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Freida Pinto
Also known as:Freida Selena Pinto, Fro
Born:October 18, 1984
Birthplace:Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
An Indian actress who gained instant fame with her very first movie Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Freida Pinto is not only popular among Indian audiences, but has also made a mark among international audiences with her work in American and British films. After winning awards for her debut movie performance, one of the biggest commercial successes of her career came with the 2011 science fiction film Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Other movies that she is best remembered for are director Michael Winterbottom's Trishna (2011) and the British biographical drama Desert Dancer (2015).

Born in Mumbai to a Mangalorean Catholic family, Freida studied at the Carmel of St. Joseph School in Malad. She continued her education at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, where she majored in English literature, with minors in Psychology and Economics. Frederick Pinto, her father, was a senior branch manager for the Bank of Baroda, and her mother Sylvia Pinto, was the principal of St. John's Universal School in Goregaon, Mumbai. She has one elder sister Sharon, who works for NDTV. Freida had a keen interest in acting since a very young age, and aspired to become an actress when she was just five years old. When she was a kid, she often dressed up as television actors and imitated them. Watching the film Monster (2003) during college, convinced her to take up acting professionally. She started modeling in 2005 and joined Elite Model Management India, which she was associated with for two and a half years.

Freida was engaged to Rohan Antao, her publicist at that time, before she entered the film industry. She broke up with him in January 2009 and started dating her Slumdog Millionaire co-star Dev Patel, whom she dated for six years, but the couple amicably split in December 2014.


Freida bagged her role to fame Latika in Slumdog Millionaire (2008) after six months of extensive auditions, which was what it took the actress to convince director Danny Boyle to select her for the film. She played the love interest of the main character Jamal, portrayed by Dev Patel. She emerged as a big hit with her first film itself getting her several nominations for Best Supporting Actress at BAFTA Awards, Best Breakthrough Performance and Best Kiss (shared with Dev Patel) at MTV Movie Awards, Choice Movie Fresh Face Female, Choice Movie Actress: Drama and Choice Movie Liplock (Shared with Dev Patel) at Teen Choice Awards. Freida's second release was the English-language Spanish-American film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, under the direction of Woody Allen. She followed this up with the lead role of a Palestinian girl Miral in the 2010 biographical political film titled Miral, but the movie received negative reviews.

The actress' next appearance came in the huge critical and commercial hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), a science fiction film directed by Rupert Wyatt. She plays the role of a primatologist Caroline Aranha in the movie, opposite James Franco as the male lead. The British-Swedish-Indian drama film Trishna, which revolves around the romance between a poor woman, played by Freida, and the son (Riz Ahmed) of a hotel owner, received only mixed reviews. The Qatari film Day of the Falcon, under the direction of Jean-Jacques Annaud, was her next. In the same year, she was seen in the huge commercially successful film Immortals opposite Henry Cavill. She then went on to play the lead role opposite Reece Ritchie in the critically acclaimed drama film Desert Dancer (2015), based on the true story of a dancer Afshin Ghaffarian in Iran, who pursued his passion for dancing in spite of a dancing ban.

The Colombian English-language action film Blunt Force Trauma in 2015 revolved around Freida's search for her brother's killer, but only received average reviews. The actress' 2017 release includes the Indian film Love Sonia, under the direction of Tabrez Noorani, with Mrunal Thakur as the lead character whereas Freida plays a significant role with others like Demi Moore, Manoj Bajpayee, and Richa Chadda. Her other projects include a voiceover in the animated movie Yamasong: March of the Hollows for the character of Geta, and director Andy Serkis' adventure fantasy film Jungle Book in the role of Messua.

At the initial stage of her career, Freida was selected as the host of the international travel show Full Circle in 2006 that aired on Zee International Asia Pacific. This travel show got her to travel to numerous countries like Fiji, Singapore, Afghanistan, Thailand, and Malaysia. Her next appearance was as a guest star in the popular romantic comedy television series The Mindy Project in 2015, followed by the BBC documentary television series India: Nature's Wonderland in the same year. She plays the lead role in the six-part British drama miniseries Guerrilla opposite stars like Idris Elba, and Babou Ceesay, with the show receiving positive critical acclaim and favorable audience response.

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Did You Know? (5)

  • In order to lend more authenticity to the character, the costumes worn by Freida Pinto - who played a sex worker in Love Sonia (2018) - were all purchased from shops in Mumbai's red light area.
  • In preparation for her role in Love Sonia (2018), Freida Pinto took dialect lessons from veteran Indian actress Vibha Chibber.
  • Freida Pinto claimed to have gained inspiration from Sushmita Sen's victory in the 1994 Miss Universe competition, being one of her biggest motivation to become a successful model and actress.
  • Freida Pinto was included in People Magazine's Annual List of 100 Most Beautiful People in 2009.
  • In October 2013, Freida Pinto was seen in Bruno Mars’s single Gorilla. The actress was criticized by the Indian media for a sequence that involved shedding her clothes and getting intimate with Mars in the video.
  • Personal Quotes (23)

  • "This industry is for fighters and those who do not give up! It is very important to believe in yourself. Even when a hundred people rejected me, I did not lose hope and, finally, one of the biggest directors of all times 'Danny Boyle' believed in me! Also working in Slumdog Millionaire (2008) has taught me a lot, not just in terms of acting but also about myself, which is an integral part of being a good actor!"
  • "I call upon women to raise each other up, to make each other's welfare a priority and to never shame a woman for the choices she makes."
  • "As the world's getting filled with temptations, we're getting a bit frivolous and a bit fickle."
  • "Anybody, anywhere in the world, all they want is to be free, to choose what they want to do without having someone tell them how to do it."
  • "I've learned to develop a thick skin, but you're bound to be affected when you read something bad about yourself in the paper and it's rubbed in your face over and over."
  • "I'll never forget where I'm from. It's essential to remain humble and evolving."
  • "When you doubt one thing about yourself, you start thinking there's also something wrong with your hair, your body, your clothes, and your accent."
  • "All people - African, European, American - worry about being different. But I've learned that the traits we'd rush to get rid of are the very ones that others desire. People always covet what they don't have. That's why we should look at ourselves every now and then and say, 'I'm proud of myself. I like the way I'm made.'"
  • "I'd like to jump out of a plane. I have a fear of heights I'd like to face."
  • "I guess confidence is the only thing that I take from project to project, but I'm always open to learning everybody's style - the director, the actor I'm working with."
  • "I always imagined that I would learn something each time that I would take to a new project, then I realized that each new project poses a completely different challenge."
  • "There's one disturbing notion throughout India that light skin is more attractive than dark."
  • "I think it's important to be extremely proud of one's origins, especially when you are a foreign actress with ethnic features."
  • "I feel being an actress is probably not half as difficult as being a mother, and I do not know when I will be ready for that kind of a decision."
  • "When a doctor is performing an operation, his mind cannot be somewhere else. And it's the same with actors. You have to commit your mind, body and soul to a project in order to do justice to it."
  • "If a cream can give you confidence then you really have to check your whole confidence department in the first place."
  • "I find it very interesting these days that films are bringing in so many people of different ethnicities, and I'm proud to be a part of that cultural shift."
  • "I guess confidence is the only thing that I take from project to project, but I'm always open to learning everybody's style - the director, the actor I'm working with."
  • "I tell you why I like Chanel so much: when I started off, no one wanted to give me clothes to wear. Absolutely no one! All the labels said, 'Who is she?' But Chanel believed in me from the very beginning."
  • "Everything big-budget or stereotypical I was offered after 'Slumdog Millionaire' was a huge no-no."
  • "A lot of the younger Indian generation are either IT geniuses or doctors - the number of doctors I've seen in L.A. who are Indian is just crazy. So it is a very common thing. Or an accountant! That again is a very, very big thing."
  • "I don't think Bollywood is only mindless cinema, but a lot of films they churn out are not films that I completely enjoy watching."
  • "I wouldn't want to do a Bollywood film per se, but I would like to do an Indian-language film. For some reason I think Bollywood has become synonymous with commercial cinema, which is song and dance and everything that is larger than life, and I am interested in the reality."
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