“There’s one disturbing notion throughout India that light skin is more attractive than dark … When you doubt one thing about yourself, you start thinking there’s also something wrong with your hair, your body, your clothes, your accent. A woman came up to me and said, ‘I’d love to have your skin because it’s so beautiful.’ She was as pale as could be, and my first thought was, where I come from, people want to be your color. It was then that I realized people always want what they don’t have. And I decided to be happy with the way I’m made.”
–”Slumdog Millionaire” actress Frieda Pinto, on learning to accept herself. When she was a model, Pinto admitted she used to audition for jobs selling “fairness creams,” which aimed to lighten Indian skin to a Caucasian ideal. [ONTD] Keep reading »
“Because ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was such a big hit, there was a lot of pressure in terms of what I did next. For my second film, I wanted a role that would stretch me, but all I was getting offered were stereotypical parts like the goofy Indian sidekick. Asian actors tend not to be sent Hollywood scripts that are substantial or challenging. I’m likely to be offered the roles of a terrorist, cab driver and smart geek. I want to show that I have versatility. You have to remember that, before ‘Slumdog,’ the last film about India that went big at the Oscars was ‘Gandhi,’ as played by Ben Kingsley. The fact that me and Freida [Pinto, his girlfriend] have any kind of platform in Hollywood is a big step forward.”
— Cutie patootie Dev Patel, star of the Oscar-winning flick “Slumdog Millionaire” and my fave TV show EVER, “Skins,” is not getting much work. Get on that right quick, Hollywood! [Vancouver Sun] Keep reading »
Eleven-year-old Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail starred in 2008′s Oscar-winner for Best Picture, but he did not live inside a home with an indoor toilet.
Yes, the young actor who played young Salim in “Slumdog Millionaire,” grew up actually in the dirty and chaotic Mumbai slums depicted in the film and saw his home bulldozed by the government without warning last May.
But his housing situation improved yesterday when little Azhar moved into a one-bedroom apartment in Mumbai, near where he attends school. “Slumdog”‘s director, Danny Boyle, and producer Christian Colson, purchased the new pad with money from the Jai Ho Trust, which was set up for Azhar and 9-year-old Rubiana Ali, who played young Latika. Boyle will transfer ownership of the apartment into Azhar’s name when he turns 18 if he stays in school. [Telegraph]
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Okay, this is too effed-up for words. Rubina Ali, the totally adorable little Latika whose cheeks you wanted to squeeze in “Slumdog Millionaire,” has been put up for sale by her father. Yep, you read right: for sale, not adoption. [New York Daily News]
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