Slumdog Millionaire stars Dev Patel and Freida Pinto are a couple!
Days after being photographed in full-PDA mode with Pinto in Israel, Patel’s mother confirms that her son, 19, is dating his 24-year-old costar to the Daily Mirror.
“Yes, we knew he was flying to Israel to see her,” she said of her son visiting his girlfriend near the set of her film Miral in Jerusalem.
“Life can’t get any better for him,” she added. “Freida is really beautiful, and I am really happy for them.”
The father of Slumdog Millionaire child star Rubina Ali (who played a young Latika in the Oscar-winning film) reportedly tried selling his 9-year-old daughter for roughly $300,000, but he’s denying such reports to People.com.
Rafiq Quresh says the report is a “lie made up by foreign journalists playing games with me.”
According to News of the World, Rubina’s pop offered the shocking deal to an undercover fake sheik this week, explaining, “I have to consider what’s best for me, my family and Rubina’s future.”
Blaming the filmmakers, he reportedly said, “We’ve got nothing out of this film,” while Rubina’s uncle told the newspaper, “The child is special now. This is NOT an ordinary child. This is an Oscar child!”
In the issue, the magazine chronicles how the small film from India, helmed by a Brit (Danny Boyle) became an Oscar darling.
“Working on the film has sparked a confidence in me, and a passion for acting,” Patel says. “I feel I can hold my head up high now. I feel like I matured five years in the space of five months. I’m 18 and I was at the Oscars yesterday!”
While Pinto, who can next be seen under the direction of Woody Allen, says of her journey, “Now I think that the fruit of the struggle ends up being the sweetest taste possible. I mean, this is strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, bananas–the sweetest fruits in the world put together. It changed my life!”
Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole Scherzinger has officially upgraded Slumdog Millionaire‘s theme song “Jai Ho” from just another Bollywood dance tune to an award-winning Hollywood track.
Scherzinger teamed up with producer Polow Da Don to remix A.R. Rahman’s “Jai Ho,” which translates to “let there be victory,” to create a sexy dance song that is fast becoming an infectious anthem much like “Beyonce‘s Single Ladies.”
Too bad director Danny Boyle accidentally left choreographer Longines Fernandes, who created the song’s dance sequence for the film’s finale, off of the end credits!
Jai Ho remix featuring Nicole Scherzinger
Ga Ga worthy drama Slumdog Millionaire won Best Picture, Best Director, and many other Academy Awards at Sunday night’s prestigious ceremony.
Other Blindie faves Kate Winslet (Best Actress in The Reader) and Penelope Cruz (Best Supporting Actress in Vicky Cristina Barcelona) were also recognized for their superb acting work.
Here’s the short list of winners in the major categories:
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
WINNER: “Slumdog Millionaire”
WINNER: Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Stephen Daldry, “The Reader”
David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”
Gus Van Sant, “Milk”
Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor”
Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”
WINNER: Sean Penn, “Milk”
Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”
Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”
Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”
Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”
Meryl Streep, “Doubt”
WINNER: Kate Winslet, “The Reader”
Josh Brolin, “Milk”
Robert Downey Jr., “Tropic Thunder”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”
WINNER: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
Michael Shannon, “Revolutionary Road”
Amy Adams, “Doubt”
WINNER: Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Viola Davis, “Doubt”
Taraji P. Henson, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”
The 24-year-old Mumbai native, who made her mark as Latika in Danny Boyle’s award-darling Slumdog Millionaire, told the magazine of her hometown, “Bombay is literally the third character in the film, and a very important one.”
Of nabbing her star-making role, Pinto says, “I started getting obsessed with the role. Every time I met my friends I would read lines from the script!”