‘Americans still sing Jai Ho!’
Three years after her film debut in Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Freida Pinto continues to be the toast of Hollywood. The 26-year-old actor, who was voted Woman of The Year by a men’s magazine at a recent award function in the city, is now gearing up for another gala event at Beverly Hills.bollywood Updated: Oct 09, 2011 15:08 IST
Three years after her film debut in Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Freida Pinto continues to be the toast of Hollywood. The 26-year-old actor, who was voted Woman of The Year by a men’s magazine at a recent award function in the city, is now gearing up for another gala event at Beverly Hills.
Women’s fashion magazine, Elle, has adjudged Freida as this year’s most successful and promising woman in Hollywood. On October 17, she will be at Los Angeles’ Four Seasons Hotel, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Michelle Pfeiffer, Voila Davis, Evan Rachel Wood, Naomi Watts and Elizabeth Olsen, who are also being honoured for redefining the role of women in cinema. Singer-actor Barbra Streisand will receive the Legend Award at the event.
It’s been a busy year for Freida, who played a primatologist, Caroline, in the blockbuster sci-fi sequel, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, followed by the tragic Trishna in Michael Winterbottom’s modern-day take on Thomas Hardy’s classic, Tess Of The D’Urbervilles. On November 11, she’ll take on Rockstar Ranbir Kapoor as the oracle priestess, Phaedra, in the 3D Greek fantasy, Immortals, co-starring the newest Superman, Henry Cavill. Her royal adventure will continue with Princess Lallah in the period drama, Black Gold. “These women are from different worlds and eras, yet central to the story. Even Trishna, who’s a victim of abuse, is the ‘hero’ of the film,” she points out.
Quiz her on Bollywood and she says she’s open to all kinds of cinema. “I loved Dev.D (2009) and Udaan (2010) that may not be strictly mainstream but worked commercially. Slumdog Millionaire (SM), in its own way, was a ‘masala’ movie with love, betrayal, a big win and its Oscar-winning ‘Jai Ho!’ Even today, the Americans are crooning ‘Jay Ho!’” she laughs.
Danny Boyle has plans of an SM musical; would she be interested in a Broadway debut? “Why not?” Freida quips, “I’ve not trained in theatre or music, but while most of my friends would gossip or play noughts and crosses, I was always one of the front-benchers at singing classes and a part of church choirs and music competitions. I’d love to be part of every project Danny helms.”
At the moment, Danny’s busy orchestrating the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. Will she be at the 2012 Games? “I’d love to be there to support India,” she says, adidng, “Abhinav Bindra paved the way at Beijing and I’m hoping our golden run continues.”