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10 lesser known facts about Freida Pinto on her 32nd birthday

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The 2009 super-hit movie Slumdog Millionaire, starring Freida Pinto and Dev Patel, was charming like a fairy-tale in its own way. The characters raised above all the odds, won a huge amount at a show and lived happily ever after.

Freida Pinto’s life story is charming in a similar way, the girl’s journey from nowhere to the Oscars and today she is Hollywood’s eye-candy. She has always been criticized for shunning Indian film industry; but the actress claimed that Bollywood doesn’t have suitable roles for her. Whether you love her or hate her, you cannot ignore her. Today, October 18, on her 32nd birthday we bring to you lesser known facts about the actress.

  • Born on October 18, 1984 to Sylvia and Fredericks Pinto, Freida Pinto completed her degree in arts with a major in English literature from Mumbai’s St Xavier’s College. She took an acting course at theatre director Barry John’s ‘The Barry John’s Acting Studio’ in Andheri.
  • Ten-year old Freida got her inspiration from Sushmita Sen after she won the Miss Universe title in 1994.
  • During her struggling days in Bollywood, she received rejections in more than 100 films. She even auditioned for Chak De! India but was rejected as she didn’t ‘look Indian’.
  • In 2006-07, Freida anchored international travel show, Full Circle on Zee International Asia Pacific. She went on assignments to Afghanistan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Fiji, among other countries.
  • In 2009, Freida was featured in People magazine’s ‘Most Beautiful People List’ and ‘List of World’s Best Dressed Women’. In the same year, she was also featured in Vogue’s list of the ‘top ten most stylish women’.
  • The actress has been associated with various social causes. In 2012, she became ambassador of ‘Because I am a girl campaign’ by Plan International to lift millions of girls out of poverty and promote gender equality. She was also seen in Gucci’s ‘Chime for Change’ video. Be it her active involvement in the Girl Rising Campaign or her speech at the Girl Summit in London, she has always been giving her best for the betterment of the society.
  • In October 2013, she was seen in Bruno Mars’s single Gorilla. The actress was criticized by the Indian media for a sequence involving shedding her clothes and getting intimate with Mars in the video.
  • Hrithik Roshan was so amazed by Freida’s dancing skills in ‘Desert Dancer’ that when she missed his congratulatory calls, he took Twitter to praise her. He posted:

  • Freida’s lighter skin tone in L’Oreal Paris’ advertisement sparked controversy as many thought it to be a racial discrimination. While the cosmetic brand denied the allegations and claimed that the ‘fairness’ came from the lighting effect and not due to make-up or editing.
  •  She joined Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf’s Agassi Foundation for their annual fund raising event called ‘The 15th Grand Slam for Children’ to raise funds for educating underprivileged children. She is the only Indian actress to participate in the event.

Happy Birthday Freida! We are proud of you.