Lara Dutta Bhupathi sails into the office, cool in a sundress, orders a black coffee, sinks into a chair and a “Phew!” escapes past her lips. “Life is far more hectic when you’re focusing on three people instead of one. I wasn’t so busy when I was just a movie star,” says Lara who today is the supportive wife of tennis ace, Mahesh Bhupathi, a multi-tasking homemaker and hands-on mummy to Saira, who now that her three year old is enjoying playdates and sleepovers, is slowly getting back to the archlights.
She’s just returned from a schedule of ‘Singh is Bling’ in Goa. “We shot a song on the beach. The last time I did a song was for ‘Don 2′, four years ago. And now I had to perform Prabhudheva’s choreography,” says Lara who agreed to be a part of the unconventional love triangle because Akshay Kumar is an old friend. ‘Fitoor’ was another film she accepted because she’s known director Abhishek Kapoor since she was 17. He’d come to her with his first film, ‘Aryan’. She didn’t have dates then but now she’s a part of his Indianised Great Expectations. “Mine is the only character who’s not in Charles Dickens’s book. She fills a void in artist Noor’s (Aditya Roy-Kapur) life as friend and mentor till he abruptly loses her,” explains Lara who after two days of shoot, fractured her foot but was back on the sets after three days and five days after ‘Fitoor’, was going Blingy in Goa. “That’s an actor’s glamorous life,” she smiles.