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Spotted: Freida Pinto in Ferragamo at the photo call of the film “Miral” during the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival on Thursday, October 21st. The actress chose a silk crepe amethyst cocktail dress with a draped knot motif on the front side, combined with a pair of black leather pumps from the Fall/Winter 2010-11 collection.
Psst! Miral is is based on Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal’s semi-autobiographical novel. The actress believes in speaking through her work and says she won’t mind working in a Bollywood film provided she falls in love with the script. (So I wouldn’t hold my breath!)
Screened in the Narrative competition section at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Miral opens in Jerusalem in 1948 is the true story of Hind Husseini, who turns her family home into the Dar Al-Tifl Al-Arabi Institute, providing hope and education to orphans, especially girls. Freida’s character grows up in the same orphanage. The film is directed by American artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel and Freida says he cast her after seeing her in Slumdog Millionaire.
Freida who is 26-year-old speaks English with a Palestinian accent in the war film. “I’m lucky, I can do accents well. I can listen and I can repeat what people say. So Julian set me on a mission – I didn’t have an accent coach, I had real people to learn from. I went to the old city of Jerusalem, stayed with a Palestinian family for eight days. I also went to the orphanage where Rula grew up. I picked up whatever I could from the students and local people. I recorded everything and found out words that are common and found my own accent. That’s my take on my Palestinian accent,” she said.
What else can you see Freida in?
Woody Allen’s ‘You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stanger’
Tarsem Singh’s ‘Immortals’ (It’s a Greek epic. she plays Phaedra, the oracle.)
‘Rise of the Apes’, a prequel to ‘Planet of the Apes’
and currently filming ‘Black Gold’