It was an “unbelievable moment” for the team of Oscar-favourite “Slumdog Millionaire”,which stole the show at the red carpet with lead lady Frieda Pinto being the cynosure of all eyes in her elegant blue John Galliano gown.
“The dress is John Galliano’s but the jewellery is
From India. The ring I am wearing is more than 100 years old,” said Pinto,named one of the best dressed by fashion bible ‘Vogue’.
“I am not a big star but I am part of a huge film and it really feels great to be in a film that has touched so many hearts,” said Pinto.
She was joined by her co-star and “very good friend” Dev Patel,clad in black tuxedo.
“It has made my life…It has opened so many doors for me and my family,” said Patel.
When asked about them being more than just good friends,Frieda said,”We are really very good friends and shared a great journey together and have learnt a lot from each other,thank you.”
Patel dismissed the question with a smile and “Thank you”.
Also dressed for the occasion in tuxedos and beautiful frocks were the two ‘salims’ and two ‘Latikas’,who were visibly excited to be present at the greatest awards night in Hollywood.
“Bohat achcha lag raha hai,” 10-year-old Azhar Mohammed Ismail,who hails from a Mumbai slum and plays youngest Salim said.
Tanay Chheda,who plays the middle Jamal,translated the host’s questions in Hindi for Ismail,who said he did not know English.
Chheda summed up for everyone and said “it is unbelievable,it feels really good.”
From answering questions about what they were wearing to how it feels to be on the red carpet,the children excitedly waived.
“I could not have thought that I would be here in Hollywood and on the red carpet and that the movie would do so well,” said the youngest Jamal,Ayush Khedekar.
Rubina Ali Qureshi,who plays the youngest Latika excitedly answered questions about from where she bought the frock she was wearing.
Ashutosh Gaajiwala,who plays the middle Salim and Tanvi Lonkar,the middle Latika too helped translate the questions for the little children and answer them.
Spotted on the red carpet were Anil Kapoor and A R Rahman.
Boyle,the Oscar-nominated director of the film,said “Some of the cast comes from very poor families in India.
The children are particularly excited and have been practicing their English for the interviews on the red carpet,” as he pointed to the children playing to the gallery and giving interviews to television hosts on the red carpet.
Irrfan Khan,who plays a police officer in the movie,said “Slumdog” has been able to click with the audience because of “the style of the movie and its Indian film elements. It is a very masala film and a layman can identify with the it”.