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Akshay Kumar is fitter now than he was in 2003, says Lara Dutta

Himesh Mankad | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 5:10 IST

After a long break, Lara Dutta is back on the big screen with Akshay Kumar's Singh Is Bliing. The actress, who is back after becoming a mother said,

"Akshay Kumar called me on 13 February, 2015, and told me to be a part of this film. I read the script found it very mad and entertaining, loved my character and here I am! I had a lot of fun shooting for the film with Akshay Kumar."

In the film, Lara Dutta will be seen in a complete de-glam avatar. When asked if marriage is one of the reasons for not taking up glamorous roles, Lara said,

"I have come from the fashion industry and I love being glamorous. Which woman does not like to dress up when she gets cloths designed by the best designers of the nation? My character in Singh Is Bliing has a quirky sense of style... It is different."

Lara is considerably younger than her co-star Akshay Kumar. In Bollywood these days, heroes ruling the roost are in their late 40's or early 50's while heroines are left bereft of lead roles after marriage. Though this male-dominated culture may rankle everyone, Lara has a more realistic opinion on the same. She explained,

"It is a fact of Bollywood that male co-stars get lead characters even at the age of 50 whereas the same is not the case with actresses. But that is how life is, a women has to pass through different phases of life. My husband and I are parents, but my life changed way more than his, so we need to live with this fact."

Lara Dutta made her debut in Bollywood with Akshay Kumar in Andaaz. She has worked with the khiladi in many films, including Housefull, Blue and Bhagam Bhag. According to her,

"I think Akshay Kumar is way fitter now than when we did Andaaz. It is so difficult to maintain your physique and we need to give Akshay Kumar complete credit for being so fit. He is one of the most-hard working actors in Bollywood and no one approaches a film like he does. I have a lot of respect for him as a person as well as an actor. I feel he has evolved a lot as an actor over the last decade. Practice has made him perfect."

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Lara was a part of the 2005 super-hit No Entry and now that Anees Bazmee is coming up with a sequel, will she be a part of it? Lara replied,

"Three of us (Esha Deol, Celina Jaitley and I) are married and two of us have kids so I don't know how Anees Bazmee will manage to write a character for us. Anees Bazmee has been discussing the sequel to No Entry since a long time, so whenever he gives me a call to be a part of the film and if the script is exciting enough, I would love to be a part of it."

After Singh Is Bliing, Lara will be a part of the Katrina Kaif - Aditya Roy Kapoor starrer Fitoor and Emraan Hashmi's biopic Azhar. Talking about the two films, she said,

"In Azhar, I am playing a fictional character. I will be seen as Mohammad Azharuddin's lawyer and it is one of the most important characters in the film. I can't talk about my role in Fitoor as I am not allowed to speak about it currently."

First published: 30 September 2015, 5:57 IST
Himesh Mankad @himeshmankad

Himesh Mankad is an entertainment journalist who has a B.Com degree from Narsee Monjee College, Mumbai. He prefers covering Bollywood and loves good stories and music. When not watching movies, he can be found on a cricket field strutting his stuff.