Bipasha Basu , born on January 7, 1979 is a Bollywood actress and a Supermodel. She is the winner of the Ford Supermodel of the World (contest) and now works in mainstream Bollywood films. Her first name means "Deep, dark desire." She is continually listed as one of Asia's sexiest women, along with fellow stars Mallika Sherawat and Aishwarya Rai.
Bipasha is the second of three daughters in her family. Her family consists of her mother, her father, her elder sister Bidisha, and her younger sister Bijoyeta . She was born in New Delhi. Later her family moved to Kolkata where she won regional beauty contest at a very young age.
In an interview, she said that she had come into modeling and acting "quite by accident".She had planned to learn chartered accountancy or study medicine. She said that she dropped the idea of doing medical studies because she fainted when attempting to dissect rats.As a child she was considered ugly because of her dark skin.
Dino Morea was her long term boy friend(teenage years) untill she found John Abraham. She said in KBC - celebrity episode - that they started to date each other during the shooting of a movie called Aitbar.Basu dated Dino Morea before dumping him for her successful Jism co-star John Abraham. Abraham and Basu are now rumored to be engaged. Even though Basu is a practicing Hindu and Abraham a Christian, both families have accepted the couple. Basu has stated in an interview that though she was raised a Hindu, she believes that "God is everywhere, in every religion". She also stated that all religious groups deserve respect.
This Calcutta based commerce graduate model came into the limelight when she won the Ford's Supermodel of the World Contest and was named Tulips Ms Super Vivacious in the same event at the remarkably young age of 17. Basu was then flown to New York by the Ford Company. She gushed in an interview, "I was spotted by the world famous photographer, Steven Meisel, and featured in Vogue magazine. I was thrilled and soon had plenty of projects coming my way." Bipasha could have had the world at her feet and easily gained acclaim as an international model, but she gave it all up to come back to India, to be with the people she loves. "Yeah, I did a lot of ads, but my heart was not in it. I started missing my family because it was the first time I was away from them. So I happily gave it all up and came down to India", she reminiscesd.
This Bengali bombshell was bold enough to accept an unusual role in her debut film, Abbas Mustan's "Ajnabee", with Bobby Deol, Akshay Kumar & Kareena Kapoor. She played a married woman who goes all out to woo her husband’s married friend.
She was a household name much before she entered films. Besides doing innumerable prestigious ads, Bips, as her friends call her, did the famous video "Tu" for Sonu Nigam's album, Kismat and she also made a guest appearance in Jay Sean's music video Stolen.
Of late, many Indian models have turned from modeling to acting; Bipasha has been one of the most successful model-turned-actresses.Bipasha's debut film "Ajnabee"(2001) was fairly successful and she was soon signed for other movies. She attracted attention with her roles in "Raaz" (2002) and "Jism"(2003).
Jism featured more mature content than had previously been customary in Bollywood; it was a success and Bipasha was afterwards marketed as a sex symbol. In 2005, she had a boundary-pushing role in the successful film "No Entry". She later appeared in the 2006 film "Phir Hera Pheri", which did well at the box office.
Basu was the female lead in "Corporate", she received much acclaim for her performance. Dhoom 2 is her latest release with Yash Raj Films, which was a huge hit overseas and in India.Her role in "Omkara" was also critically acclaimed.She has also appeared in music videos, such as Tu Kab Ye Janegi... for Sonu Nigam’s album, Kismat and in Jay Sean's Stolen.
On July 7, 2007 Bipasha co-hosted the new Seven Wonders of the World event along with two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank and Oscar winner Sir Ben Kingsley in Lisbon, Portugal.
Bipasha claims that she was harassed by organizers of the controversial 2006 India Day Parade in Edison, New Jersey.Organizers are now saying that they will sue Bipasha for breach of contract for not participating in the event and alleging harassment.Actress Nidhi Gill of Bipasha-the Black Beauty sent Basu a legal notice complaining that Basu had made derogatory remarks about the movie when she had never even seen it.