Lara Dutta

Lara Dutta

Born: April 16, 1978
Age: 41
Birthplace: Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India[1]
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Lara Dutta (born 16 April 1978[1]) 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. Primarily known for her work in Hindi films, she has also appeared in Tamil language films. She is the recipient of several accolades including a Filmfare Award.

After her reign as Miss Universe, she began to receive offers to act in films. Dutta made her Bollywood 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 and rose to prominence in several commercially successful productions, including Masti (2004), Kaal (2005), No Entry (2005), Bhagam Bhag (2006), Partner (2007), Housefull (2010), Don 2 (2011) and Singh Is Bliing (2015). Dutta has been critically appreciated for performances in the films Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007), Billu (2009), Chalo Dilli (2011) and David (2013).

In addition to film acting, Dutta is involved with several humanitarian causes. She has participated in concert tours and stage shows. She was featured as a talent judge for the reality show High Fever.[3] Dutta was also appointed as a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador in 2001[4] Dutta offers a number of videos on YouTube and has also launched her own DVD which consists of prenatal routines and meditation techniques.[5] Dutta is married to Indian tennis player, Mahesh Bhupathi[6] with whom she has a daughter.[7]

Dutta was born to a Punjabi father and an Anglo-Indian mother in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.[8] Her father is Wing Commander L.K. Dutta (retired) and her mother is Jennifer Dutta. She has an elder sister Sabrina, who Is a Freelancer in English Communication skills and 2nd Eldest sister Cheryl Dutta who Served in the Indian Airforce[9] Nitin Sawhney, who is a music composer and DJ is Dutta's cousin.[10]

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 and can also speak Punjabi and Kannada.[2]



Dutta won the annual Gladrags Megamodel India competition in her native India in 1995,[11][12] thus winning the right to enter the 1997 Miss Intercontinental Pageant. She was later crowned as Miss Intercontinental 1997.[13] In the year 2000, she took part in the Femina Miss India contest, where she won the title - Femina Miss India Universe.[14]

Miss Universe

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.[15]

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.[16] 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.[15][17]

Film career

Early works (2001 - 2004)

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 appear 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)

In 2005, Sania Mirza and Dutta both participated in Kaun Banega Crorepati (season 2) on 13 November 2005.[18]

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 but became the biggest hit of the year in overseas markets.

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$5.6 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 United Kingdom.[19]

Her later release, Partner became a "Blockbuster" in India and became the third biggest grosser of the year.[20] 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 didn't know swimming. 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.[21] 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".[21]

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 commercial success across India. She starred opposite Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Arjun Rampal, Jiah Khan and Riteish Deshmukh. It was the fifth biggest hit in the country at that time as it collected ₹1.14 billion (US$16 million) at the box office.[22]

Recent work (2011-present)

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$700,000). Moreover, Dutta's performance in the film was praised by prominent critics.[23] 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. [24]

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.[25] The film released 1 February 2013 and receive mixed reviews. She signed a No Entry sequel titled No Entry Mein Entry.

In 2015, she starred in the movie Singh Is Bliing. The film became a financial success, grossing over ₹1.16 billion worldwide.[26][27] She played the role of 'Leena Becker' in the movie Fitoor, released in 2016.[28] She played a crucial supporting role in the sports drama film Azhar[29] In 2018, she appeared in the film Welcome to New York.[30]


Lara Dutta is active in yoga, and offers a number of videos on YouTube,[31] particularly for pre-natal yoga. During her pregnancy in 2012, she launched her own DVD which consisted of prenatal routines and meditation techniques.[32][33]

Dutta launches her Prenatal Yoga DVD

Personal life

Lara Dutta had a nine-year relationship with Kelly Dorji.[34] She then briefly dated American professional baseball shortstop Derek Jeter.[35][36]

In September 2010, she got engaged to Indian tennis player, Mahesh Bhupathi.[37][38] They married on 16 February 2011 in a civil ceremony in Bandra[39] and followed it with a ceremony on 20 February 2011 at Sunset Point in Goa.[40] On 1 August 2011, Dutta confirmed that she was pregnant with their first child.[41] Their daughter was born on 20th January 2012.[42]


Year Film Role Notes
2003 Andaaz Kajal
Filmfare Best Female Debut Award
Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost Kesar
2004 Khakee Special appearance in the song "Aisa Jado"
Masti Monica Mehta
Bardaasht Advocate Payal
Arasatchi Lara Tamil film
Aan: Men at Work Kiran
2005 Insan Meghna
Elaan Sonia
Jurm Sanjana Malhotra
Kaal Ishika
No Entry Kaajal
Dosti: Friends Forever Kajal Sharma
2006 Zinda Jenny Singh
Alag Cameo appearance in the song "Sabse Alag"
Bhagam Bhag Munni/Nisha/Aditi
Fanaa Zeenat Cameo appearance
2007 Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Anaida Raza/Laila
Partner Naina
Om Shanti Om Herself Cameo appearance in the song "Deewangi Deewangi"
2008 Jumbo Sonia (voice)
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Herself Cameo appearance in the song "Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte"
2009 Billu Bindiya
Do Knot Disturb Dolly
Blue Mona
2010 Housefull Hetal Patel
2011 Chalo Dilli Mihika Banerjee
Don 2 Ayesha
2013 David Neelam
David Gayathri Tamil film
2015 Singh Is Bliing Emily
2016 Fitoor Leena Becker Extended special appearance
Azhar Meera Verma
2018 Welcome To New York Sophia

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Film Result
2004 Filmfare Filmfare Best Female Debut Award (joint winner with Priyanka Chopra) Andaaz Won
IIFA Awards Star Debut Nominated
Star Screen Award Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer - Female Won
Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut Nominated
2005 Stardust Awards Exciting New Face Khakee Won
2005 BBC Film Café Awards Best Supporting Actress Bardaasht Nominated[43]
2006 IIFA Awards Best Supporting Actress No Entry Nominated
2008 Zee Cine Awards Best Supporting Actress Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Nominated
Annual Central European Bollywood Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated[44]
Stardust Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Rajiv Gandhi Awards Contribution to Film Cinema Won
2009 Stardust Awards Best Actress Billu Nominated
2011 Zee Cine Awards Best Supporting Actress Housefull Nominated
Stardust Awards Best Actress in an Ensemble Cast Nominated
2012 Searchlight Awards - Best Actress Chalo Dilli Nominated
FICCI Young Achievers Award Won
L’Oreal Femina Women Award Face Of A Cause Won
2015 BIG Star Entertainment Awards BIG Star Most Entertaining Actor in a Comedy Role - Female Singh Is Bliing Nominated
2016 Lux Golden Rose Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role Azhar Won

[ Source: Wikipedia ]