‘AGE HAS LIBERATED ME'
GLOBAL MOVIE MAGAZINE|January 2022
‘The prime of my career is now.’
Lara Dutta feels she is in the best phase of her career now, thanks to all the roles she is getting to play today.

The latest is playing a mum to a teenage daughter in Hiccups And Hookups, a Web series on a very unconventional and liberal family.

Lara says, “I played the character of a woman who is unapologetically ambitious, who had her faults and was having an affair (Hundred), to playing Mrs (Indira) Gandhi in Bell Bottom and then playing Vasudha in Hiccups and Hookups. It is like a party for me.”

Hiccups and Hookups is a family story, but has an unorthodox approach to relationships. Is that what attracted you to this script?

Yes, in a way. Looking at the young people around me, including my nieces, who are 22 and 17, they have a very different approach with their parents in comparison to what we were like while growing up and the relationship that we had with our parents.

Today, youngsters are much more vocal. They have no filter.

They are far more confident about broaching subjects that were considered uncomfortable or taboo with parents.

They are not really worried about how their parents will react. If the parents do have an adverse reaction, then it is something that the parents have to deal with, not the kids really.

We were locked inside our houses for one-and-a-half years due to COVID, with nobody else but our families. I think it has given us time to pause and reflect on these relationships.

I wouldn’t call it an unorthodox approach, I would like to call it an honest approach.

I think this show shows the concept of having family members as our friends, in whom we can confide and share all sorts of things with them.

The show is a remake of the American comedy-drama series, Casual. Did you happen to watch that?

We were aware that Lionsgate was adapting from Casual. I hadn’t watched Casual before.

I had no idea what Casual really entailed and it was only after we went on the floors, that I watched one or two episodes.

It seems very different from what we were making, apart from the basic premise.

The situations, the language, the intonations are very different.

You play mum to a teenager. Are there any bits in the mother-daughter relationship that you have experienced in real life as well?

Not really. My daughter is nine years old.

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