The Slumdog Millionaire star completed the project in the state of Rajasthan, rising every morning to eat hand-pounded bread with a spicy chutney, which helped kill the bacteria in the water, and shoot all day in a crowded shack, which housed most of the crew.
And Pinto, who plays the titular character, a poor woman scraping by on a meagre living, admits the drama was a struggle to get through, telling the New York Daily News, “Sometimes I feel that this film has drained everything out of me. I had nothing left.”
But the Mumbai-born actress insists she welcomed the challenge as an actress, adding, “When I shot ‘Slumdog Millionaire,’ I felt like I was shooting in my backyard. But when I was shooting in rural India, it felt like a different world. I learned a lot, I learned to milk a cow!”