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Better the actors, better is the film: Bipasha
Hiren Kotwani/ HT Style
Mumbai, November 22, 2006
First Published: 12:51 IST(23/11/2006)
Last Updated: 11:34 IST(18/5/2007)

Bipasha Basu’s in the midst of rehearsals at her tastefully done up residence. The actress, who will be performing at the forthcoming International Film Festival of India later this week, is gung-ho about her upcoming release Dhoom 2. “It’s great to see the curiosity surrounding the film,” she says.

“Everyone has their own stories like John Abraham will return, like I have a double role, usme mask utarta hai etc.” She plays inspector Sonali Bose, like Abhishek Bachchan’s Jai Dixit.

“The only difference is that she’d rather kill the criminals, unlike Jai who wants to just nab them and let the law take its course,” she adds.

Considering that she’s looking fit and fab in the promos, one wonders if Aishwarya Rai’s presence added to the pressure of shaping up for the film?

“No. I don’t have any psychological pressure about any actor or actress in the film. I’m very chilled out and have always been very confident. Even when I was fatter, I used to carry my weight with élan and was never conscious or shy of it. I just feel, the better the actors are, the better your film. It’s great to have another good, confident and popular actor in your film, someone who you know will not create any complications on the set,” she says.

What about Rai getting more prominence in the promos? “The outdoor publicity has all of us, but if you’re talking about the Krazy kiya re track on air, that’s because it’s the best song and has to be pushed. The next few days will see a different promo. I’m aware of the promotional strategy so I don’t have any cause for complaints. There’s no disparity.”

She does concede that wearing a bikini was “a big inspiration for me to get fit. I was given the option to wear shorts, or a wraparound. I don’t think I’ll wear a bikini again in the near future. But then again, you never know — I’m the boss.”

Being “a very safe person,” by her own confession, the actress says, “I’ve not tried any stunts for the sake of thrills and adventure. I’m very focused about trying anything that comes in my line of work. Otherwise I’m not going out of my way to do it just for the sake of it.”

While John Abraham got her hooked onto football, she is still not an avid biker. “I’m more of a cruiser, where I can sit straight on a bike and enjoy the ride,” she says.


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