Bipasha Basu is comfortable with her sexuality and doesn't mind getting steamy on screen if the scene demands. Here's a look at her boldest B-Town moments.
Bipasha Basu in Ajnabee
While a typical Hindi film heroine would never think of starting her career with a negative role, Bipasha Basu dared to accept a grey debut in Ajnabee (2001) with Akshay Kumar and Bobby Deol. Needless to mention, she played the part with a veteran’s ease and managed to bag the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.
Bipasha Basu is also among few actresses who can look vulnerable, bold or wicked thanks to her unconventional looks. In Raaz, she played a depressed housewife who saves her husband from an evil spirit, in Jism (2003), on the other hand, she played a seductress and a manipulative woman, who exploits two men - Gulshan Grover and John Abraham for a motive.
She played more experimental roles in Rudraksh (2004) (Dr Gayatri), Rakht (2004) (Tarot card reader) and Madhoshi (2004) (mentally unstable woman). The movies, however, could not succeed at the box-office.
She couldn’t fit in the typical masala film framework initially. Barsaat (2005) opposite Bobby Deol was forgettable. No Entry (2005), Corporate (2006), Phir Hera Pheri (2006) and Dhoom 2 (2006) changed things for the bongshell who presented the right mix of glamour and talent on screen. She also got a chance to showcase her acting prowess in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Omkara (2006). Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) and All the Best: Fun Begins (2009) added to her hit list.
Bipasha also delved into off-beat films and came out with success and critical acclaim. She was applauded for her portrayal in Shob Charitro Kalponik (2009), Pankh (2010) and Lamhaa (2010).
2011 was disappointing for her as she delivered a spate of flops like Dum Maaro Dum, Players and Jodi Breakers.
2012 proved to be a successful year for Bips as her Raaz 3 created ripples at the BO. She also forayed into Hollywood with Singularity opposite Josh Harnett in the same year.
Bipasha Basu-Josh Hartnett in Singularity
Ajnabee (2001): She got Filmfare Best Debut Actress award for her negative portrayal in Ajnabee.
Raaz (2002): Bips starred opposite ex-beau Dino Morea in this one. It was a horror movie directed by Vikram Bhatt.
Jism (2003): The actress starred opposite her then boyfriend John Abraham. The film established her in the film industry.
Omkara (2006): She got a role of lifetime in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Omkara.
Raaz 3 (2012): Bipasha overshadowed co-stars Emraan Hashmi and Esha Gupta with her power-packed performance.
Bipasha Basu started dating actor Dino Morea in 1996 and broke up with him in 2002. The actress then started dating John Abraham and parted ways with the actor in early 2011.
Child labour: Bipasha Basu unintentionally triggered a child labour controversy in 2011 when she posted a pic on Twitter that had two girls tying her shoe laces.
She had tweeted along with the pic: “I need to learn to tie shoe laces ASAP! Embarrassed that I can't! No patience grrrrr! Promise I am not spoilt! Will learn soon."
The actress managed to upset people on social networking site.
Dirty talk with Amar Singh: Bipasha Basu found herself in the middle of controversy when audio tapes of her alleged dirty conversation with politician Amar Singh were leaked. The actress denied it was her voice.
Ex-flames: John Abraham and Bipasha Basu
Messy split with John Abraham: Bipasha Basu broke up with long-time beau John Abraham in 2011. The actress later took jibes at John and reportedly accused him of cheating on her. In an interview to Hindustan Times, John responded: “I know that break-ups stir up a lot of emotions and I can empathise with that. I come from a family where credibility and honesty have always mattered. Cheating and dishonesty, in any form, is not in my DNA. It is unfortunate if my silence is mistaken as acceptance for things said about me. I have always maintained a dignified silence because that is how I am raised. I have a clear conscience.”
When Bips was asked to comment on John-Priya’s (Runchul) relationship she had said: “I really wish he gets married. He is getting old.”
Born: January 7, 1979
Height: 1.74 m
Education: Bhavan's Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir
Siblings: Bijoyeta, Bidisha
“Sexy in India, is not considered positive. But, with today's crop of fresh faces, in the modeling arena, being sexy is an asset.”
"I am the boss in my life. I decide when to charge more and when not to. I live in my own zone. I don't hurt anyone and I am very transparent. I don't keep people hanging in life." (2005)
"Somebody cheated me when I was a young model. I had a bad experience, and was running from court to court. So I understand what a contract is. I sit with my lawyer and chartered accountant before signing a contract. I learned very early in life how one gets cheated. So I am very careful now when it comes to money issues." (2005)
"If a girl wears a shirt and a skirt, does she become more sensuous? I think a girl in a sari is more sensuous than a girl in a skirt. In my opinion, a wet sari is the most sensuous." (2005)
"See, some time back I did films such as "Madhoshi" and "Chehraa", both solo-heroine projects, but unfortunately it didn't work at the box-office. And the reason I feel is that the makers didn't have enough money to promote the film and all my hard work was wasted. I realized then that it's better to work with established makers who have the capacity to take the film right through till the end and who know their job." (Stardust magazine, July 2006)
"I already have a dream man (John) but if I had to make a choice, I wouldn't mind someone like Brad Pitt! I would like him to have qualities like my father, very chilled-out, because I'm over sensitive and hyper and I want someone who is very calm with a great sense of humor. Someone who has energy like me, who can work the whole day and party right through the night and have a blast without a bother, someone who is very secure and confident of his woman." (Movie Mag, May 2006)
"I have always believed that if you need to take your clothes off to get your man, you've begun to lose the battle. If you pull it off right, you can do it in a very classy way...Being sexy is about suggestion; it's about the tease. It's not about being obvious and forcing yourself out in the open. That takes all the fun out of being a woman." (March 2007)
"Some will like me, some won't. For every Ameesha Patel there is a Rani Mukerji. I'd rather focus on Rani."
(Inputs from IMDB)