Freida dazzles at BFI London Film festival

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Actress premieres latest film Miral

INDIAN actress Freida Pinto will put her promotional duties aside to celebrate her birthday in London.

The Slumdog Millionaire beauty was on the red carpet at the BFI London Film Festival on Monday night for the premiere of her forthcoming film Miral.

Pinto, who wore a black Alexander McQueen gown, said she would celebrate her birthday with her family and not boyfriend Dev Patel who is filming in India.

“I’m here until tomorrow, so there’s no way I can celebrate my birthday in India, and that’s where Dev is filming.

“But my family are here so I’m going to just celebrate with them a bit later.”

Pinto’s latest film, Miral, is based on Rula Jebreal’s semi-autobiographical novel, about her life growing up amid the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Jerusalem.

The film, which is directed Julian Schnabel, sees Pinto plays Miral, who grows up in an orphanage and goes on to teach in a refugee camp.

Speaking about the film Pinto said: “It is a film about hope. It is a film about perseverance. It’s a film about education being key to devote to peace.

“And Rula’s mentioned this many times, and I think it’s really beautiful, she said Gandhi said this, the father of my nation.

“‘There’s no way to peace, peace is the way. And I think it’s as straight forward as that.”

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