Bipasha Basu's rise in the world of Mumbai showbiz has been nothing short of meteoric and miraculous. The lady has broken every rule in the book and yet emerged triumphant.
Sensual, sultry, uninhibited, the Bengali bombshell has redefined the very contours of the Hindi film heroine. Bipasha isn't conventionally beautiful, but she exudes loads of charm. She doesn't possess a fair, porcelain complexion, yet she can smoulder and sizzle in the manner of a house on fire.
The fact that she is obviously in a league all her own has perhaps helped her go against conventional showbiz wisdom with impunity and success. Bipasha has achieved stardom in less than a year and with Jism outstripping Aishwarya Rai's Dil Ka Rishta at the box office, trade analysts are convinced that Bipasha, like sex, sells.
Ajnabee, Raaz and now Jism, the climb has been steady for Bipasha. What sets her apart from her contemporaries is her unconventional approach to her craft. She carries off micro minis and tube tops with as much aplomb as she does more ethnic costumes.
Jism was turned down by a number of actresses, but Bipasha knew that she was cut out for the part. Producer Pooja Bhatt has gone on record that she "hit the bull's eye" with her choice of the female protaganist. "She fitted the bill perfectly and she can emote too," said Bhatt of Basu.
If Basu stands out today, it's for the fact that with the sincerity, passion and fervour of portraying a modern woman on the Indian screen for the first time, she has carved a new image for female actors. And what is commendable is the fact that she earns enough respect as an actress too. She could easily become an icon - a role model for many like her.
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