Name: Bipasha Basu
Nickname: Bips, Bippy, Bipsy, Bonny
Birthday: 7th January 1979
Known For: Bipasha Basu was named the “S*xiest Woman in Asia” by UK magazine Eastern Eye in 2005 and 2007.
Debut Film: Ajnabee
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Karan Singh Grover
Relationships: Dino Morea, John Abraham, Josh Harnet, Harmen Baweja, Karan Singh Grover
Awards: Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut, Stardust Award for Best Actress in Thriller Action, IIFA Award for Best Debut
Bipasha Basu Biography
Bipasha Basu was to a Bengali family in Delhi. Her father, Hirak, is a civil engineer, and her mother, Mamta, is a homemaker. She has one elder sister, Bidisha, and one younger sister, Vijayeta. In 1996, Basu was spotted at a hotel in Kolkata by the model Mehr Jesia Rampal, who suggested she take up modelling.
That year, she participated in and eventually won the Godrej Cinthol Supermodel Contest, thereby representing India at the Ford Models Supermodel of the World contest in Miami. She later appeared in the Calida commercial with her then-boyfriend Dino Morea, which was controversial for picturing them sultrily; she had some protesters outside her house after that. With the appearance on several magazine covers, Basu continued to pursue a career in fashion modelling during her late teens until she became an actress.
One of the judges of the Godrej Cinthol Supermodel Contest in which Basu participated, Vinod Khanna, wanted to launch her alongside his son Akshaye Khanna in Himalay Putra, but she felt she was too young and declined the role, which eventually went to Anjala Zaveri. After returning home, she was convinced by Jaya Bachchan to star opposite her son Abhishek Bachchan in J. P. Dutta’s Aakhari Mughal.
However, the film was cancelled, and Dutta, instead, changed the script and made Refugee with Kareena Kapoor. Basu was also offered a role in Refugee opposite Sunil Shetty, which she declined. In 2001, Basu finally made her debut opposite Akshay Kumar in Vijay Galani’s Ajnabee.
The film, directed by Abbas-Mustan, was inspired by the American film Consenting Adults. It was a moderate box-office success and attracted unfavourable reviews from critics. However, Basu’s performance in a negative role was appreciated by critics and won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.
In 2002, Bipasha Basu starred in the year’s most successful thriller, Raaz. Directed by Vikram Bhatt, it established Basu in the Hindi film industry. She was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for Raaz. She was appreciated in a supporting role in Sanjay Gadhvi’s Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, a moderate critical and commercial success.
However, David Dhawan’s Chor Machaaye Shor was her first commercial failure. She appeared in a supporting role opposite Mahesh Babu and Lisa Ray in the Telugu film Takkari Donga. Gunaah, which was released later that year, was also a box-office failure.
In 2003, Basu starred in Pooja Bhatt’s erotic thriller film, Jism alongside, John Abraham, which was well received by critics and fared well at the box office. The film ranked 92 in the top 100 s*xiest movie scenes poll conducted by Channel 4. She received a Filmfare Best Villain Award nomination for Jism. Her next release, Zameen, failed to make an impact among audiences.
Bipasha Basu had four releases in 2004, all of which performed moderately and drew mixed reviews. She collaborated for the second time with Vikram Bhatt in her first release Aetbaar. Her next film was Mani Shankar’s Rudraksh, based on the Indian epic Ramayana. The film was a disaster at the box office and was panned by the critics.
She then starred in Rakht as a tarot card reader trying to solve a murder mystery. Her final release that year was Anil Sharma’s Madhoshi opposite John Abraham. Her performance as a mentally unstable woman was generally well-received. In 2005, Bipasha Basu appeared in the love triangle Barsaat alongside Bobby Deol and Priyanka Chopra.
She starred in the Tamil film, Sachein, which was a hit and then in Prakash Jha’s Apaharan, which won the National Film Award for Best Screenplay. In this period, she refused to act in art films due to salary problems. Besides acting, Basu did the video “Tu” for Sonu Nigam’s album, Kismat. She made a guest appearance in Jay Sean’s music video “Stolen”.
Bipasha Basu established herself as an actress with the success of No Entry. The film grossed 750 million at the box office and was the highest-grossing film of 2005. She earned a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination for the film.
2006 saw her star in four major releases – Phir Hera Pheri, Corporate, Omkara and Dhoom 2 – performing well critically and commercially. Phir Hera Pheri became the ninth highest-grossing film of the year. She was featured opposite Akshay Kumar in a significant role of a con woman who steals 10 million from the protagonists.
In Madhur Bhandarkar’s Corporate, she gave up her glamorous look for the role of a businesswoman who has no qualms in taking advantage of her sexuality to con the CEO of a rival company. She won accolades from critics for her performance. She was nominated for the second time for Filmfare Best Actress Award.
In Vishal Bharadwaj’s adaptation of Othello, Omkara, Basu played the role of Bianca and was a cameo. She caught the attention of the public with her dance number “Beedi”, which was highly popular in India and overseas. Basu became the talk of the town due to Aditya Chopra’s Dhoom 2.
In 2007, Ronnie Screwvala’s Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal performed below average at the box office. In 2008, she teamed up once again with Abbas-Mustan for Race. The film grossed 680 million at the box office and was the fourth-biggest hit that year in India; it performed well enough overseas as well. Her performance was appreciated by critics.
Bipasha Basu’s work in Siddharth Anand’s Bachna Ae Haseeno as a successful supermodel who finds it hard to forgive her ex-lover for betraying her earned her a second nomination for Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award and the film was a commercial success with it becoming a “Hit”.
She completed 2008 by appearing during the song “Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte” in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. Her first release in 2009, Aa Dekhen Zara failed to do well at the box office. Rohit Shetty’s All The Best: Fun Begins performed well and her comic role was appreciated by fans.
Later that year, Bipasha Basu surprised everybody with Rituparno Ghosh’s Bengali film, Shob Charitro Kalponik. She gave up her glamorous look and was praised by critics for her performance.
With the 2010 film Pankh, Bipasha Basu returned as an imaginary character who exists in the protagonist’s mind. She was then featured as a Kashmiri girl in Rahul Dholakia’s Lamhaa, which explored socio-political problems in Kashmir. The principal photography of Lamhaa was disrupted many times by the locals due to the controversial theme.
During the shooting of Lamhaa, she left the sets at Anantnag and headed back to Mumbai, citing she was afraid of the crowd there. Producer Bunty Walia thought of replacing her with Vidya Balan, but she returned for the shoot later with necessary security arrangements.
Basu then appeared in Priyadarshan’s Aakrosh. She met with mixed reviews for the film. Her only release in 2011 was Dum Maaro Dum, which performed reasonably well at the box office and met with good reviews from critics. Bipasha Basu collaborated with Abbas-Mustan for the third time in Players, which became the first release of 2012.
The film was an official remake of The Italian Job. Players was heavily compared to The Italian Job and was criticised for its execution and performances, including that of Basu. Her next release was Raaz 3, a supernatural horror thriller directed by Vikram Bhatt, upon release met with a favourable response and emerged as a box office success after a period of relatively low phase for the actress.
The movie not only became the highest-grossing horror film but also emerged as a “blockbuster” with revenues of ?730 million in India alone. Her performance in the film garnered acclaim from critics. After appearing in a guest appearance in Race 2. Basu was seen in the horror film Aatma which was directed by Suparn Verma. She received mixed reviews for the movie.
Bipasha performed live alongside Atif Aslam, Shaan & Malaika Arora Khan for the first time in a series of concerts in Birmingham & London in summer 2013. In 2014 Bipasha Basu was seen in numerous roles in different types of movies.
She appeared in Humshakals, a comedy movie directed by Sajid Khan opposite Saif Ali Khan. Humshakals was a box office disaster. She even didn’t participate in the film’s promotions because she was “extremely disturbed by the result” and stated, “Humshakals was the worst experience of my life”.
She was also seen in the horror film Creature 3D, which was again a box office failure. Basu had completed work on her first English film, Roland Joffé’s epic drama The Lovers in which she portrayed a Maratha warrior. In 2015, Bipasha Basu was featured in Bhushan Patel’s romance horror film Alone opposite her future husband Karan Singh Grover. The film performed moderately well at the box office.
Controversy: Bipasha Basu is a football fan, but the actress found herself in a controversy when she was spotted with the ace football player, Cristiano Ronaldo. The two were reportedly caught sharing a smooch way back in 2007.
Latest News: Bipasha Basu is a true fashionista as she pampered herself with a pretty silk shirt in her favourite colour – Pink. The actress took to social media to share a slew of photos of herself donned in gorgeous clothes and spoke about self-love.
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