Bipasha Basu talks to gomolo.in about her next release, Aa Dekhen Zara and her character in the movie
No, it′s not about maintaining low profile. Actually for the past four years it′s become a regular feature that three films of mine release every year. Now after so much of hard work it becomes really important to promote your film. The whole effort is only to cajole audience to see the film and talk to media about our film and give all the possible details.
But there is also a complaint that we get an opportunity to meet only when your film is on the verge of its release.
Well, we actually can′t do anything. We work for rest of the time and there is a personal life too. I am little bit of a private person. Whenever I am busy with work or when I am with my family, I just distance myself from everything. It′s always good meeting people associated with media, actually three films in a year take away all your time.
Please tell us a bit about Aa Dekhen Zara?
ADZ is a romantic thriller, which talks about the story of two ordinary people. Neil plays a photographer in the film and his character is called Ray and I play a DJ in the film and the characters name is Simi Chatterji. Yes, even in the film I play a Bengali. My character is basically an aspiring singer and then our paths cross with each other and eventually they fall in love. Later in the film Neil inherits a camera and he too is shown struggling in Mumbai, as I am in the city. When an extraordinary camera comes in the lives of ordinary people then their whole life undergoes a metamorphosis and then comes the thrill element because of the camera and the things it can project. This is the basic plot of the film and the whole plot talks about only few days in the lives of these characters. It′s a very fast paced action thriller and I am not allowed to divulge more than this.
You play a DJ in the film; did you try getting inputs for your character from any professional DJ?
(Laughs) No, actually it was not required. The film talks about a back-story of a girl and they have not touched much of her professional life in the film. There is only bit of introduction of my character and thus not much detailing was required but only to show what profession she belongs to and what she does to make her ends meet in Mumbai. So that′s about it. It′s basically how an independent modern girl who is inclined to music would dress up, her styling and the way she would speak. My character lives all alone and she is from Kolkata, there is a definite firmness in her and she is intelligent, she is a kind of girl who is very honest and she always tries to guide her lover on the right track. She has all the traits of a modern independent girl and playing the role was not at all difficult for me because I feel that Simi and myself are very similar in more than one ways.
Ok, if you were to become DJ for a day, which tracks would you play in a club?
Actually for me being a DJ is a little bit of an ironical situation because there was a phase in my life when I loved dancing and going to disco. But since the day I started acting I have forgotten everything. Basically the company I keep is of very mellowed people who like to be at home after work and later on might just go to catch a film. So in a way, I have become a very mellowed person and right now DJ-ing is just a dream for me. I have no clue what′s tracks are currently being played in nightclubs. As far as playing tracks is concerned, I will play only those tracks which are topical. I can′t think of any particular tracks.
Ok Bipasha, if you were to stumble upon a similar camera, which is shown in the film, what would you prefer to see first?
Right now if I were to look something for in the camera it would be the final outcome of my house. The house is under renovation for the past one year. So technically I would love to see May end when the renovation work would get over and see as to how my house would look like. Everything in the house has been done by me be it the technical aspect or even the smallest detailing, I am curious to know that.
The film industry is under the grip of severe recession; don′t you think stars should cut down their prices?
Well, definitely a correction was required in the unnatural growth, which the industry had witnessed, in the past few years. Now I think the correction has come into play. At the end of the day, it′s just a business so everything is co-related. The share prices have drastically fallen and so there ought to be a correction and now it has happened. All those films, which were being produced with illogical budgets, have now been shelved. Crazy rates of actors have definitely come in for a check; I was never in that bracket as I price myself very logically.
It′s very difficult to believe you?
No, you have to believe me. This is just not applicable for me. I really believe on one thing that if I am moving ahead with all my small pluses, then that′s sufficient for me and I am happy with it. Those pluses could be just about anything; they could be in the form of appreciation of my films or the kind of money I charge. So all these small pluses have been very good for me. It has not really affected me.
These days we hardly get to see you and John Abraham in films together, why is it so?
Well, many years back I had taken this decision that I would do a film with John only once in three years because I think it′s better that way. We have a great relationship but when you get relationship into your work then what happens is that invariable someone takes the other for granted and I would never want such a thing to happen to me. I had taken this decision many years back and this is a chance for me to meet new people and this is the only place where I get to meet people. After my work gets done, I go straight to home and do nothing so why not meet people. Why get limited and get stuck to one person at home or at work - it would be tiring. But if we chance upon something good we will break our three-year rule.
While shooting for Lamhaa in Kashmir it was reported that you walked out of the shoot mid way, tell us the truth?
When we had gone to Kashmir to shoot for Lamhaa then at that time it was a very disorganized shoot and adequate precautions were missing. People over there were not used to actors coming on the roads and shooting for their film. Few months before we commenced our shooting, Tahaan was shot there and it was shot in a very discreet manner in the mountains. I had even spoken to other actors who had shot in Srinagar before and they all had similar experiences to share. The conditions were volatile there for sure. But when we went again there post election, things were much more calm and law and order situation was perfectly fine. All said and done Kashmir is truly a beautiful place but it′s sad to see so many army people all around. At that time I did not find it important to discuss these things, as my film had not even started at that time. At the end of the day even I too am somebody′s daughter, my parents do get affected and worried. I took a decision after seven days that nothing worthwhile is happening and things were going wrong every day, I told them to sort their affairs and then when they are sorted will come back again. I am not scared of taking risk while shooting but let there be shooting in first place. But thankfully the whole film is almost over and has turned out to be very good. We need to shoot for only two more days.
Ok if you were to point out one interesting aspect of ADZ, what would that be?
It has to be the script of the film. I gave my final nod to be a part of the film only after reading the final script. The story has been narrated in a very simple format. It′s a romantic thriller where the camera is the protagonist. It′s the camera, which moves the film forward. The film is neither flashy nor gimmicky. The way the film has been shot and the story of the film are the highlights. You will get this feeling that it′s about the story of a common man.
Which is your favourite thriller film?
Well right now I am only thinking about ADZ but there are so many. The whole Bourne series - Bourne Supremacy, Bourne Ultimatum. There are so many thrillers and I can′t think of one at this point of time. Thriller is the most interesting genre you participate while watching.
Thanks a lot.