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HT City columnist Freida Pinto replies to letters from fans who want to know all about Hollywood.

entertainment Updated: Apr 22, 2012 00:32 IST
Freida Pinto

HT City columnist Freida Pinto replies to letters from fans who want to know all about Hollywood

O My God! I just bought that that Slumdog Millionaire 2 is happening and you’ll be on the hotseat. It was a well-designed April Fools’ Day joke Freida... loved it. Why don’t you actually tell Danny Boyle to roll out one? Slumdog put India on such a global chart.
-Shanky Gupta

I’m so glad to see your enthusiasm Shanky for a possible sequel — SDM2. Slumdog Millionaire was one of those life changing moments that only happen once. You’re right about it becoming a globally recognised film, but India has always been a very interesting yet mysterious culture that the Western world was keen on exploring and Slumdog only gave it its much deserved push. In addition, it was a story with universal appeal — the eternal story of hope. I’ll be over the moon if Danny does decide to do a part 2 and more so if I am cast in it. But I’m not sure if it’s even a thought in his mind right now. So I guess, until then, we can enjoy the rest of his work.

Freida in photoshoot for Esquire magazine

I have been reading HT City since the last 10 years and I am a constant follower of Celeb and the City columns. I really loved the way you talked about people gathering outside your window everyday. Please keep filling us up with more anecdotes from your interesting celebrity life. You have made India proud. Do let us know if you talk about India with the Hollywood biggies you meet and work with?
- Abhishek Mishra

First and foremost, thank you so much Abhishek for your kind words. I’m so glad that I have this forum to connect with people who really support and encourage me. I hope to continue making you and my country proud. Even though, I’m currently pursuing opportunities outside of my homeland, I’m still very much the same Indian girl at heart. The only difference is that I work with people from across the globe on a job that makes me travel the world over. I feel blessed to have this rare opportunity, and the belief you have in me has boosted my confidence further. And to answer your question, India and its diverse culture is something I ALWAYS discuss with people the world over. People always want to know more.

I keep on reading reports that say that Hollywood is not very friendly to women, and is male-dominated. Do you face such problems too? Also, what do you miss the most when it comes to Indian food?
— Ajay Aggarwal

Wow! That’s a lot of questions in one go, Ajay :) I’m hoping to answer as much I can. Life as an actor, no matter where you are, is governed by one key factor — your talent along with your determination to do your best and showcase it, with the willingness to leave room for improvement. So, no matter what the environment, you have to focus on doing your best because while there will be male-dominated projects that come your way, you’ll also get an opportunity to witness an Erin Brockovich or a Mother India or the very recent Hunger Games that bring the power of women to the fore. Women play as important characters in films as they do in life. And I guess for most of us our mothers are our super heroes. And as far as Indian food is concerned, at this very moment if I could get my hands on our very own ‘chatpata vada pav’, my day would be made. Since there’s no way I’ll get the real deal in LA, my desire to come back home is heightened further.

I have seen all your films so far and I really want to be like you. You are so gorgeous and famous and talented. Please do share your beauty secrets. I’d really like to know how do you manage to glow so much despite working so hard, nonstop and with so much of travelling. Don’t you feel like it’s a dream come true with all the success that has happened to you at such a young age? Please ask HT to share pictures from your daily life too. Me and my girl gang are big fans of yours, and my friends Pratibha and Priya just talk about you and Dev for hours... He is so cute!!! :)
- Snowi Jain

Hello Snowi. Lovely to hear from you. I’m glad that I can be of some inspiration to you. But more than wanting to be like me, you should BE YOURSELF and create your own distinct and strong identity. About the skincare regime — just like any other girl, I have my days when I don’t look or even feel my best. Travelling can take a toll on you as well. However, I try to counter that by keeping myself well-hydrated, getting my 7-8 hours of sleep (very difficult, but I try), but most importantly by following the cardinal rule of life — breathing. I’ve been thinking about this topic for a while now, and I will be sharing my thoughts in my next column. Coincidentally, your question is related to it. Therefore I would especially like you, Prathibha and Priya to read and share your feedback on my next column. Have a lovely day girls. hope you think I’m cute too! HA!

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