Actress Lara Dutta has revealed she won’t be part of commercials for sanitary napkins, liquor brands and cigarettes. In a new interview, Lara was asked if she’s ever turned down a brand or category. Lara said that if she didn’t use a product, she “wouldn’t approve of it.”
Lara Dutta has worked in several commercials over the years, including those for cooking oils, cereal, toothpaste and bicycles. After winning the Miss Universe crown in 2000, Lara has starred in many movies so far. She debuted with Andaaz in 2003 and acted in films such as Masti (2004), No Entry (2005), Bhagam Bhag (2006), Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007), Partner (2007), Housefull (2010) , Chalo Dilli (2011) and Don 2 (2011).
In an interview with Campaign India, she said: “Yes, I do. I don’t associate myself with alcohol brands. It’s not because I’m a teetotaler, but because I think the content is really important. Whenever ads come to me, they need to be out of the box and I haven’t seen that with alcohol brand advertising. I won’t be advertising cigarettes either. In the recent past, I was approached by a brand of sanitary napkins and also refused.
“I sincerely believe it is time to address the ecological impact this creates and today there are other options available such as menstrual cups which are much better. I want to be able to promote these types of products to the future. If I don’t use the product, I won’t endorse it,” Lara added.
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Last year, Lara tried out for the role of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in Bell Bottom alongside Akshay Kumar and Huma Qureshi. She then played a single mother in the series Hiccups and Hookups. Last month, she was seen on the web show Kaun Banegi Shikharwati.