Bipasha Basu speaks about life after 30
She is Bollywood’s favourite siren and an actress who has always shied away from speaking her mind. Bipasha Basu looks back at her career in the movies so far and talks about breaking the rules and emerging successful.
Rajeev Masand: You recently turned 30 and you have been fairly frank about it. Do you feel wiser?
Bipasha Basu: I see no change. I think too much discussion has gone into it. It is just a number. Yes, with each passing year you do get wiser and it has been happening to me too. I started off at the age of 17 so since then I have become wiser for sure. But not because of the 30th figure.
Rajeev Masand: You have been in this business for almost nine years, what is the worst piece of career advice that someone has given you?Bipasha Basu: There were many when I started acting. But generally I was guided by my then manager and hair stylist. I had advices like “Bipasha, you cannot be swimming in the unit hotel.”
Some said, “I should not take pictures with spot boys.”
I was quite innocent and not conscious of anything in my life. Then things that followed were like “You cannot talk about your boyfriend.” But I never took any of them seriously. And that is why I was different. People called me bohemian but I am in reality a very disciplined and rule-abiding kind of person.
There was nothing embarrassing about my life so why should I lie?
Rajeev Masand: So the lesson there that one should be yourself and people will embrace you.
Bipasha Basu: Absolutely. I was an unconventional heroine. I was referred to as the dark and sexy girl. Being sexy was a taboo those days.
Rajeev Masand: Your new film Aa Dekhen Zara is about the protagonist who discovers a camera with which he can take pictures that reveal the future. Hypothetically, if you had this opportunity to take a look at your future, what would you really want to find out?
Bipasha Basu: I would like to know the outcome of my house because I have been renovating it for the past one year. I would really like to see how it finally shapes up. But since this answer is boring I will say something better. If given a chance I would like to know where I would be five years from now.
Rajeev Masand: You are a DJ in this film. What are your own personal tastes in music?
Bipasha Basu: I like House. I am the kind of person who loves to dance but I haven’t gone out clubbing for almost eight years. Once in a while I do it but that if I get a good unit. Then I step out once in an outdoor shoot.
Rajeev Masand: And that is because John doesn’t like to dance too much.
Bipasha Basu: He hates clubs. He hates places which have a lot of smoke, loud music with people only dancing and drinking.
In the film, I enjoyed playing my part because it gave me a chance to experiment in terms of the look of the girl.
Rajeev Masand: Last year was good for you. You did Race which was a superhit film. And you did Bachna Ae Hasino in which you got great reviews. What feels better?
Bipasha Basu: Both. It is a mixture of both that you are always craving for as an actor. But I have always been lucky with all my films. Whatever the extent of review could be has been positive for me. It sometimes is small, but always positive.
Rajeev Masand: Thank you so much for talking to us.
Bipasha Basu: Thank you.