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True life figure inspires Corporate

Madhur Bhandarkar has etched shades from real life for Bipasha's character.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 18:39 IST

It looks like a season of real-life characters on screen. By now everyone knows Madhur Bhandarkar's Corporate - the second part of his proposed trilogy on metropolitan mores and communities - will feature Bipasha Basu as a steel-willed business tycoon.

What is not known is that the character is based almost lock, stock and barrel on a real-life female entrepreneur. She is apparently a very high-profile woman and well known in social circles for her power panache and sex appeal.

"That's why I wanted to cast a woman and not a girl. The trouble is most of our high-profile heroines seem to have stepped out of their teens, which is a good thing really. But not for this film," Bhandarkar says.

"While Page 3 needed an innocent girl to play the ingénue, Corporate needs a full-blooded woman with tremendous reserves of sensuality, nerves of steel and the look of gritty determination. Bipasha fitted the bill perfectly. I don't think she has ever done a role like this before. In fact, I don't think any leading lady in our film has done something like Corporate," he added.

The film produced by Sahara's Percept Pictures, who produced last year's top grosser No Entry, is almost ready.

"Besides Bipasha, KK Menon, Sammir Dattani and Minissha Lamba, not too many faces will be known or recognisable. I wanted to get actors from theatre who would look their parts," said Bhandarkar.

"I wanted the film to be as hard-hitting, edgy, raw and real as Chandni Bar and Page 3. There were no compromises. Yes, the film will have songs composed by Shamir Tandon. But they will be part of the narrative. Why should I get away from the musical format when it served my narrative's purpose so well in Page 3?

"The important thing for me is to build on the reputation of an intense filmmaker which I have earned again after Page 3," said Bhandarkar.

Page 3 was the closing film at the 10th Kerala Film Festival last year.

As Corporate completes filming, speculation about Bipasha's true-life parallel is bound to grow. "I can see a lot of Page 3 regulars looking into the mirror to ask, 'Is it me?' grinned Bhandarkar.