Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor excited by awards

HOLLYWOOD Sunday’s SAG Award win marked another check mark in the dreams-come-true ledger for the “Slumdog Millionaire” troupe.

“I just hope I don’t wake up tomorrow and someone says, ‘Hey, you were dreaming.’ It’s really unreal. You cannot imagine what is happening to me,” Freida Pinto gushed to reporters backstage after “Slumdog” won for feature ensemble.

Her co-star Anil Kapoor was equally effusive about what “Slumdog’s” success means to the Indian film biz. (“It’s completely historic,” he said.) Plus, he was still on high from a personal pinch-me moment he’d experienced earlier in the evening, thanks to his co-star Irrfan Khan.

“I must thank him for introducing me to Angelina,” Kapoor beamed. (Khan worked with Jolie on “A Mighty Heart.”)

The “Slumdog” spirit carried over into the Shrine after-party, hosted by People magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, where Micky Dolenz of Monkees fame kept the crowd bopping with rock n’ roll staples, including (of course) “I’m a Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville.”

The mood was light enough for SAG officials, who have been through some trying times of late, to have a conversation with journos that didn’t involve the words “board members” and “strike authorization vote.” SAG national exec director Doug Allen revealed himself to be a major Monkees fan. “I think they were very underrated,” he observed.

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