Freida Pinto brings 'Girl Rising' to India

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 19 June 2013, 09:09 AM

Indian actress Freida Pinto, who has lent her voice for one of the stories in documentary feature film 'Girl Rising', said the privileges she experienced growing up motivated her to be a part of this project.

Directed by Academy Award-nominated director Richard E Robbins, the documentary tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and sexual abuse.

Despite these obstacles, the girls break barriers and create change by getting an education.

Besides Freida, Hollywood A-listers like Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchette, Selena Gomez and Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra have lent their voice to the film.

"I am happy to bring this film to India. The timing couldn't be more perfect because there has been wide awareness in the last couple of months, maybe years. There are people who are raising more questions, who are protesting, debating also probably putting more pressure on policy change," said Freida, who was in the capital for the screening of the film.

"I keep getting asked this question - Why education? Why did I choose to support education and the answer to that is quite simple because I had one. I am standing here today because I had the education I wanted and I cannot thank my mom and dad enough for that," she added.

The movie features original music from Academy Award winner Rachel Portman in collaboration with Hans Zimmer.

Freida says what appealed to her the most about the movie is that none of the girls are projected as victims but survivors.

First Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 09:06 AM
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