Oscar-winning actress Hillary Swank of Boyz Don't Cry who played the lead in Mira Nair's Amelia is gradually drawing closer to Bollywood. And the one Bollywood actor bringing the stunningly skilled Swank into Bollywood is Bipasha Basu.
Bipasha and Hillary first bonded in 2007 at the '7 Wonders Of The World' event in Lisbon and have since then kept in touch. Now, again at an awards event in Toronto last week, Bipasha and Hillary were inseparable.
Says a source, "It was easy to see how well the two actresses got on together. Bipasha introduced Hillary Swank to a lot of her colleagues from Bollywood."
Ironically, many of the Bollywood actors didn't recognize Hillary (who has given brilliant performances in a number of films). Hillary had to be introduced with a backgrounder to everyone.
"But not to Shah Rukh whom she knew as well as he seemed to know her. If she seemed happy to be presenting him the Best-Actor Award, Shah Rukh seemed suitably honoured to be receiving the award from the actress who wrote herself into cinematic history with Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby," adds the source.
But it was Bipasha who became Hillary's window to Bollywood's who's who at the awards function in Toronto. A collaborative project is on the anvil.
Says Bipasha, "I was very happy to meet Hillary again after the '7 Wonders Of The World' event which Hillary and I had co-hosted. It was also wonderful to meet Cuba Gooding Jr. He's a wonderful actor. Interacting with him was an amazing experience. He is a really friendly soul. He just floored me with his sweet compliments. Cuba and I presented an award together."
Bipasha adds, "It's really nice to see such globally-recognized actors on a podium where we are celebrating Indian cinema. I had super time in Toronto for IIFA."
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