- The Mumbai native will be next seen in Emma Holly Jones’ ‘Mr. Malcolm’s List,’ scheduled for a July 1 release.
Freida Pinto has joined Scarlett Johansson’s “My Mother’s Wedding,” along with Sienna Miller and Emily Beecham, Deadline has reported. The film, Kristin Scott Thomas’ feature directorial debut, is co-written by her and John Micklethwait, and is produced by Finola Dwyer and Steven Rales, the Deadline report added.
Pinto will next be seen in “Mr. Malcolm’s List,” directed by Emma Holly Jones, set for release via Bleecker Street on July 1.Also starring Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ashley Park, Zawe Ashton, and Theo James, the film revolves around Julia Thistlewaite (Ashton), who is jilted by London’s most eligible bachelor, Mr. Malcolm (Dìrísù), when she fails to meet an item on his list of requirements for a bride. Feeling humiliated and determined to exact revenge, she convinces her friend Selina Dalton (Freida Pinto) to play the role of his ideal match. Soon, Mr. Malcolm wonders whether he’s found the perfect woman…or the perfect hoax.
The actress recently launched her production company Freebird Films, developing provocative stories with the intention of challenging stale assumptions, reflecting and celebrating diversity, uplifting the work and lives of intrepid women and revealing everyday heroes. The company has 18 projects in various stages of development
Pinto, a Mumbai native, became a highly sought-after actress after co-starring in the 2008 sleeper hit “Slumdog Millionaire.” She is known for her supporting role in the “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (2011) and for starring in Bruno Mars’ music video “Gorilla” (2013). More recently she was nominated for best-supporting actress in the 2018 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne for her performance in “Love Sonia,” “Slumdog Millionaire’ producer Tabrez Noorani’s debut directorial venture about Indian girls being sex trafficked.
She will also star in and produce “The Henna Artist,” based on Indian American author Alka Joshi’s best-selling debut novel of the same name. Pinto will produce the film through her Freebird Films, along with executive producer Michael Edelstein for Miramax TV. Set in 1950s India, “The Henna Artist” tells the story of 17-year-old Lakshmi Shastri, who escapes from an abusive marriage and makes her way alone to Jaipur in Rajasthan. There, she becomes the most highly requested henna artist — and confidante — to the wealthy women of the upper class. “But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she never can reveal her own,” according to the book’s synopsis.
She will also play World War II spy and princess Noor Inayat Khan in a new series based on Shrabani Basu’s book “Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan.” Deadline reported that the book is being adapted for screenplay by writer Olivia Hetreed and Red Room Films. Basu is signed on to serve as a consultant. The series will tell the story of Khan, the first female undercover wireless operator sent into Nazi-occupied France in 1943. Khan was born in Moscow in 1914 to Indian father Hazrat Inayat Khan and American mother Ora Ray Baker.