By Hindustan Times
Mumbai, Jan. 16 -- Post-Slumdog Millionaire's (2008) success, she has travelled across the world for personal and professional reasons. But Mumbai girl Freida Pinto finds her hometown "very inspiring and simply electrifying".
The actor was in the city till about two weeks ago, following which she has returned to Los Angeles. The actor, who plans to visit Mumbai in March next, feels the city charges her for new projects. "Every time I get a break from filming, I visit Mumbai. Of course, my family is settled here. But I strongly feel that the city charges you up for the next thing. For me, it's of course my new projects," she says.
The Immortals (2011) actor contends, "There's something about the city that's simply electrifying. It's very inspiring in a way. Plus, on an everyday basis, you get to meet people from different strata of society. And the kind of mixture (of people) you get in Mumbai is very difficult to find elsewhere in the world. It's amazing to come back, get that vibe and go back charged."
Freida's sister Sharon has a place in Malad. "But I am not going to reveal where I stay when I am in the city," laughs the actor. Right now, though, she is putting her feet up and relaxing.
"Yes, I am slightly more free (compared to boyfriend Dev Patel) and I am enjoying it. Due to my work in the past, I had been travelling a lot. So, I haven't had a stable place. Now, I finally get to relax while he goes to work everyday," she laughs. Ask her how she and Dev stay in touch and she says with a smile: "We always find middle ground. Of course, phone is great, but finding something in between is important for whoever is in a relationship, if they really want to make it work."
On the work front, Freida is excited about Michael Winterbottom's Trishna. But question her as to why she hasn't shown interest in Bollywood and she says, "People have still not understood that Trishna is an Indian film. And before any film becomes a Bollywood movie, it's an Indian film. So, Trishna is, 100 per cent, an Indian film." Interestingly, Freida has given an open offer to Anurag Kashyap, co-producer of Trishna. "I keep telling Anurag, 'listen, you know, I am ready (to work with you). Whenever you think you have a role for me, I am geared up. I really like his sensibilities when it comes to filmmaking. Similarly, Vishal Bhardwaj and Dibakar Banerjee too have great sensibilities as filmmakers," says the actor, who will next be seen in the Antonio Banderas-Mark Strong starrer, Black Gold.