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Lara in a groovy mode

india Updated: Jan 26, 2008 16:30 IST

The year gone was great.. with a critically acclaimed performance in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom and a huge commercial hit, Partner. Then, came Mission Ustad on 9x and a chance to judge big names. Lara Dutta has plenty to sing and dance about. And that's exactly what she's doing. "Rehearsals for Max Stardust Awards has me on my toes," she laughs. ‘I'm also doing a Balaji show."

Dutta will be performing to a medley of popular hits at the Max Stardust Awards tonight. "It's a blend of western tracks like the Johnny Gaddaar chartbuster, Move your body and desi numbers like Sajnaji vari vari (Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd) and Dupatta tera (Partner). There are a lot of expectations because all the tracks and that includes Deewangi from Om Shanti Om, have been beautifully performed," she points out.

"Also, all the songs are high on energy, it's challenging but fun."There's a fun film too gearing up for release. Ravi Chopra's Banda yeh Bindaas Hai. "I've finally been paired with Govinda. The film has kept me busy for most of the last quarter of 2007," she informs.

Miscast Mission
Ustaad continues on primetime and its celebrity female judge is all praises for the show that went on air eight weeks ago. She gushes, "It's picked up well. Read my blog and you'll know. The number of letters have skyrocketed.. more people want to know about India's UN mission. I'm sure awareness has gone up from its earlier two per cent. The mission is a success!"

She jokes that hers is a classic case of miscasting. "I can't judge singers who've proven their talent a hundred times over. I leave that bit to Javed saab (Akhtar) and AR Rahman and look into the content," she says. Will she judge another show? "Not in the near future," she asserts.