‘My baby is my first priority’ Lara Dutta


Lara Dutta, mother of seven months old Saira is a hands-on mother. Her days start with her baby and ends with her. From changing nappies to feeding, Lara does all by herself. Though she is back to work very early post the first of her first child, Lara is picking up projects very carefully and selecting those projects that does not require her to spend much time away from her baby.

"In all honesty, Saira has become the biggest selection barometer for me to choose on what I want to get back into because it is difficult to spend much time away from her. I would take up a new film only if something is really fantastic and different," Lara, who is married to tennis ace Mahesh Bhupathi, told reporters in an interview.

"I am putting everything on the backburner, so my baby is my first priority," added the doting mom.

She has just wrapped up Bejoy Nambiar`s ‘David’ and says she chose the film as it didn`t require her to work more and at the same time it was different from what she has done so far.

"My role in `David` was not massive in terms of screen time, but it was challenging as I hadn`t done anything like that and so I agreed to be a part of it," she said.

The actress says motherhood is challenging.

"Motherhood is great and challenging at the same time. It is thoroughly rewarding too. Saira is a wonderful baby to have. You start getting the hang of it just a week after becoming a mother," said the 34-year-old.

Lara said motherhood and work both are important for her

"Though I am a mother, wife, at the same time I am also my own person. For me, to be able to work, be a mother, and enjoy motherhood is also important," she said.

Lara who is a fitness freak is slowly getting back into shape. "To get back into shape is difficult for any new mother as you have to be strict in your diet and workout. But for me the criterion was never that I have to lose weight in four months or five months," she said.

"So I haven`t lost all the weight that I had put on, but I am happy and know that I am on the right track," she said adding there is no short cut to lose post-pregnancy weight.

"Some women are genetically blessed and after delivery they are back to wearing jeans, but for us Indian women we are not blessed like that; so you have to watch what you eat but not at the cost of your health as you are feeding a baby," she added.

After ‘Chalo Dilli’, Lara is working on two more scripts.


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