The always-underrated Lara Dutt has shocked everyone with her incognito appearance in Bell Bottom. No one recognized Lara under that expert makeup as the former prime minister of India, Mrs Indira Gandhi.
Getting to that level of physical resemblance to the original character was not easy. Lara Dutt who says she grabbed the opportunity to play Mrs Gandhi without considering the length of the role, tells me, “It wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts of a brilliant makeup and prosthetics team. I had to spend three hours in the makeup chair.”
Lara spoke to someone really close to her and to Mrs Gandhi during the course of her research on the character. “I studied a lot of videos and I got inputs from my father who was Mrs Gandhi’s personal pilot in the airforce. He gave me a lot of insight on her.”
Such a startling transformation was seen only once before when Meryl Streep transformed in Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
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