This week BC puts former Miss Universe, the stunning Lara Dutta
Bhupathi in the
Lara was born on April 16, 1978, in NCR satellite town,
Ghaziabad, Utter Pradesh. Her father, L.K. Dutta, was a Punjabi Wing Commander
and her mother, Jennifer Dutta, an Anglo-Indian.
Lara is the middle born among her siblings. One of her two
older sisters serves in the Indian Force while her youngest sister is the well
known designer, Cheryl Dutta.
Her family moved to Bangalore in 1981 where she went to
St. Francis Xavier Girls' High School and Frank Anthony Public School. She went
on to complete her education at the University of Mumbai, graduating with a
major in economics and a minor in communications.
The gorgeous diva then
took to the ramp and won the annual Gladrags modeling competition in India,
earning herself the right to be the first Indian representative at the '97 Miss
Intercontinental pageant, where she went on to win first place.
then crowned Femina Miss India Universe and consequently, Miss Universe in
Lara started her acting career with the Tamil film Arastachi,
a venture which was originally set to be released in 2002, but due to
financial issues, was postponed to 2004.
Her first Bollywood film was the 2003 commercial
success Andaaz. That debut won Lara her very first Filmfare award.
Her next few films were not as successful. However, the
gorgeous model-turned-actress does have a slew of fair films to her credit,
among them 2004's Masti, 2005's No Entry, 2006's Bhagam
Bhag, Partner in 2007 and Housefull in 2010.
release, Blue is said to have been the most expensive film of Indian
Cinema up to its time.
Her love life has also been of some interest. The
actress at one point dated New York Yankees' star Derek Jeter whilst living in
NYC. It was an affair for some time, before the two called a split.
September 2010, she got engaged to Indian tennis player Bhupathi. The couple
very recently formalized a wedlock this February 2011, on the 16th, in Bandra.
This was followed by a fairytale Christian ceremony on the 20th of the same
month at Sunset Point in Goa.
Did you know...
- Lara walked out from the set of Blue because it was filmed in the
ocean. Having nearly drowned during the shooting of Andaaz, she was
scared to shoot for the film. Akshay, her co-star in Andaaz as well as
her saviour, once again came to her rescue and convinced her to take swimming
- Being crowned Miss Universe led to her being appointed as an UNFPA Goodwill
- She is cousin to the famous composer DJ Nitin Sawhney.
next film Chalo Dilli
should be in theatres around you currently. Be sure
to catch it!
Author: Harjot D.
Editor(s): Aradhna & Naseem.