London (PTI): Freida Pinto, the star in the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, has leaped ahead of her Indian rivals to become the highest paid actress in Bollywood, a news report said on Thursday.
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, she has pushed ahead of her rivals, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai, to become the highest paid actress in India.
The Indian actor is in Israel to shoot for a new film that focuses on the interwoven lives of a Israeli and Palestinian women from the early years of the state through the early 1990s.
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, was quoted as saying in the report.