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22 Dec




India needs another Lara Dutta!


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India’s entry to Miss Universe 2015, Urvashi Rautela, was considered a top contender with numerous pageant followers listing her to be their favorite while almost all of them included her in their top 10 prediction list. But like Miss India Universe 2008 Simran Kaur Mundi, Urvashi failed to make it thought first cut.

Apart from being a very popular participant this year, Urvashi Rautela is successful actress in her country and on top of it she has been chosen to represent India at Miss Universe contest twice, something no other Miss India has ever had an opportunity of. Moreover, she has been trained by none other than India’s two  very own Miss Universe winners Lara Dutta and Sushmita Sen along with Miss world 1997 Diana Hayden. But the question remains is why Urvashi failed to make it to top 15?

One theory is that pageant organizers purposely exclude very strong contenders from making a first cut because their inclusion would steal all the light from other selected contestants, paving their way straight to the crown. As so happened in 2013 Miss World when Filipino contestant Megan Young was considered a favorite of media and pageant lovers alike and after her inclusion in the top 15, her way to the crown was just a piece of cake. Hence, like Miss Venezuela 2010, Urvashi was also intentionally not included in top 15 list. Had she have made a cut to top 15, she would have gone straight to claim the crown easily.

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12 Dec




Eat, work and stay fit.


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Of the many things that former Miss Universe Lara Dutta can do, few would have known that she has great comic timing. As the English translator Emily who is hired to facilitate better communication between Raftaar Singh (Akshay Kumar) and Sara (Amy Jackson) in Singh is Bliing, Dutta, 37, left audiences laughing in their seats with her vivacious performance. It was co-star and friend Akshay Kumar, who convinced her to return to the big screen after a break of two years, which were spent raising Saira, her daughter with husband, tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi.

With a three year-old child now in her life, Dutta says her priorities have changed. “I work lesser hours than I did before,” she says seated at a suite in the Westin Hotel in Goregaon in Mumbai. “I am selective about what I give my time to. If it is going to be time away from her, it has to be worth it.” Being the well-being advocate of Westin Hotels and Resorts is one such role that is worth it because it covers two aspects that Dutta has been passionate about- fitness and wellness. Yoga is a discipline that she swears by. Dutta was eight-and-a-half months pregnant when she produced a video in which she performed asanas and released the footage as a DVD titled PreNatal Yoga.

“It was a love affair that started 15 years ago because I found that yoga worked for me more mentally,” says Dutta, who took it up to nurse a knee injury. “I have cured my ailments several times purely by breathing exercises and no medication.” She is especially proud and happy of the fact that she introduced her husband to the many benefits of yoga. “He loves it now,” she says. “As an athlete, he has found that it helps him so much with injuries; strengthening the body and flexibility.”

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30 Nov




Urvashi Rautela gets a lucky charm from Lara Dutta!


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This gorgeous girl, who is representing India at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant in Las Vegas, has been flaunting a lovely diamond ring.

Well, it’s not the kind of ‘rock’ that you are thinking about. In fact, this one is a lucky charm gifted to her by actress and former Miss Universe Lara Dutta Bhupathi. The latter gifted Urvashi (Yamaha Fascino Miss Universe India 2015), a unique crown shaped diamond ring, as a token of her love and support.

Urvashi believes it to be her lucky charm. She told us, “I am excited with all the support I have been getting and Lara’s gesture was touching, heartening and personal. The ring is very special for me. Shaped like a tiara, it embodies good will and wishes. I wear it all the time.”




2 Nov




Excess Baggage: Lara Dutta on health & travel. (CNT Interview)


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In conversation with Lara Dutta on how to travel light (she’s talking about you & not your suitcase).

Beauty queen, mother and actor Lara Dutta has donned many hats in the past. In her most recent avatar, she’s pushing for health and well being as a supplement to travel.

You live a really active lifestyle, between work and family, there’s little time to do much else.  How do you manage to stay fit despite your busy schedule?
It really starts with loving yourself and having a positive approach. Whether you do an hour of yoga or sweat it out in the gym, you need to decide on a regimen that works for you and your lifestyle. I would just say- eat well, make sure you get your sleep, have an exercise regimen which is balanced and involves cardio as well as strength training and body conditioning. Above all, just have fun. Your fitness regimen should be fun for you, not a chore. I always keep myself well-hydrated, eat healthy and I find that makes a huge difference, wherever you are.




30 Oct




Westin welcomes Lara Dutta as Newest Brand Advocate for Asia Pacific!


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Former Miss Universe and Bollywood actor joins Forces with Global Hotel Chain Westin Hotels & Resorts to help guests achieve a holistic approach to Wellness as Part of The Westin Well-being Movement.

Westin Hotels & Resorts announced its partnership with Wellness expert and Ex Miss Universe Lara Dutta as the newest Asia Pacific Westin Well-Being Brand Advocate. The partnership continues the momentum of The Westin Well-Being Movement, a $15 million brand-wide campaign launched last year designed to enhance the well-being of guests and associates around the world.

In her role as a well-being brand advocate, Lara will share her holistic lifestyle tips of restoring calm and balance at home or on the road with guests and associates; and how despite her hectic schedules, she is able to maintain a balance of work and life.  She will also create content and share her wellness and fitness choices on social media channels in order to reach a wider audience of guests and associates around the world.

“I am delighted to be a part of the Westin Well –Being Movement” said Lara Dutta. “I have always believed in a holistic approach to wellness; what one eats, what exercise regimen one follows and how one counters stress. The key to wellness is balance and positive thinking. I have benefited from this in my profession and personal life. Through this association, I look forward to sharing my own knowledge and experience with others.”

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