With films like Corporate, Omkara and Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal, it has taken the unconventional looking Bipasha Basu about seven years to carve a niche for herself in Bollywood and she says she doesn't want to go and struggle again in Hollywood.
"Working globally is a tough thing. Offers are there but what will finally become a substantial offer and what goes into production is what matters," Bipasha, who was in the capital for the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, told IANS.
"India is a very comfortable place for us because we have already made a niche here. So why would anyone want to go and struggle there? I don't want to go and struggle. I have gone through my struggle," said the actress, who walked the ramp on Wednesday for designer duo Gauri and Nainika Karan.
"If anything comes by, and if I'm lucky enough, I will. But it is not easy. It happened with Aishwarya Rai after six years of wanting to figure out doing global cinema. She has done Pink Panther, which is her first studio film. She has done those crossover films, Irrfan Khan has done it, but it takes time," she added.
After playing a Pakistani girl in Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal, the actress returns to the celluloid in a completely new avatar. She will be seen in an action role and sporting a new hair cut in Abbas-Mustan's Race. Releasing March 21, the film also has Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Katrina Kaif and Sameera Reddy.
<b1>Commenting on her role in Race, Bipasha said: "I am playing a complicated character. In fact, each character is complicated in the film because it is a thriller genre. A lot is driven by each one's motive, so the plot is very interesting. They start off looking as predictable as characters, but as the story goes on, each character has all kinds of shades.
"For me, it was an interesting character, the story interested me and I love Abbas-Mustan, my first directors. Also, I was working with new kinds of actors, so there is a new chemistry - all in all it has turned out better than what I expected."
Bipasha said that technically this is her third film with the director duo. Her first film with them was Ajnabee.
"In the middle we started doing another film, Mr Fraud. We did about 70 percent of the film. It got stuck in the making. But it is always a pleasure to work with them - they are very nice people, haven't changed.
"They understand the needs of a thriller. They are very tech savvy and use the best cameras and technical team. They are fantastic editors, so our film is very crisp."
The film is two hours and 15 minutes long. Bipasha says today's audience doesn't have the patience to sit through a long film.
"People don't have patience. They want to condemn anything that is lengthy even though for us it's a creative process. But we totally understand that it is very difficult to keep the attention of the people because the stress level is so high that everybody wants to see something relaxing and uncomplicated."
She says she is trying to create a balance between commercial and art house cinema.
"It is interesting for an actor to think about audience interest, but then I would not have ended up signing a film like
. I believe that I do have the intelligence to understand that I need to keep the balance between commercial entertainer and art-house; only then can I command different audiences."
In director Sudipto Chattopadhyay's Pankh, Bipasha plays an imaginary character.
"I play an alter ego. I am an imaginary character - the protagonist in the film is a boy called Maradona, he has done a fabulous job. It is about a boy who goes through gender confusion."
Bipasha, who got a makeover in Madhur Bhandarkar's Corporate, says she is curious about his next film Fashion, which has Priyanka Chopra in the main lead.
"I'm curious about anything Madhur does. But I have warned him: please do not portray only negative things about the fashion world. I am from the fashion world and I know there are lots of good things you can highlight. It is a huge profession and it's a big business so the subject has to be handled responsibly. I hope he has done that."