Lara Dutta is an Indian actress, model, movie producer and a former beauty pageant, winning Miss Intercontinental in 1997 and the Miss Universe title in 2000. Noted DJ and music composer, Nitin Sawhneyi, is one of her cousins. She was born in Ghaziabad, UP, India, on 16 April 1978. Her father is Punjabi, L K Dutta, a retired Indian Air Force Wing Commander, and her mother is an Anglo Indian, Mrs. Jennifer Dutta, who is Half Scottish. Lara’s elder sister Sabrina is with the Indian Air Force. She has another elder sister by the name Cheryl.
Her recent works include playing a role in ‘Abhi Nahi Toh Kabhi Nahi’, which is a movie produced by Mahesh Shrinivas Bhupathi, a former Tennis player of India. She has also been signed for the movie, ‘
Singh Is Bling’ directed by
Prabhu Deva, which is set to release on October 2nd, 2015. She has reportedly signed for the movie, ‘
No Entry Mein Entry’, which is actually the sequel to the 2005 movie, ‘
Lara’s high school education was at St. Francis Xavier Girls High School, Frazer Town, Bangalore. At Frank Anthony Public School, in the same Bangalore City, she did her two years of Junior college. Then she moved to Mumbai where she has studied at the University of Mumbai. Her major was economics and minor was communication, and she became an economy graduate from the same university.
Dutta is Multi lingual and can speak Hindi, Punjabi, Kannada, English and French. She is certainly the ‘Beauty with Brain -Women kind’. She had won the Miss Universe title in 2000 with the highest individual score possible, and the best since the inception of the Miss Universe Competition. In 2011, she became the Goodwill Ambassador of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which is a UN organization.
The movie ‘Andaaz’ was Lara’s debut adventure at Bollywood in the year 2003. The movie became a box office success of immense propositions, and gave her a ‘Filmfare Best Female Debut Award’ as well as a ‘Screen Best Female Debut Award’. Dutta is well-known for her comedy roles in Bollywood.
At the box office collections after that, her next films did not fare well. But with ‘Masti’, she had breached that image, which went onto become a successful comedy film with mostly positive reviews from the critics. Lara had her range of highs and lows in her Bollywood movies’ box office successes after ‘Masti’. In 2010, the
Akshay Kumar plus
Deepika Padukone starrer ‘
Housefull’ was released.
Riteish Deshmukh and
Jiah Khan who has committed suicide later were also in the movie. Lara has acted in the movie as ‘Hetal - the daughter of Batuk’. The movie became the fifth biggest hit in the country at the time and the collections have reached an all-time high of 14 Billion Rupees, which in US Dollars would be approximately, 18 Millions.
In 2011, she has produced the movie ‘
Chalo Dilli’. This movie was a moderate success, hailed by the media. Her role and her acting in the movie was one of excellence and were well praised by movie critics. She has appeared in the sequel to the movie, ‘
Don’, the ‘Don 2’, and also has done an item number in it, which was a great success.
Kelly Dorji was the person with whom Lara Dutta had a long-term relationship of 9-years. Mahesh Bhupathi, the Ace Tennis player of India, met her later and she got engaged to him in September of 2010. On 16th of February 2011 at Bandra, the couple got married and 4 days later on 20th of that month rituals were arranged to solemnize the marriage formally and this was arranged at Goa. They together have a daughter, who was born in January of that next year, and she is by the name Saira. Lara Dutta is so much into pre natal yoga and she herself presents a series of yoga instruction videos on YouTube.