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Bipasha feels Dhoom 2 will be a visual treat

Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu is on a roll this year. Catch her as she speaks to Diganta Guha about her forthcoming film Dhoom 2, her most famous item number Beedi Jalayile and her long-time beau John Abraham.

india Updated: Nov 18, 2006 15:46 IST

After swaying to the beats of Beede Jalayile in Vishal Bhardwaj's Omkara, Bipasha Basu is back in action. This time in a tough cop role in the much-awaited film of the year, Dhoom 2.

Excerpts from an interview:

On Dhoom 2:
Honestly, I am yet to see the film completely. Whatever I have seen I saw during dubbing. We are having a show on the 19th. The good thing about the film is that Dhoom had created a branding for us, which generated a lot of curiosity.

We have new elements like a new story and new people. In a way it’s just spicing up Dhoom. The stunts are fantastic and the styling of Dhoom 2 is awesome.We have really worked on our body, and we tried to look our best.

Bipasha Basu in a still from  the filmDhoom2. 

It is a film for the youth, so we had to look very athletic and very toned and fit. It’s a fast kind of film, stylish, with good looking people with a little bit of comedy ---tongue and cheek humour. It’s not a film that you have a thought process going. To sum it up,I feel

Dhoom 2

will be avisual thrill.

Yes, I have done some stunts but nothing as compared to Hrithik’s stunts. Mine don’t look like stunts, so let’s not talk about them.

On why

Dhoom 2

is special:

I play Shonali Bose, a tough Bengali cop. This the first time I speak Bengali on screen.I have not done a Bengali film, so it was strange to dub my line in Bengali but it was fun. Also, I haven't sung any song in the film. I have only dubbed in one of the songs, "My name is Ali".

On sporting a bikini in the film:
I don't think that bikini is abold costume? All my seniors have worn it. I have worn it very late in the day. When you have a fit body and wear something you can really carry off without looking vulgar and cheap, what’s the big deal?
But I was very sure that I didn't wear a bikini to roll on the sand. It had to be a very athletic shot and that’s what we have in Dhoom 2. It goes with the kind of film it is.

On her Dhoom 2 co-stars:
It was great fun to work with all my co-stars in the film. Abhishek is a great buddy of mine. Uday is a very good friendtoo. We had worked together in Mere yaar Ki shaadi hai.

Even Abhishek and I worked in Zameen and Rakht. I feel Abhishek is the most hysterical person I have ever worked with. I am sure every co-star of his says that.

On working with Aishwarya:
Ash and I are completely different kinds of actors. We look different and have done different kinds of films. It is interesting to be part of a film where Ash is. In terms of a film, Dhoom 2 is not a thought driven film.

On Beedi Jalayile's popularity:
It’s so amazing to be a part of that song. I guess its being played on every dance show these days and evenNamak Ishq Ka. It is nice to know that your songs are so popular.

Onher reported split with John:
It is not affecting me in any possible way. There is a lot of discussion in the print and reading about it can be irritating specially for a person like me who likes to live life on her own terms.

I don’t think anything has changed in my life or I have changed. I guess the media wants to know what I am doing and who I am with. That means that I am important and that's the way I look at it.

On working with John:
I think soon. It’s been three years we have not worked together. Most probably we will be doing another film. We do discuss a lot of films but nothing has been really very interesting for both of us till now.

On her next releases:
I have Abbas-Mustan’s Mr Fraud with Ajay Devgan and Sanjay Dutt which is almost complete. Then thereis a film with Saif Ali Khan which is also directed by Abbas-Mustan. The former is a comedy and this one is a thriller.

There are acouple ofinteresting projects as well like Draupadi with Rituporna Ghosh. But Istill haveto read the finalscript. I am really excited about it. It will be interesting to do a period film which in in Bengali.

On her career:
I think I am in a very comfortable position. I think I have done pretty well for myself considering I was not from the film industry. I did not have any technical know-how about the industry. Coming here from Kolkata and to make a name here is a big deal.

Today, everyone has accepted me and above all respect mefor what I've achieved. I guess that's more important. I am very happy for myself.

First Published: Nov 14, 2006 16:16 IST