A stunning Lara Dutta can be seen gracing the front cover of Grazia this month in a red wine satin gown with a plunging neckline and lying just a little off the shoulder in Grazia’s elegant style. After a quiet year last year, this year’s going to be a busy promotional whirlwind for Lara as she appears in three greatly anticipated movies, Billu Barber with Irfan Khan and Shah Rukh Khan; Blue with Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Sanjay Dutt and Zayed Khan; and Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai with Tabu, Govinda and Boman Irani. In addition, she is currently working on David Dhawan’s Do Knot Disturb, also with Govinda and Ranvir Shorey; and is earmarked for yet another production of Devdas, this time with Shiney Ahuja and Chitrangada Singh. At this stage, it’s difficult to see what yet another production could bring.
Talking of her relationship with Dino Morea, Lara explains that it’s a strong one dating back to their schooldays. “We have known each other since I was five years old,” she says, “Just because people want me to proclaim my friendship with him and shout it from the rooftops, I am not going to do it. There is certainly no wedding happening here. You need to find a partner who supports you emotionally. I have yet to come across a person like that.”
Lara had a wonderful time filming the soon-to-be-released underwater-based Blue. “I became a certified diver and swam with the sharks, wild turtles and dolphins,” she explains, “Initially I was really scared of diving in, but then I realised that it is a myth that all sharks attack humans as soon as they see them. It was awe-inspiring.”