Bipasha Basu might have one of the best legs in the industry, but she’s convinced that her feet are ugly. “My feet look really ugly,” Basu laughs, “That’s why I wrap them up in these gladiator shoes all the time.”
And despite her being photographed wearing skyscraper tall heels, Basu insists that she is “more of a sneaker girl. I love make-up and styling, but I also have a sporty spirit,” she says. “I’m passionate about fitness and health.”Does being the ambassador of a diamond brand, get her a lot of sparkly gifts? "John is my diamond supplier," she grins. "He recently gave me a beautiful pendant. My mother also saves a lot of elaborate traditional jewellery for me, which I will inherit one day."
She mentions that her rule for bling is only one item at a time. “I always wear either a statement necklace or a pair of earrings. Though if you ask me, I’m completely partial to rings.” Basu comments on the positive reviews her ethnic look in Lamhaa received: “I would love to wear Indian ethnic clothes more often. It’s just that they are very elaborate and require a lot of patience and effort.
That way, western garments are easier to wear. But that doesn’t mean I’m not Indian or have to prove my ethnicity.” Tired of being assaulted with questions about her ‘de-glam’ role in Lamhaa, Basu says, “I think people expect me to be glamourous all the time.
But I’m actually a simple girl, I’m absolutely okay with looking glamourous and dolled up or appearing on-screen without a stitch of make-up.” She mentions that Bollywood has a habit of stereoptyping people, something that even she has fallen prey to.
“This business is short-sighted, people put you into certain stereotypes because that saves them the trouble of looking beyond that. I am perfectly at ease with being covered from head-to-toe, or even being dressed in a skimpy bikini because I have a very fit body.”