Bipasha Basu turned a year older today and the actor who began her Bollywood journey 10 years ago says that she has come a long way from being the lost child that she was.
It was in September 2001 that she made her acting debut with Ajnabee and 10 years down the line, she is reuniting with Abbas-Mustan as well as her co-star Bobby Deol in Players, which released this week.
"Audience has been quite gracious in accepting me as an actor. Frankly, I have learnt it all on the job. Otherwise when I started off in Ajnabee, I was pretty much a lost child. I have grown from that point on and am far more responsible today," Bipasha told PTI.
The 33-year-old actor says she had joined films because she wanted a break from modelling.
"I stepped into films just for the fun of it because I had got bored of modelling. I didn't have any clue what acting was all about and it is to the credit of Abbas-Mustan that they held my finger and guided me throughout."
The director duo's confidence in the actress is pretty much evident from the fact that she stays on to be their favourite film after film. While they have repeated her in Race 2, Bipasha was also the leading lady in their Mr Fraud which unfortunately never got completed.
The bond between the trio has only thickened over the decade gone by.
"Abbas-Mustan are really very forward thinking directors. They not only devise innovative plotlines but also think out of the box when it comes to execution. They are so advanced and their ideas are ahead of the times. 10 years back who could have imagined a film on wife swapping (Ajnabee)," she said.