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No more ajnabi

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



Bipasha Basu... different strokes

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 that her latest film Rakht has more content than The Village, she says, "I don't understand why a film like The Village is being hyped so much. Is it not because it happens to be a foreign film that all are blindly going for it? Content-wise, 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. As, for the first time, she was game to play a widow and a mother, and her role of a girl named Drishti, who gets visions 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 though 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 wear revealing outfits? Why don't you ask the audiences who seem to enjoy it? These films do not only run in B and C sectors but also in A sectors. It is just that people have become a little easy with such films."

Creative break

And for Basu, making people accept her as an actor with substance was not easy. After deliberating upon architecture and then commerce as career choices for some time, she realised they were not her cup of tea.

"It was when I got a modelling offer that I realised that this was the creative break I was looking for. I came to Mumbai without a godfather. Bollywood rejected me saying `Ye to unconventional hai, nahin chalegi' but the media accepted me, so the audience followed. Now I am proud to own two houses in Mumbai.

Better PR skills

"Earlier I had been incorrect with my PR in Bollywood. These days I am careful. During my Ajnabi days I had no clue what to do. A director would ask me to deliver a dialogue and I would blindly comply.

"Later I started to read the industry from close quarters and now I am at ease with it."

RANA SIDDIQUI

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