Abbas-Mustan’s Race was a runaway hit at the box office but the 2008 film was also rumoured to be a rip-off of Roland Joffe’s 1999 film Goodbye, Lover. Recently, it has been reported that Joffe had caught the rip-off when Bipasha Basu, who starred in Race, narrated film’s plot to the City Of Joy director.
But Bipasha fully defends Race and is all praises for Abbas-Mustan. "I don’t know where the report came from? Abbas-Mustan are as dear and special to me as Rolland Joffe. In fact, Race has been one of the most fantastic experiences I’ve ever had in my career," she says.
Reportedly, it was while working on Joffe’s Singularity that the actor had narrated the narrated Race’s plot to the director who had pointed out that the plot was very similar to his movie Goodbye, Lover. It’s also reported that Joffe intends to take action against copyright infringement.
Bipasha, of course, refuses to comment but she is excited about her first period role in Joffe’s film, being currently shot in Orcha, Madhya Pradesh.
"I am very excited my first period role. Riding horses and sword fighting have been a challenging experience," says Bips.
Bipasha, who plays a Maratha warrior, Tulaja Naik in the film, says Joffe helped, with simple exercises, to break inhibitions between her and Josh (Hartnett) since she’s working with him for the first time.
She adds: "So, we would simply sit and stare at each other before breaking into laughter. Such simple things make you learn lot of things," she says.