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I was called an ‘unconventional’ heroine due to my skin colour: Bipasha Basu

Bipasha Basu on the superpower she would like to have, how marriage has changed her and her biggest weakness

brunch Updated: Feb 23, 2017 14:14 IST
Bipasha Basu,Bollywood,Karan Singh Grover
Bipasha Basu says that she was an irritatingly perfect child

Sun Sign: Capricorn

Date of birth: January 7

School/ College: Apeejay High School, Delhi/ Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kolkata

Place of Birth: Delhi

Home town: Kolkata

First break: When after my board exams I was offered to participate in the Ford Supermodel of the World contest.

High point of your life: The transition from being a model to a recognised and loved actor completely on my own is certainly a high. Being an outsider is tough, especially for someone like me who is very stubborn and not very pushy.

Low point of your life: For a couple of years, I was behaving foolishly by refusing work that was coming my way. But that phase made me realise the value of work.

Currently I am: On the lookout for interesting roles, hopefully a comedy or action film. Also, I want to start my ‘Love Yourself’ gym and studio soon.

If you had just 10 minutes to get dressed, what would you put on?

An easy breezy short dress and a tank top.

One word you use often?

All my sentences start with, “You know...”

Three things we will always find in your purse...

Allergy tablets, cash/ credit cards and house keys.

One superpower you wish you had...

To be able to eat all the desserts and yummy food all the time and not gain fat.

The most bizarre thing you have ever done?

A fan once approached me and asked if I was Bipasha Basu, and I said, “No, I am Rani Mukherjee”. I adore her as an actor!

Three things in a guy that turn you on...

A good-looking face, fit mind and body, and a great sense of humour.

One superstition you have?

I always stop if a cat crosses my path.

That one thing that you got scolded for the most while growing up...

I never got scolded. I was an irritatingly perfect child. But my older sister used to beat me up when our parents were not around as I was super-naughty when I was alone with her.

One change you noticed in yourself after getting married...

I am happier!

One thing about Karan (Singh Grover) that annoys you...

His approach to things is a little slower than me. That’s it.

One thing you are most likely to be caught doing when home alone...

Binge-watching television shows while eating some dessert.

A rumour you would love to start about yourself?

No please! I have had a huge share of rumours to deal with. Don’t want more of them.

One thing you always wanted to change about your appearance...

My big feet!

Did you ever have body image issues or were you always this athletic?

Earlier, I did not care about my body or health. I used to be lazy about fitness till I developed osteoarthritis at 23. Life changed after that, but for the better. I started respecting my body.

Have you ever faced any discrimination because of your skin colour?

Yes, when I started off as an actor, I was called an ‘unconventional’ heroine due to my skin colour.

Despite being so conscious about fitness, what is that one food item you cannot resist?

I am a foodie, I can’t resist any good food. Motichoor ladoos are my biggest weakness.

Three tips you would give to a girl making her gym debut this year...

1. There is no shortcut to getting healthy and fit. It’s a discipline for life and it takes time.

2. Do it for the right reason. Aim to be fit, not just thin.

3. Don’t give up if there is pain. No pain, no gain. Do it every day till it becomes a habit.

One thing you learnt while acting in ghost movies...

I played a ghost only once in Alone (2015); in other films, I fought them. But I have learnt nothing from this. That said, I just love being a part of a horror film.

The bitchiest thing you have heard about yourself...

Most people like me as I live in my own world and I mean no harm to anyone. And people who bitch, don’t exist for me. So what they say does not matter.

Your epitaph would read...

It would say, “She Loved Herself.”

My favourites

Movie: It keeps changing. Right now I am in a romantic phase, so I’d pick The Notebook (2004) and True Romance (1993).

Comfort food: Thanks to my husband, I have started loving burgers!

Holiday destination: Any beach destination. From Goa to Maldives to Bali to Gold Coast to Seychelles, the list is unending.

Book: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.

Mobile app: MyFitnessPal

A song that lifts up my spirit: La Vie en Rose by Edith Piaf.

From HT Brunch, February 12, 2017

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First Published: Feb 11, 2017 21:05 IST