Lara Dutta on Hundred: Finally got to know what Bollywood heroes feel in a film


Written by Sana Farzeen
| Mumbai |

Published: April 25, 2020 7:57:43 am

Lara Dutta in Hundred Lara Dutta’s Hundred is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

Model-turned-actor Lara Dutta has forayed into the digital area with Hundred. The Hotstar Specials authentic additionally stars Sairat fame Rinku Rajguru and tv star Karan Wahi in the lead roles. Directed by Ruchi Narain, Ashutosh Shah and Taher Shabbir, the eight-episode collection is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

Hundred will see Dutta enjoying a police officer, who hires a terminally ailing Netra (Rajguru) as an undercover officer. The two ladies, in their very own methods, attempt to fulfil one another’s desires, and what ensues is a thrilling journey.

In an unique dialog with, Lara Dutta opened up about her digital debut, surviving in Bollywood, life after lockdown and extra.

Excerpts from the dialog:

What made you select Hundred as your digital debut?

I had been ready for a position and premise like this, in which I may sink in my enamel as an actor. Most roles when it comes to ladies are just about one dimensional, however this was very completely different. Also, I’ve by no means had a lady director. I’ve been a fan of Ruchi’s work and sensibilities. So when she referred to as, I used to be recreation for it simply by listening to it. And, I’ve by no means performed a cop earlier than. The two main characters are very completely different personalities and are pressured to rely on one another to fulfil their targets. I’ve accomplished humour earlier than, however the tone of this present could be very completely different – barely sarcastic and darkish. It was a nice alternative for me to do one thing new

Tell us one thing about your character.

Saumya Shukla is a excellent cop. She has been a topper and now a first-class officer. All that she wished was to go after the dangerous boys. Also, she doesn’t simply need to make a place for herself but additionally make a distinction. But then she is lowered to being the ‘item girl’ in the workforce, or the face they need to put ahead. It’s irritating for her to by no means get a possibility to show herself as all the massive circumstances and promotions go to her male counterparts. And then she meets this lady Netra Patil, who has an x quantity of days to dwell. Since Netra has nothing to lose, she is prepared to take all of the dangers. But recruiting her as an undercover officer opens a can of worms for Saumya, as this lady isn’t skilled, in fact, and so they have very completely different personalities. I might at all times joke with Ruchi that after 15 years, I lastly got to know what a Bollywood hero seems like in a film. There have been a number of love angles, motion, firing weapons, chasing the dangerous guys, dancing and extra. It was nice enjoyable.

In the trailer, we see your character making an attempt to discover a place for herself in a man’s world. Did you additionally face a comparable scenario while you entered Bollywood, which is predominately dominated by male stars?

The biggest blessing for me was that I used to be a full outsider in the trade. I had no baggage or preconceived notion of what type of a film star I need to be. Also, the background that I got here from, having gained Miss India and Miss Universe, I wasn’t shy of exhausting work. I knew what it took to make it. So from day one, I set completely different guidelines for myself. Even once I produced Chalo Dilli, I used to be the primary actress to do this. Today, we’ve so many like Deepika Padukode and Anushka Sharma producing their very own movies. Back then, I at all times thought why the boys have been having all of the enjoyable. Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan have been producing, and I didn’t know what stopped ladies from doing that. You can say I had the balls to take that likelihood.

How troublesome or completely different was it to be directed by three administrators?

I believe it had extra pluses than negatives actually. Also, as a result of Ruchi, Ashutosh and Taher have been the co-creators, that they had a collective imaginative and prescient. In a internet collection, there’s shut to eight-ten hours of content material to be made. Internationally, we’ve completely different administrators for various episodes, and that does add a lot of freshness. Similarly, it additionally labored for us as every day they infused new vitality in the workforce. There weren’t actually any drawbacks provided that we had additionally spent a lot of schedule studying earlier than we went on flooring. Everybody knew what and the way we wished the character to play out. And then, in fact, magic occurs on set. And all of them have been open to strategies, so it was all a lot of enjoyable.

Since you make your digital debut, what has been your take on the medium?

I simply adore it. Also, the place I’m as a feminine actor, in my 40s, I wanted this revival as an artiste. The content material that’s been written is a lot deeper and higher, I feel like I’ve come to a occasion. The final two years I’ve had the posh to say no to the work I didn’t need to do. I’m glad Ruchi had the boldness in me, and he or she got here to me with a lot readability and a rounded character. And now that I’ve signed Hundred, I’ve been inundated with every kind of roles. It seems like one thing has exploded. This is the type of work I at all times wished to do. And I’m so completely happy it got here at the moment in my life, the place I’ve a wealth of expertise, not simply as an actor, but additionally a lady. It’s so liberating to be in your 40s, while you don’t want to give a rattling to issues.

What are the type of adjustments you feel the trade will see put up the lockdown?

Not simply the trade, I believe just about all the things will change. It will take a whereas earlier than normalcy units in. But the lockdown has clearly outlined our decisions and the type of content material we wish. You will see a large surge and push in the digital area than it’s now.

Hundred additionally stars Sudhanshu Pandey, Parmeet Sethi, Makrand Deshpande and Rohini Hattangadi amongst others.

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