Lara Dutta

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Lara Dutta
Dutta on the ramp in Nov 2012
Born (1978-04-16) 16 April 1978 (age 36)
Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India[1]
Years active 1995–present
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Title Miss Universe 2000
Miss Intercontinental 1997
Femina Miss India Universe 2000
Gladrags Megamodel India 1995
Spouse(s) Mahesh Bhupathi (m. 2011)
Children 1

Lara Dutta Bhupathi (born 16 April 1978) is an Indian actress and model who was crowned Miss Universe 2000 and Miss Intercontinental 1997. She was the second woman from India to be crowned Miss Universe, and has been the only delegate from India to win the crown since. She made her Hindi debut in 2003 with the film Andaaz which was a box office success and won her a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award & Screen Best Female Debut Award. Dutta subsequently appeared in several commercially successful films, including Masti (2004), Kaal (2005), and the year 2005 marked a turning point for her when she played a leading role in the comedy No Entry (2005). Lara Dutta established herself as a leading actress of Hindi cinema by playing primary roles in the comedies Bhagam Bhag (2006), Partner (2007) and Housefull (2010). Apart from commercial success, Dutta has received critical appreciation for her performances in the films Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007), Billu Barber (2009), Chalo Dilli (2011) and David (2013).

Early life[edit]

Dutta was born to a Punjabi father and an Anglo-Indian mother.[2] Her father is Wing Commander L.K. Dutta (retired) and her mother is Jennifer Dutta. She has two elder sisters, Sabrina, who serves in the Indian Air Force and younger sister Cheryl.[3] Composer/DJ Nitin Sawhney is a cousin of Lara Dutta.[4]

The Dutta family moved to Bangalore in 1981 where she completed high school from St. Francis Xavier Girls' High School and the Frank Anthony Public School. She graduated with a degree in economics and a minor in communications from the University of Mumbai. She is fluent in English and Hindi but can speak Punjabi, Kannada, and French.[citation needed]


Modelling, pageantry and early work (1995-2004)[edit]

Dutta won the annual Gladrags Megamodel India competition in her native India in 1995,[5][6] thus winning the right to enter the 1997 Miss Intercontinental Pageant, in which she took first place.[7] Later, she was crowned Femina Miss India Universe in 2000.[8]

At Miss Universe 2000 in Cyprus, she achieved the highest score in the swimsuit competition and her finalist interview score was the highest individual score in any category in the history of the Miss Universe contest, as her interview saw a majority of the judges giving her the maximum 9.99 mark.[9]

After her final question, in which she delivered a defense of the Miss Universe contest (and other beauty pageants), she became the second Indian Miss Universe. Dutta's win led to her appointment as a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador in 2001.[10] In the same year, Priyanka Chopra and Dia Mirza won their respective Miss World and Miss Asia Pacific titles which gave India a rare triple victory in the world of beauty pageants.[9][11] She signed up for the Tamil film, Arasatchi in 2002, but due to financial problems, it was only released in mid-2004. She made her Hindi debut in 2003 with the film Andaaz which was a box office success and won her a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. She then went onto appearing in Bardaasht, which failed to do well at the box office. Her next release Aan: Men at Work was also a flop in India. Insan, Elaan and Jurm also ended up failing to do well at the box office. She later appeared in Masti.

Initial success (2005-2010)[edit]

In 2005, Sania Mirza and Dutta both participated in Kaun Banega Crorepati (season 2) on 13 November 2005.[12]

In 2005, Dutta appeared in Kaal, which was a moderate success at the box office. Dutta then appeared in 2005's biggest hit, No Entry opposite actors Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan, Fardeen Khan, Bipasha Basu, Esha Deol and Celina Jaitley. She next appeared in Dosti: Friends Forever which was only an average grosser in India, however became the biggest hit of the year (for a Bollywood film) in overseas markets.

Lara Dutta at Femina Miss India 2007.

In 2006, Dutta appeared alongside Akshay Kumar in Bhagam Bhag, which was one of the biggest hits of the year, as it collected over INR400 million (US$6.3 million) in India alone. Her first release of 2007 was Shaad Ali's Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. The film was a box office failure in India but did better overseas, especially in the U.K.[13]

Her later release, Partner became a "Blockbuster" in India and became the third biggest grosser of the year.[14] Dutta made a special appearance in Om Shanti Om. In 2008, Dutta lent her voice for the animated film, Jumbo. However, the film failed to do well at the box office. She made a special appearance in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. Her 2009 release, Blue, was one of the most expensive movies of Indian cinema. Dutta had initially walked away from the project because the movie was entirely shot in the ocean and she did not know how to swim. However the male protagonist Akshay Kumar encouraged her in learning how to swim and she immediately started training with a special coach. Blue was released on 16 October 2009.[15] She stated that "The moment I got to know of it, I called Akshay and told him that I wouldn't be able to accept the assignment. He knew the reason behind my decision. Not many people are aware that I had almost drowned while shooting for Andaaz, Akshay had rescued me. When I reminded him I couldn't swim, he told me to forget my phobia and learn swimming pronto," said Dutta. "Today, I feel Blue has not merely made me overcome my phobias, but has also taught me something that will stay with me for the rest of my life".[15]

Despite a promising opening, the film failed to do well at the box office. She also appeared in Do Knot Disturb, which took a good start at the box office, however dropped in the coming days and failed to do well. Her 2010 release Housefull was a major success across India. She starred opposite Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Jiah Khan and Riteish Deshmukh. It was the fifth biggest hit in the country as it collected INR1.14 billion (US$18 million) at the box office.[16]

Dutta at the Launch of Nivea India in 2012.

Recent work (2011-present)[edit]

In 2011, her first movie as a producer, Chalo Dilli was released. The film was a decent success, as it was made on a modest budget of INR50 million (US$790,000). Moreover, Dutta's performance in the film was praised by prominent critics. She did an item number and had an extended special appearance in the movie Don 2 and the film was a major success especially Lara's item number. [17]

Following her post-pregnancy break from Hindi cinema, Dutta signed a movie titled David. Filming started by August 2012 and she will have a very important role in the movie according to its director, Bejoy Nambiar.[18] The film released 1 February 2013 and receive mixed reviews. She recently signed a No Entry sequel titled No Entry Mein Entry.


Lara Dutta is active in yoga, and offers a number of videos on Youtube,[19][20] particularly for pre-natal yoga.

Personal life[edit]

Lara Dutta had been in a nine-year relationship with Kelly Dorji. In September 2010, Dutta got engaged to Indian tennis player, Mahesh Bhupathi.[21][22] They married on 16 February 2011 in a civil ceremony in Bandra,[23] and later followed it by a ceremony on 20 February 2011 at Sunset Point in Goa.[24] On 1 August 2011, Dutta confirmed that she was pregnant with their first child,[25] which was a daughter born in January 2012.[26]


Year Film Role Notes
2003 Andaaz Kajal
Filmfare Best Female Debut Award
2003 Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost Kesar
2004 Khakee Special appearance in song "Aisa Jadoo"
2004 Masti Monica Mehta
2004 Bardaasht Advocate Payal
2004 Arasatchi Lara Tamil film
2004 Aan: Men at Work Kiran
2005 Insan Meghna
2005 Elaan Sonia
2005 Jurm Sanjana Malhotra
2005 Kaal Ishika
2005 No Entry Kaajal
2005 Dosti: Friends Forever Kajal
2006 Zinda Jenny Singh
2006 Alag Special appearance in song "Sabse Alag"
2006 Bhagam Bhag Munni/Nisha/Aditi
2006 Fanaa Zeenat Special appearance
2007 Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Anaida Raza/Laila
2007 Partner Naina
2007 Om Shanti Om Herself Special appearance in song "Deewangi Deewangi"
2008 Jumbo Sonia (voice)
2008 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Special appearance in song "Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte"
2009 Billu Barber Bindiya
2009 Do Knot Disturb Dolly
2009 Blue Mona
2010 Housefull Hetal Patel
2011 Chalo Dilli Mihika Banerjee
2011 Don 2 Ayesha
2013 David Neelam
2015 Singh Is Bling Hindi Pre-production; releasing October 2, 2015
2015 No Entry Mein Entry Kajal Pre-Production
2016 Abhi Nahi Toh Kabhi Nahi TBA Pre-Production
TBA Chalo China TBA Announced



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Seetharamaiah, K.V. (29 May 2003). "Lara's culmination of a dream". Times of India. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Profile,; accessed 15 December 2014.
  3. ^ Profile,; accessed 15 December 2014.
  4. ^ Political Animal, Musical Genius, Healing potion — Nitin Sawhney,; accessed 15 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Lara Dutta wins Gladrags battle". The Times of India. 13 April 2005. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "LARA DUTTA at Gladrags Megamodel 1995". Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Lara Dutta profile". Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Lara Dutta biography at". Oneindia. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Ranny Singka. "The on-line magazine covering the Miss USA, Miss Universe, Miss Teen USA, Miss AMerica, and Miss World Pageants". Behind The Crown. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  10. ^ UNFPA Goodwill Ambassadors profile page, Available online
  11. ^ "Miss India Winners 1991-2000". Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Sania mirza and lara dutta on kbc 2". 10 November 2005. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  13. ^ "". JBJ does better overseas. Retrieved 26 July 2007. 
  14. ^ "". Box office status for Partner. Archived from the original on 24 August 2007. Retrieved 26 July 2007. 
  15. ^ a b "Lara Dutta on Blue and a rocking 2009". Sify. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  16. ^ "". Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  17. ^ "". Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  18. ^ "Lara Dutta to star in Bejoy Nambiar's David". 24 May 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  19. ^ Cite error: The named reference Youtube was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
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  21. ^ "Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi to tie the knot". Bollywood (Mumbai, India). Bollywood. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  22. ^ Gupta, Chinki (19 September 2010). "Lara Dutta super-excited about "new" character in Don-2". Hindustan Times (New Dehli, India). Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  23. ^ "Lara Dutta Wedding Details". Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  24. ^ "Mahesh Bhupathi and Lara Dutta exchange wedding vows". Times of India. 2 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  25. ^ "Lara Dutta is pregnant!". Times of India. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  26. ^ "Lara-Mahesh blessed with a baby girl". Hindustani Times. 14 December 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Botswana Mpule Kwelagobe
Miss Universe
Succeeded by
Puerto Rico Denise Quiñones
Preceded by
Gul Panag
Femina Miss India
Succeeded by
Celina Jaitley