She has a magical camera now.. Bipasha Basu tells Hiren Kotwani what her tomorrows hold.
If you could look into the future, what would you like to see?
I don’t want to see anything. It would spoil the fun. I’d rather let things take their own course and get surprised. That’s why I don’t feel the need to resort to astrology, numerology or tarot reading.
(Laughs) The only thing I’m really curious to know is how my home will look after the renovation is complete. I’m giving it a new look and have chosen every little item myself.
Buzz is that the storyline of Aa Dekhen Zara is similar to Nagesh Kukunoor’s Tasveer 8 x 10 and Vashu Bhagnani’s Kal Kisne Dekha.
In Aa Dekhen Zara, the pictures tell what will happen.. in Tasveer 8 x 10 Akshay travels into a picture to find out what lies beyond.
Reportedly Neil Nitin Mukesh wanted the climax changed.
That’s an unfair allegation! Neil is a talented, hard-working guy. Yes, we did have discussions with director Jehangir Surti but that was in the interest of the film. Filmmaking is a team effort and at the end of the day, all of us want to make a good movie.
You finally didn’t lend your voice to the title track with Neil. Why?
I wasn’t ready. I might sing in future.. or I may not.
So what’s next on the agenda?
Rahul Dholakia’s Lamhaa, scheduled to release in August. I’ll start shooting for All the Best in the next few days. It’s a fun film with Ajay Devgan, with whom I last worked in Apaharan. I was in director Rohit Shetty’s debut film, Zameen. There’s also Sanjay Dutt and Fardeen Khan, I’m looking forward to the shoot. It’s a No Entry kind of a film.
And what’s happening to the long-delayed Pankh?
When we started Pankh, the idea was to first take it to the film festivals, then release it theatrically. Since it’s not a regular commercial movie, it needs to be marketed and promoted well. Producer Sanjay Gupta will do what is required and release it at an appropriate time. This is not the right time for new releases with the ban coming into effect from April 4.
What is your take on the ongoing impasse between producers-distributors and the multiplexes over revenue sharing that has lead to this proposed threat?
I’m all for fair, just and equal terms. Filmmakers and distributors invest crores in a movie. Distributors invest crores in buying the rights and marketing it. So it’s only fair that they get an equal share in the revenue. Talks are on and I hope we reach a mutually acceptable solution. After all, exhibitors need fresh content every week and producers and distributors need to release their movies.
Have you been able to resolve the dubbing issue over Rituparno Ghosh’s Sab Charitro Kalponik?
Unfortunately not, the producers still want to retain my voice only for the print that will be submitted for the National Award jury. I think that’s unfair! No actress likes to hear someone else speaking her lines. I can understand getting a dubbing artiste if I had problems with diction and pronunciation. But that’s not the case. In fact, before shooting started, we had confirmed that I would dub my own lines.
I’ve seen the film and it’s not working. The audience will instantly recognise that it’s not my voice and feel cheated, the way I do. Rituparno is supportive of my stand. Let’s hope the producers see reason.
Pankh, Sab Charitro Kalponik, Lamhaa.. are these films an attempt to break away from the sex symbol image?
I’ve never done a movie to make or break an image. I’ve listened to the script and gone by my gut instincts. That’s how it was with Raaz, Jism, No Entry and Corporate.
How was the experience of shooting Lamhaa in Kashmir the second time.. would you go back?
Producer Bunty Walia and director Rahul Dholakia had made provisions for security and the authorities cooperated completely.
Elections had already taken place and a government was functioning. The people of Jammu and Kashmir want tourists to visit the state and were happy to have us back. I would love to go back and shoot another film there.
Did you go shopping for local handicrafts and shawls?
I wanted to and even planned it. But we were shooting all day and I couldn’t go out in the evening. Sanju and Bunty went. I had to be content with shooting at beautiful locations like Hazratbal and Nishadbaug. But I did shop for shawls and gifts.
Buzz is that Madhur Bhandarkar is planning a sequel to Corporate.
Madhur did speak to me about it. I think it’s a good idea. After he’s ready with the script, we will meet and see how we can take the story further.
Your boyfriend John Abraham is venturing into production. How involved will you be with projects?
I’m just a consultant.. an advisor. And I’m not getting paid. (Laughs) Maybe I should charge him 50 per cent. It’s good, now John can make the kinds of movies he believes in.. I think production is a natural progression for an actor after a point.
Will you be acting in them? John and you haven’t been paired together after Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal?
Currently I’m not acting with him. It has to be a really good subject for us to team up together. Just because we’re in a relationship and he’s starting production, doesn’t mean we have to do a film together. At the end of the day, a film is made for the audience. And we have to ensure that they go home pleased.
You’ve spoken about starting a restaurant.. your own clothes line.
I started a collection with Reebok some months ago and it did very well. We’ve just unveiled the second collection and the response has been as encouraging. I don’t know what I’ll do next. Whatever it is, I want to be able to give it enough time and not just my name.
On your last birthday, John and you are believed to have exchanged rings. Has he popped the question yet?
(Laughs) Forget last year, I didn’t get an engagement ring even this year. John has just ventured into production, there’s still some time for marriage.
Yes, when a couple has been together for a while, they want to take the relationship to the next level.. get married and start a family. I’ll get married when I’m 32.. and there’s still time for that.