‘The female Govinda’

‘The female Govinda’

LARA DUTTA’S exuberant as ever, and completely at ease while discussing her scuba-diving skills. “I’ve learnt swimming and scuba-diving for my film Blue, which also stars Akshay Kumar,” she says with a smile.

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Published: Thu 31 Jul 2008, 10:57 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:15 PM

“The film stars Akshay, Sanju, Zayed and me. It’s the first underwater film I’ve done, and it was fabulous shooting for it. We just shot a schedule in Bahamas. It was absolutely amazing.”

Besides Blue, she is doing a whole load of films. “Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai will probably be my next release. It’s a remake of the Hollywood movie My Cousin Vinny.

Then there is Do Not Disturb by David Dhawan and, of course, Billo Barber, Shah Rukh’s home production. It has SRK, Irrfan Khan and me,” she says.

With so many films lined up, does she get any time for the ramp? “For the ramp, no. Except for some designers who are friends of mine and whose work I support. So, when they ask me to walk the ramp, I do,” she says.

And, what’s her opinion on the view that models can’t act? “Well, that’s changed now. All of us models have come, and we have like really done well,” she says.

Ask her to pick some names and she mentions Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Chopra and herself. “In fact, Priyanka comes more from the fashion world, and is even doing a film on the subject. We feel that we have brought about a positive change in the film industry which definitely includes a sense of style floating around,” she says proudly.

Is there any role she has seen on screen recently that she would like to play? “Not really, except for some roles in the films that I am in,” she quips.

Lara has enjoyed working with David Dhawan. “He calls me his female Govinda. We work well together. Govinda and I have also had a fabulous equation together. I must also mention some of the young directors. Imtiaz Ali is fabulous with the kind of work he is doing.

Rajoo Hirani is also a very talented director,” she says.

And, she has a special place in her heart for Partner. “It’s a special film. It was my third film with Govinda. And, of course, working with Salman is very special, not to forget David Dhawan,” she says.

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