Lara Dutta

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Lara Dutta
Lara Dutta.jpg
Dutta in 2016
Born (1978-04-16) 16 April 1978 (age 38)
Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India[1]
Years active 1995–present
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Title Gladrags Megamodel India 1995
(Winner)
Miss Intercontinental 1997
(Winner)
Femina Miss India 2000
(Winner)
Miss Universe 2000
(Winner)
Spouse(s) Mahesh Bhupathi (m. 2011)
Children 1

Lara Dutta Bhupathi (born 16 April 1978) is an Indian actress, model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Intercontinental 1997 and Miss Universe 2000. 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 romantic drama film Andaaz, which was a box office success and won her a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. Dutta subsequently appeared in several top grossing productions, including Masti (2004), Kaal (2005), No Entry (2005), Bhagam Bhag (2006), Partner (2007), Housefull (2010), Don 2 (2011) and Singh Is Bliing (2015). Apart from commercial success, Dutta has received critical appreciation for her performances in the films Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007), Billu (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, and Kannada.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

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 on to 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 400 million (US$5.9 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]

Lara Dutta at Forbes Life India Launch

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, Arjun Rampal, Deepika Padukone, Jiah Khan and Riteish Deshmukh. It was the fifth biggest hit in the country as it collected 1.14 billion (US$17 million) at the box office.[16]

Recent work (2011–present)[edit]

Lara Dutta launches NIVEA Sun in 2011

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 50 million (US$740,000). Moreover, Dutta's performance in the film was praised by prominent critics.[citation needed] 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 walks for Birdhichan Gyanshankar at IIJW 2013.

Yoga[edit]

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

Lara Dutta launches her Prenatal Yoga DVD

Personal life[edit]

Lara Dutta had a nine-year relationship with Kelly Dorji.[20] In September 2010, she 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] who was a daughter born in January 2012.[26]

Lara Dutta walks the ramp for IIJW 2011 finale show

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2003 Andaaz Kajal
Filmfare Best Female Debut Award
2003 Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost Kesar
2004 Khakee Special appearance in the 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 Sharma
2006 Zinda Jenny Singh
2006 Alag Cameo appearance in the song "Sabse Alag"
2006 Bhagam Bhag Munni/Nisha/Aditi
2006 Fanaa Zeenat Cameo appearance
2007 Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Anaida Raza/Laila
2007 Partner Naina
2007 Om Shanti Om Herself Cameo appearance in the song "Deewangi Deewangi"
2008 Jumbo Sonia (voice)
2008 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Herself Cameo appearance in the song "Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte"
2009 Billu 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
2013 David Gayathri Tamil film
2015 Singh Is Bliing Emily
2016 Fitoor Leena Becker Extended special appearance
2016 Azhar Meera Verma

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of Acting Awards and Nominations
Year Film Award Category Result
2004 Andaaz Filmfare Filmfare Best Female Debut Award (joint winner with Priyanka Chopra) Won
2004 Andaaz IIFA Awards Star Debut Nominated
2004 Andaaz Star Screen Award Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer - Female Won
2004 Andaaz Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut Nominated
2006 No Entry IIFA Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2008 Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Zee Cine Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2008 Rajiv Gandhi Awards Contribution to Film Cinema Won
2009 Billu Stardust Awards Best Actress Nominated
2011 Housefull Zee Cine Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2011 Housefull Stardust Awards Best Actress in an Ensemble Cast Nominated
2012 Chalo Dilli Stardust Awards Searchlight Awards – Best Actress Nominated
2012 FICCI Young Achievers Award Won
2012 L’Oreal Femina Women Award Face Of A Cause Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seetharamaiah, K.V. (29 May 2003). "Lara's culmination of a dream". Times of India. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "What makes Lara Dutta the 'It' girl". wonderwoman.intoday.in. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "'We are a simple middle-class family'". mid-day.com. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Political Animal, Musical Genius, Healing potion — Nitin Sawhney". s12uk.com. Archived from the original on 18 February 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Lara Dutta wins Gladrags battle". The Times of India. 13 April 2005. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "LARA DUTTA at Gladrags Megamodel 1995". Missosology.info. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Lara Dutta profile". Missintercontinental.com. 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". Feminamissindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Sania mirza and lara dutta on kbc 2". 10 November 2005. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  13. ^ "entertainment.oneindia.in". JBJ does better overseas. Retrieved 26 July 2007. 
  14. ^ "boxofficeindia.com". 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. ^ "Boxofficeindia.com". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  17. ^ "Boxofficeindia.com". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  18. ^ "Lara Dutta to star in Bejoy Nambiar's David". BollywoodHungama.com. 24 May 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  19. ^ "Prenatal Yoga Routine - Lara Dutta". Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  20. ^ "'I still love Kelly,' says Lara". The Times of India. 4 November 2007. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  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 23 January 2016. 
  24. ^ "Mahesh Bhupathi and Lara Dutta exchange wedding vows". Times of India. 2 February 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  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
2000
Succeeded by
Puerto Rico Denise Quiñones
Preceded by
Gul Panag
Femina Miss India
2000
Succeeded by
Celina Jaitley