Bipashu Basu: this Bollywood dazzler started out as a supermodel before scorching the big screen with her sultry sensuality.
Bipasha was born on the 7th of January, 1979 in New Delhi, later moving with her family to Kolkata. She is the second of three sisters. The other two are Bidisha and Vijayeta.
Bipasha studied science, her repulsion towards dissecting animals, prompted her to move away from medicine to commerce. She did her schooling at Bhavan's Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir and her college years were spent at Bhawanipur Gujarati Education Society College. In her spare time, she took up some modelling assignments.
She participated in the Godrej Cinthol Supermodel contest and walked away as the winner. She moved to New York, courtesy the Ford agency, where she continued with her modelling, until she decided to pack her bags and head back to India landing in Bollywood.
She has appeared in Sonu Nigam’s Video ‘Tu’ from his album Kismat as well as Jay Sean’s video Stolen.
Bipasha Basu dated some of the hunkiest men like Milind Soman and Dino Morea before settling for John Abraham. A photograph of her kissing footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, raised questions on whether her relationship with John Abraham was in trouble. However the couple still seem to be as smitten with each other as ever.
Bringing sexy back
2001 Bipasha broke stereotypes in Ajnabee, in which she is a married woman making a play for her husband’s married friend. The risk was worth it as she won the Filmfare Best Debut award for her role.
2002 It was followed by the success of Raaz, a thriller directed by Vikram Bhat. She was nominated for the Filmfare Best Actress award for her role as Sanjana.
2003 She again made waves in Jism, with John Abraham, in which she played a scheming seductress.
2004 The year saw movies like Aetbaar, Rudraaksh that didn’t make much of an impact.
2005 Her films No entry and Phir Hera Pheri did well in the box office.
2006 It was Bipasha’s year all the way with hits like Corporate, Omkara and Dhoom 2.
Her brilliant portrayal in Corporate as Nishigandha Dasgupta won her a nomination for the Filmfare Best Actress award. She sizzled in the item number ‘Beedi’ in Omkara.
2008 Bipasha had another hit in her kitty with Race while her performance in Bachna Hai Haseeno was appreciated.
Year 2009 will see Bips in Pankh, Freeze and a Bengali film Shob Charitro Kalponik.