Lara Dutta Bhupathi is an Indian actress and model who was crowned Miss Universe 2000 and Miss Intercontinental 1997. She was the second woman from India to be crowned Miss Universe, and has been the only delegate from India to win the crown since. She made her Hindi debut in 2003 with the film Andaaz which was a box office success and won her a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award & Screen Best Female Debut Award. Dutta subsequently appeared in several commercially successful films, including Masti (2004), Kaal (2005), and the year 2005 marked a turning point for her when she played a leading role in the comedy No Entry (2005). Lara Dutta established herself as a leading actress of Hindi cinema by playing primary roles in the comedies Bhagam Bhag (2006), Partner (2007) and Housefull (2010). Apart from commercial success, Dutta has received critical appreciation for her performances in the films Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007), Billu Barber (2009), Chalo Dilli (2011) and David (2013).
Dutta won the annual Gladrags Megamodel India competition in her native India in 1995, thus winning the right to enter the 1997 Miss Intercontinental Pageant, in which she took first place. Later, she was crowned Femina Miss India Universe in 2000.
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