Initionlly she was reluctent to join the films, but after a year she is there. Yes former Miss Universe Lara Dutta has also signed a film with Akshay Kumar, for iDream. I met the model turend actress at her residence, where she is staying with her boyfriend Kelly Dorje. She has pulled her leg massal and going through seviour pain.“It’s not all that bad as it was. Now I can rome around in the house.” She smiles and comes to the point staright away, and insist that she wasn’t reluctent at all. Since she was miss Universe in 2000-2001 she has to work according the rules and the regulations of the Miss Universe Organisation .“I didn’t have a choice to come here and look in to the offers or even to wether I want to do the movies or not. So when I gave away my crown last year there were plenty of opportunities that has been open up during the year. So I just spend some time looking at those opportunities.” She feels that now she has enough time to work as an actress in the film industry, in the inclination to go forward and do something. “It’s easier to get into indian film industry , if you win something at international level. But in the last ten years there is a change in the industry. Today they don’t requried just pretty faces, you should have some talent also”. Lara has been associated with the theatre since she was an just 13 year old. “I love theatre, I love this acting.” She doesn’t want to limit herself just in to the Indian films.
“I’m an actress, I can do Hollywood movies and can do the justice to the role over there. She have got some offers from Hollywood also. Actually I’m not allowed to talk about them unless they do the press release. It’s a big banner there, another offer is with the director who has won best foreign film at the Oscar’s two years ago. This will be a english spanish film. There are lots of things happening. That’s why I was telling you, I’m an actress and being an actress you adopt yourself every kind of cinema.” The kind of accent Lara has it may be difficult for her to speak good hindi. “No it won’t be difficult for me, Punjabi kudi hoon meri hindi kafi acchi hai.” She laughs. Right now Lara has only one hindi film in hand which is directed by Mani Shanker , “I haven’t finalized any other film because I’m co-producing and hosting a radio program for New York radio, I needed to be there to record my shows. Same time I don’t want to sign something in which I’m given stress and attention to myself that I have to go, my producer are waiting. Mani’s film finalized over night. She believe that if you are incliend to do something, you decide immediately and if you are contemplating for while that means this is not meant for you”. Lara remembers how confused she was when director Mani Shankar asked her to show her biceps. “I was so amused”…She laughs “Because it never happened before. Then Mani cleared it that he doesn’t want to show bechari kind of woman. He is showing a strong tough woman. Don’t get an India that I’m playing fearless Nadia type of role.” she clears and adds “ Akshay and I are very excited, for our respective roles in the film. In fact we were planning how we will perform our stunts.” Isn’t she scared of AK’s casanova image. Lara laughs, “I think I know what kind of person he is, I know some people who know him as well. They say that he is a very nice person. He is extremely good looking man, and I admire him for his dedication to his work. After a little pause she continue.”
“Everyone knows that I’m in same relationship from last 4 years. So where is the question of being scared of AK or any other hero.” Lara has moved forward from her Miss Universe title. She wants to do so many things simultanously. She feels that Miss Universe was a one part of her life now it’s gone. As she states “Now I’m interested in different things like at one part of my life I’d like to direct the films. Hay I’m serious about that, It’s not like other beauty queen jumping in to the vagan.”
Lara feels that there is lots of pressure on the beauty queens turn actresses. “We are jacked from both the sides. If we are in to films they will ask you that why you are joining films, if you are not joining, then also they will push you up to the wall by asking you that why aren’t you joining films. Please, don’t push so much pressure on such a young girl”. She is not scared that what will happen if her film doesn’t do well? She is cool about that, “C’mon ,it’s a new field, new path for me. If I will be able to prove myself an actress good And if not then I will eat humble pai ,pack my bags and get out.” She states firmly. “I know I will be able to perform. I’m not scared at all. I can compate with my contempraries.” Lara is an ardent fan of late Smita Patil , and Tabu, but she appriciat Kareena Kapoor the most. “Kareena is well packeged actress, she has all the jhatak -matak what is needed for an hindi film actress. She knows that she is a product, she marketed herself very well. Nowadays film industry is the next step for most of the beauty queens. No one is ready to put his or her money on you becouse you are good looking. You won’t believe,” She adds, ” I did two screen tests , may be my day was bad, I wasn’t all that good ,then they gave me some suggestions and rolled me stright away.” then she got some offers from south film industry and did one film in south. Now she is in films and also busy in her modeling assignments. Isn’t it like best of both world? She respond immidiatlly ” I have cut down my modeling assignment to the endorsement campaign ,I have very fue contract in hand. So you know I have no problem at all.”
Lara’s boyfriend Kelly Dorje is very popular among the girls. Some time ago he has been linked with Manisha Koirala and then Diya Mirza . Doesn’t she feels insecure about her relationship with Kelly? “Every relationship has it ups and downs.” She states ,“Kelly and I have gone through with the same kind of things. We fight ,we makeup, we through tentrams, It’s not been easy for me especially last one and half year”. She continue, “Still we stuck through. I don’t believe you can hold someone and keep with you. He can’t do that to me and I can’t do to him. There is lot of admire ,lot of togetherness, lot of respect in this relationship”. Lara clears that all those gossips started when she was in New York for one and half month. “There were articles in some magazines that I’m dating with an baseball player, I was dating with Tiger Wood, I was dating with entier sport community .And here there were rumors that Kelly was mingling with Diya Mirza and Manisha Koirala “. She insist that she is friendly with both the girls. Trust is the important factor of any relationship.“If you don’t trust your partners then it makes no sense .If he wants to walk out from the relationship, I’m not going to force him to stay.”
“I don’t have any hold over this man. I’m not engage, I’m not married to him. What I have is wonderful relationship which is based on values, ups and down in life that we have seen together. Today everything is great I’m very happy Kelly is very happy. It’s the life I’m excited about it.” May be that’s why people think that they are going to settle down soon and have children. “No no no that’s not true at all. I’m to young to get married. After staying with my niece for two days. I’m not ready to have kids.” Lara says that she is a dreamer, an extrovert, she believes in true love and the same time she feels that it doesn’t happens over night, you have to work towards it. Apart from love Lara is seriously involved with her acting career, “I have lots of confidence in myself.” About being actress ” I’m not scared to take the jump to see wether I can swim or sink.”
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Source: Filmfare, July 2002