Those who have gotten the chance watch “Love Sonia” before it hits the screen, they would agree that it is hard-hitting. The film deals with the subject of human trafficking.Tabrez Noorani’s Love Sonia starring Freida Pinto delves into the dark streets of the sex trade and you will get to know how women are being treated in a brothel.
Freida Pinto opened up about her role with DNA. She said that “You can say that I have been involved with Love Sonia from 10 years. Tabrez was a line producer of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ which was released in 2008. At that time, he was writing the script of Love Sonia and told me that he was keen to direct it. When he completed the script, he asked me to read it once. And I must say that after reading it I was very much disturbed. Actually, I was so much impressed with the script that I told him that whether it is helping him with finding the cast and or anything else, I would be actively involved. Since the script was so close to our hearts, it took us almost 10 years to find the perfect cast for it and also to find the financers. When everything came together, he asked me that would I be willing to do the other actress’ part since I enjoyed reading her part in 2008. I told him, this role is made for me.”
Freida also says that “I always wanted to work in a film where the content is not focused around glamour and beauty but rather on real people. This is exactly the place I wanted to be. I went through a brief period where I had a moment of self-doubt but it taught me a lot. After having a great start and then going through a phase of anxiety, I can truly say that I am happy and content now. I am at the place where I wanted to work.”
Freida plays Rashmi, a sharp-tongued sex worker, in Love Sonia. The movie explores a global trafficking ring through the experiences of two sisters. The cast includes Mrunal Thakur, Richa Chadha, Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Adil Hussain, Mark Duplass and Demi Moore. She mentioned that it was Mrunal Thakur’s character that was intense and everyone really enjoyed working with each other.
Freida Pinto had her MeToo moment when she first arrived in Hollywood, a decade ago.
In a fairy tale rise to fame, the Indian model had been plucked out of nowhere to star in Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, a part which earned her a BAFTA nomination. Now she was faced with a big, bad wolf in the shape of a film company executive, offering another role… if she played along.
“It was a very uncomfortable situation, but I was lucky because Slumdog had put me in a powerful position so I didn’t have to think ‘Oh, I’m going to lose a job if I put this person in his place’,” she says.
“I thought ‘Hey, if I’m not going to have this job I’ll have others, so this is not the be all and end all’. I just feel miserable for women who can’t do that.”
The incident occurred in the whirlwind of change that went through her life following Slumdog ’s international success. Although Pinto had dreamed of being an actress ever since she was at primary school, the reality of stardom came as a shock.
“I lived a very normal, middle-class life in Mumbai. I travelled on local trains and buses, but suddenly that world was shut down for me out of a need for safety and security,” she says. “The constant being looked at, being trailed by the paparazzi and the invasion of privacy felt very disconcerting.”
She talks about one more unhappy incident which happened with her on the set of ‘Rise of The Planet of Apes.’ Freida said that she took that role because she wanted the opportunity to play a smart, independent-minded primatologist and she was very happy about it. But on the set, she was given just the task to wear the fricking high heels and follow the men around. She spoke to one of the producers and asked him that why is it necessary for her wear high heels if she is playing a primatologist who will be so much hands-on with the animals, it just doesn’t go with the character. She would be needing freedom of movement. She said, “I remember asking him what his reference was and I was told Megan Fox from Transformers and I was like – that is a completely different film.”
In 2010, she played the character Dia in Woody Allen’s 2010 drama comedy ‘You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger’. The 83-year-old director has long been accused of sexually abusing his ex-partner Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow in 1992 when she was just seven years old, and the allegations have resurfaced in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
Woody has always strongly refuted the allegations and has accused his ex Mia of inventing the story to hurt his reputation. In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, she said that she would not work with him again as she wants to show solidarity with those who have spoken out against the filmmaker and stated she’s sticking to what her “gut instinct” tells her.
She said, “No absolutely not.I wouldn’t work with him again. I wouldn’t work with him because I’m in solidarity with women who have come out with their stories, whether they are proven or not. I’m just going to stick to what my gut instinct tells me.”
“So much time has passed since Slumdog now, I think I’ve learned the art of blending in,” she says. “There will always be that one person who calls out my name and wants a picture when I am walking across Leicester Square, but I go out without make-up unless I am promoting a film. I’m on guard, but I’m a lot more relaxed.”
In her thirties, Pinto has grown into a fearless, outspoken feminist who has put her money where her mouth is in supporting women in her industry. She is part of the not-for-profit group, We Do It Together, which provides finance for features and documentaries focusing on women’s empowerment. She campaigns for women’s education and supported Tanushree Dutta, the first Bollywood actress to complain of sexual harassment.
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