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Freida Pinto

Freida Pinto

Slumdog Millionaire has brought a great fortune to lives of many people, mostly who acted in it. Freida Pinto is one such actress, for whom her debut film brought unlimited popularity.

Her role in the film is of Latika who is born and raised in slum area in Mumbai, being in love with Jamal – character played by Dev Patel. She has given true justice to character offered to her by Danny Boyle, the Oscar winning Director.

Freida Pinto was born on October 18, 1984 in Mumbai. Her family belongs to Mangalorean Catholic community, a Christian community in Mumbai. Her mother Sylvia Pinto is a Principal of St. John’s Universal High School in Goregaon and her father Frederick Pinto is a senior branch manager at the Bank of Baroda.

Very few people know that Freida has her elder sister Sharon Pinto who is an associate producer on the NDTV news channel.

Freida has studied Bachelor of Arts in English from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. She did her earlier education at Carmel of St. Joseph School in Malad.

It is interesting to know that Slumdog Millionaire was her very first film. Before this, she didn’t had any acting experience in movies. But she anchored in the international travel show called ‘Full Circle’ on Zee International Asia Pacific in English during 2006 – 2008. This show helped her facing the camera. Apart from that Pinto has been featured in several television and print advertisements for various products such as Airtel, Hutch (now Vodafone), DeBeers, Wringley’s Chewing Gum and Skoda. Freida also tested her skills in modeling and contributed for ten years and appeared in few runway shows and appeared on magazine covers too.

Her acting lessons come from The Barry John’s Acting Studio which is based in Andheri, Mumbai. She was trained by Barry John whom she believes her mentor. She had given audition for Slumdog Millionaire. And after six months of the same she received a call for Slumdog Millionaire and was finally selected for the same. Freida has also learnt various forms of Indian Classical dance and also Salsa.

Recently rumors were spread that she willingly cut off her relationship with Rohan Antao whom she had met while attending St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai and got engaged with. It is said that keeping her career in prime focus, she took this decision. Also it is heard that Woody Allen has cast her for his upcoming movie. If it true, good for her.

The year of 2009 has been proved the luckiest year for her. She won a Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Freida was also nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role as well as for Black Reel Awards for Best Ensemble for Slumdog Millionaire.

Recently Freida Pinto had a photo shoot, which is said to be containing very hot and sexy pictures of her, may be Freida Pinto bikini pictures they are. We hope she doesn’t appear on Maxim Magazine saying ‘Freida Pinto Naked’.
Whatever the case be, she has got a rocking start for her acting career having the very powerful fuel of Slumdog Millionaire. Let’s see if she can utilizes it at the best or gets lost in the wide jungle of celebrities by being considered as ‘one more actress’.


Devang Vibhakar is the Founder and Editor of www.SpeakBindas.com. He has interviewed more than 350 people. His effort was recognized by Limca Book of Records, twice. He has been to Scotland as well as Germany as part of vocational & cultural exchange programs and has compiled five books so far. He's passionate about bringing forth interesting stories & interviews of entrepreneurs to avid readers of SpeakBindas. He can be reached here.

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