this thrilling success?
    A: ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ has already won the Cadillac People’s choice Award here in Toronto. The reason why I think it is a success is because it is based on a universal topic. It is about an underdog who has a dream and he goes gunning for his dream, won’t stop at anything until he gets what he wants. So it’s a universal theme. You struggle in life, you literally fall flat on your face many times and then finally you pick yourself up and get what you want, after a lot of struggle. It is a very inspirational story and most people can relate to it which is why everybody is going crazy, because the film has perfect comic-timing, a love story and a class struggle, deceit, redemption. It’s also got a very interesting ending to it.
    Q: Which profession do you like the most: modelling or being on screen?
    A: I have always loved acting. Modelling was something I had to do for visibility in India. Doing a lot of TV commercials also helps you with your acting. When acting on camera, you can’t have inhibitions. Acting is always what I wanted to do; however, modelling has helped me for acting on camera.

    Q: So what are your future plans?
    A: My future plans are to just do what I do to the best of my ability, to have people recognize me as a talented actor and to just be an actor for the rest of my life.
    Q: You exude such a high level of confidence. But there are a lot of challenges to face in the filmy world. What challenges do you face and how do you tackle them?
    A: There are a lot of challenges not only in the filmy world, but in life generally. My upbringing and education have contributed to my confidence. The best thing to do is to just deal with the challenges and to find ways to deal with them.

    Q: Although born and brought up in Mumbai, are you proud to call yourself a Mangalorean?
    A: Yeah, I’m proud myself to be an Indian first and a Mangalorean ‘cause my parents are from Mangalore. My dad is from Neerude and my mom is from Derabail.I had been there few times and I love Mangalore.

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