Last year she featured in a one scene ignorable appearance in Yash Raj Film's Fanaa and perhaps that helped her to bag a full-fledged role in Yash Chopra's next Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. Lara Dutta is back to entwine the magic she weaved three years back and is ready to Jhoom in what she calls the most challenging role she has ever played on screen. She tells about her experience working with Yash Raj and Abhishek Bachchan and why she feels that Jhoom Barabar Jhoom will simply rock.
Are you ready to Jhoom Barabar Jhoom on June 15?
You bet. We've been ready for a while now. We are just waiting for everybody else to join in.
[an error occurred while processing this directive] It's been four years that you've joined the Indian Film Industry. Has the experience been larger than life?
I definitely think so. I think I've been really fortunate because there are many actresses who have had their long run with the industry but are still looking for that right break. I as a matter of fact have only been here since four years and have got some lucky breaks in such a short duration. So, to sum it up, it's been a hard learning experience.
How do you feel to be a part of your biggest release till date and to work with the likes of Yash Raj Films?
For any actor within the film industry, there are three people with whom you definitely want to work with in your entire acting career - Karan Johar from Dharma Productions, Yash Raj Films and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. In just four years I've managed to work with both Dharma Productions and Yash Raj and it's been fantastic. But the more you work with Yash Raj, they spoil you for good (laughs), and working with the YRF banner has been one of the most rewarding experiences within my career.
Is Jhoom Barabar Jhoom a comic caper, an out and out musical or is the film associated with football?
All I can say at this present moment is that Jhoom Barabar Jhoom is a romantic comedy.
In the current promos, you are sporting a very short hairstyle. Is it Lara's new look in the film we will be seeing?
In this film I play an assistant manager of the Ritz Hotel in Paris. So, being a French citizen, I have a French cut hairstyle. Also, I speak Hindi with a French accent. But it's not that I had to part with my hair for the short look in the film. I did have short hair during the filming of my next release Partner too. It's fun having a different look in your films.
This is the third time you will be sharing screen space with Abhishek Bachchan after Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost and a special appearance by both of you in Ek Ajnabee. Tell us something about your dost who is now not an ajnabee.
Abhishek has matured tremendously as an actor. He has had his share of flops and successes in the past but now when you see him, he is a completely different co-star. Abhishek has taken his own acting ability to another level. He is a very good friend who has learnt from his mistakes and has not let it affect his present situation. Though, he is a brat on and off the sets, and you will understand what I mean when you watch the film.