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Freida-Dev affair just a publicity stunt?

Written by: By: Raymond Ronamai
Published: Friday, February 27, 2009, 15:14 [IST]

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They say 'no publicity is bad publicity'. Well, Freida Pinto and Dev Patel seem to know that. Nothing much was heard about them until the time their film Slumdog Millionaire was nominated to the Oscars. And all hell broke lose when they were about to leave for the big day.

Anil Kapoor ignited the fire by saying that the Slumdog Millionaire pair must be dating. Then the media married off Freida to Rohan Antao. As if that was not enough, Rohan declared that Freida broke their engagement after falling for Dev. Adding more fuel to the fire, both Freida and Dev remained silent in spite of the rumours going amok.

Maybe Slumdog stars wanted the speculations and rumours to continue till the Oscar Awards ceremony. The news of their affair became even hotter than the film itself. At the end of the day, Slumdog Millionaire benefited and walked away with 8 Oscars.

Now that the Oscar Awards function is over, Slumdog lead stars have come out in the open to clear the dirty waters. 24-year-old Freida recently rubbished all the rumours by calling 18-year-old Dev 'a little boy'. She said that she is not dating him. Dev also declared that the news of their affair is just rumours. So, is it just another publicity stunt?

If so, is Freida really not seeing Dev? Will she return to Rohan? Only time will reveal the truth!

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