Bipasha Basu managed to survive strong competition from all the celebrities who had established their stardom before and after her entry to the limelight leaving behind her modelling career debuting with a supporting role in Abbas–Mustan's thriller ‘Ajnabee’ (2001).
The actress survived 15 years in the industry, still survives and has her own space in Bollywood. After a small gap, Bipasha is back in Hyderabad where she had been a couple of times with her cast. But this time the actress is back for a different cause.
The actress was here to invite volunteers for Teach for Change. “Hyderabad is not new to me. But today, I am here to promote a cause. Teach for Change is doing extraordinary work for education, which is one of the biggest tools that the world can benefit from,” she says.
Playing her multiple roles perfectly in life as a wife, daughter and a working women, will be celebrating one year of her marriage to celebrity Karan Singh Grover next month. “I don’t even realise that one year is going to be up. It’s been an amazing time. I am married to someone who is my friend, companion and soulmate. We are perfectly in sync,” she says.
Being a celebrity couple has its own pros and cons as they would be under the radar 24*7. “We are always going to be under the scanner. Gossip and rumours will exist in a business like this, and people are always curious to know what you do every day. We understand that. Rumours are for others to read. Initially, it affects you but later on you develop a thick skin,” she adds.
Though Bips is not taking up any movies currently, she is busy all day long with other activities that makes her happy.
“I am busy every day, multitasking to be the woman at home, at work, being a daughter, a wife and the girl with 100 things that she wants to do. Even though I have really not shot any films, I am occupied with various things. I am living the best part of my life because I worked really hard to reach here. I am not the kind of person who wants to live in monotony that is just go to work, come back, make money and repeat. I would like to spend that money as well. And I mostly spend it on travel. Karan and I earn, save, travel and spend a lot,” says Bipasha.
“I have taken quite a long break from acting and it is about time that I really decide what I want to do,” she says adding, “I read a lot of scripts. I just have to zero in on what I want to do. You can’t just do films to be around. After a point, when you do a film, it has to say something,” pointing to the fact that she does not miss acting much.
“But no actress lasts 15 years, I have. It is very tough. The only reason they last is because people love them. Everybody goes for the new — it is given. We have to survive the test of time and I am very lucky to be here. I don’t look back and I don’t have plans. It’s always about now. I had a good run and have done all kinds of films. I have made my name not piggybacking on any hero ever. That is a big thing in today’s time.
The next movie I do can’t be a movie like Humshakals. I cannot do one song in the film and be there in the crowd standing and looking pretty. I am not saying that it’s a bad thing to do but I have already done all that,” she adds. Talking about her future plans, Bipasha says, “I aspire to do a lot in the fitness and health space. That’s an area I want to grow in.”