Posted: 16 February 2005 at 5:13pm | IP Logged
"I am old fashioned!"
…she exclaims. Dressed in a short black number with a dangerously low
neckline, Lara stands in straight contradiction to her statement. She
looks at our fallen faces and chides, "Well, you asked me my style
maxim, so this is it…" 'Old fashioned…?' we ask, the disbelief still
big on our face. "Poor you, let me explain…" she smiles.
" While New York likes to live in black
I was like a titli flaunting big bright colors"
"I belong to the more classic school of dressing. To me simple is
splendid. We point out that she can carry off solid colors very well.
"Yeah…but I love multi colors. Being an Arien, fire colors work well
for me. So while in New York, where practically everyone wears black, I
was this titli
flaunting my red, flaming orange & yellows." Do pastels agree with
her? "Oh yes. I like the soft hues. But am partial to vibrant ones. The
brighter the better" she enthuses.
"I own 900 pairs of shoes!"
Any fetish that she feeds? "Oops, you caught me on that. I am crazy
about belts and shoes. I believe that one good accessory can enhance
your entire look. Don't think it's a good thing to say but I own 900
pairs of shoes!" she says, her eyes lighting up. 'What!' we exclaim.
"Yeah…it's kind a crazy but I can't resist them. If I spot a good pair,
I simply go berserk. I have to buy it irrespective of the price tag!"
'There is no business like 'shoe-biz' we wonder aloud, "You betcha!"
"I love gymming!"
So what is her take on her on-screen looks? "I think I am lucky to have
debuted with Andaaz. It offered me the scope of sampling with an
indo-western look," she states. "In the first half, I went all glam
wearing corsets, skirts and trousers while the later half had me in a
Hindustani avatar. That was pretty interesting" she recollects. Our
personal pick would have to be her sultry gaon ki gori
look in Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost, we tell her. "Yeah. I too loved Kanchi's look.
"The film rubbished assumptions that I couldn't look Indian"
And then there is the recent Elaan where she sizzles with John. "Yeah,
I play a bar dancer, so she's got to be sensuous. But since we shot in
Venice in freezing conditions, you see me sport a lot of winter wear.
So a lot of long jackets and trench coats came onto the screen" But
these looks still don't take the Lara away from her, we tell her. "I
agree. Eventually you got to have a definite sense of style. I like to
believe I have one"
"I am here to give people what they want!"
So what is the regime that lets her squeeze into the tiny numbers?
"Have to admit that I am a big foodie! But yes I don't miss my exercise
spells. I love gymming. It's my stress buster. So I try and use as much
time my work allows me," replies the hot bod. And how does she react to
the label of 'hot'? "Well, eventually I am here to give people what
they want" she gets candid. But is there one thing that she did never
do on screen? "I will do anything that I am convinced of. But may be
not a bikini shot, I am not comfortable wearing one" she lets out a coy
"A good butt is a great turn on!"
Now that she has spilled her style potion. What is it about men, that
turns on the Bollywood beauty? "A good butt is a great turn on," Lara
says sportingly. And what if a guy were to make a pass at her? "Do you
think guys would dare that…but if it ever happened, I would whack him
for sure!" That reminds us of her model boyfriend, Kelly Dorjee. What
if another girl hit on him? As we await some fireworks, she delivers a
downer "I would just ignore it". Finally is there one woman she doesn't
mind loosing Kelly to…"If I had to, I would pick Catherine Zeta Jones.
But the point remains, would I want him back…" she spins us a spunky