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No more Ajnabee

Vivacious, forthcoming, polite and graceful, Bipasha Basu leaves an indelible impression on those who meet her



Bipasha: bold and beautiful — Photo: R.V. Moorthy

JUST SAYING that she is ravishing does not sum up the vast canvas of her personality. Vibrant, spontaneous, composed, cool, and forever smiling, she has flawless diction in both Hindi and English. Not flustered by uncomfortable questions, she leaves an indelible impression with her answers. She is Bipasha Basu.

Declaring her latest film Rakht has more content than The Village, she says: "I don't understand why a film like The Village is being given so much hype. Is it not because it happens to be a foreign film that all are blindly going for it? Contentwise, Rakht is far advanced. If you are ready to accept that there is a sixth sense in a human being, then why not the same thing in a film? Only because The Village is technically stronger, it does not make them superior to us."

A first-time role

Basu has reason to be disappointed. For the first time she was game to play a widow and a mother, and the role of a girl named Drishti, who gets her vision and can see the future through tarot cards "was very difficult. I had to constantly maintain a graph of a person before whom if you go to know your future, you do not feel conscious. Playing a widow and a mother wasn't a planned transition, but it hasn't affected me much, for I am not one who has given up on life in the film," she says. Otherwise she had been maintaining the reputation of a sex bomb, which started with Jism, continued through Raaz and Aitbaar, and is likely to gain further momentum with her next film, Madhoshi opposite John Abraham. "Why do you always ask us why we are exposing? Why don't you ask audiences who want to see it more and more? These films do not only run in B and C centres but also in A centres. It is just that people have become a little easy with such films. I think people should take sex graciously. The more you talk of it in an anxious way, the more sleazy it becomes."

For Bipasha, making people accept her as "different" — one who could play a sensuous actress with substance in her acting skills wasn't easy too.

After deliberating upon architecture and then commerce as career choices for some time, she realised she would be a "failure in them. It was when I sent my profile for modelling and got an offer that I felt this was the kind of creative work I was looking for. I came to Mumbai without a godfather. Bollywood totally rejected me saying `Ye to unconventional hai, nahin chalegi' but the media accepted me, so the audience followed. "

And we are at ease with her, at least in her real life role!

RANA SIDDIQUI

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