Bipasha Basu: Salman Khan is going to stay bachelor all his life!

 
Bipasha Basu: Salman Khan is going to stay bachelor all his life!

Bipasha Basu, who turned 36 last week, is busy promoting her new film 'Alone' which releases tomorrow. While the actress herself is petrified of the horror genre, she has no qualms of being tagged as the 'Horror Queen of Bollywood'. In an uninterrupted 20 minutes long conversation, Bips talks about her recent Goa trip, her film 'Alone', why she believes in institution of marriage and much more! Read on…


Bipasha how did you celebrate your birthday?


I was busy promoting my film 'Alone'. I don't really have time to party but I will surely celebrate it later.


Right at the start of the New Year you have a big release lined up in 'Alone'. Are you excited?


Right now I am 'Zombatose'. That's my new name for the combination of zombie and comatose (Laughs). I am little tired as I have just come out of new year and at the same time I am promoting my film. I am excited about 'Alone'. People have loved the trailer and the songs and it's all positive so far.


Yet again a horror film. Don't you fear of being typecast?


The biggest stars of this industry have been typecast. Apart from Priyanka Chopra who has been lucky with her films, which actresses have been doing versatile roles every time? Everyone has stuck to their own space. I don't want to name anyone but once an actress plays Punjabi role she keeps on playing that and one plays pretty girl in love she always does that. So let me be the girl who does horror films. Everyone is doing something to entertain people and I don't think its wrong doing the same thing. Also I feel the genre maybe typecast but every time I am doing a supernatural thriller or a horror film I have a different character. In 'Aatma' I played a protective mother, 'Raaz 3' I played a falling superstar, in 'Alone' I am playing conjoined twins.


Was it difficult to play two roles simultaneously?


It was perfectly fine to play the victim (the character of Sanjana in 'Alone') because in my head I am no longer a bad actor. Over the years I have learn the craft and whatever I do is with complete conviction. But it was difficult to play the ghost (the character of Anjana in 'Alone'). It was an unknown territory something which I haven't done before. I am a big phattu and I am petrified of everything. When I see any scary films, I just shut my eyes. I try to watch a little from between my fingers (laughs). I had requested my director (Bhushan Patel) that I wouldn't put any make-up to look like a ghost because that would scare me for my life. I would have been scared of me all my life. He was gracious enough to understand and said that we would do certain things on VFX (special effects).


You openly admit that you are a big phattu!


Yes, and Bhushan didn't believe me that I am scared of all the things. He must have thought I didn't mean it, as I'm an adult and do horror films. I don't think he took me seriously. There was a scene in which I had to come face-to-face with a ghost. We had a body double who was playing the ghost and in the scene I had to lie down and then turn around. When I turned around, my face was right in front of the ghost's face. It was just inches away! Everybody in the scene thought I was acting. In the scene, I couldn't stop howling. They didn't know what has happened to me. I howled for a long time. My team of make-up artists came in and held me. After that, Bhushan decided to shoot the sequences separately. My scene and the ghost scenes would be shot separately and then layer it with the help of VFX. I had sleepless nights shooting that film.


Are you looking to hit the marquee with another horror film?


For me a film is a film. The discussion that I am a horror queen will go on forever. A lot of people question my decision of choosing only horror or supernatural films. 'Alone' is not a horror film for me. I signed the film because I haven't done a romantic film for a long time. It is a passionate love story for me. Through our characters we have tried to show a realistic love story. Everyone who is married or who has been in a relationship will identify with this. Many aspects of relationships have been shown. So the film is not only sexy. I play conjoined twins in the film and there a lot of depth in both my characters. Everything about the film is never seen or never done before for me.


Did you go through any spooky incident on the sets?


The body double has done a fantastic job. She had this great make up. Her teeth were black and looked very scary. I remember the first day when she was on the sets. She is just 23 and was excited to see me. In that excitement she forgot that she had put on her make-up and was looking like a ghost and I was walking on the sets happily munching on a biscuit. She was sitting on a sofa and looked up to me and said Hi. I literally died that moment. After that day there were strict instructions on the sets that when I am on the sets she has to sit in the van (Laughs).


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It's been a while we have seen in you in such a bold avatar in films.


When I sign a film I know exactly what I am supposed to do. No one just tells me that I have to do 10 kissing scenes and five love making scenes. When I read the script of Alone I was convinced with it. I wasn't aware who was going to be cast against me but I had requested the producers that because this is a very passionate love story, whoever you cast has to be someone who has to have a chemistry with me. Thankfully Karan Singh Grover was signed and I guess we make a great pair. 'Alone' is going to be my boldest film that I have ever done till now.


The reason why I asked you this is because you recently mentioned in an interview that in 'Bachna Ae Haseeno' you were reluctant to kiss Ranbir Kapoor.


Yes I was. When I started acting in 2001, kissing was not necessary in a film. To show intimacy it was not important to kiss. No one was kissing on screen. I guess 'Jism' was the first film where I did a kissing scene and back then thankfully my co-star in the film, he was my boyfriend (referring to John Abraham) so it wasn't a baggage in my head that I was kissing some random guy. We had already seen each other for two years. When I had to do it in 'Bachna Ae Haseeno', I was kissing a person I didn't know. It was too intimate for me. I remember I went up to Adi (Aditya Chopra) to have a love making scene instead. He laughed on my face and said that I was the first weird actress who is fine with a love making scene and not kissing.


Was it difficult to break the ice with Karan while doing the kissing and intimate scenes?


Today kissing has become a regular thing in films. Kissing is a part of 'U' certificate films also. I remember when I had to do a seduction scene with Emraan Hashmi in 'Raaz 3', I almost died. The director had given me dialogues in the middle of a kiss and I was like 'How do you do that?' (Laughs). With Karan it was very comfortable as we had been shooting for almost a month. There was friendly vibe from the entire unit which help us shoot the song (Katra) with ease. The song has some really hot sequences. I wish my mother doesn't see them (Laughs).


You haven't yet got the opportunity to work with the Khans (Salman, Shah Rukh and Aamir)


You ask the Khans. I have no answer for this. There are actresses who worked with the Khans and have vanished within a film or two films. I haven't worked with any Khans except for Salman in 'No Entry' who exactly wasn't my co-star but I have still survived for 14 years. My journey is different from everybody else.


Over the last 14 years you have done films in various genres. Any space that you would like to venture into?


I really want to do a funny film which is not slapstick. I want to bring out the quirky side of me and show the world that I am really crazy. I would love to do a film like 'Bridget Jones Diary'.


Would we see you settling down soon?


Life is about experiences and about people you meet. If you tell me that all the married couple are happy, I am not buying it. It's not that a relationship is successful only when it culminates into marriage. I have met fabulous people in my life. I don't think if a relationship fails it's the end of life. I do believe in the institution of marriage and I am sure when I meet my soul mate, I will get married. I am not disillusioned or cynical, I am a believer of love and I can give a lot of love to people (Smiles).


Who would you say is the hottest bachelor in India right now?


(Thinks hard) You have to give me a list. I have to see if there is any bachelor who is worth me (Laughs).


Salman Khan…


(Interrupts) He is going to stay bachelor for all his life. He is better off as a bachelor.



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