Lara Dutta is an impressive blend of beauty and brains.
Wowing the Universe, the Lara-way
Lara Dutta was born in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh on 16 April 1978. Her parents are L.K.Dutta, a Wing Commander and her mother is Jennifer Dutta, a singer for Doordarshan Radio, Jalandhar. Her roots are a mix of Tamil, Punjabi, and Nordic. She is the youngest of three sisters.
Lara’s growing up years were spent in Bangalore where she studied at St Francis Xavier Girl’s High School and later at Frank Anthony Public School. She has a degree in Economics from Mumbai University.
Her moment of glory was when she won the Gladrags modeling competition and represented India at the Miss Intercontinental Pageant in 1997 which she won. In 2000, she was crowned Miss Universe. She became the UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador in 2001.
She dumped her boyfriend of seven years, model Kelly Dorji. She was also said to be dating New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. In 2009, Lara broke up with Dino Morea and there might be something brewing between her and tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi.
Aisa Jaadu Daala Re!
2003 to 2005 Arasatchi, a Tamil movie that released only in 2004, was supposed to be her debut. Instead it was Andaz (2003). Just as well, as it won her the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. In Khakee (2004) she made an appearance in the song ‘Aisa Jaadu’. The comedy Masti and Bardaasht with Bobby Deol were mediocre. No Entry (2005) was popular, while Elaan, Jurm, and Kaal didn’t fare well.
2006 to 2009 Zinda and Bhagam Bhag in 2006 were average performers. While Jhoom Barabar Jhoom in 2007 didn’t do well in India, it enjoyed a better response overseas. David Dhawan’s Partner with Salman Khan and Govinda was successful. She lent her voice for the character, Sonia, in the animation flick Jumbo (2008).
In 2009, Lara charmed movie-goers as a nagging wife in Billu opposite Irrfan Khan and as Sanjay Dutt’s ravishing lady in Blue. Her other release was Do Knot Disturb.
2010 She is working on three movies-Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai, Housefull, and Aur Devdas.