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Bipasha Basu (Bengali: বিপাশা বসু, Hindi: बिपाषा बासु) (born 7 January 1979) is an Indian film actress who appears in Bollywood films and a former model. She was the winner of the Ford's Godrej Cinthol Supermodel contest for 1996 and is currently one of the mainstream actresses in Bollywood.

Early life

Basu was born in New Delhimarker, India, to a Bengali family. She is the second of three daughters to her parents, the elder being Bidisha, and the younger—Vijayeta. Although she was born in New Delhi, her family later moved to Kolkatamarker.

According to her, she had come into modeling and acting quite by accident, because initially she had planned to study medicine.Basu studied science till the 12th standard at Bhavan's Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir and later took up commerce at The Bhawanipur Gujarati Education Society College, an undergraduate college affiliated with the University of Calcutta. In Kolkata, she did modelling and rampshows partime. Although, as pointed above, she intended to become a doctor, her aversion for dissections made her opt for chartered accountancy. However, in 1996, she met well-known model Mehr Jessia in Kolkata; the latter suggested that Basu take part in the Godrej Cinthol Supermodel contest. She eventually participated, and won the contest.

Career

After winning the Ford Godrej Cinthol contest, Basu was flown to New York by the Ford Company, where she had a successful modelling career at the age of 17.

Basu made her film debut in Abbas Mustan's Ajnabee, with Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol and Kareena Kapoor. She played a married woman who goes all out to woo her husband’s married friend, and eventually won the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award for her performance.

In 2002, Basu starred in Telugu movie Takkari Donga opposite Tollywood superstar Mahesh Babu and Vikram Bhatt's thriller Raaz. Raaz was a big commercial success and surfaced as the biggest hit of that year. For her performance in the film, she received her first Best Actress nomination at the Filmfare. One review in The Tribune noted, "...it is Bipasha Basu who steals the show with her fine performance." She appeared as Sonia Khanna in the 2003 hit movie Jism alongside John Abraham. The movie earned her a Filmfare Best Villain Award nomination.

Besides acting, Bips, as she is fondly called, did the famous video "Tu" for Sonu Nigam's album, Kismat back in her early days before she became an actress. She also made a guest appearance in Jay Sean's music video Stolen.

In 2006, she won popular acclaim for her performance in an Item number during the song Beedi in the film Omkara. The song was a national hit, and Basu's picturisation was appreciated.

In 2008 Basu starred in Race, her second collaboration with duo Abbas Mustan, with whom she debuted in Bollywood. Co-starring Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Anil Kapoor and Katrina Kaif, the film performed well at the box office, and Basu's performance was appreciated by critics. Taran Adarsh of indiaFM described her performance as "her best work so far. She’s superb". She also received good reviews for her role in Bachna Ae Haseeno opposite Ranbir Kapoor. She completed the year by appearing in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi in the song Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte.

In 2009, Bipasha was rumored to sign onto her first Hollywoodmarker venture Chaimera alongside Billy Zane.

Personal life

Basu is currently dating actor John Abraham. The couple have been together since late 2002 and have been referred to as a supercouple in the Indian media. She previously dated fellow Bollywood actor Dino Morea.

In 2006, Basu claimed to have been harassed by certain organizers of the India Day Parade in Edison, New Jerseymarker. Basu was initially scheduled to lead the parade on 13 August 2006. Basu eventually appeared on stage late, according to her, because of the harassment. She said, "I wanted to attend the parade, but I could not." She explained that she was harassed physically and mentally in the car by two people who were taking her to the parade.

In 2005 and 2007, UK magazine Eastern Eye named Basu the "Sexiest Woman in Asia".

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
2001 Ajnabee Sonia/Neeta Winner, Filmfare Best Female Debut Award
2002 Takkari Donga Panasa Telugu film
Raaz Sanjana Dhanraj Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Aankhen Raina Special appearance
Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai Ria Special appearance
Chor Machaaye Shor Ranjita
Gunaah Prabha Narayan
2003 Jism Sonia Khanna Nominated, Filmfare Best Villain Award
Footpath Sanjana Rai Shingla Khan
Rules: Pyaar Ka Superhit Formula Special appearance
Zameen Nandini
2004 Ishq Hai Tumse Kushboo
Aetbaar Ria Malhotra
Rudraksh Gayetri
Rakht: What If You Can See the Future Drishti
Madhoshi Anupama Kaul
2005 Chehraa Megha
Sachein Manju Tamil film
Viruddh Special appearance
Barsaat Anna
No Entry Bobby Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
Apaharan Megha
Shikhar Natasha
2006 Hum Ko Deewana Kar Gaye Sonia Berry
Darna Zaroori Hai Varsha
Phir Hera Pheri Anuradha
Alag Special appearance in song Sabse Alag
Corporate Nishigandha Dasgupta Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Omkara Billo Chamanbahar Special appearance
Jaane Hoga Kya Aditi
Dhoom 2 ACP Shonali Bose/

Monali Bose
Double role
2007 Nehlle Pe Dehlla Pooja
No Smoking Special appearance in song Phoonk De
Om Shanti Om Herself Special appearance
Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal Rumana
2008 Race Sonia
Bachna Ae Haseeno Radhika/Shreya Rathod Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Special appearance in song Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte
2009 Aa Dekhen Zara Simi Chatterjee
Pankh Alter-ego of Maradona Rebello
All The Best: Fun Begins Jhanvi Chopra
Lamhaa Aziza
Sob Choritro Kalponik Radhika Bengali film


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