Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel has called co-star Freida Pinto his soulmate for helping him cope with the instant stardom.
The 18-year-old,who played the role of Jamal in the rags-to-riches tale,rose to international stardom with his debut film along with critical acclaim and a number of industry awards and nominations.
He credits co-star and ex-model Pinto for helping him deal with the instant media attention.
“We’re soulmates because we’re both in this surreal situation. She is very beautiful… I haven’t got a girlfriend but Freida,my co-star,is gorgeous,” Contactmusic quoted him as saying.
Patel is keen to deny speculation the pair has sparked an off-screen relationship
“There’s no romance. I’ve never had a girlfriend. I’ve always been focused on acting. But for now I’m having the time of my life,” he added.