Lara Dutta shares memories of winning Overlook Universe 2000, remembers ‘grandest welcome’ from hometown Bengaluru – bollywood


Lara Dutta took a shuttle down reminiscence lane and reminisced approximately winning the prestigious Overlook Universe title in 2000. She reminisce about how she got the ‘grandest welcome’ from the people of her hometown, Bengaluru.

Sharing a collage of pictures from the parade, Lara wrote on Instagram, “Year 2000. My home town of Bengaluru came out in full force to give me the biggest, grandest welcome I have ever experienced!! The Overlook Universe officials who had accompanied me on this shuttle were overwhelmed!! They had never experienced such large numbers of people!!”

“I still meet adults who were kids then, who had been part of this parade, who say it was once an unforgettable experience! Used to be for me too!! @missuniverse #20years #bengaluru #memories #ilovemyindia,” she added.


Earlier this year, in July, one of Lara’s fans shared a video from the pageant and lauded her for fielding the questions with elan. Replying to the tweet, she said, “For all that ‘calm’ I used to be a bundle of nerves!!! Each time I look at this, I retain thinking I should have tapped into some zen zone!! Grace from above.”

Recently, Lara finished shooting for Ranjit M Tewari’s espionage thriller Bellbottom, which also stars Akshay Kumar and Vaani Kapoor. The movie, touted to be the first movie to be shot entirely right through the Covid-19 pandemic, was once filmed in Scotland in August and September.

Talking approximately the experience of shooting right through the pandemic, Lara said that she was once a ‘little anxious’ to start with but felt at ease once she saw the safety measures being taken by the makers. “Ours was once the first movie to be shot after the lockdown but despite the nervousness, we were all keen to receive back to work. We were all taken in a chartered flight to Scotland to keep and contain the safety bubble. On touchdown, we were tested again and sent into a two-week quarantine,” she said.

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“When the shooting in any case began, I used to be the first actor on the sets. To be a part of the first movie to be shot after the lockdown felt hugely gratifying. I felt grateful to be on a set where each and every unmarried precaution imaginable was once being taken, sanitisation was once meticulous and the cast and crew were checked on a daily basis. Everything was once protected, correct from the food delivery on sets to the drivers who took us to and fro. Yes, we had to take away our masks right through scenes but because we felt secure in a strictly regulated surroundings, we just wanted to do our job to the most efficient of our abilities,” she added.

Bellbottom is said to be inspired by true events. Akshay will be seen playing a RAW agent who rescues more than 200 hostages in a hijack situation. The movie, set in the 1980s, is scheduled to release on April 2, 2021.

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