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Freida Pinto to undergo DNA test

Posted by on July 25, 2011 0 Comment

In a bid to determine her Hindu ancestry heritage, Indian-born actress Freida Pinto is keen to take a DNA test.

The ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ star, who was born in Mumbai, is constantly mistaken for other ethnicities while travelling internationally.

“The Portuguese people love to claim me as one of their own, and I don’t like that! When I was in Istanbul for vacation recently, this large group of women came up to me… saying, ‘Did you know your last name is actually very Portuguese?” the Daily Express quoted her as telling Interview magazine.

And the star is eager to put the issue to rest by taking a lineage test to learn about her actual ancestral heritage.

“I also came from Mangalore, which is in the southern part of India, where you have a big Catholic population. Some of them were forced conversions by the British and Portuguese. So I may not necessarily have that kind of lineage. I could pretty much be a Hindu from India… I’m going to do the DNA testing because I”m very curious,” she added. TOI

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