She is busy shooting for one film, waiting anxiously for the release of another and is noncommittal about what fate has in store for her. The last few years have certainly changed her a lot thanks to the decisions she has taken in her career. She was absent from the theatres since Bachna Ae Haseeno released six months ago. And yet she is happy with the timing of her next film Aa Dekhe Zara with Neil Nitin Mukesh. Bipasha Basu is relaxed about the way her career has shaped up and confident about her future.
Despite all this Bipasha is opposed to being bracketed as “the choosy one” and more focused on what she does next.
She is getting the right roles and is ready to offer her best. Which is why she blatantly expresses her dissatisfaction at the way the dubbing has shaped up for her Bengali film Sab Charitro Kalponik.
“The producers got someone to scratch dub for me… but I am absolutely not happy with the dubbing. They asked me to dub for the National Award print, but I don’t agree to this. As an artist I have asked for my right. Either I dub for all the prints or none. I hope it gets sorted out soon. I am ready to give my full support and energy so there shouldn’t be any problem,” says Bipasha, anxiously awaiting the outcome of her first Bengali film directed by Rituparno Ghosh.
Nevertheless, Bipasha remains upbeat about the future course of events. These days she is aggressively promoting her next film Aa Dekhe Zara, and dismisses anything associated with the lukewarm response to Bachna Ae Haseeno.
“I don’t think so deeply after I have done a film. It’s up to the audience to judge it. I don’t turn my face away from criticism,” says Bipasha.
Her choice of roles reflects the variety she is looking for. The DJ she portrays opposite Neil Nitin Mukesh is involved in a lot of action sequences.
Of course, she has done it all before in Race last year. What was rather easy, she says, was playing a DJ. “The story, though, is not about a DJ. I play a modern, independent woman who meets Neil. Then a camera falls into Neil’s hands, which has a supernatural power to look into the future,” she says.
However, she is hesitant to call it a sci-fi film. ”It’s full of action and at the same time has a lot of romance. I haven’t done a romantic film in quite some time,” she says.
Indeed, a decade-long career has encouraged her to seek out variety and experiment with roles. She claims that the thrillers she has been part of were never the outcome of a conscious decision. “Nothing can be planned. I like thrillers, but that has got nothing to do with my selection of films. The script only matters to me,” she says.
This time though the responsibilities will multiply. Neil is still a newcomer and it’s director Jehangir Surti’s first film. Bipasha understands, and believes that good cinema is produced because of the team effort. It matters the most. “There was never a feeling of awkwardness regarding our age difference. We knew that it’s a big film and we just can’t waste the resources. We worked as a team and had our share of fun-filled moments and difficult times,” she says.
She once again gets busy after the film releases. And yet that’s what, she feels, has always been her way of working. Her next film Lamha releases by the end of this year and in the meantime she starts shooting for All The Best. “Lamha is a very topical film about today’s Srinagar while All The Best is a comedy. Let’s see what comes across next,” she signs off.