From Beauty Queen to Bollywood Powerhouse: Happy Birthday Lara Dutta!

Lara Dutta, the Bollywood leading lady and entertainment icon, celebrates her 46th birthday today

Dutta's career began with winning the Miss Universe title in 2000, making her a national sweetheart and symbol of Indian beauty

She seamlessly transitioned into acting, earning a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for her first film, "Andaaz" in 2003

Dutta became a leading lady in successful comedies like "Masti," "No Entry," "Bhagam Bhag," and "Partner" in the 2000s, showcasing her comedic timing and charisma

She also delivered notable performances in action flicks like "Don 2"

After a hiatus, Dutta made a comeback portraying historical figures and regal characters in films and shows like "Bell Bottom" and "Kaun Banegi Shikharwati"

Dutta has embraced the digital space, starring in acclaimed web series like "Hundred" and "Hiccups and Hookups"

Apart from acting, she is a successful entrepreneur with her beauty care line and is dedicated to various social causes

Dutta will be seen as Kaikeyi in the upcoming film "Ramayana" alongside Ranbir Kapoor as Ram

Her dedication to her craft and willingness to explore new avenues ensure she will continue to entertain and empower audiences for years to come