July 24, 2011: Mangalore based actress Freido Pinto is keen to take a DNA test to determine her family history. The 26-year-old who rose to international fame in 2008’s ’Slumdog Millionaire’ says she is constantly mistaken for other ethnicities while travelling internationally, reported The Telegraph.
“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?’,” Pinto said.
The actress 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 said.