Lara Dutta Hindi: लारा दत्ता; born 16 April 1978 is an Indian actress, UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador and former Miss Universe
* 1 Biography
o 1.1 Early life
o 1.2 Modeling career
o 1.3 Acting career
o 1.4 Personal life
* 2 Filmography
* 3 Awards
* 4 References
* 5 External links
Dutta was born in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh to a Punjabi father and an Anglo-Indian mother.Her father is Wing Commander L.K. Dutta retired and her mother is Jennifer Dutta. She also has two older sisters, one of whom serves in the Indian Air Force and a well known younger sister. Famed composer and DJ Nitin Sawhney is Dutta's cousin.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. Lara graduated in economics with a minor in communications from the University of Mumbai. She was crowned Miss Universe in 2000 which led to her appointment as a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador in 2001.
Dutta won the annual Gladsrags modeling competition in her native India, thus winning the right to be the first Indian representative at the 1997 Miss Intercontinental, in which she took first place. Later, she was crowned Femina Miss India Universe and Miss Universe in 2000.
At Miss Universe 2000 in Cyprus, Dutta was the clear favourite ahead of fierce competition from Venezuela, Spain, USA and Canada. 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 perfect interview saw a majority of the judges giving her the maximum 9.99 mark. After her final question, in which Dutta delivered a passionate defense of the Miss Universe contestand other beauty pageants she became the second Indian Miss Universe.
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.
Lara Dutta primarily signed up to do the Tamil film, Arasatchi in 2002, but due to financial problems, it 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 appeared in a number of films, some of which failed at the box office and some of which were mildly successful. Her box office "hits" include Mast2004 No Entry2005and Partner 2007and House Full film2010In 2006, she starred in the comedy, Bhagam Bhag which did well at the box office
In 2005 Sania Mirza and Dutta both participated in Kaun Banega Crorepati season 2on 13 November 2005 Dutta's 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.KShe received mixed reviews for her performance in the film. Her later release, Partner opened to a good response and became a hi
Her recent release Blue is one of the most expensive movies of Indian cinema and Dutta had walked out of the project because she did not know how to swim and the movie was entirely shot in the ocean. She initially refused to sign on to the movie, but 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 2009She 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
Her latest movie Housefull was a hit across India. The movie starred Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone and Riteish Deshmukh.
Dutta dated New York Yankees star Derek Jeter when she lived in New York city. There she was spotted at a baseball game in Yankees Stadium and a news items was carried on on ESPN
n September 2010, she got engaged to Indian tennis player, Mahesh BhupathiThey got married on February 16, 2011 in a civil ceremony in Bandra
Year Film Role Other notes
2003 Andaaz Kajal
The Main Lead Winner, Filmfare Best Female Debut Award
Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost Kesar
2004 Khakee Special appearance in song "Aisa Jadoo"
Bardaasht Advocate Payal
Arasatchi Lara Tamil film
Aan: Men at Work Kiran
2005 Insan Meghna
Jurm Sanjana Malhotra
No Entry Kajal
Ek Ajnabee Adult Anamika Special appearance
Dosti: Friends Forever Kajal
2006 Zinda Jenny Singh
Fanaa Zeenat Special appearance
Alag Special appearance in song "Sabse Alag"
Bhagam Bhag Munni/Nisha/Aditi
2007 Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Anaida Raza/Laila
Om Shanti Om Herself Special appearance in song "Deewangi Deewangi"
2008 Jumbo Soniavoice
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Special appearance in song "Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte"
2009 Billu Barber Bindiya
Satyameva Jeyathe Telugu film
Do Knot Disturb Dolly Main Female Lead
2010 Housefull Hetal Patel
2011 Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai Releasing on March 04, 2011
Chalo Dilli Releasing on April 29, 2011
Don 2 - The Chase Continues Lara Releasing on December 23, 2011Lara Dutta