Ms Pinto, she said, represented a more Westernised Indian image. “It’s not surprising. In India she is seen as stylish, sexy and attractive, but she would not fit into the Indian definition of beauty which looks lovely in a sari. That’s not Freida Pinto.”
One of the things about Frieda Pinto is that from what I can tell her natural complexion is a bit too dusky to be a genuine Bollywood starlet (though from what I gather strategic makeup explains a lot of the fairness of many Indian actresses). It seems that actresses of South Asian origin who achieve prominence in the West, such as Parminder Nagra, actually reflect a South Asian physical type more accurately than women such as Aishwarya Rai, Preity Zinta, or the women of the Kapoor family.