Lara Dutta -
born April 16, 1978 is an Indian actress, UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador and
the 2000 Miss Universe.
Dutta was born on April 16, 1978 in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. Her
father is Wing Commander L.K. Dutta (retired) and her mother is Jennifer
Puddi. She also has two older sisters, one of whom serves in the Indian
Air Force and a well known younger sister. Famed composer and DJ Nitin
Sawhney is Dutta's cousin. The Dutta family moved to Bangalore in 1981
where she completed high school from St. Francis Xavier Girl's High
School. Lara graduated in economics with a minor in communications from
Bombay University at Bangalore. She was crowned Miss Universe in 2000
which led to her appointment as a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador in 2001.
Lara had dated Kelly Dorjee, model, for a very long time, but recently
split, due to unknown sources. Sources have also been said that Lara is
dating bollywood star Dino Morea, who is one of Kelly's close friends
and also a very close friend of Lara. They have known each other for
about 17 years now.
Dutta won the annual Gladsrags modelling competition in her native
India, thus winning the right to be the first Indian representative at
the 1997 Miss Intercontinental pageant, in which she took first place.
Later, she was crowned Femina Miss India Universe and Miss Universe in
At Miss Universe 2000 in Cyprus, Dutta was the clear favourite ahead of
fierce competition from Venezuela, Spain, USA and Canada. Her finalist
interview score, in the last year that such marks were televised, was
the highest individual score in any category in the history of the Miss
Universe contest, as her perfect interview saw a majority of the judges
giving her the maximum 9.99 mark. After her final question, in which
Dutta delivered a passionate defense of the Miss Universe contest (and
other beauty pageants), she became the second Indian Miss Universe.
In the same year, Priyanka Chopra and Diya Mirza won their respective
Miss World and Miss Asia Pacific titles which gave India a rare triple
victory in the world of beauty pageants.
Dutta primarily signed up to do the Tamil film, Arasatchi in 2002, but
due to financial problems, it only released in mid-2004. She made her
Hindi debut in 2003 with the film Andaaz which was a box office success
and won her a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. She then appeared in a
number of films, some of which failed at the box office and some of
which were mildly successful. Her box office "hits" include Masti
(2004), Kaal (2005),No Entry (2005) and Partner (2007).
In 2006, she starred in the comedy, Bhagam Bhag which did well at the
Dutta's first release of 2007 was Shaad Ali's Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. The
film was a box office failure in India but did better overseas,
especially in the U.K. She received mixed reviews for her performance in
the film. Her latest release, Partner opened to a good response and
became a hit.