After acting and producing, Lara Dutta wants to try her hand at directing films Actor Lara Dutta, who is already juggling being an actor, producer, designer, and a hands-on mom to daughter Saira, says she would now like to direct a film.
“I’m a producer today and I know at some point of time I’d like to try my hand at direction and I don’t think it is too far down in the future. I think it will happen eventually,” says the 34-year-old, who is married to ace tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi.
Lara will soon be seen acting in director Bejoy Nambiar’s film, David, which also stars Neil Nitin Mukesh, Tabu, Vinay Virmani and Isha Sharvani. The movie is expected to release some time next year.
The actor’s motto is to stay connected to the industry for the rest of her life. “Whether I’m acting or not, through some production or through my husband’s production (Bheegi Basanti), I will constantly be associated with the Indian film industry,” says Lara.
Ask her if she is a planned person, and she says: “I’m not a planned person at all. Life happens to me. I think I’m just very blessed and I’m very grateful for that.”
Last seen in the film, Don: The King Is Back (2011) — which also stars Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra — Lara loves taking chances and says it is this attitude that has so far yielded favourable results. “I take a lot of chance. I throw myself off the deep end and sometimes I’m terrified doing it. But then, I think if I don’t take those chances, then it’s like nothing ventured and nothing lost. I think I have grown tremendously with all the risks I have taken,” says the actor, who has worked in movies like Bhagam Bhag, No Entry and Housefull.
Switch topic to the perks of motherhood and Lara says: “I have unearthed a huge trove of patience, which I never had before. I have always been self-reliant but it has given me so much more confidence. I have travelled with Saira across the world and we have done amazing trips. I’m a hands on mum and I have done it all on my own. And when you get through an entire day, you feel such an immense sense of accomplishment. Your baby is happy and healthy. It has changed me for better.”