Lara Dutta: Nothing conventional about Bheegi Basanti

Saturday, 27 November 2010 - 3:40pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: dna

New doors have opened for actor Lara Dutta lately — what with releasing a series of fitness DVDs and even launching her own production house.

Looking good is also about feeling good and our Bollywood beauties would obviously agree. While competing against each other both on and off screen is part of the game, a lot of them have taken to fitness like never before, and launching their own line of fitness DVDs is definitely not the latest fad. However, the latest entrant in the business is actor Lara Dutta.

“I belong to a profession that constantly requires me to look good. Since my focus has always been on being healthy, not on catering to expectations or the ‘size of the hour’, I have managed to maintain a toned body from the very beginning, without losing my mind over it,” she states, adding, “My focus is a healthy lifestyle as opposed to rigorous workouts.”

HEAL With Lara Dutta is a series of  DVDs. The first one is on yoga — recovery and rejuvenation, along with innovations and exercises in fitness. But are fitness DVDs by actors taken seriously? Lara says, “Nowadays, people don’t have the time or patience to spend months over a particular diet or exercise regime to see if it works — they want to see results. As an actor, one has access to a public platform, hence, garnering interest is easy. Since we are a living proof of its effectiveness, it’s more convenient for people to follow something that is tried and tested.”

As far as her career in Bollywood is concerned, Lara says she’s currently having a blast shooting in Berlin for Don 2. Her home production, Chalo Delhi with Vinay Pathak is next on the agenda. It is a rather unlikely pairing, and Lara explains, “Vinay is a versatile actor and the script demanded someone who is unconventional. He’s been a unanimous choice.”

Also noteworthy is the name of her production house, Bheegi Basanti. “I have always been a huge Sholay fan and Basanti has been a favourite name. I thought Bheegi Basanti had a kitsch, cliched reference to the quintessential Hindi film heroine and it sounded cool,” she explains simply.

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