Slumdog star Freida Pinto’s recent comments suggesting that Indian scripts aren’t exciting enough for her to take up, have come under fire from the desi film fraternity.
Pinto, 26, told the American magazine Interview that she continues to opt for Hollywood movies over Bollywood because she hasn’t come across a good Indian script yet. “I haven’t done a film in India because I haven’t found a script that’s completely gotten my attention and made me passionate to get it made ... I guess everybody in India has tried really hard to do what they do and then move into the West,” she said during the interview.
Filmmaker David Dhawan lashes out, “Woh kaun si achhi filmein kar rahi hai (as if she is doing good films in Hollywood)”. Pritish Nandy says she must not make such remarks if she doesn’t know the scene here. “If an actor wants to get the best scripts, he or she must make an effort to chase them down too. Has Freida made any sincere attempt to reach out to producers here and tell them that she wants to work in Bollywood? She can’t complain if she hasn’t,” he says.
Others hope that her understanding of Hindi cinema will get better with time. “Maybe her taste is different and it will evolve,” says filmmaker Goldie Behl sarcastically. “May be people are giving her shit scripts,” says director director Apoorva Lakhia.