Bips happy being queen in Bollywood

KOLKATA: Bollywood’s dusky beauty Bipasha Basu has carved a niche for herself in Hindi cinema and says she has no intentions of going to Hollywood because filmmakers there are familiar with only one Indian actor — Aishwarya Rai.

“No filmmakers of Hollywood are willing to sign any Bollywood actor without a screen test apart from Aishwarya. They seem to know no Hindi film actors, not even Amitabh Bachchan,” Bipasha said.

“I got a chance to go there, but I found out that I will have start again from scratch like screen tests and other tantrums. They treat you like a newcomer. So I decided to stay in Mumbai and be the ‘queen’ here,” said the actress.

Talking about Bachna Ae Haseeno with newcomer Ranbir Kapoor, Bipasha said she signed on because she hadn’t done a romantic movie for quite some time.

“I haven’t done an out-an-out romantic film for a long time so when I heard the script of this film, I found it a little fresh. I play Radhika, who comes all the way from Ranchi to Mumbai to become an actor. But she ends up being a member of (choreographer) Shiamak Davar’s dance troupe.”

Bipasha doesn’t seem to mind sharing screen space with two other actresses —Minissha Lamba and Deepika Padukone in the film.

“I am okay with even a 10-minute role provided I get an apt character and my share of attention on screen. Anyway, if you are a Bollywood heroine, you have very limited choice. I was intelligent enough to realise it long back and hence am picking up roles that look good on-screen,” she said.