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Bipasha wants creative satisfaction

The sultry actress speaks to Hiren Kotwani about her forthcoming films, life, family and John Abraham.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2007 18:16 IST

India's numero uno sex symbol.. unless you’re even thinking of a certain Mallika Sherawat.. has been taking on complex roles and jhatak jigs.

A mystery cloaks her on-and-off relationship with John Abraham. But she insists that it’s all hunky dory. Is it? Bipasha Basu interviewed by Hiren Kotwani

Unlike most of her peers, she relates to the media as living and breathing creatures rather than as a species to be distrusted. Perhaps her easygoing equation with the press has to do with the fact that during her struggling days in Mumbai, it was the owner of a magazine chain, who gave her digs to stay in..and promoted her till she hit boom time with Jism.

She’s 28, has done 29 films in six years and is now flying off to South Africa and then to London for an extensive shooting spell for Race (Anil Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna, Saif Ali Khan) and then Goal (co-featuring John Abraham).

The second of three sisters (the others are Bidisha and Bijoyeta), Bipasha lives up to the name her parents gave her – it means “deep dark desire.”

Bipasha Basu will next be seen in the film Race.

When I catch up with her, BB is talking family. Her younger sister Bijoyeta has relocated herself from Bangalore to Mumbai. Ditto their dad “after shuttling all over the country.”

Pleased that her penthouse apartment at Khar will be crawling with her near and dear ones, she states that it isn’t impossible for a single career woman to feel secure in the city.. but yeah, there’s nothing like being surrounded by the family.

This goes well, Bipasha theorises, with her current state of mind. Which is? In that husky voice, she intones, “See, have I ever given the impression that
I’m greedy and ambitious. At the end of the day, I’ve to be grateful for tender mercies. Whatever I’ve achieved is by playing it straight and professionally with the film industry. More than money now, it’s creative satisfaction that counts.”

She said it. But after a point of time, doesn’t every actress go through this phase? “Sure,” she responds coolly.” But other artistes.. male or female.. also
capitalize on their hits.. jack up their rates and behave la-di-dah. Have I done that?”

She’s referring to the pro-Bipasha buzz following the attention she has grabbed for Corporate, Omkara and Dhoom 2 . Knock, knock, but some do think that Aishwarya Rai’s hot new look stole the thunder from her bikini act in Dhoom 2 .

Without batting an eyelid, Bipasha responds, “Why must you pitch one artiste against another? Ash looked stunning.. as for myself, I’ll just say that I received tremendous feedback for my double role.. it was cute and funny.”

Vis-à-vis Beedi jalaayile, she remarks, “That was quite a realistic number.. and it’s not easy for me to look, act and dance real. The lyrics, the music, the choreography have all contributed to its appeal.”

She’s being modesty personified, yup. To see how she reacts to some barbed questions, I ask why she gave the much-adored Ram Gopal Varma a ditch for Darling (to be replaced by Ishaa Koppikar).

First Published: Jan 25, 2007 12:14 IST