I am a big foodie, love street food: Lara Dutta

Bangalore: Who would have thought a tall, lissome actress and a former Miss Universe to be a foodie, but Lara Dutta is just that.

"You know something, I am a big foodie. Being a Punjabi, I love street food, especially chats, pani-puri, dahi-papdi, you name it and I love it", chuckles the beautiful Lara, who did her schooling in Bangalore and whose family lives here.

Elegantly dressed in sunshine-yellow crinkled chiffon tunic with no accessories and minimal make-up, Lara, whose face had the radiance of a woman in love who had just tied the knot with her loved one, said, "being a Bangalorean, I also love South Indian food. I am glad I married a South Indian".

The actress recently entered into wedlock with tennis ace Mahesh Bhupathi, who also hails from Bangalore.

Speaking to PTI on the sidelines of the launch of a fitness DVD "Heal with Lara, Powerplay – Making Exercise Fun", Lara said, "Exercise has always been an important element of my life and I think it is necessary to incorporate it into every single day of our lives".

Usually workouts and gruelling training sessions tend to become boring after a point of time, she said. "My aim was to make it a little bit uptempo and fun. A uniquely evolved blend of strength and cardio intervals makes this a fun yet powerful workout for the entire body", Lara said.

The actress attributed the secret of her `size zero figure`, to Zareen, a fitness professional who Lara said has been in the fitness industry for the past 30 years.

Lara said that hough she learnt different forms of Yoga including the B K S Iyengar Yoga and the Ashtanga Yoga, she became serious about it only around 2004-2005 after her entry into Bollywood.

"The constant pressure of work and the pressure of keeping the body in perfect shape made me realise that I needed something more than burning out calories. I needed something to restore fitness, rejuvenation of body and mind, which I found in yoga", she said.

Subsequently, Lara brought out a DVD on yoga which received an "overhwhelming response, egging me on to work out an exercise which would be effective and sustainable, at the same time great fun and that`s how this DVD came into being".

A much sought after former print and ramp model, Lara feels Bangalore has come a long way since she left the city after her schooling. "It has evolved so much as a fashion hub.

One can see a treasure trove of talent here. The boys and girls here not only carry themselves with elan but can also speak very well. It is a combination of both beauty and the brains, you know", she said, signing off with her winsome smile.