Freida Pinto makes an impression at DIFF 2012

2012 Dubai International Film Festival - Day 1After her first appearance at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) five years ago, the Mumbai bred actress has come a long way, putting herself on the map. This year Freida Pinto has moved from celebrity guest status to jury member of the short films.

She is the only one of the ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ cast who has sustained the hype and gained Hollywood status after her roles in ‘Trishna,’ ‘Immortals’ and ‘Planet of the Apes’ as well as her affiliation with the biggest names in the fashion circles. With a mixed bag of commercial and independent films to her name, she has consciously dodged the typecast roles of the Indian girl in Hollywood and has her sights set on making the smart moves to take her to where she wants to be.

Also spotted on the red carpet was Malaika Arora Khan and designer Vikram Phadnis who was present at the closing ceremony last night. DIFF will return in December 2013 for its 10th Edition.