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.”