Freida denies moving in with Dev Patel

By Hindustan Times

She plays a rural peasant girl in her upcoming film, Trishna. But in real life, Freida Pinto is far from being a plain Jane. A few days ago, for instance, she was all over British papers for moving into a new $1.5 million rental home in Santa Monica with boyfriend Dev Patel.

But Freida, who’s in Goa for the International Film Festival of India, laughs it off, saying, “First of all, the figure of $1.5 million is a lie. The house costs a lot more and it belongs to my stylist.” The actor adds, “She and I had a laugh about it. Real estate agents would be laughing if someone told them a house in Santa Monica is available for $1.5 million. It’s impossible.”

But a UK tabloid carried their pictures claiming they were shifting belongings in to the house. “Yes, the boxes had my clothes in them, but let me clarify, Dev and I were not moving in,” she says, adding “I was moving a few boxes in my stylist’s house. In fact, I called her up and told her to pass on her home to me because apparently it’s mine now.”

What Freida is really excited about is her upcoming role in the Michael Winterbottom directed flick, set in India. “It was a different experience. I have worked in indie films, but never a venture that’s so independent that we just have a crew of eight people including the director, director of photography, make-up artistes and sound engineers,” she says.

The Slumdog Millionaire actor admits working on Trishna was an “organic” process. “We didn’t have a hard-bound script that we were following everyday. Instead, we followed the treatment and idea that Michael had in mind. Everyday, we were discovering something new,” she reveals.

All praise for the project’s co-producer, Dev D filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, Freida adds, “When someone like Anurag is attached to the film, it means he really believes in it. He makes you feel confident that, from an Indian point of view, the story can work. And I am glad he liked the film.”

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