Freida wants to do comedy with boyfriend Dev!

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By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, Aug. 19 -- It's been three years since the Oscar-wining Slumdog Millionaire (SM, 2008) made Freida Pinto and Dev Patel household names. But Jamal and Latika's love story still has the world going 'Jai ho...'. "In the US they say 'Jay ho...,'" laughs Freida, admitting that everyone's waiting to see Dev and her back on screen together.

The actor says that they're waiting for the right script, pointing out that it will be difficult recreating the magic that Simon (writer Simon Beaufoy), Danny (director Danny Boyle) and AR (composer AR Rahman) brought on screen with SM. "Anything less and we will be digging our own graves, but maybe a comedy some day," she shrugs. "Dev is so good that I can just sit and laugh watching him."

Of late, there have been rumours that the couple, whose secret was let out by Anil Kapoor on the Oscar red carpet, has drifted apart. The speculation is instantly squashed, "We're together. I wonder where these lame ideas come from. Did we say or do something different? I can't stop people from talking and writing what they want. All I can do is entreat my fans not to believe everything they hear or read."

Bring up the subject of marriage and the 26-year-old is instantly on red alert, "I haven't given it a thought. It's an institution, my parents are married, and I will be too. But right now, my focus is entirely on my career."

Freida's just had a big release -Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes -which topped box-office charts in the West. In India, the multi-million dollar franchise sequel was hit by the revenue sharing tussle between producers and multiplex owners and opened only at single screens. "Yeah, many of my friends complained that they didn't know where to watch it," admits Freida. "Still, I'm told it did fairly well. The 1968 film was a classic. We had a task wooing not just today's generation, but also winning over those who have seen the earlier film. We didn't even have real apes, but technology came to our aid."

There's been some disgruntlement over her not promoting the film in India. Freida informs that she had signed a contract with Fox a year ago to promote the film in Los Angeles, New York and London with the producer, director, coactors and the entire technical team. "I couldn't have run back to India earlier," she argues.

Will Freida return in the next Apes film? "They're working on the script. Once hat's locked, they will ecide on the producr, director, technical crew before getting down to the casting," she informs. "They can't confirm me now and later say, 'Sorry, we don't have a part for you.' But I'd love to do another Apes."