The acclaimed film by filmmaker Danny Boyle is the Indian-born model-actress’s first lead role.
“The first time I saw her, I saw her with hundreds of girls on a tape, and the first time I saw her audition, I remember thinking, ‘I bet that’s her!'” Boyle said in an interview. “It’s not an enormous part…but I think she gives it real presence that you feel that he [star Dev Patel] is looking for somebody well worth looking for.”
Previous Breakthrough Awards have gone to Marion Cotillard and Jennifer Hudson—and both won Oscars for their breakthrough performances.
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