In a Freida Pinto State of Mind

Freida Pinto as photographed for Interview Magazine by Mert Alas

Haters beware. She’s no flash in the pan. After her breakout role in Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Freida Pinto has been busy.

Her post-Latika portrayals have shown us Freida in a range of roles. From playing a Palestinian school girl in Julian Schnabal’s controversial drama Miral, to a primatologist in Rise of the Planet of the Apes opposite James Franco, a Greek Priestess in the upcoming Immortals and a role in the Middle-East epic Black Gold, set to make it’s world premiere at the Doha International Film Festival this October.

The latest buzz however, is around her upcoming role in Trishna, director Michael Winterbottom’s movie based on the Thomas Hardy classic Tess of the d’Ubervilles. Except this time we’re not in England circa 1891, we’re in modern day Rajasthan.

And this time, India will have to take a second look at Ms. Pinto. Her home country has not embraced her in the way the rest of the world readily has. Pinto hopes this film will be the one to change that.

This could prove tough given the graphic sex scenes in Trishna, where Pinto plays a village girl seduced and eventually humiliated by the spoilt son of a hotelier played by Riz Ahmed. When asked if she had reservations about the sex scenes she is clear, “I understood what Michael was getting at. It was not just gratuitous. It was required. We were talking about a passionate love story gone wrong. It bordered on sadism. So I did not see anything wrong in it.”

The more we see of her, the more we like her. Whether you applaud her acting prowess or not, she is here to stay. She’s done 4 films in 11 months and seems to understand that when you’re hot in Hollywood, you strike while you can.

Just take a look at her latest photos for Interview Magazine’s August 2011 issue below.

We know you have an opinion here. Let us know what you think about Ms. Pinto below, right after the photos and videos.



Trishna – 2011

Immortals, November 2011

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