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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Who is Freida Pinto?

Who is Freida Pinto? is an Indian actress and professional model, known for her performance as Latika in her debut film Slumdog Millionaire (2008), for which she has won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and has been nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Freida Pinto was born October 18, 1984 in Mumbai to Sylvia Pinto, now a principal of St. John’s Universal High School (Goregaon), and Frederick Pinto, a senior branch manager at the Bank of Baroda. Her family hails from the Mangalorean Catholic community, a Christian community in Bombay. Her elder sister Sharon Pinto is an associate producer on the NDTV news channel.[1][2] Pinto completed her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in English Literature from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.[2][3] She currently resides in the Malad suburb of Mumbai.[4]

Before starring in Slumdog Millionaire, Freida anchored the international travel show, Full Circle on Zee International Asia Pacific in English between 2006-07. Pinto was also featured in several television and print commercials for products such as Wrigleys Chewing Gum, Škoda, Hutch, Airtel, and De Beers. Pinto modeled for two years and appeared in runway shows and magazine covers[1]. After six months of auditions, she received a call to audition for Slumdog Millionaire. Pinto was auditioned for Danny Boyle and was short-listed and finally selected to star in Slumdog Millionaire.[3]

Pinto made her film debut in 2008. Slumdog Millionaire tells the story of a young man from the slums of Mumbai who appears on a game show and exceeds people's expectations, arousing the suspicions of the game show host and of law enforcement officials. In the movie, Pinto played the role of Latika, the girl with whom Jamal (Dev Patel) is in love. At the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, the movie won the Cadillac People's Choice Award.[5] At the 2009 Golden Globe Awards, the movie won four awards. Pinto has also been nominated for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" at the 2009 BAFTA Awards,[6] and has won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture alongside ten other cast members from Slumdog Millionaire.[7]

Her Awards and honours
2009: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for Slumdog Millionaire[7]
2009: 62nd BAFTA Awards - Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Slumdog Millionaire[6]


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