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Lara Dutta leaves Bipasha fuming

Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi
Lara is planning to step in Bipasha Basu's fitness footsteps, upsetting the trendsetter.

Lara Dutta is planning to bring out fitness apparel and DVDs, like fellow actress Bipasha Basu. This has left the Bengali bombshell fuming.

Dutta plans to launch a fitness DVD along similar lines and beau Mahesh Bhupathi is helping her with his connections in the sporting industry.

What's the plan?
Lara and her friends have been making discreet enquiries at her office and with Bips' close friends about her further plans, so as to avoid repetition. This has upset Basu, who would've preferred a straight approach.

On with the second!
Says a source, "Bipasha had always planned for a 3-DVD set. The first one already launched one, her second should be launched a little later this year and she hopes the third one will also be out shortly after. Now that the first DVD is a sell-out, Bipasha has been pushing the Shemaroo guys (they're bringing out the video) to bring out the second lot soon.

While the Bengali bombshell is okay with Lara bringing out her own fitness video though she hopes it's not just a 'me-too' gimmick but a serious effort on her rival's part. When quizzed about Lara's similar plans Bipasha says, "I have heard that a lot of people are thinking along similar lines. I have no problems if people follow trends but I hope whosoever does it, does it with all their heart, dedication and passion in it and not just as an experiment, or a PR strategy. If other actresses bring out fitness DVDs for monetary benefits or as fad, it dilutes my efforts."

Passion for fitness
Bipasha adds, "I would love to see dedicated fitness enthusiasts like Akshay Kumar, John Abraham and Salman Khan bring out fitness DVDs. Salman got the men fit in our country. These stars are icons in fitness and people would want to know from them. I have done the DVD with a lot of passion and put my heart and soul into it. Apart from my films, fitness is my passion."

Lara Dutta remained unavailable for comment.

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