John is not a monument: Bipasha
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John is not a monument: Bipasha

Bipasha Basu on why she can't keep talking about John. Bipasha signs a thriller

india Updated: May 02, 2006 17:42 IST

There are very few actresses one would sacrifice a day off for, but since it’s Bipasha Basu I head to Juhu on a Sunday.

Clad in a black and red outfit, Basu sinks into a leather chair and we begin with Phir Hera Pheri, her forthcoming release. Did she get edgy due to the director being constantly changed before the film went on floors? "Yes, I was worried because he’s the captain of the ship. I didn’t know who was going to direct, or what kind of temperament he would have. Whether he would approve of the screenplay, what changes he would suggest etc. But when we learnt that Neeraj Vora was directing the film, we were relieved because he has written Hera Pheri and the sequel too," says Basu.

An extension of Tabu’s character Anuradha in the original, the sequel sees Basu’s entry as a seedhi-saadi looking girl who’s actually a con. And like everyone else in the film, she too is after big money. She wreaks havoc in people’s lives and makes good with her catch," she adds.

Bipasha Basu is eagerly awaiting the release of Phir Hera Pheri and Corporate.

In the beginning of her career, she did films that revolved around her. When some didn’t work causing a low phase, she did multi-starrers where she comfortably shared the limelight with other actors. Is there a strategy in choosing multi-starrers like

Phir Hera Pheri

and Sanjay Gadhvi’s

Dhoom 2

and balancing them with a


where she’s the central character?

"Not really. I’ve never been strategic about my career. When I did films that revolved around me, I did them because the roles appealed to me. I did

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because people told me it would be a good move for me. The audience is more receptive to multi-starrers because so much is happening in the film in terms of story, performances etc. If you’re doing an act with 10 people and are remembered for it, it’s much better than doing something in a solo starrer," she explains.

Of late she seems to speak less and less about beau John Abraham. "That’s because he also talks about it. Since we’re both from the same profession, there’s only so much one can say. How much more can I talk about him? He’s not a national monument that you can talk over the years about him. When he becomes Amitabh Bachchan then we’ll talk a lot more about him."

Talking of Corporate, did she imbibe any characteristics from her corporate friends to develop her role? "Firstly, I only have two corporate friends and they’re both non-cooperative," she jests. "The credit goes to Madhur Bhandarkar for taking care of all the minute details of the character graph, diction, body language. And if you think that Corporate revolves around me, you’re forgetting the 35 theatre actors who’re playing important parts in it."

How did she react to her name coming up in the Amar Singh tapes scandal? "It was the first time I felt vulnerable in the industry. I never react to whatever is written about me, but this time things went out of control and there wasn’t an iota of truth to it. I felt violated. I cried like a child and went to my parents for comfort. At times I feel the media jumps the gun without in vestigating facts."

First Published: May 02, 2006 17:42 IST