freida pinto trishna getty Freida Pinto calls 'Trishna' 'beautiful' and 'very tragic'Freida Pinto, of the Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire,” is starring in the new film “Trishna,” an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel “Tess of the d’Urbervilles” that is set in modern-day India. Pinto tells the New York Daily News about her character’s story arc.

“I guess the journey is very beautiful and at the same time very tragic because it goes from being really innocent to being in a situation of almost desperation and finally redemption,” says Pinto.

She continues that the role of Trishna was tough for her because it’s so different from what she is in real life. The main character in the novel is the victim of a rape that leads to a sickly baby being born and subsequently dying, and then the woman feeling shamed at having to confess the rape to her husband-to-be some years later. He sends her away while he comes to terms with her not being a virgin.

“Now as an actor who is very outspoken,
it was very tough and again such a welcome challenge,” says Pinto. “The bottom line
came down to ‘whatever dad thinks is probably right and we’ll just
follow that or whatever our future husband thinks is right is going to
be our life from then on. And that for me was the startling reality that I had to just come to terms with to understand my character better.”

“Trishna” opened in the U.S. in June at the Provincetown International Film Festival. It opened nationwide July 13.

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