New Delhi: From a beauty queen to a promising star in showbiz, Lara Dutta has come up a long way and she owes her success in films to the `mantra` of reinventing constantly.
The 32-year-old beauty, who is in seventh year of her professional career has essayed a variety of roles and is positive about playing a long innings.
"It`s as simple as that; I don`t want to just sit down and say that I have been a model in the past and a Miss Universe with some good Bollywood hits behind me so I should just sit back and bask in that glory. Sorry, there is no point in doing that. I have been enjoying a certain standing right throughout my career and I am not going to let anyone down", said Lara who was last seen in comic-caper `Housefull`.
Lara says that she is one of the few leading ladies who have managed to carry off the skimpiest of outfits without even bordering upon vulgarity.
"Thankfully I can never come across as someone who is cheap. I want my audience to react positively to me and thankfully, so far the reactions have been heart-warming enough to make me feel good that I am doing things right," she told reporters.
"For me, reinvention is the name of the game. It has always been the case. For my role in `Blue`, I had to be fit and be in perfect shape since the role required good deal of underwater sequences. Now that`s not something that you normally see a girl to be doing. Then again in `Housefull`, I had to be totally glam even though I played the role of a wife. All these films have helped a great deal for me personally," Lara added.
However, despite all the accolades coming her way, Lara has very few roles in her kitty for the coming year.
"Well, all I can say is that you make the best of the choices that come your way. When I look back, it has been a good innings so far. Whether it is the films that you mention or even `Billu` which came last year, they all have been very special to me in my career.
Lara will next be seen in filmmaker Sudhir Mishra`s `Aur Devdas` and Farhan Akhtar`s `Don 2-The Chase Continues`.
"Perhaps a few films may not have done well but as an actor they took me forward. These films gave me a chance to be seen in performance oriented roles," she said.
"I would rather work in a film where I add value. I am not going anywhere in a hurry. Moreover, with the kind of appreciation that I have received, I am sure that good roles
will of course come," Lara added.