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Lara Dutta: Want women to know at 40, life is just beginning

Updated on: 11 November,2021 07:09 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Mohar Basu |

Proud to headline Hiccups & Hookups that revolves around a 40-year-old finding love again, Lara Dutta discusses how layered roles are being written for leading ladies today

Lara Dutta: Want women to know at 40, life is just beginning

Dutta in the show

Stories with women at the centre have been on the rise in Indian entertainment. While that is cause enough for celebration, it is noteworthy that the parts written today are braver and far from conventional. Lara Dutta, who delivered an impressive performance in Bell Bottom earlier this year, is set to ride this wave with Hiccups & Hookups, Lionsgate Play’s first Indian original.

The slice-of-life series is an adaptation of the popular American show, Casual, and revolves around a pair of siblings who navigate the world of dating, love and separation. With the November 26 release, director Kunal Kohli wanted to take another step forward in shattering the industry’s ageist ways. “I play a woman at the crossroads of life who is separating from her husband at 40, trying to raise an opinionated teenage daughter while foraying into online dating and finding love again. It was exciting to explore this role. Today, the roles being written for women are layered and showcase various aspects of life,” states Dutta, who shares screen space with Prateik Babbar.

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A still from Casual
A still from Casual

The actor considers herself fortunate to be an active part of the changing tide in the industry. Eager as she was to lead a woman-centric drama, Dutta says the show’s insightful writing was another draw. “In today’s world, life doesn’t end with the end of a marriage. There is so much to look forward to. We wanted to convey that through Vasudha [her character].” An actor, no matter how talented, can only be as good as the material provided to him/her. She credits Kohli for capturing the victories and vulnerabilities of women while encouraging them to reclaim their life. “A woman could have grown-up children, but her life is first her own. Others can’t be the be-all-and-end-all of one’s life. Vasudha’s trysts with finding love again is amusing on some days, and heart-warming on others. I hope it ignites self-realisation in women. We want women to know that at 40, life is possibly just beginning.”

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