Barely a couple of weeks after her boyfriend and Slumdog Millionaire co-star Dev Patel called Hollywood racist, actress Freida Pinto has said that she doesn’t “fit in Bollywood”. “I have done no film in India, so it is hard for people to accept me as an actor. They don’t really know who I am or they probably don’t take me too seriously,” Pinto told New York Times in an interview.
While offers from Hollywood started pouring in for her post Slumdog, Pinto did not receive any direct offers from Mumbai. “I haven’t been directly approached to do a Bollywood film. After Slumdog Millionaire, I was given scripts to read, but was not directly approached. I don’t think I fit the bill,” she said.
Pinto, who will be seen next in Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, and with Spider-Man star James Franco in the sci-fi thriller The Rise Of Apes, feels that Hollywood has been more accepting than her home country. “They (at Hollywood) have accepted me much more willingly than in India. I am not famous in India. I don’t get chased around.”
The actor, whose break-up with ex-boyfriend Rohan Antao post Slumdog became big news, said that her decision to dump him was right. “I feel what I did was right. There were no two ways about it,” she said. “Everyone is going to write you off for one thing or another, but you know what — it’s my life, and if I didn’t go through it, I wouldn’t be the person I am today, sitting here talking about what happened back then and being more knowledgeable about what happens in relationships.”