She was ignored in part two of 2002 movie Raaz and now she is not in the sequel of last year's hit thriller Race. But Bipasha Basu is not complaining and says it's a tradition in Bollywood not to repeat actresses in sequels."I heard even Abbas-Mustan are not doing Race 2. If the original directors are not doing the sequel, who am I? I haven't been approached for Race 2. That's fine," Bipasha told IANS.
"In Bollywood, the heroines are never signed for sequels. It's a tradition. Just check the sequels. The guys get repeated. The girls don't. It's a man's world. I don't feel like a second citizen for that. When Raaz 2 was made everyone kept asking why I wasn't in it. But I never worried about that. No point in crying about it," she added.
The original Raaz starred Bipasha with Dino Morea and was directed by Vikram Bhatt. Part two, titled Raaz - The Mystery Continues, featured Kangana Ranaut, Adhyayan Suman and Emraan Hashmi. Directed by Mohit Suri, the horror thriller was released early this year and did satisfactory business at the ticket window.
Spurned by the Race producers, Tips Films, Abbas-Mustan are planning to revive their long-forgotten shelved project Mr Fraud for Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision Ltd and the actress says she will be really happy if the film sees the light of day.
"If Mr Fraud is revived, I'd be happy to give dates. The film was shot in London and the styling was not time-bound," she said.
Bipasha has also just signed her second comedy. Coincidentally it reprises the Mr Fraud trio - Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan and Bipasha.
"That's right Sanjay, Ajay and I are together again in All The Best. This is the one film I'll enjoy doing. I had a ball doing No Entry. Initially I had too many inhibitions about Bollywood. No Entry made me drop those inhibitions. I'm sure Rohit Shetty's All The Best will make me more uninhibited. It's a fun film and I don't have to always do roles that reflect my personality. Sometimes it's fun to do a fun film," said the actress.
Bipasha has signed only one film this year.
"I don't want do any more work than my pace allows me. I don't want to compete with anybody. I've made a niche right from my first film. I'm Bipasha Basu. I don't think there's any replacement for that. I enjoy my work.
"But there so much more to my vocation as an actor than just acting. I can do stage shows, be a businesswoman, work for social causes. I keep busy 24x7. At this stage of my life I don't need to sit and pine for a role," Bipasha said.