She might have not had a big hit since All The Best last Diwali, but nonetheless Bipasha Basu has swept aside all competition and bagged a big ticket Hollywood film and that too without any audition. The movie in question is City Of Joy director Roland Joffé’s next, Singularity, starring Chris Pine (Star Trek – 2009), Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbor – 2001) and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum Of Solace - 2008). Interestingly, the Ajey Jhankar-written film was launched over three years ago with Brendan Fraser, Vivek Oberoi and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. This one will star Abhay Deol.
Basu admits that she didn’t expect the film to come her way. “I’ve been pretty busy with my work here and haven’t connected with anyone internationally in quite a while. I had gone to Taj Land’s End for a meeting when a friend, who assists Shekhar Kapur, asked if I’d like to say hello to Roland Joffé. I knew he was in Mumbai, so I was like, why not? That’s it,” recalls the actor, adding that she was surprised when the acclaimed director of The Killing Fields called to give her a narration.
Next, Joffé offered Basu the part of Taluja, the Indian warrior, and sent across the script. The film is an epic love story set in two time zones, one of which covers the Anglo-Maratha war in the 18th century. Incidentally, India will be recreated on the sets of Australia; shoot starts this month.
About her role, Basu says, “Taluja is a Maratha warrior and the bodyguard of a queen, with whom James Steward (Hartnett) falls in love.” She says that she would have loved to have a month to prepare for her part, but now she’ll have to wrap it up in eight to 10 days. “A lot of skills are required to be learnt for my character. I’m really excited about working with a great director who’s recognised for his work globally, and the experience of working with actors like Josh and Olga.”
So, will she now be appointing agents to look after her work in the West? “India is my base, I love my Indian films,” she says, adding that her work has generated a lot of interest from Hollywood. “Every possible agency has contacted me and offered me a lot of films… like Darjeeling Express, Pink Panther, a Will Smith movie too!”