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Thursday, Dec 05, 2019

'The more women love John, the better I feel'

She is flaunting her new hairstyle with elan and doesn't let rumours affect her relationship with John Abraham. Bipasha Basu in a no-holds-barred chat with Princy Jain.

india Updated: Aug 11, 2008 17:21 IST
Princy Jain
Princy Jain
Hindustan Times

Bipasha Basu is so hot it’s hard for her not to make news — even if it’s only because she’s sporting a new hairstyle.

With Bipasha, everything spells attitude — the sexy, short bob she got was a clear break from the unwritten Bollywood rule that good girls have long hair.

This actress, much like her character in the upcoming

Bachna Ae Haseeno

, is her own woman. Her character Radhika in this film is very close to her real self. Bipasha says, “She has come to Mumbai from outside. Forthright and modern, her value system is very much in place. She wants to be successful, but at the same time she wants marriage and a family life.”

The spirited lass

It is fitting that a woman of such spirit should have a partner who walks beside her — not behind or in front. The decision to chop off her locks, for example, was a personal one, but John loved it. Why the new style in the first place? “I am a hair person,” she replies. “I love playing with them. Currently, I am not shooting till October. I had the liberty to look the way I wanted. So I got them cut.”

Women adore her style, but men not so much, it seems. “Indian men only like long hair,” she says. “Except my man. He loved my long hair, but he is equally excited about my new cut. The other day, he called and said, ‘I’ve just seen Rihanna in a very cool boy cut. Get that done. It will look very cool on you.’ I told him that it’s very macho. I asked if he has any secret desire to turn me into a man,” she says with grin.

New things stimulate her constantly. “I get excited about anything. It could be travel, my work, a script, a new role, looks, doing my new house or going into a new apartment. I hate negativity and try to keep it off me,”she says.

Laughing it away

She speaks of John Abraham, her long-time partner, like a woman who has just fallen in love; yet, she will not get married for form’s sake. After seven years of being together, it’s Bipasha’s faith in John that keeps their bond strong.

Dismissing rumours that she objected to John working any more with Vidya Balan, she says, “First there was a story that Bipasha didn’t let John sign a film with Vidya. Today, I read a story that the two have signed a film, and is Bipasha laughing? Of course, Bipasha is laughing, because the first story was not true.”

The couple’s work policy is clear: “He could work with anybody, it’s none of my business as along as it’s a good film.” She’s not insecure in the least about women falling for John. She shrugs, “I feel proud. The more women love him, the better I feel. It’s such a great feeling knowing that my man is so hot and sexy.” And, she adds, he is “pure and honest… a sweetie”.

Her confidence permeates every area of her life. At a time when actresses are eyeing size zero dresses, Bipasha swears by


, working the calories off with a strict fitness regimen that keeps those explosive curves in perfect shape. It’s a hearty mix of indulgence and discipline. Much like her life.