Her femme fatale reputation is unshakeable. She dresses up in a bikini and your jaws drop. You see her in a translucent Indian saree and your eye glasses crackle. You see her in tight jeans and you begin to feel uncomfortable. That’s the comfort level Bipasha Basu shares with her male audiences. As for her female fan following, they get busy with their manicures, facials and some shopping only to look like her. And for her boyfriend John Abraham, she is like how the saying goes – Neighbours envy, owners pride. To be Basu is something and to be a part of her life is another. Dream on. UK’s Harrow Observer columnist and Bollywood Hungama‘s London correspondent chats with an actress who commands respect with her talent in her new offering, Lamhaa, which releases this Friday. Furthermore, she talks about her box office fate, her next year release Dum Maaro Dum, her recent controversy with Ram Gopal Varma, her love for Twitter and the confidence in her boyfriend John Abraham not joining the networking site.
I don’t know if Lamhaa was the right script I was looking for. I know Rahul Dholakia and have seen his Parzania. I knew that he would make Lamhaa very honest and very credible. That’s why I did it. The kind of responsibility for this film in regards to my input for the role has been a little more. If you are trying to echo the real Kashmiri sentiments, one needs to.
Lamhaa isn’t going to release in Srinagar. But if they watch it, we have done justice to their feelings. Rahul stayed in Kashmir for two years and the interaction he had with the Kashmiris had a lot to do with the way the film has shaped up. The film triggers the right emotions. The awareness is important and if the film helps a bit in trying to solve the problems of the people of the valley, then great. On the basis of politics, religion and region, Indians are very vulnerable.
Even between a commercial entertainer and sometimes a ‘no brainer’ which always works, ninety percent of the time, it’s a lot of effort put into films. Every film, good or bad, is made with a lot of effort. That includes a lot of conviction and a lot of money too (laughs). Nothing is less important. When a film like Lamhaa comes my way, I only feel a little more responsible because it has real and sensitive issues involved.
Kunal is a very honest method actor. He digs his claws into the role he gets offered. He has done a lot of research for the film. He went to many of the Kashmiri houses and met their families. He could freely go and visit the houses. I wasn’t allowed due to many reasons. It feels good when you’re working with an involved actor like Kunal.
Box office fate
I don’t know what the fate of Lamhaa will be at the box office. Audiences are unpredictable. They watch good and bad films. There is no graph you can follow and no rules set to gauge whether a particular film will work or not. I am a little more interested on this one doing well because it’s something that we need to know about our country. Especially the youth needs to be actively involved in the politics of our country. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Dum Maaro Dum
We can talk about Dum Maaro Dum a bit later because I’m not allowed to talk on it right now. But yes, I am filming for the film as of now and busy with it. That does not mean that I’m getting stoned on the beaches of Goa (laughs).
True Life Story or an Adaptation
I’d love to be a part of any true life story or an adaptation. We are actors; we want more meat and want to do different things. Unfortunately, Bollywood is very predictable. There are stereotypes and people don’t want to move away from them. I wish I get to do different roles in my career and I will look out for them as much as I can.
Bollywood is very predictable, there are stereotypes
Ram Gopal Varma
I don’t know where the stories of Ram Gopal Varma having a grudge against me or vice-versa started to flow from? I’m sure Twitter has now become a free news portal. Look at the status message and make stories and publish them. I got to know from a local daily newspaper when a friend of mine mentioned it to me.
I don’t think John Abraham is going to join Twitter
It’s amazing to be on Twitter. It’s your world out there. It is the world of the people who love you, who know you and want to know you. It’s like touching the lives of so many of them. Networking has become the definition of communication. I doubted all of it till I went on it and experienced everything first hand. I realised the power of Twitter only after I joined it and I love it right now.
John ‘Twitter’ Abraham
I don’t think John Abraham is going to join Twitter (laughs). He is really guarded. When he joins Twitter, I’ll have to rub my eyes again and again or pinch myself. I don’t see him networking in the near future nor in the distant (laughs).