Actress Lara Dutta turned 44 on Saturday. Lara rose to fame after winning the Miss Universe title in 2000. It is the second time in the history of the beauty pageant that an Indian contestant has won the title, the first being Sushmita Sen in 1994. But did you know that during the history – the beauty story. At the end of the question-and-answer contest, Lara was asked to convince people protesting against the page outside the venue. Also Read: Lara Dutta recalls turning down the Matrix role in 2001 to take care of her ailing mother: It was a tough time
In 2000, during the Miss Universe pageant, protests were held in Cyprus, with protesters saying the event was disrespectful to women. In response to these protests, all three finalists, Lara from India, Claudia Moreno from Venezuela, and Helen Lindes from Spain were asked: “Right now, there is a protest going on outside here that they are called the Miss Universe Pageant which does not respect women. Convince them they are wrong. “
Answering the question with confidence, Lara said, “I think that pageants like Miss Universe give us young women a platform to go out in the fields that we want to develop in the future, whether it’s a commercial activity, is a military group, it would be political. It gave us a platform to voice our choices and opinions and made us strong, independent that we are today.” Lara’s answer impressed the judges who followed after she was crowned Miss Universe 2000.
Lara made her Bollywood debut with Andaaz, alongside Priyanka Chopra, who was also crowned Miss World in 2000, and Akshay Kumar. He later appeared in films like Bhagam Bhag, Kaal, Partner, Chalo Dilli and the Don series. She made her comeback with the Disney+ Hotstar web-series Hundred in 2020. She was later seen in Hiccups And Hookups, which also stars Prateik Babbar and Shinnova. His last project was Kaun Banegi Shikharwati, which aired on Disney + Hotstar in January.
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