Actress Freida Pinto has never been one to play it safe. After making a dream debut in Danny Boyle's 2008 hit 'Slumdog Millionaire', she's done a number of major Hollywood films, becoming one of the only Indians to make her mark so quickly in that space.
Most recently, she's been a part of 'Love Sonia', a film about sex trafficking that's all set to hit silver screens across the country. Sitting down for a chat, Freida reveals that despite breaking the western barrier, there was a time when she felt well and truly lost. "I was not lost because I wasn't getting work. I was getting too much work. But I wasn't satisfied personally.
And that's because I wasn't choosing the work I was doing, I was just doing whatever was coming my way," she says. She then decided to take a break to re-evaluate her position - a choice that not many actresses with a ton of work coming their way would have the courage to make.
"Ten years ago, I was not confident. I had so many questions in my head, and I was desperately looking for answers. But after my break, I came back with loads of confidence. Today, I'm sure I don't feel lost anymore. I can accept my flaws and speak my mind. And I am the happiest I've been," she adds. Talking about her experience working in the west, Freida says that she's been trying to change people's incorrect notions about India, and Bollywood.
"I keep telling them that our films are much more than musical-masala films. The sensibilities of Indian filmmakers are definitely changing and evolving. They're coming out with films like 'Baahubali', which was a huge commercial hit, as well as 'Masaan', which deserved all the rave reviews it got," she says, adding "I also tell them to watch the films of actresses like Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil."
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