Lara Dutta
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Lara is in awe of Deepika!

Lara Dutta

New Delhi, Nov. 30 -- After Shilpa Shetty, now actor Lara Dutta too is all praise for actor Deepika Padukone. The former Miss Universe-turned actor-producer feels that Deepika is "one elegant lady around in Bollywood".     

"She is an innately graceful person," says Dutta, who has in the past delivered hits including No Entry (2005), Billu Barber (2009) and Housefull (2010). Talking further about her fondness for the Ram-Leela actor, Lara says, "Just like Deepika, I'm also from Bangalore. Yes, I do have a soft corner for her."    

Recently, the 35-year-old turned a fashion designer too. Ask her about it and she gets candid. "I have actually wanted to do this for a long time now... since my modelling days. Then I became an actor and got busy. But once I got pregnant with Saira and got a break from shooting, I got my own time to create something. That's when the first collection kind of developed. Now I enjoy it so much that I ensure to make time for it," says the actor, who was in the city to launch her line of saris for Chabra 555. So, is there any Bollywood actor she'd like to see wearing her creations? "Undoubtedly Deepika and Sonam," she signs off.