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Sara Stewart
Pinto gets sand in her dance shoes in �Desert Dancer�

When she read the script for "Desert Dancer," her latest film, Freida Pinto says she didn't truly fathom how literal that title was until well into rehearsals. A dancer of some experience, as evidenced by her breakout turn in Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire," the Mumbai-born Pinto put in a year of preparation for "Dancer," "just to get the stamina" required. "You think, 'Learn the choreography, and when the camera's rolling, show off your moves.' But this was more physically and emotionally daunting than that. "We did not realize how difficult it was going to be to dance on sand. It's like moving through...

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