Lara Dutta Bhupathi (born 16 April 1978) is an Indian actress, model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Universe 2000 and Miss Intercontinental 1997. She was the second woman from India to be crowned Miss Universe, and has been the only delegate from India to win the crown since. She made her Hindi debut in 2003 with the film Andaaz which was a box office success and won her a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award & Screen Best Female Debut Award. Dutta subsequently appeared in several commercially successful films, including Masti (2004), Kaal (2005), and the year 2005 marked a turning point for her when she played a leading role in the comedy No Entry (2005) and Housefull. Apart from commercial success, Dutta has received critical appreciation for her performances in the films Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007), Billu (2009), Chalo Dilli (2011) and David (2013).
Dutta was born to a Punjabi father and an Anglo-Indian mother. Her father is Wing Commander L.K. Dutta (retired) and her mother is Jennifer Dutta. She has two elder sisters, Sabrina, who serves in the Indian Air Force and younger sister Cheryl. Composer/DJ Nitin Sawhney is a cousin of Lara Dutta.
The Dutta family moved to Bangalore in 1981 where she completed high school from St. Francis Xavier Girls’ High School and the Frank Anthony Public School. She graduated with a degree in economics and a minor in communications from the University of Mumbai. She is fluent in English and Hindi but can speak Punjabi, and Kannada.
Lara Dutta had a nine-year relationship with Kelly Dorji. In September 2010, she got engaged to Indian tennis player, Mahesh Bhupathi. They married on 16 February 2011 in a civil ceremony in Bandra, and later followed it by a ceremony on 20 February 2011 at Sunset Point in Goa. On 1 August 2011, Dutta confirmed that she was pregnant with their first child,who was a daughter born in January 2012.
Lara Dutta is a devout Catholic and a close follower of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.