Name: Lara Dutta (Lara Dutta Bhupathi)
Birthdate: 16th of April, 1978
Marital Status: Lara Dutta tied the knot with the renowned Indian tennis player, Mahesh Bhupati on the 16th of February, 2011 at Bandra in a civil ceremony. Four days later on the 20th of February, 2011, they had a Christian ceremony regarding the same at Sunset Point located in Goa. Next year, on the 20th of January, she gave birth to a baby girl whom she named Saira.
1) In the year 2004, Lara Dutta won the Star Screen Most Promising Newcomer (Female) Award for her performance in the film, ‘Andaaz’ (2003), directed by Raj Kanwar.
2) The very same year she won the Filmfare Award for the Best Female Debutant, for her role in ‘Andaaz’.
3) Four years later in 2008, Lara Dutta was honoured with the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Award for her contribution to the film Industry.
4) In 2006, she had been nominated for the IIFA Best Supporting Actress Award for the film, ‘No Entry’, directed by Anees Bazmee.
5) She followed this up with a Star Screen Best Actress Award nomination in 2009 for the Priyadarshan directed ‘Billu’.
Biography: Lara Dutta was born on the 16th of April, 1978 to an Anglo Indian mother and a Punjabi father. Her father, L. K. Dutta is a retired Wing Commander and her mother’s name is Jennifer Dutta. Lara Dutta has two sisters, Sabrina who is in the IAF (Indian Air Force) and Cheryl, her younger sister. Nitin Sawhney, the famous DJ and composer is Lara Dutta’s cousin. In the year 1981 the family shifted to Bengaluru where she completed her higher studies from the prestigious Frank Anthony Public School and St. Francis Xavier Girls’ High School. She did her graduation in the field of economics with a minor in communications from the elite University of Mumbai. The languages which she is well versed with are English, Hindi, French, Kannada and Punjabi.
During the timespan between 1995 and 2002, Lara Dutta achieved a lot of recognition in the modelling department. In 1995, she became the winner of the annual Gladrags Megamodel contest. This win gave her the opportunity to participate in the 1997 Miss Intercontinental Pageant contest and she secured the first place in this competition. Three years later in 2000, Lara Dutta was given the crown of the prestigious Femina Miss India. At the Miss Universe 2000 held at Cyprus, Lara Dutta received the most number of points in the swimsuit contest and her final interview total was the highest any individual had received earlier in any of the categories, in the contest’s history. Infact she became the second Indian to receive the title of Miss Universe.In the year 2001, she was soon appointed as an UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador.
Lara Dutta signed up for her first film in 2002. The Tamil flick, ‘Arasatchi’, directed by N. Maharajan was delayed and was released two years later in mid 2004, due to financial problems. In the year 2003, Lara Dutta appeared in her very first Hindi film ‘Andaaz’, directed by Raj Kanwar and starring Lara Dutta herself along with Priyanka Chopra and Akshay Kumar. This film was a huge success at the box office and she won herself a Filmfare Best Female Debutant Award. Next up, she signed up for a role in the E. Niwas directed ‘Bardaasht’, which failed to create any roar at the box office. She followed this up with a series of flops: ‘Aan: Men at Work’, ‘Elaan’, ‘Jurm’ and ‘Insan’. Then she appeared opposite Ajay Devgan in the Indra Kumar directed Bollywood comedy flick titled ‘Masti’ in 2004.
In 2005, she appeared in Soham Shah’s horror film named ‘Kaal’, starring Lara Dutta, Esha Deol, Ajay Devgan, John Abraham and Vivek Oberoi. Next up, she acted in ‘No Entry’, which was the year’s biggest hit. This Anees Bazmee directed film had some of the most popular faces in its cast: Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Fardeen Khan, Esha Deol, Lara Dutta and Celina Jaitley. The very same year, she appeared in the Suneel Dharshan directed romantic flick named ‘Dosti: Friends Forever’. This movie was an average grosser in India but for a Bollywood flick, it was the year’s biggest hit in the overseas market.
Next year in 2006, she signed up for Priyadarshan’s ‘Bhagam Bhag’, starring Lara Dutta, Akshay Kumar, Govinda, Jackie Shroff, Manoj Joshi, Paresh Rawal, Shakti Kapoor, Rajpal Yadav and Tanushree Dutta. This film which was released on the 22nd of December, 2006 was a superhitas it pocketed 40 crores in India alone.
‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’, directed by Shaad Ali was Lara Dutta’s first release in 2007. This film failed at the Indian box office but it did better business overseas. Next up she starred in David Dhawan’s ‘Partner’ which was a blockbuster. Next up she gave her voice for a character in the animated film ‘Jumbo’.
In 2009, she starred in the Anthony D’Souza directed ‘Blue’, which was one of the most expensive projects in the film industry. This film was mostly shot underwater and since Lara Dutta had no experience in swimming, she initially backed out from this project. Later on, her co-star Akshay Kumar encouraged her to learn swimming and finally she started taking training. This film, which was released on the 16th of October, 2009 did not do well at the theatres. She followed this up with ‘Do Knot Disturb’, which despite a good opening, failed to create much of an impact at the box office later on. In 2010, Lara Dutta appeared in Sajid Khan’s comedy flick titled ‘Housefull’, starring Lara Dutta, Akshay Kumar, Jiah Khan, Deepika Padukone, Arjun Rampal and Riteish Deshmukh. This film was the year’s fifth biggest hit.
In 2011, she starred in ‘Chalo Dilli’, directed by Shashant Shah. This movie which had a budget of 5 crores did fairly at the box office. Next up she appeared in the Shahrukh Khan starrer, ‘Don 2: The King Is Back’, directed by Farhan Akhtar. Here she played the role of Ayesha who was Don’s girlfriend.
One of her upcoming projects is the Bejoy Nambiar directed 2013 flick titled ‘David’, starring Vikram, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Tabu, Vinay Virmani, Tabu and Isha Sharvani.