Freida Pinto – Facts, life and pictures of the Slumdog Millionaire actress

Freida Pinto is often labelled as a "high profile and pioneer Indian actress" The irony, however, is that Freida has never done a Bollywood movie. She started her career with a bang with Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, and never looked back.
Freida Pinto is often labelled as a "high profile and pioneer Indian actress" The irony, however, is that Freida has never done a Bollywood movie. She started her career with a bang with Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, and never looked back.

Freida Pinto, the Slumdog Millionaire actress has made headlines ever since the movie, directed by Danny Boyle released in 2008. But this Indian actress has sent websites and blogs into frenzy again by recently doing a hot photo shoot in a popular magazine in which she talks about life and relationship with co-star and boyfriend Dev Patel. Let's take a look at the humble beginnings of the life of Freida Pinto, some interesting facts, quotes and some beautiful pictures.

After college, Freida joined the Elite Model Management to pursue her dreams of making it big. Here she poses in a photo shoot for a top fashion magazine.
After college, Freida joined the Elite Model Management to pursue her dreams of making it big. Here she poses in a photo shoot for a top fashion magazine.

Freida Pinto: Humble beginnings

Freida Pinto is a model and an Indian actress catapulted to fame after starring in the movie Slumdog Millionaire which stole the hearts of audiences around the world. Freida, now 27, had a humble beginning to life when she was born in the city of Mumbai, India on 18 October. She was born to commoner parents. Her mother, Sylvia, reportedly worked as a carer while her father, Frederick, is a banker. Freida has 1 sibling, an elder sister named Sharon.

Like many other celebrity kids who are born with a silver spoon, Freida was destined to make it big the hard way. She finished her studies in St. Xavier's College in Mumbai, which is one of the top institutions for arts and literature in India. Her dream to become a model and an actress seemed to kick start only after she finished her studies.

Freida Pinto: Definitive years

After college, Freida signed up with Elite Model Management and became an aspiring model, looking to make it big on the runway. Her modeling career gained momentum as months and years passed by and Freida appeared in many advertisements, posters, magazines and even anchored a TV show. During these years, Freida was unaware that she would be thrown into the spotlight of Hollywood and would be a name to reckon by. These definitive years strengthened her will to pursue what she was passionate about and laid the foundation for acting and stardom. Here is an excerpt of what Freida Pinto once said.

"..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!.."

Source: www.imdb.com

The Slumdog Millionaire movie poster starring Dev Patel and Freida Pinto.
The Slumdog Millionaire movie poster starring Dev Patel and Freida Pinto.
Freida Pinto and co-star boyfriend Dev Patel in a still from Slumdog Millionaire.
Freida Pinto and co-star boyfriend Dev Patel in a still from Slumdog Millionaire.

Freida Pinto: Slumdog Millionaire

A movie that has won 8 out of the nominated 10 Academy Awards in 2009, 7 BAFTA awards, 4 Golden Globes and a host of other awards deserves an elaborate mention when we talk about how it catapulted Freida Pinto to fame. Here's Princesswithapen's version of the plot of the movie, Slumdog Millionaire.

Slumdog Millionaire, a foreign film of sorts as it is set in India, is a movie directed by acclaimed director Danny Boyle who has also directed the popular culture film Trainspotting in 1996. Slumdog Millionaire's plot revolves around the life of Jamal, his love interest Latika and Jamal's brother Salim. Jamal is in the last round of the popular TV show Who Wants to be a Millionaire and has answered all the questions correctly against all odds. He is on the last question and all set to win the bumper prize of Rs. 20 million when the host of the show suspects that Jamal has cheated his way through. The police quiz Jamal and ask him how he knows the answers to all the questions. In reply, Jamal begins narrating his life story, which begins with..

Freida Pinto and Dev Patel attend an awards function.
Freida Pinto and Dev Patel attend an awards function.

Jamal, Salim and Latika have been born in the slums and struggle to make a living after riots break out and they are forced out of their shanties. They grow up hopping from one train to another, picking pockets, selling stolen goods and doing other nitty gritty jobs. Fate brings the 3 of them back to Mumbai however all hell breaks loose when Salim draws a gun on his own brother, Jamal, to have his way with Latika inside a hotel room.

Years go by and now Jamal, Salim and Latika are now grown up. Jamal is played by Freida Pinto's boyfriend Dev Patel and Latika is played by Freida Pinto herself. In the movie, Latika has married a gangster and living a rich life behind the walls of a mansion. Salim works for the gangster who Latika has got married to. Jamal, works as an office assistant serving tea in a call center. As fate would have it, the 3 of them bump into each other again. Jamal tries to persuade Latika to go away with him while Salim intervenes. The rest, you may very well find out yourself by watching the movie.

Freida Pinto on the cover of Vogue, basking in the success of Slumdog Millionaire.
Freida Pinto on the cover of Vogue, basking in the success of Slumdog Millionaire.
This is a recent picture of Freida Pinto while she was doing a photo shoot for Esquire. She talked about how her life was going with boyfriend Dev Patel and some of her roles in upcoming movies.
This is a recent picture of Freida Pinto while she was doing a photo shoot for Esquire. She talked about how her life was going with boyfriend Dev Patel and some of her roles in upcoming movies. | Source
Freida Pinto posing for Esquire
Freida Pinto posing for Esquire

Freida Pinto: Life after Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire's phenomenal success meant only one thing for Freida Pinto, fame, money, stardom and roles that she would have never imagined a few years back. Someone who was walking the ramps in Mumbai and was an aspiring actor was now rubbing shoulders with the crème de la crème and whos who of Hollywood at award functions and new auditions. Slumdog Millionaire was Freida Pinto's debut movie which earned her 2 awards and 4 other popular award nominations. And besides the fact that it was her debut movie, Freida was yet to complete her professional acting classes when she shot Slumdog Millionaire. She only finished the classes after the movie was released. Imagine that! After her dreamy debut in Hollywood, Freida Pinto has starred in 6 movies including starring in the hit movie Rise of the Planet of The Apes.

"Like most people, I only knew what I'd been taught in school about chimps, and that's not enough. So I watched a ton of videos about Jane Goodall, who I'd love to meet. All her research was fascinating and so useful, especially in how she studied human behavior in comparison to chimp behavior." Were Freida's thoughts on preparing for her role as a Primatologist in the movie. Source: www.imdb.com

Besides roles in Hollywood biggies, Freida Pinto has also made it to People magazine's "List of World's Best Dressed Women" and "Most Beautiful People List" and Vogue's "Most Stylish Women" When recently interviewed by Esquire magazine, Freida reportedly said the following on how she was shocked and taken aback at suddenly being famous and being around famous people.

"..But in 2009, I was new to all of it. It was the Alice in Wonderland effect. Angelina Jolie would walk past and I was, like, "Seriously?"' Source: www.dailymail.co.uk (Esquire magazine interview)

Freida Pinto and Dev Patel moving into their $1.5 million rental property in Santa Monica.
Freida Pinto and Dev Patel moving into their $1.5 million rental property in Santa Monica.

Freida Pinto: Her relationship with co-star and boyfriend Dev Patel

Freida Pinto is known to have met Dev Patel on the sets of their movie Slumdog Millionaire in 2008. Their relationship went public in 2009. While Freida is an Indian by birth and having spent most of her life growing up in the Indian city of Mumbai, Dev Patel was born in Harrow, England to parents of Indian origin. Dev Patel, now 21 was born on 23 April 1990. Freida is 6 years elder to Dev. Hit hard with stardom, fame and resultantly, bucket loads of cash, the couple if living it up. In November 2011, MailOnline reported that Dev Patel and Freida Pinto moved into a $1.5 million rental property in Santa Monica.

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sam209 4 years ago

Wow! I've personally never heard of Freida Pinto before visiting your page! Thanks for enlightening me on this beautiful actress!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This is an interesting hub on Freida Pinto, which I knew nothing about before.


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Robwrite 4 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

I liked "Slumdog Millionaire". She's a pretty girl.

Rob


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John Redd 4 years ago

Yeah, I agree with you. She is pretty and that movie is giving us idea on the world of India. It's a great lesson for us.


Raavikumar 4 years ago

very hot armpit


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sen.sush23 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

Nice hub, well written and illustrated. The truth is Frieda was only in news after 'Slumdog', and never near Indian screen, as you have mentioned. She could not compete in beauty or talent to any of the run-of-the-mill 'actresses' of Bollywood, forget the eminent. The parallel cinema of India, which is mostly regional, but also gaining strength now in Bollywood, always had room for actors with talent, not caring much for their looks. But there is competition there too. Frieda was lucky to get her first break in Hollywood, and probably like Indian stars in Hollywood, she will not be able to ever make it to the Bollywood screens. Also please don't mind my saying so, but 'Slumdog' in India is not considered an Indian film at all.


Lin 4 years ago

Never heard of her before and I don't find her attractive


Avi 3 years ago

Who is she? She is very ugly.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

I have seen the film in the flight to the Philippines in between my nap, so I did not really know much about the entire film. I´m glad you write about it. I´ll have to see the film to get the story well. Freida Pinto is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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