Freida Pinto thanks mentor Barry John for success (Film Snippets)

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) Freida Pinto, who became a star overnight by featuring in multiple award-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire", gives credit to her mentor Barry John for bringing out the actor in her.

"I'm grateful to Danny Boyle for giving me my debut film 'Slumdog Millionaire', which has won three Golden Globe awards and has been nominated for 10 Oscars this year, but before that I'm thankful to my teacher Barry John-sir who taught me how to bring out the actor in me and portray the character so convincingly," said Freida.

Barry John's Acting Studio has been the springboard for several actors including superstar Shah Rukh Khan, Manoj Bajpai, Shiney Ahuja and Kunal Kapoor.

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Harman plays perfect escort to Amrita Rao

Adding fuel to rumours of an affair with Amrita Rao, actor Harman Baweja played the perfect escort to his "Victory" co-star at a promotional event at a jewellery shop here.

"Where's Amrita? I need to escort her; otherwise she will get crammed with people," Harman told officials at the event.

The actors were at a jewellery showroom and fans were eagerly waiting for them outside the shop to get autographs. It was then that Harman caught hold of Amrita's hand and led her away from the crowd.

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When Rishi Kapoor romanced son Ranbir's first crush

How would you feel if you see your father romance your first crush? Well, Ranbir Kapoor reveals he had a similar experience as a teenager.

On the upcoming episode of Farhan Akhtar's TV show "Oye! It's Friday!" Ranbir pours his heart out and admits that he felt cheated when he saw his dad, Rishi Kapoor, romancing his childhood crush Madhuri Dixit, a source from the channel said.

"Ranbir confesses that as a teenager, he had a huge crush on Madhuri and that he even had posters of her in his cupboard. He talks about the time when he finally got to meet her on the sets of 'PremGranth' only to find his father romancing Madhuri in the film," the source said.

The episode will be aired on NDTV Imagine Friday at 10 p.m.

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Mugdha Godse looks forward to 'naach-gaana' in 'Jail'

Model-turned-actress Mugdha Godse, who scorched the screen in Madhur Bhandarkar's offbeat film "Fashion", now hopes to do a typical song and dance role in "Jail".

"I'm looking forward to doing naach-gaana (singing-dancing) after playing an unconventional role in 'Fashion'. Surprisingly, all the offers coming to me now are of that variety," said Mugdha.

"Jail", also being directed by Bhandarkar, will be a two-hour thriller about a jail escape. In the film, Mugdha is paired opposite actor Neil Nitin Mukesh and the director feels they make a "great pair".

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