The name of the Slumdog Millionaire actor’s latest film is not inspired from an old Shashi Kapoor-Rakhee-Sanjeev Kumar starrer, as reported
If you thought only Bollywood folks had strange ways of coming up with titles for their films, think again! UK-based filmmaker Michael Winterbottom who has directed Freida Pinto in Trishna, was inspired by something Indian. Our source says, “Winterbottom didn’t have a title when he came to India. He got the name after he ate at a very popular seafood restaurant called Trishna in south Mumbai.”Apart from this eating joint, there are quite a few restaurants in the city – Leopold Cafe, Rajdhani and Mahesh Lunch Home – that are a must visit among the tourist crowd. Freida’s Trishna, which will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2011, is an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles. It is a tragic love story between the son of a rich estate developer and the daughter of a poor autorickshaw driver. It stars Riz Ahmed, an actor of Pakistani origin, opposite Freida. The title Trishna was first used in Bollywood way back in 1978 for a Sippy Films production starring Shashi Kapoor, Sanjeev Kumar and Rakhee. It is a drama revolving around an accidental murder. In fact, in 1984 there was an Indian TV series called Trishna – an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Strangely, none of the three projects have anything in common, except the Indian connection. Freida has wowed the world with her beauty but when it comes to acting the young actor has a long way to go. We hope the portrayal of a tragic lover wins her some accolades for her acting as well.