Fri, Mar 27, 2009

One big hit movie can turn the tables around. Freida Pinto , who was virtually an anonymous name in Bollywood before Slumdog Millionaire catapulted her to international stardom, is today reported to be worth more than established actresses of Bollywood.

According to a news report, Freida has leaped ahead of her Indian rivals to become the highest paid actress from Bollywood.

Following the success of ‘Slumdog’, which took home eight Oscars and whose worldwide box office receipts so far are estimated at over USD 270 millions, the Indian model-turned-actress has landed a series of lucrative roles with top directors, including Woody Allen and Julian Schnabel.

According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, Freida has pushed ahead of her rivals, Katrina Kaif , Kareena Kapoor and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai , to become the highest paid actress from India.

Freida is in Israel to shoot for a new film that focuses on the interwoven lives of Israeli and Palestinian women.

The British daily, quoting sources close to the Indian star, said her earnings have now topped 2 million pounds to overtake top Bollywood actresses.

"Freida is fast reaching top status in the international arena. The actress's projects with big film-makers like Woody Allen have helped her join a league which no other Indian actress has achieved so far," said a film analyst.

"Freida can't be compared to Aishwarya, because we're not pitching her as an Indian girl in international films. Freida is a true global face," Anirban Das, CEO of her management company, is quoted as saying in the report.