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Miss Intercontinental 1997 and Miss Universe 2000, Lara Dutta has carved her own niche in the Tinseltown. From bagging such honourable titles for her country to entertaining the Bollywood buffs through her stints in commercially successful productions, Masti (2004), Kaal (2005), No Entry (2005), Bhagam Bhag (2006), Partner (2007), Housefull (2010), Don 2 (2011) and Singh Is Bliing (2015), Lara has also appreciated critically for her performance in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007), Billu (2009), Chalo Dilli (2011) and David (2013). (You May Also Check: Arjun Bijlani Reveals That Wife, Neha Thought That He Won't Marry Her Post His Humongous Popularity)
While she was making a name for herself in the showbiz world, Lara fell in love with a famous Indian professional tennis player, Mahesh Bhupathi, who was then married to a model, Shvetha Jaishankar. Soon Mahesh and Shvetha got divorced on an amicable note, giving a way to Lara and Mahesh’s love chronicle. On February 16, 2011, Mahesh and Lara tied the knot in a civil ceremony and then, on February 20, 2011, the couple had a glamourous Church wedding in Goa. A year after their wedding, on January 20, 2012, they became proud parents to Saira Bhupathi.
Today, on June 7, 2019, it is Lara’s “main man” Mahesh Bhupathi’s birthday and she made sure to make it a special one by posting lovely snaps of the birthday boy. Lara took to her official Instagram handle and shared the following pictures and captioned the same as, “Happy birthday to our main man @mbhupathi!!! May your arms and heart always be full of the things you love and that love you back immensely!!” Here's her post (swipe right):
For the ones who don’t know, Lara and Mahesh's wedding vows were the highlight of their Goan wedding. Mahesh had promised, “Lara, when I first met you, this day was a dream. Today it is reality. When I’m on the tour, not a day goes by without me wishing I was home with you instead, so even when I’m gone I am with you. You are my companion, partner and best friend. I promise to stick by you through hits and flops. I look forward to growing old with you.” Lara, on the other hand, had vowed, “I promise to return your serves and volley alongside you. I will be with you through our many wins and occasional loss”. (Also Read: Ananya Panday On Love Triangle With Kartik Aaryan And Sara Ali Khan, Says Everyone Is Having Fun)
At the recent media interaction, Lara was asked about her motherhood journey. When she was asked how this phase has changed her as a person, she was quoted as saying, "I think no mother with their first child is really 100 per cent prepared for parenthood until it happens to you. It is pretty much something that you learn on the go with each day.”
The doting mommy had further gone on to say, "It doesn't matter if your child is one day old or whether she is 21 years of age. It is constantly evolving, and each parent's experience is completely different, but it has been a wonderful ride. My daughter has been literally my life's greatest teacher and she has pushed all the limits as (far as) possible because she is at that age right now." She had further added, "She is pushing it how far it can go before mom erupts, but it is fun and wonderful. Mahesh has been a wonderful and hands-on dad." (Checkout: Tusshar Kapoor Reveals How His Son, Laksshya Kapoor Gets Jealous When He Holds Nephew, Ravie Kapoor)
The former Miss Universe had further retorted that she takes a strict note on her daughter’s food habits, "The minute you have kids, everybody becomes an encyclopaedia on your child. So, everybody wants to advise you including your mother, mother-in-law, sisters and friends...and obviously, it was tried and taste kind of pattern because your child is not going to do things like other kids do.”
She had also stated, "So, for us from a very young age, especially from the time she started solids, she started with avocados and it helped her form a really good healthy relationship with vegetables. Today, I don't have a problem with Saira because she is a good eater and I think that is my greatest blessing as a mom. It's all about trying to find that balance where you don't deny a child treats, but you just try to find smart ways of sneaking in some healthy things while you are giving them a treat." (Do Read: Ravi Dubey And Sargun Mehta Are Writing A New Fairytale With Their Adorable Social Media PDA)
She also went on to share the importance of having accurate nutrition for a holistic growth of the child. The 41-year-old actress had quipped, "During summer, my daughter is filled with ideas to play new games, places to go and have lots of uninterrupted fun. I am sure all young ones look forward to the summer break the same way. While children are excited about holidays, parents often stress about how they can engage them effectively and ensure that they eat right."
Here's wishing Mahesh Bhupathi a very happy birthday!