Freida Pinto to ink $7 mn endorsement deal?

MUMBAI: Actress Freida Pinto is strengthening her foothold in the international world. If rumours are to be believed, the "Slumdog Milllionaire" star has inked a two-year endorsement deal with a high fashion apparel brand for $7 million.

She is expected to get $3.5 million a year.

"Since it is a two year deal, it makes it a $7 million deal. In Indian rupees, it comes out to be approximately Rs.35 crore. It is higher than what any Indian female celebrity has ever been paid," said a source close to the 27-year-old Indian model-turned-actress.

When contacted, Anirban Das Blah, managing director, KWAN, the agency that handles Freida’s endorsements in India, told IANS: "It’s a policy never to comment on brand deals. We’ve witnessed Freida’s phenomenal growth in such a short span, and that too on a global platform. Brand Freida stands for very rare, unique and irreplaceable values and imagery, making her the ideal choice for a brand with a global appeal and an Indian focus."

Freida made it big internationally post her appearance in Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire". Thereafter, she featured in films like "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes".

She will soon be seen playing the Oracle priestess Phaedra in Tarsem Singh’s "Immortals", which will release Nov 11. Her other upcoming projects include Jean Jacques Annaud’s "Black Gold" and Michael Winterbottom’s "Trishna".