Freida Pinto: I want to be the female Bond

By Hindustan Times

NEW DELHI, Oct. 1 -- Given that the next flick in the James Bond franchise is to be in India, buzz has it that actor Freida Pinto might be one of the saucy Bond girls in it. In fact, sources suggest that Freida has even auditioned for the part. But, the 26-year-old says she wishes the rumours were true.

"It was wonderful news to hear that I was in contention for one of the most coveted roles. But, the fact is that it was all just some imaginations running wild. I just wish that news would come true some day," said the actor.

So, does this mean that she's ready to join 007's bevy of bikini babes? "That would depend entirely on the script, but of late, the Bond girls have ceased to be cardboard cutouts. Gemma Arterton and Olga Kurylenko in Quantum Of Solace (2008) have strongly etched emotional roles. Things are changing in 007's entourage too, but more than a Bond girl, I'd like to play a female Bond," she says. "It would be great to do something along the lines of a Kill Bill (2003). Uma Thurman was awesome!" Freida's latest film, Trishna, an Indian adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 1981 classic Tess of the D'Urbervilles, opened at the Toronto Film Festival last month. It was the first time Freida shot in India since Slumdog Millionaire in 2009.

"From the cold it was back to the heat, and for six weeks I was on sets every single day because there's hardly a frame i which I'm not present. Even on my day off, I was doing a photo shoot. It was almost as if I was the hero," she says. Despite the tragic nature of her role, Freida says it was a dream come true. "I've been a Thomas Hardy fan from my literature classes, so it was a thrill to be an Indian Tess," she says.

freidapinto2.JPG