By Devansh Patel, IndiaFM
Lara Dutta has slowly but surely made her way from a bit part in a
music video to the leading lady in a major motion picture. Her
unconventional beauty combined with the courage to work alongside the
likes of Akshay Kumar in Andaaz brought her quickly to the top, and with
18 films old, Lara gave her career best performance last month in Jhoom
Barabar Jhoom even though the film didn't Jhoom as per the expectations.
In an exclusive interview from India, Lara spoke to IndiaFM's London
correspondent Devansh Patel about her next big release Partner, her new
job as a script writer and why she can't keep a straight face while working
with Govinda and Salman Khan.
How has your partnership been with Govinda and Salman Khan in
It's been great and I think people will see that once the film releases.
Govinda is outstanding in this film and even though we did get a chance to
work with each other in Bhagam Bhag, I thought that he was a bit
restrained in that particular film. On the other hand, I am paired up
opposite Salman in Partner and it's the first time I'm working with him. He
was such a pleasure to work with and is so secured in his craft and what he
does. But while filming a scene with both the men, it is very difficult to
keep a straight face.
This is your first time with director David Dhawan. Do you consider
yourself lucky or honoured?
I don't know whether I'm lucky or honoured. I think it's both. David
has his own school of cinema and when you go to watch any of David
Dhawan’s films you know what to expect. Partner brings David and
Govinda back after a sabbatical. I hope it works like all his previous films
have. The common thing is that you will have to leave your brain at home
to come and watch this mad film.
What's your role in Partner?
I play a snoopy, nosy journalist who literally goes all out to get the
exclusive scoop for her paper. So she is running down the streets, hanging
off windows, wires and cables, being chased by the mob, etc. She is
absolutely crazy to get that scoop. Also, David was very keen on casting
me for the fact that I haven't worked with Salman before and believed in
me that I would do justice to the role given to me because he was confident
of my flair in comedy.
What scoop can you give us then from behind the scenes? Any
As said earlier that when you are working with both these actors, you
have no clue what they are going to through at you. They are very much on
the ball. Even the producer Sohail Khan has a habit of treating his crew as
an extended family. Each and every day was memorable. We went dune
dashing in the middle of the night in Dubai while we were shooting there. It
was fun because they made me climb a 50 metre sand dune in the same
dress I wore while filming a scene. Now that's difficult but the cast and the
crew convinced me and I had no option but to climb.
How did you keep up with the hip-hop, fast paced dance number
'You're my love' with Salman Khan?
This is the first time I've worked with choreographer Bosco-Caesar.
Salman has worked with them before many times and he is quite
comfortable with them. But when you're doing a hip-hop song, it's got a lot
of hip-hop movements, thus making the shoot tough but fun. We also had
to undergo a lot of changes in between the shoot and sometimes the
selection was quite instantaneous by Bosco-Caesar as they would finalize
any dance move which looked hip-hop and happening.
Are you going to share space with Katrina Kaif?
No I'm not. Unfortunately, we don't share screen space together in this
film. The only time we come together onscreen is in a song 'Dupatta Tera
Nau Rang Da'. But she is a lovely girl. I've known Katrina before she
entered films and I can say that she is very dedicated, hard working and
you can see that in all her films she has done so far. I admire her for what
she is doing and where she wants to go.
Are you going to leave her brain behind when you see the first glimpse
But of course, I always say that I am a bit of a parody. I am supposed
to be a little intelligent actress but for some reason, over the last two years,
all I've been doing is comedy films. But I love doing that and it keeps me
going. I am just like any other viewer who likes to be entertained by any
film I watch. And yes, the statutory warning for this film is to leave your
brains at home and watch the film. Though sometimes you will require it
when seeing Govinda and Salman together for their extra humorous
What other surprises is Lara Dutta going to come up with this year?
There are quite a few surprises. Unfortunately, I can't really talk about
the films I'm doing because they are all just being signed now. So I will
leave that to the producers to make necessary announcements.
Besides Govinda and Salman, yourself and Salman and David and
Govinda, what's the U.S.P. of Partner?
Like I said that Govinda is back in such full form. He is 'GOD' in this
film. I really mean it. I haven't been blown away by a performance like this
for a very long time. I just feel that those of you who have missed Govinda
for many years on screen, this is the main U.S.P of the film by far.
Do you think the length of the film can be a major factor in its success
I definitely think so. David has been very clear about the fact that he
didn't want a long winding film though the film took a considerable amount
of time to be made. But at the end of the day it's up to the audience to
decide whether the film will work or not.
We know that you are penning down a few scripts for films. Any
particular genre you are working on?
Yes, I am writing at the moment because I've got the opportunity and
am taking my chances now. I am working on two scripts at the moment.
One is a period film in which there is a lot of research going on presently
and the second one is a romantic comedy. That's all I can say.
Any parting message for your fans?
This year has been fabulous for me. I've grown immensely as an actor.
So if my fans are buying tickets to go and watch my film, I can assure that
I won't disappoint them.