Picks and Pans Review: Freida Pinto the Million Dollar Lady

updated 11/24/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/24/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

• The Indian actress, 24, makes her film debut in Slumdog Millionaire.

HOW DID YOU REACT WHEN YOU GOT CAST? After 2 1/2 years of struggling, I went berserk: crying and laughing. My mother didn't even try to control me. She said, "Do what you want, you deserve it!"

YOU FILMED IN MUMBAI'S BUSY TRAIN STATION For the scene, I was screaming and crying for help. The bystanders got used to it, but one man sees these three guys grab me—it looked really brutal—and he came up and asked, "Are you okay?"

HOW DID YOU PULL OFF THE BOLLYWOOD-STYLE FINALE? The only advice I can give anyone dancing in front of a huge crowd is to lose your inhibitions. Don't care who's around or who's looking at you.

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