It’s never happened to her before. In her latest release, Aakrosh, actor Bipasha Basu’s role has been cut substantially. But she is far from sulking.
“I knew from the start that my role was comparatively small. But I wanted to be part of the film because I believed in it. When I saw the film earlier this week, I realised my role had been edited even further. Now, I’m hardly there. Important things that I shot have been removed,” says Bipasha.Naturally, her family and friends were disappointed, even as Bipasha tried reasoning with them. "I quickly took charge of the situation in the theatre, and told them to watch Aakrosh as an Ajay Devgn film. I told my friends, ‘Hey guys. Just enjoy the film for Ajay. Forget I am there’." she adds, taking it all in stride.
“Though my role is the blink-and-miss kind, I’ve no regrets about doing it. The greatest of actors do walk-on parts when they believe in a project. Aamir Khan entered Taare Zameen Par at mid-point. John (Abraham) insisted on being a small part of Sooni Taraporewala’s Little Zizou because it was about football,” she says, shifting the focus to the film’s subject.
“Sometimes, it’s important to be part of a film that says something important. We live in the cities, and half the time, we don’t even know what’s going on in the backward areas. We city folks live a blinkered life. As an actor, I am ashamed to say I’m not aware of the world as much as I should be.”