Bipasha Basu is crazy about football and has caught most of the matches played during the on-going FIFA World Cup, even those that started post-midnight. “The elders in the family, and that includes John’s (beau John Abraham) dad, would go to bed, but John, his brother, my brother-in-law and I, along with some friends, would stay up most nights,” she says.
If things had gone according to plan, both John and she would have been at Johannesburg’s Soccer City tonight. “But I had a shoot of Dum Maro Dum and now I have to promote Lamhaa that opens this Friday. And John has to film Saat Khoon Maaf. It’s disappointing, but we are both loyal to the jobs we do,” she points out, adding, “Actually, it’s not so bad because we have this amazing screen at home and it’s almost like you’re catching the action live in the stadium. We even have a vuvuzela and make a lot of noise.”The actress says that she started out supporting Brazil and then Argentina. After both these South American teams were knocked out, she placed her bets on the young but perfectly synchronised German side. During the semi-final match, it was red against white. The Germans looked like world beaters but the Spaniards put one over them and now it’s Spain for me," she says.
She could always support the Dutch? “No chance, the Oranjes knocked out my team, Brazil, and I’m really upset,” she grouses. “I supported them against Uruguay because they were a better team, but no more. They have already lived out their dream of reaching the finals after four decades.”
The good news is that Paul the octopus who had predicted Germany’s doom last week, is favouring the Spaniards too. “I don’t believe in Paul’s prophesies, he’s an octopus and he’s not supposed to play crystal ball with his tentacles. But it would be nice if he was right this time,” she smiles.
John has said that he’d like to produce a film on football; would she act in it? “I’m open to doing any sports film, particularly one that revolves around athletics. Given my energy levels and the way I’m looking at the moment, I’d be perfectly suited,” she says. “I’ve done a football film earlier, Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal (2007), but I didn’t play football in it. If I had to, I’d make sure I learnt the sport. No cheating on camera for me. Meanwhile, I have my own fitness clothing line, BBloveyourself, launched along with a sporting brand.”