"I miss South Bombay the most. It reminds me of all our hangout spots, like Sunrise and Gokul," says Freida Pinto, naming two of Bombay's most famous dive bars, frequented by students of colleges in and around the Churchgate area of downtown Mumbai.
Pinto, an alumnus of Mumbai's prestigious St. Xavier's college, is now a bonafide Hollywood name, having appeared in films directed by Danny Boyle, Terrence Malick and Michael Winterbottom.
Ahead of the 14 September release of her film Love Sonia, directed by Tabrez Noorani, Pinto met HuffPost India for a conversation about feminism, the #MeToo movement, diversity in TV and cinema, and why she doesn't feel the pressure to recreate the sweeping success of Slumdog Millionaire.
Edited excerpts from the interview:
Your upcoming film, Love Sonia, talks about sex trafficking, a form of modern-day slavery that is prevalent across the world. Do you believe films can act as a tool for social change?
Visual storytelling, in my opinion, is the most powerful tool to initiate social change, make a powerful statement and spark a conversation.
Just look at what Nike did with their Colin Kaepernick campaign (the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who took a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice in the US). You see something like that and it stirs something within you. It's a powerful way of standing up for what you believe in. A lot of people who don't know him will perhaps Google him and become more acutely aware of the cause, only because Nike decided to hire him as a face for their campaign. My point is—visual imagery can make powerful statements and we need that now more than ever before.
Having said that, I am quite proud of Love Sonia because of how authentically it portrays the horrors of human trafficking. There are multiple films on the subject but a lot of them feed off the sensational subject. Not this. It's as close to reality as it can get.
You are quite an outspoken feminist. Do...