Agent of Thrill


In her last release Raaz 3, where Bipasha Basu played the role of an actor who is on her way down from stardom, she went about taking advice from ghosts on how to pull down her rival. In the climax, she was possessed by a spirit and beat up everyone in sight, including the lead actor Emraan Hashmi. In her upcoming release Aatma, Basu is seen fighting the spirit of her late husband, played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Ask Basu about her fascination for ghosts and she says with a chuckle, "I was very scared of all these things while growing up. So maybe it is my subconscious driving me to sign these films now."

Her tryst with the unnatural isn't done yet. In the coming two months, Vikram Bhatt's Creature will have her fight creatures that have been familiarised to us through movies such as Anaconda and Jurassic Park. Basu narrates an incident which happened soon after Raaz 3 released. Her friend and colleague Bhatt, who directed her in Raaz 3, came to her with another horror-oriented script. "I was shooting Aatma at that time, and I did not want to be branded as someone who did just horror films," she says. Bhatt then came back with another script, this time a film based on creatures. "He asked me if I wanted to be a part of India's first creature film. When someone put it that way, how could I say no," she states.

The model-turned-actress has had an interesting career graph. Right from Abbas-Mustan's Ajnabee, which established her in the industry, to Jism, Raaz and Race, Basu known for her glamour quotient has essayed characters which have received applause. At this point in her career, looking glamorous isn't the criteria anymore. "I am done looking beautiful. I have done that for so many years and have been successful at it. I now want to challenge myself with roles and genres which aren't your usual run-of-the-mill fare," she says.

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