Tanushree could win it for India, says Lara
The former Miss Universe and model-turned-actress feels Miss India-Universe Tanushree Dutta has it in her to reclaim the title.
Lara Dutta became the most beautiful girl in the Universe in 2000. Four years later, the model-turned-actress feels Miss India-Universe Tanushree Dutta has it in her to reclaim the title. Lara talks about India's chances at the Miss Universe 2004 pageant in a freewheeling chat with HindustanTimes.com.
"I sincerely wish Tanushree can achieve what Sushmita (Sen) and I once did. Although it has been four years since we last won the Miss Universe crown, I have a feeling Tanushree will prove lucky this time around. Besides lots of hard work and concentration, she certainly needs all the good wishes she can get. I want her to know that we are all at her side and confident about her chances. She's a very confident and down-to-earth girl and I'm sure she knows what she has to do.
Keeping a cool head, being on-the-ball with your answers and loads of confidence mean everything in this contest. You have to have faith in yourself and believe that you are the most beautiful person in the fray, not only in looks but also in every other way.
Personally, it has been a very satisfying experience. I got the opportunity to do a lot of charity work during my tenure as Miss Universe. My stature as a beauty queen helped me do well in modelling as well as films. I made my Bollywood debut with 'Andaaz' and as you know, it became a huge hit. Since then I have worked in films like 'Mumbai se Aaya Mera Dost', 'Masti' and a couple of others and I am happy with the way my career is shaping up. I am here to stay and continue the good work.
After becoming Miss Universe I said I wanted to become a war correspondent because I was very impressed with CNN's coverage. I am sure someday I will get the time to fulfill my other interests in life as well.