Being sexy is an amalgamation of many factors. A good face helps. But confidence, poise and
intelligence are musts
MUMBAI: Glamorous Bipasha Basu, who sizzled in Race and Bachna Ae Haseeno, says confidence, poise and intelligence are a must to look sexy.
â€œFor me, being sexy is an amalgamation of many factors â€” definitely a good physique and a perfect-10 for health. A good face helps. But confidence, poise and intelligence are musts. Just a body wonâ€™t do,â€ Bipasha said.
Excerpts from the interview
Q: How do you define sexy?
A: Itâ€™s defined differently from person to person. Those who know me know Iâ€™m a very down-to-earth girl with no pretensions to being a diva. For me, being sexy is an amalgamation of many factors â€” definitely a good physique and a perfect 10 for health. A good face helps. But confidence, poise and intelligence are musts. Just a body wonâ€™t do.
Q: You were selected as Asiaâ€™s sexiest woman
A: Yes, and Iâ€™m proud of it. I read a journalist taunting me about how serious I tried to sound about being chosen the sexiest woman in Asia. Iâ€™d just like to see how sheâ€™d react if she got the same title. Iâ€™m sure any man or woman would be flattered being called the sexiest. I donâ€™t see why Iâ€™ve to justify myself for being happy about being called sexy. I feel elated about it. You canâ€™t take it away.
Q: How do you fob off unwanted attention?
A: Iâ€™ve no time or opportunity to think about unwanted attention. Most of the day Iâ€™m at work. Besides sets, the only place I go to is the gym. Otherwise, I enjoy being at home. I may be a very sexy person, but I lead a very boring life.
Unwanted attention? Yes, thereâ€™re intrusions. I completely shut it out. Iâ€™ve been blessed with blindness. Iâ€™m so myopic I donâ€™t see people staring at me. Maybe thatâ€™s why I donâ€™t understand this whole concept of wearing a robe on top of your shooting clothes. Because youâ€™re going to shed the robe in front of the camera. Since I wear skirts, dresses and shorts in real life, why should I get coy about them on sets? I believe in comfort clothing. I wear a robe on the sets only when Iâ€™m extremely cold. I know it gives people a shock to see me walking up and down in shorts. But my logic is simple. I canâ€™t see them. So they canâ€™t see me.
Q: Do you wear non-comfort clothes for a role?
A: No. I think itâ€™s very important for me to be comfortable in what Iâ€™m wearing even on screen. Iâ€™m in good shape and I am not body-conscious. Thereâ€™s no clothing that would look alarming on me. Having said that, I must say I live in a protected environment and can wear what I want and be how I want. Iâ€™ve people cordoning off what you call unwanted attention. I donâ€™t represent the working-class girl. But I do understand the predicament of the girl on the road because I used to be one.
Q: So how do you advise the girl on the road to dress and behave?
A: She certainly canâ€™t be as carefree as me. She has to dress correctly. And if anything untoward happens with the opposite gender, she should take it on headlong. If I see rubbish
going on around me, I react. Iâ€™ve slapped people on the road. Iâ€™m quite fiery.
No one can mess with me. My sister in Kolkata travels by local train. But she knows how to take care of herself. She doesnâ€™t need
a man to keep her secure on the road.
Q: Does having John Abraham by your side keep away the wolves?
A: If they want to be unbecoming, they ignore John. However, if he stands right next to me, he can become very intimidating. Iâ€™m told even Iâ€™m intimidating. When Iâ€™m at work I donâ€™t tolerate any shoddiness.
My logic is simple. If I give a hundred per cent, I expect others to do the same.
People are on their toes when theyâ€™re working
with me. â€” HNS