Calcutta based commerce graduate model came into limelight when she won Ford Supermodels
Contest. At 17, Bipasha Basu won the famous Ford Supermodel Contest and
was flown to New York by the Ford people. Life was exciting! She gushes, “I was
spotted by the world famous photographer, Steven Mizhel, and featured in Vogue
magazine. I was thrilled and soon had plenty of projects coming my way.” Bipasha
could have had the world at her feet and easily gained acclaim as an international
model, but she gave it all up for India... to come down and be with the people
she loves. “Yeah, I did a lot of ads, but my heart was not in it. I started missing
my family because it was the first time I was away from them. So I happily gave
it all up and came down to India”, she reminisces.
Hardly had Bipasha
landed here, and she was inundated with offers from all over. Ads, she accepted,
but films were the last thing she planned to venture into. She had no plans of
joining the film industry but one day, film-maker J. P. Dutta telephoned her with
an offer. It was for a ‘perfect’ role in Aakhri Mughal. Bipasha took it up without
Later, when it was shelved, and Refugee was launched, she
refused the role. “Not because it was opposite Sunil Shetty, as rumours go,” informs
Bipasha, “but because I didn’t identify with the character. I don’t think I would
have looked convincing as a 13 year old”! This Bengali bombshell is bold enough
to accept an unusual role in her debut film, Abbas-Mustan’s next. She plays a
married woman who goes all out to woo her husband’s married friend.
Her forthcoming films, Bipasha admits freely, aren’t too many. She says, “If one
wants to bag films out here, the practice is to be in touch with producers. I
feel uneasy doing this because I don’t want people to get the impression that
I’m desperate for work. I’m doing Abbas-Mustan’s forthcoming, untitled venture
with Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor and Bobby Deol and am enjoying every minute
About her image of being sexy, she shrugs, “Sexy in India, is
not considered positive. But, with today’s crop of fresh faces, in the modelling
arena, being sexy is an asset, so let’s hope for the best. I’m often asked if
my image has tempted industry men to make a pass at me. The answer is, ‘No’! And,
if anyone dares try it, I’ll knock the daylights out of him.” The light-eyed Bipasha,
also the Tulips Miss Super Vivacious in the same contest, says, "I can't believe
it. It feels out of the world. I knew I was good, but I am surprised." While she
knew she was good enough for the finals, Bipasha found her spirits sagging as
her very advantage — her eyes — caught an infection on the morning of the event.
"I was very worried. I went to an eye specialist, and I called home and spoke
to my mom and dad. I became my mom's baby." Coaxed into participating for the
zonal rounds by a friend, she says, " I cannot boast about my figure because I
have not worked on it. My eyes are my strong feature. Whatever I am, it's because
of Mehr Jesia. She is my godmother. "My mom and dad said, you don't have to win.
It doesn't matter. Just do what you want." She seems determined, and says that
she wants to finish graduation. "Otherwise I'll get thrown out of my house," she
jokes. She then wants to go on to MBA, along with modelling. "And no, I won't
do any films."
She was the second daughter in the family and her pet
name was bonny. She recalls that till the age of 14 she was considered to be a
very ugly child and after that she blossomed into a true beauty. Apart from modelling,
her other hobbies include dancing, reading and helping her mother with interior
designing. She must be hoping fervently that the third time proves lucky for her.
Though roles in two movies — Aakhri Mughal opposite Abhishek Bachchan and Refugee
with Sunil Shetty — got shelved shortly after announcement, Bipasha is still a
current name in Bollywood. Director-producer Abbas Mastan (of Soldier, Baazigar
fame) has recently signed her for a movie opposite Akshay Kumar and Bobby Deol.
Bipasha must have heaved a sigh of relief — at least now she has another movie
to boast of. So what if the main reason for signing her was the availability of
bulk dates! She was a household name much before she entered films.
Besides doing innumerable prestigious ads, Bips, as her friends call her, did
the famous video ‘Tu...’ for Sonu Nigam’s album, Kismat. Mention of the assignment
does not bring a smile to her lips. She explains it with, “Initially I was extremely
excited, but when I saw the results, I was very disappointed. It was different
from what was narrated to me. Anyway, that was long ago, and doesn’t affect me
anymore. I have many new and interesting things to look forward to.” She is currently
seeing top male model Dino Morea.