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Tuesday, November 25, 2008 10:19:44 AM (IST)  

The Newest Star on the Mangalorean Horizon—Freida Pinto

The Newest Star on the Mangalorean Horizon—Freida Pinto
Gerry D’Mello, Bendur
Daijiworld media network, Canada

Nov 25: ‘A Star is Almost Born’, is how one of the headlines about the new movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, describe its chief female protagonist Freida Pinto.  The 24-year-old model turned actress, though born and bred in the metro, traces her roots to Mangalore. The movie, by British director Danny Boyle, has won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival.

The second daughter of Frederick Pinto (Neerude), senior branch manager, Bank of Baroda, and Sylvia Pinto (Derebail), principal, St John’s High School, Goregaon, Freida has set film circles abuzz with her spectacular debut. Her sole sibling Sharon Pinto is an associate producer with NDTV.

Before being selected for Slumdog Millionaire, Freida anchored the international travel show, ‘Full Circle’ on Zee International Asia Pacific in English. Besides this, she also featured in several television and print commercials for products such as Wrigleys Chewing Gum, Skoda, Hutch, Airtel, and De Beers. Ramp shows and magazine covers are also part of her resume.

Slumdog Millionaire tells the story of how Jamal, a contestant on reality show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ uses this medium to contact his childhood love, Latika.  Dev Patel plays the male lead. The movies also stars Irrfan Khan, Anil Kapoor, and Mahesh Manjrekar.

Going by the success of her first film it is safe to assume that audiences are sure to see plenty more of this lovely, young, new, star on the block!

Some excerpts from Freida’s chat with Gerry D'Mello of Daijiworld Media Network Canada

Q: Could you tell me something about ‘Miss Freida the Super Star’?

A: Well, I’m someone who has achieved something finally. I have always wanted to get into the acting field. It was always my childhood dream to be in front of the camera and to entertain people. I consider myself very lucky and very blessed.  From being a child standing in front of the mirror and doing all these roles as a performer to actually getting a role written just for me is a huge blessing.

Q: Now you are on your way from Bollywood to Hollywood. First of all, what made you jump into such a highly competitive arena like Bollywood?

A: It’s more like Bollywood came to me. It just came to me. I just wanted to act, and so when Bollywood came to my door, who am I to shut the door and say “No”? So when Bollywood came to me, I just accepted the role!

Q: Was the first audition process tough for you?

A: Yes, the audition was tough for me, no doubt. The 6 months of auditioning and then the 6 months of filming was a huge experience. It was like going to Pre School, then High school and finally Graduating.

Q: Prior to your selection for the role in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, have you attended any acting classes?

A: I attended acting classes only after the film because I had a lot of spare time, about 6 months, from the last day of shooting to the release of the film. I wanted to keep myself active by doing what I love, that is acting. Most people find it funny that I attended acting classes only after the film!

Q: Undoubtedly, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ will be a box-office hit. Can you tell me the main reasons for this thrilling success?

A: ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ has already won the Cadillac People’s choice Award here in Toronto. The reason why I think it is a success is because it is based on a universal topic. It is about an underdog who has a dream and he goes gunning for his dream, won’t stop at anything until he gets what he wants. So it’s a universal theme. You struggle in life, you literally fall flat on your face many times and then finally you pick yourself up and get what you want, after a lot of struggle. It is a very inspirational story and most people can relate to it which is why everybody is going crazy, because the film has perfect comic-timing, a love story and a class struggle, deceit, redemption. It’s also got a very interesting ending to it. 

Q: Which profession do you like the most: modelling or being on screen?

A: I have always loved acting. Modelling was something I had to do for visibility in India. Doing a lot of TV commercials also helps you with your acting. When acting on camera, you can’t have inhibitions. Acting is always what I wanted to do; however, modelling has helped me for acting on camera. 

Q: So what are your future plans?

A: My future plans are to just do what I do to the best of my ability, to have people recognize me as a talented actor and to just be an actor for the rest of my life. 

Q: You exude such a high level of confidence. But there are a lot of challenges to face in the filmy world. What challenges do you face and how do you tackle them?

A: There are a lot of challenges not only in the filmy world, but in life generally. My upbringing and education have contributed to my confidence. The best thing to do is to just deal with the challenges and to find ways to deal with them.

Q: Although born and brought up in Mumbai, are you proud to call yourself a Mangalorean?

A: Yeah, I’m proud myself to be an Indian first and a Mangalorean ‘cause my parents are from Mangalore.  My dad is from Neerude and my mom is from Derabail.  I had been there few times and I love Mangalore.

Q: What is your message to your fans at Daijiworld?

A: My only message to my fans is to ‘Go for your dream, believe in yourself and it will happen.’

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Comments on this article
praveen monis, madanthyar, mangalore
Friday, October 28, 2011

Dearest freida, Congratulations. You have made all of our family really proud. We wish you a bright future in your career. God bless you

Lizzy Fernandes, Neerude / Dammam
Sunday, March 21, 2010

Freida, Congratulations. Goodluck and God bless you. You have made all Mangalorians proud.

Kiran Rego, Bajpe
Sunday, March 21, 2010

dear keep it up. GOD always with U.

Pinto, Mangalore
Friday, May 01, 2009

Enjoy what you have till it lasts. Best of luck for the future.

Monday, March 16, 2009


Ashwin Shetty, Mangalore / Bangalore
Sunday, March 15, 2009

Congratulation have made us Mangaloreans proud.. God Bless You..

Walter Appos, Kuwait
Sunday, March 15, 2009

Congratulations all the best ,God Bless, you make all the Indians proud .

Smitha, Mangalore / Dubai
Saturday, March 14, 2009

Two Indian beauties have made it big in Hollywood. How wonderful that both have mangalorean roots. Wish Frieds Pinto loads of success and hope she handles fame with a level head like Aishwarya Rai!

Shekar, Bangalore
Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Congrats, Shine in hollywood. You deserve Hollywood not Bollywood. You made people to search Managlore/Karnataka across globe. Jai India! Jai Karnataka!!!

Jack, Mangalore
Thursday, February 26, 2009

No other Indian film has ever made a serious mpression on hollywood as Slumdog Millionairre. This is the first film to do so. Along with it, its actors ( such as yourself) will now have regular casting calls for other mainstream hollywood gigs. You will thus have an opportunity that no other Indian actor has /has chosen: to be a regular on the Hollywood scene. I think that choice is yours. You have all that they are looking for: 1. You are hot 2. You speak well and carry yourself well 3. Good acting potential You wont get angelina jolie parts just yet, but can get there in about 5-7 yrs if u work hard and climb the ladder.

veena pereira, niddodi
Thursday, February 26, 2009

congrats Freida for your acheivement

B R Krishnanand, St. John's Antigua
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Fantastic performance Freida. Your mother tongue being Konkani makes the award even more special. God bless you!

Thursday, February 05, 2009


Violet Fernandes, M'lore/ Doha
Friday, January 30, 2009

Congratulations Freida and best of Luck. May almighty God bless u with bright future.

Shruthi, Mangalore
Friday, January 30, 2009

Congrats Girl!! you did a great job in the movie...

Macus Corvin, Faridabad
Wednesday, January 28, 2009

You did a mind blowing awesome work in the movie keep going like that u'll be next angelina jolie great queen of acting. U'll be a legend very soon

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Congratulation.wish you best of luck

Raju, Atlanta, Georgia
Monday, January 19, 2009

I am so proud of you as fellow Indian living in US , the way you conducted your self! Well mannered, humble and confident same time! I am glad you are  a break from that Bollywood crap adored just fair skinned girls irrespective of their abilities

Philip D'Lima, Barkur/Doha
Saturday, November 29, 2008

Congrats Freida.... Nice to know another Mangalorean is preparing to make big in Bollywood.. Shilpa Shetty, Aishwarya Rai, Amrita Rao, Suneil Shetty, Genelia D'souza, Dino Morea and now Freida....

edward d almeida dubai, mulki
Thursday, November 27, 2008

congatulations freida god bless u

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Congragulation God bless you

Joachim Fernandes, US
Thursday, November 27, 2008

It was a pleasant surprise to learn Freida Pinto has a Kodial connection. Good luck to Freida!!!

Arathi D'souza, Muchur/Dubai
Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Dear Frieda, Congratulations on your wonderful acheivements and for the many more to come. Keep up the good work and keep the flag flying high. Arathi & Santhosh

kevin, Mangalore
Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Best Wishes to you

Victoria Mendonza, Kundapura / Andheri East
Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Congratulations, we are very much proud of your achievement in the Hollywood picture 'Slumdog Millionaire' and wishing you all the best.

A.G.Lobo, Mangalore
Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Cpmgratulations dear Freida Pinto. You have made us Mangaloreans proud. Keep it up and may God bless u with more Hollywood assignments.

Valerian D'Cunha, Neerude/Saudi Arabia
Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Dear Freida,congratulations and God bless you.

steevan dcosta, Neerude/Mumbai
Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Congratulations Freida!, good luck and all the best for your Future

Stany Neerude, Neerude/Dubai
Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Dear Freida Congratulations on ur success :) we wish you all the best for your furture endeavours! Stany Neerude, Diana Pinto and Children.

Mohith Raj, Aikala /Bangalore
Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Congrats Freida Pinto. All the best

Lesly Lewis, Baikady
Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Congragulations. Yes Mangalore enters the Hollyhood. We are proud on your success. Best of Wishes

mohd shanawaz, mangalore
Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Selly Pinto, Dubai
Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Congratulation and keep it up. Wish you all the best. But in the name of acting don't give up the dignity and culture of India. The people of India is proud of you

stany, Derebail
Tuesday, November 25, 2008


natasha goveas, mangalore/ new delhi
Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I am so proud to be part of Freida's family, I cant stop raving about her success. Ofcourse she deserves it because she has worked hard to achieve her dream and I wish her all the best for her future endeavours....I am looking forward to her film release here in India and cant wait to watch it....

wilfredcardoza, mumbai manglore
Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Congratulation and best luck in your future career

Prakash, Mlore
Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Congratulations....Best of luck in your future career...

Fr.Richie Vaz SVD, Neerude/Chicago
Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Congratulation! God who has blessed you with unique qualities and talents accompany you in your career and lead you to the highest peak. You have a very clear vision for your life and you shall achieve it. I am very proud of you and definitely of your parents.

B.C.Andrade, Bangalore
Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Congratulation.We  Mangaloreans are proud of you.

lancy pinto, neerude/dubai
Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Dearest freida, Congratulations. You have made all of our family really proud. We wish you a bright future in your career. God bless you  sweet sister.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Leslie Pais, Urwa/Bombay/New Jersey
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I'm already your fan. You're look awesome. Proud to have the first Mangy Catholic Star from Mangalore /India/North America. Hollywood is just around the corner. Good luck with the future challenges.

Maxim D'Mello & Fly, Karkala/Toronto, Canada
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Congratulations Freida, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ has already won the Cadillac People’s choice Award here in Toronto and hope that this film will win other prestigious awards from other parts of the world. You made all Mangaloreans proud. Good Luck and may your dreams come true.

Ida D'Souza, Barebail/Mumbai
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Congratulations Freida, we are so proud of you. Wish you all the best.

fr alfred j pinto, Kinnigoli, mangalore
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Dear Freida, We are really proud of you and your parents who have given you an opportunity to be a model and an actress. Keep it up and we look up to you with high esteem. But remember that you are the newest star on the mangalorean horizon, being a catholic let the chritian values shine on the mega screen thr you. God bless you and your beloved parents.

Lancy Moras, Bajjodi, Jeddah Saudi Arabia
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

WOW!!!!!!!!!! What a beauty. She is needless 2 say...our "TULUNAADU MAGAL". Congrats Freida.

sandra monteiro, bajjodi. israel
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

hello dear. i dont have a words 2 tell u. i was always watching u in full circle in zee tv. so i was very happy that south indian nd specially christian. i am very for nd i pray for in u r future all sucess in u r life. hats off to u. ALL THE BEST ND GOD BLESS U. I WANT TO THANK U R PARENTS. WELL DONE FRIED PINTO

Rony Pinto, Mangalore/Derebail
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Freida, Congratulations. Best of luck in your future.God bless you.

Lionel & Sangeeta Fernandez, Mangalore.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Congratulations. . You have made us proud Freida. Keep it up.

xavier, Mangalore
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Congratulations my dear Freida, I am proud of you, You are a great star, you look so pretty. keep it up.

Monthi d cunha, neerude/usa
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Congrats Freida.we are proud of you.good luck& god bless you. Paul,Monthi,Shyan &Shane

JOSEPH D'SOUZA, Mudarangadi/Ajman
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Freida congrats, may all your dreams come true.God Bless YOu.

Kishore Cutinha, Derebail, Mangalore
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Dear Freida,Congratulations,We are very proud of you and want to wish you all the best for your future career .May God Bless you.

Pradeep Pinto, Mangalore / Dubai
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Congratulations Frieda!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

congratulations freida pinto. really it is good news for us. best of luck. keep it up. we wish u will become always on top. thanks for daiji

laveena pais,
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Congratulation. All the best for your future. keep it up.

Lancy Louis, Puttur/Kuwait
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Dear Freida, Congratulations. We are very proud of you and want to wish all the best for your future career. May God Bless You.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Congratulations! All the best

Johnson Pinto (Neerude), Mangalore / Bangalore
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Congrats Freida Pinto. I am surprised to hear that you hail from Neerude. God bless you.

Maria & Family, Mumbai
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Congratulations & all the best.

Cynthia DCunha, Neerude / Abu Dhabi
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Congratulations dear Freida. All the best for your future assignments.

Wilfred Santhmayor, Shirthady / Dubai.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Freida, Congratulations !! We all Mangaloreans are proud of you, Let your dreams come true ! " Mangoloranthle comble ami sontosh pavthav."

valerian Dsilva , moodbidri / Muscat
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Congratulations Frieda keep it up I proud of you God blees you .Enjoy yourself

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Congrats Patrick L. F. Pinto and Sylvia, Great to read that your daugther has become a shining star 

William Mascarenhas, Moodbidri / Dubai
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Dear Freida, Congratulations.We all mangaloreans are proud of you. God Bless You.

Almeida/Canada , Manglore
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Congatulations Freida pinto . Keep it up, God bless you

Michael & Anita D'costa, Nanthur / Mangalore / Dubai
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Freida, congrats and all the best for the all your future challenges...We  Mangaloreans are with you for your support. All the Best!!

pinto, moodbirdi/Europe
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Congatulations Freida pinto . Keep it up, God bless you

Johnson Pinto (Neerude), Mangalore / Bangalore
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

congrats Freida Pinto. I am surprised that you hail from Neerude. Even this Johnson Pinto (not an actor :D )is from Neerude. I wish you all the best in your future.

p.nishan shenoy, mangalore
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Freida Congratulations and keep it up.

Lavina Noronha, Mulky / Mumbai
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Dear Freida, Congratulations. We are very proud of you and want to wish all the best for your future career. May God Bless You.

Rahul, Mangalore
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

As Sudhir Rao pointed out the most beautiful women in the galaxy are from Mangalore. Congrats Freida Pinto

Praveen James & Anitha Suzi D'Souza, Nanthur / Neerude / Dubai
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Congrats Freida Pinto.......... We all Manglorians are proud of you. Keep going...........

Sudhir Rao,
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

It is great to have Freida Pinto join the galaxy of female stars produced by the West Coast of India. Currently the others in this Galaxy are Deepika Padukone, Aishwarya Rai, Shilpa Shetty, Amrita Rao, Genelia D'Souza, Namrata Shirodkar and Urmila Matondkar

Vinay Vas, Kinnigoli/Dubai
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Freida, Congrats and All the very best for your future career. God Bless

Simon Lasrado, sullia/Bangalore
Monday, November 24, 2008

Yet another feather to Mangalore crown.enklna kudla.Well done Freida Pinto!!

Lavina S. Pinto, Mangalore / Dubai
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Congratulations and keep it up. Best of luck to your future endeavours. God bless you.

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