Lara Dutta on playing Indira Gandhi in BellBottom

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Lara Dutta on playing Indira Gandhi in BellBottom

The trailer of BellBottom sent a wave of excitement on social media yesterday. Starring Akshay Kumar, Vaani Kapoor, Hum Qureshi and Lara Dutta, the film takes you back to 1984 when Indian faced a hijack situation. While there was a lot in the trailer that intrigued the audiences, it was the unrecognisable Lara Dutta that became the big topic of discussion. 

Lara plays the role of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and needless to say, it was hard to even spot her in the trailer in the first go with the brilliant prosthetics work. Speaking of her character, Lara said, “Okay, so you did see me in the trailer. I’m playing Mrs Indira Gandhi in the film. That’s me. All it took was a call and they said that Lara this film is being made and we are casting for Indira Gandhi’s role. That is all it took, before I even heard the script. But yes, of course, there is a great responsibility when you’re portraying somebody who is an iconic figure like her.”

Lara Dutta

She further added that she had to do a lot of homework for the role, “As you all know that the film deals with a hijack situation that happened during her tenure. Given the dramatic events that were unfolding, she was somebody who was extremely centred and not really prone to any dramatics. So it was important to portray her in that form. I had a great time. There was a lot of homework and research that went behind it. But it was an opportunity of a lifetime that I’m thankful for.” 



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