New Delhi: Bipasha Basu has come a long way since her debut in ‘Ajnabee’ (2001). Through films such as ‘Raaz’, ‘Jism’ and ‘Corporate’, Bipasha has carved a separate place for herself in the Hindi film industry. She will soon be seen in ‘Raaz 3’, which according to Bipasha, is going to be one of her best performances. Bipasha talks about her career and journey so far in the Hindi film industry.
Q: Are film stars really very paranoid in their real lives?
A: Some are, for sure, because the higher you go the pressure of being on top, and the very addictive fame. I am sure there are people like that. I don’t know about the dabbling in the dark but the fact that why we are so religious, so superstitious as we go up higher in the rank, is coming from the stem that you have some kind of insecurity because the business is so fragile, so there is no method to this madness. You don’t know when are you going to be on top and where are you going to fall. It’s a crazy place, there is so much love and then there is so much criticism. The basic sentiment remains the fear of falling.
Q: Does this mean that there is a Shanaya Kejal in every actor?
A: Shanaya basically stands for every actor. I used to think that I am a very different kind of actor because when I came to this business, I didn’t want to be an actor, I figured out things while I was on job. Over the years, my priorities have changed, work was always number 3 or 4, so I never felt the pressure of struggle, I never went and looked for work. I am not a go getter in that sense, but things have changed in last two years. I have realised that work is everything that makes me happy. Everyone in my life is settled, I don’t have to look after anyone. Who do I make happy now, there is only ‘me’ left. Thus, I have realised that this fear of losing things is in my life too. I don’t know to which level I would go to keep things intact, I can only work, all I have is talent. I am not as dark as Shanaya. However, the reality is there is going to be a fading away point and I don’t know how I am going to react to that.
Q: You have been largely perceived as a strong person, so didn’t you find difficulties in playing such a loud character, which cries inconsolably.
A: You’re right that I am a very contended person but that doesn’t move me away from the fact that I am a human being, I am vulnerable, fragile, I have my low points, I am a girl.
Q: Whatever you say, your basic image remains that of an empowered woman.
A: That’s a sweet thing but there is something more to it. Because you speak like this, my family expects this out of me or friends perceive me in a different way or I am a role model to millions of girls, it’s become a habit to stay strong. You know when everybody is expecting so much out of you; sometimes you are just fed up of it. You just want to scream that I am not that strong.
We were doing this really tough scene where it didn’t require me to cry but it was an insane scene. I pushed myself beyond a point that the real ‘me’ wanted to burst out. I was waiting for Vikram to say cut and he was letting me go for it. He said cut and I started crying. I did this for the first time in my life.
A lot of self realisation happened during ‘Raaz 3’, that’s why I have an emotional attachment to this film.
Q: Probably you want to be seen in a different light now.
A: People consider me as an honest person; similarly they would understand that I am an honest actor too. Though this is a horror genre film but I have left no stone unturned to give it a real feel. Every day I used to be very exhausted and drained, even though Bhatt saab used to say, ‘Beta, you did so well,’ Vikram would say, he calls me Vispasha, ‘Vispasha, you are such a cutie,’ but people who know me understand that it’s really difficult for me to get so dark. Vikram knows me well, he has seen me for years, but in spite of their faith and appreciation, nothing mattered to me at the end of the day. I was still not feeling great about the scenes. I needed to finish the film fast and move out of Shanaya.
As an actor, I was also worried, because I don’t think any other contemporary of mine would have picked this role. It was the same like ‘Jism’, people were wary of the dark things. I just feel that every single thing in ‘Raaz 3’ needs to be perfect. Both Emraan and Esha have done great jobs.
I did ‘Corporate’ which was not very dark; there was a kind of realism attached to it. Most of our roles are very frivolous; we are just like pretty faces, doing item numbers, you don’t have to do much. It’s a tougher thing to do for us because you’re a thinking person. I have been in the business for more than ten years and I have not put a thought process to it, I just moved according to what I was thinking at that time. Surprisingly I was liked in ‘Dhoom’, which was absolutely frivolous. (Laughs)