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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Freida Shines, Ash gets the Flak

She's been catapulted straight to Hollywood. Freida Pinto, the poised, smiling beauty that Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire has thrown up on the global stage, has done what few Indian actors have managed to do before her.

From Om Puri to Naseeruddin Shah, Irrfan Khan to Ayesha Dharkar - everyone has worked in Hollywood films but none has tasted instant, mainstream fame like Freida.

Even the glamorous Aishwarya Rai, 35, who has been adjudged India's most bankable star in Hollywood by Forbes, has taken her time to journey there. But not Freida, 24.

The younger model-turned-actress from Mumbai has already walked the Oscar red carpet, shone in the multiple Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire and is set to sizzle on popular magazine covers, with just one film to her name.

Freida is one of the luckiest Bollywood actresses, having been to the Academy Awards, that too, right at the beginning of her career. Even the Bachchan daughter-in-law, Aishwarya, who is a regular at the Cannes Film Festival, hasn't walked the Oscar red carpet yet.

Thanks to British filmmaker Danny Boyle's film, Freida has been exposed to instant international acclaim that any actress would die for. She has already bagged Hollywood director Woody Allen's next project.

While Aishwarya can boast of four international projects - Bride & Prejudice, Mistress Of Spices, The Last Legion and The Pink Panther 2, which is currently being shown in India.

But none of these has set the box office on fire like Slumdog Millionaire. Danny Boyle's film not only got critical acclaim but it also won all the top global awards - four Golden Globes, seven British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards and eight Oscars.

While Freida has been hailed by the international media for her performance, Aishwarya has been panned by critics abroad who feel she is wooden in The Pink Panther 2.

Freida took home the best actress prize at the Elle Style Awards too.

Freida's fashion quotient has always been on an upswing. Freida even topped the list of Vogue Magazine's 10 best-dressed people. She has already featured on the coversof such poular magazines as Vogue India and Maxim.

"Sometimes because of our features and our body type, certain things don't suit us, that's the case with Aishwarya. She has mostly gone wrong with the choice of colours and styles while appearing in international events. Whereas Freida can carry most Western styles and has chosen the right designs for herself," designer Atsu Sekhose said.

"She is the new flavour of the season. Whatever she has worn at these events prove that she can carry off any dress with style and confidence," he added.

Said designer Alpana of the label Azara, "Freida has a great body with an attractive face. She pulls off everything very well. She carries herself with poise and knows what to wear and when."

The stars are certainly shining for India's newest export to the world, Freida Pinto.


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