At the trailer launch of BellBottom on Tuesday, the media persons who were invited to cover the event were at a loss trying to figure out the character played by Lara Dutta in the 1980s set spy thriller, headlined by Akshay Kumar. The film’s trailer, which opens with a disclaimer, begins with an Indian aeroplane being hijacked with all of its passengers being taken hostage in 1984.In the next scene, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is seen consulting with her advisors for a possible way to tackle the crisis.
She is then referred to Kumar’s character, a RAW operative, code-named ‘BellBottom’. The rest of the trailer focuses on the covert operation pulled off by his character. During the press conference post the trailer launch, Dutta was asked about the character she portrays in the film. The actor initially asked members of the media to guess the character. “If anyone is able to guess, then I will take all their family members free to the theatres,” she promised. After much prodding, even by Kumar, Dutta said, “So you did see me in the trailer. I’m playing Mrs Indira Gandhi. That’s me.”