"I am on cloud nine. If your year starts off with a good film, you have every reason to celebrate," says a jubilant Bipasha Basu, gung-ho about the response to her recently-released Race.
The Abbas-Mustan thriller which featured her along with Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna, Katrina Kaif and Sameera Reddy, opened to good houses and has been declared the year's first hit.
The buzz is that following its success Basu has hiked up her fee, like some of her other colleagues.
"I don't know about others but I'm happy with what I'm doing and getting," she asserts.
There's a rumour that she's spending some of the money to buy a flat in her home town Kolkata? "Why would I want to buy another house when I have one already," she retorts.
With Pankh, Bachna Ae Hasinon and Shob Charitra Kalponik lined up, the actress will be fairly visible this year. She has started work on a new film, Freeze, and life promises to be hectic.
But she's not complaining.