First Look

Freida Pinto

Our April cover star reveals a whole new side in these exclusive pictures.

She was the Indian girl with the faraway eyes in Slumdog Millionaire, the best-supporting hottie in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

What British audiences perhaps don't yet know about Freida is that she's also a funny, no-nonsense, fast-talking Anglophile who loves London almost as much as her home town.

"Even though it's so dreadful in the winter, I still think it's beautiful," she says. "So much culture and history. Like Bombay!"

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As the biggest Indian movie star in the West, she also feels that she's needed to adopt an almost ambassadorial role for her home country.

"It's almost a duty," she says. "People are very curious about India and I always try to represent my country in a non-stereotypical light."

There's no guarantee that her new film Trishna, an Indian reworking of Tess of the Durbevilles directed by Michael Winterbottom, will even get a release in India where censorship is strict.

"Even if it doesn't, the people who want to see it will find a way to get an uncensored copy." When Freida speaks, a nation of a billion is ready to tune in.

For more pictures and the full interview, read the April issue, out March 1. Trishna is out on March 9

 

 

 

Interview by Sanjiv Bhattacharya
Photography by Yu Tsai
Styling by David Thomas