Lara Dutta on Steve Harvey asking Harnaaz Sandhu to meow: 'The idea of it wasn't to ask India a bizarre question'

  • Lara Dutta has responded to Steve Harvey's question asking Harnaaz Sandhu to meow like a cat. The former Miss Universe said that in that round questions are asked to see ‘the lighter side’ of the contestant's personality.
Lara Dutta has responded to Steve Harvey's question to Harnaaz Sandhu.
Lara Dutta has responded to Steve Harvey's question to Harnaaz Sandhu.
Published on Jan 02, 2022 04:19 PM IST
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Lara Dutta, actor and former Miss Universe, has opened up about Miss Universe 2021 host Steve Harvey asking Harnaaz Sandhu to mimic an animal at the event. Harnaaz represented India at the pageant and won the crown after 21 years. Steve was criticised by several people for asking Harnaaz to meow like a cat.

In a new interview, Lara Dutta said that before a contestant enters the pageant, she is given a 15-page long questionnaire, asking her many questions. Recalling her time, Lara said that as she had written in her form that she was a classically trained dancer in both Bharatnatyam and Kathak, she was asked to show them a few steps. She told them she could not do it in her gown as it would be disrespectful to the art. She instead showed them a few mudras. Lara said that the idea of that round, when it is just top 16 left, is to keep things light and how the contestants would react to 'a fun question'.

In an interview with Pinkvilla, Lara said, "It's a bit to see the lighter side of your personality. Every question does not have to be about saving the world or being Mother Teresa or ending world hunger. So, in Harnaaz's form, one of the things she had written is that she used to enjoy mimicking animal sounds which is why that's what they picked up. That's why Steve Harvey asked her that question. So the question came from what she had written in the form. The idea of it was not to put her down or ask India a bizarre question. It's just to see how you would perform when something like that is thrown at you and life is going to put you in so many situations along the way."

She also added, “So, it's about understanding how you would react if something and I think Harnaaz handled it very well she was very nonchalant about it. She didn't give it any gehra (deep) thought that ‘Oh my god now I have to mimic a cat’, she just went with it and had fun. I think that's the most important thing is a lot of time you shouldn't take yourself too seriously. Being Miss Universe or being Miss World is not about wearing the crown and having the perfect wave. It's about being yourself, being the young wonderful girl that Harnaaz is. She's very genuine, she's a little goofy, she's real she's comfortable about who she is and how she is. I think that's very refreshing to have.”

Lara added that people should not ‘put too much thought behind the fact’ that why Steve asked India ‘a question like that’.

Also Read | Harnaaz Sandhu asks why Steve Harvey asking her to meow is 'inappropriate': 'I got to showcase one of my big talents'

Earlier, Harnaaz had asked India Today why was the question inappropriate for a beauty pageant. She had said "If you think beauty pageants are all about perfections, then I am sorry to say, it is not like that. I am happy that Steve, such a spontaneous and wonderful personality (one of my favourite personalities as well) asked me such a question that I could be myself on the stage and I got to showcase one of my big talents."

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