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22 Aug 2015





“Life has come a full circle.”





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From a newbie to the fashion industry to mentoring young models for the ongoing pageant Miss Diva 2015, Lara Dutta speaks of her journey.

Starting off her career as a newbie in the fashion industry, the tall and slender 16-year-old would sit in the back rows at fashion weeks, clutching on to her college text books, and observe the models as they walked the ramp, hoping one day she would make it there too. With hard work and perseverance, this studious-looking-teenager evolved into a beauty queen and won the title of Miss Universe in 2000.

“This wasn’t an easy ride, but I’ve had the good fortune of getting the right guidance,” says Lara Dutta, who is mentoring a group of models for Miss Diva 2015 beauty pageant. “My family realised that I had a calling for modeling much before I did. I won my first beauty contest when I was 16, and following that, I was lucky to get the right campaigns. Though the money wasn’t as much as it is now in the fashion industry, working at a young age gave me confidence. Now, I will be mentoring these young girls and hopefully do for them what others had done for me. It brings me great joy to see them succeed. Life has come a full circle,” says Lara.

She is a part of the selection panel for auditions of the pageant, which is being held across 10 cities in India. The Kolkata and Lucknow rounds are over and now the crew is travelling to Ahmedabad, Delhi, Bengaluru, Indore, Hyderabad, Chandigarh and Pune. The auditions in Pune will be held on August 30 and the final round of the pageant will take place in Mumbai for which the date will be announced later.

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19 Aug 2015





Lara: “GIRLS APPEAR MORE PREPARED THESE DAYS.”





Posted by: monica • Categories: General,Interviews
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Former Miss Universe Lara Dutta feels that participants come “a little too prepared” for the beauty pageants nowadays. Lara, who is hosting and mentoring the participants for Miss Diva 2015 and Miss Diva Universe 2015, told PTI over e-mail, “I think girls today come a little too prepared and rehearsed having seen past pageants and contests.”

“One needs to constantly be in the process of discovering themselves right through the entire process rather than just focusing on the title and impressing someone else.”

The 37-year-old actress also feels that Bollywood should not be the ultimate goal for participating.

“Winning the title will give you the exposure and the access to Bollywood but that’s not why you participate and train. Winning an international title and being a representative for your country is a completely different endeavour that the girls need to focus on,” she said.

Asked about the difference between the national and global pageant, Lara said, “Yardstick is the same. Looks, an individual’s personality, grace and an original opinion. We’re looking for the whole package.”

Lara believes women have a stronger voice today as compared to past. “Women are now in a far stronger space from an expression point of view. Who they are is being showcased through their fashion. Also the growing economic independence has helped women explore what works for them and find their own fashion voice,” she said.








18 Aug 2015





“I had to make an effort to look geeky and frumpy.”





Posted by: monica • Categories: Movies
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Lara Dutta Bhupathi returns to the big screen after a long hiatus, post mommyhood with  Singh Is Bliing, in a quirky, de-glam avatar. Her character Emily,  creates trouble in Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson’s love story in the film.

Lara says, “I play Emily aka Imli, a Goan, who is hired by Singh (Akshay Kumar) and his friends to be a translator for them to be able to communicate with Sara (Amy). It’s funny but also quirky. I had to make an effort to look geeky and frumpy. My look was decided upon between the director, the producer and me and was executed by the film’s stylist Arun.”

Word is that she had to be convinced by Akshay to play Emily. She refutes the rumour, “He didn’t need to convince me, he just had to ask. I will never refuse a film with Akshay. Apart from anything else, I love working with Akki. He is hard working and extremely fun to work with. It’s like working with family.”

Producer Ashwini Yardi says, “Lara plays a key role in Akshay’s and Amy’s love story. She’s responsible for the chaos in their lives.”

“Singh is Bliing” trailer will release tommorow.








8 Aug 2015





What next for Lara after ‘Singh Is Bliing’?





Posted by: monica • Categories: General,Movies,Twitter
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Actress Lara Dutta says she will be on her toes in August as she has to complete the shooting of Prabhudheva’s directorial “Singh is Bliing” and start working on Tony D’Souza’s directorial “Azhar”.

Lara shared on micro-blogging website Twitter on Friday: “Eeeyaaahhh!!!! Rolling up the sleeves and getting down to work in Aug! Finish @SIBTheFilm , start ‘Azhar’, and prep for @MissDiva2015!!”.

“Singh Is Bliing”, which is a sequel to the 2008 hit film “Singh Is Kinng” also features Akshay Kumar, Bipasha Basu and Amy Jackson apart from Lara. The film is releasing on October 2.

“Azhar”, which stars actor Emraan Haashmi playing the role of former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin, is produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and MSM Motion Pictures. The biopic is slated for a worldwide release on May 13, 2016.








6 Aug 2015





Lara Dutta shares 6 tips on staying active and productive.





Posted by: monica • Categories: General,Interviews
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Lara Dutta is a Bollywood actress, Miss Universe 2000 and a yoga enthusiast. The avid traveller and health advocate was also a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador for a decade. Her association with the UN saw her address the Harvard Aids Institute as well as attend the UN world youth summit in Senegal on issues related to gender sensitivity as well as the HIV/AIDS crisis in Asia and Sub Saharan Africa. Lara supports many causes dear to her heart and is constantly involved in advocacy and social work. As a trained classical dancer and an avid sports enthusiast, Lara has also recently launched her own line of prenatal yoga and fitness H.E.A.L. (Health, Excercise, and Longevity) DVDs. With her firm belief in living an active and holistic lifestyle, it makes absolute sense that Lara has been appointed a Westin Well-being brand advocate. Lara seems to be a woman who can do it all and we are delighted to have her share her approaches on how to maintain an active and productive lifestyle while on holiday.

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