A firm anti-smoker, Bipasha Basu had put down her foot when asked to smoke for camera in Dum Maaro Dum. On the other hand, director Rohan Sippy wanted her to look authentic in her role as a hippie and hence wanted her to practice lighting a joint. After much persuasion Bipasha agreed to smoke just once so that her director gets the best shot.
“Bipasha is a health freak and is against smoking. In fact she doesn’t even like when people around her smoke either. She agreed to do Dum Maaro Dum because the film takes an anti-drug stance. However she had managed to convince Rohan that she would not smoke in the film even if her character required that”, informs a friend of Bipasha, “In fact earlier too when Madhur Bhandarkar had asked her to smoke for Corporate, she had put her foot down and said a firm ‘No’.”
However Rohan eventually managed to have his way and convinced Bipasha that to make her character believable for audience, she had to roll a joint and puff for at least one shot. The lady went on to lose the argument and started preparing for the scene which is one of the major highlights of Dum Maaro Dum. Just when she was getting ready for the take though, Bipasha realised to her horror that the shot had been done away from the film.
“Here I am spending an entire day rolling nicotine into paper and trying to make a cigarette and there Rohan goes on to completely do away with the shot”, says Bipasha animatedly, “I was so angry with Rohan that he made me go through all of this. I asked him why he wanted me to do it in the first place. I don’t know why but he didn’t have any explanation then. He just said that he had changed his mind. I really was upset for the wasted time as well as the fear psychosis I had to go through for the smoking.”
Once her anger settled down, Bipasha was more relieved than upset as eventually she could now continue to work on the film without worrying about the smoking scenes.
“I just gave Rohan the ultimatum that it was only once and that too for him that I had tried smoking. Now he better not change his mind again and ask me to practice it all over again. Just going through it once was bad enough for me”, Bipasha brings on a smile here.
Well lady, never say never.