At the office of Sahara One Pictures, the producers of Corporate, Bipasha Basu seems to be in the mood for business. Perhaps that's in keeping with the subject of the Madhur Bhandarkar-directed film, as the title suggests.
In a sharp contrast to her onscreen suited corporate avatar with her hair pulled back in a ponytail, the Bengali lass is presently sporting a cool chic look with her new short hair, which makes her look even more stunning in a green-yellow striped singlet over torn blue denims.
"I completely related to my character of Nishigandha Dasgupta," she starts off.
Bipasha is all charged up about her next flick Corporate
"She's a single working woman, wants to getting somewhere in life, on her own terms. She's a thorough professional who commands respect for the work she does."
Elaborating on the character, the actress explains, "Having come to Mumbai from Kolkata about a decade ago, I've been a single working woman here myself. You know how it was then, returning late from modeling assignments, shoots etc and being respected for what you are, for how you do your job."
Basu calls Corporate "a very progressive film for many reasons".
"Firstly, Nishigandha Dasgupta is a the central character around whom the story revolves. Then the film projects a working woman in a proper light, as a professional who knows her job. What is of most importance is that this character has been treated with respect and dignity, because other wise, an ambitious woman has been portrayed as a bitch in Hindi films before. So it's highly commendable of Madhur Bhandarkar to conceptualise a film like this and to treat it justly."
Shifting focus to her director, Basu continues, "It's very rare that directors make films centering on women characters, something that Madhur has been constantly doing with Chandni Bar, Page 3 and now Corporate. And that too, so effectively. He's a fantastic director and it was a real pleasure working with him."
The Bengali lass has Bhandarkar in the same league as Prakash Jha because "both make films inspired by reality. While Prakashji's films are set in Bihar because he knows so much about every aspect of the state, Madhur's films are also topical vis-à-vis our day-to-day life."
About her suited avatar in Corporate, Basu says, "The suit further emphasizes that Nishigandha means business and in that world, she's one among the men."
Another film she's equally excited about is Vishal Bharadwaj's Omkara, where she's "playing a character called Billo Chaman Bahaar," gushing as she mentions the name.
While she won't talk about her role in the story, she says, "When Vishal first told me about his plans of making a film based on Othello, I was like 'Wow!' And when I heard it, there was no way I would refuse being a part of such a fantastic film. There's no hero, heroine in Omkara, as the film is more about characters and each actor has been cast to perfectly suit the part he or she plays. It was a wonderful experience working with a director like Vishal. His focus, clarity of thought, vision, shot-taking, everything he does is perfect, making the maximum impact. And when we shot my song, everybody was like 'You've fitted perfectly into the character," she enthuses.
What Basu's not talking about is her new hairstyle. Apparently she's playing a double role in Abbas-Mustan's next, co-starring Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgan.
And this look is for one of the two roles. "How do you know?" she wonders, adding, "We've just finished a schedule in London and returned only a couple of days ago." As an after thought, she says, "It's too early to talk about the film right now."
Interestingly, Basu also refuses to talk about beau John Abraham till one mentions reports of their split.
"We've been very frank and open about our relationship, so much so that there's nothing more to talk about it. Rumours are a part of the profession and I know it well enough to take them with a pinch of salt."
Justifying her refusal to talk any more about Abraham, she explains, "I realised that in my interviews, my profession was being relegated to the side while my personal life was being focused upon. And that's not why you're interviewing me, because I'm seeing someone. But because I'm an actress first. So I've decided to not talk about my personal life anymore as I don't have anything new to say about it. And it's not like I have a new boyfriend. He's the same. If you want to ask about him, then it's better you ask him directly."
Apart from Corporate and Omkara, Basu is also enthusiastic about Dhoom-2. "But we'll talk about it later, when the time is right and the film's ready for release," she signs off.