Bipasha Basu: An actor’s life is very sad

The Raaz 3 babe says superstars are remembered only when they die, and that fans should remember that actors are not super humans but normal people

After being in the industry for more than a decade, Bipasha Basu says an actor’s life is a sad one. She says even superstars fade away after a point and are remembered only when they die. “An actor’s life is very sad. The biggest of superstars in our country fade away after some time and are remembered only when they die. But what to do? It is very vulnerable, very sad, but that is the way it is. Nothing is permanent in their life,” said Bipasha.

A classic example is that of Rajesh Khanna, Bollywood’s first superstar. All but forgotten for almost a decade, he emerged briefly in a rather sad TV spot and the next thing we knew was that he was in hospital, came out, went in again and came out for the last time – only to die a few days later. Of course, there was a nationwide outpouring of grief – and this is just the point Bipasha is making.

“Once you achieve success, you just want to work, you don’t want to be forgotten. It is an emotion that every actor worldwide, male or female, goes through,” said the 33-year-old, who plays an actor whose career is on the downfall in her forthcoming film Raaz 3. Directed by filmmaker Vikram Bhatt, the movie, a sequel to 2009 film Raaz, also stars Emraan Hashmi and Esha Gupta.

Bipasha says people want to know everything about an actor’s life and that is the reason films like The Dirty Picture, Raaz 3 and Heroine are made. “Acting is a very enigmatic line. Being a celebrity, people always want to know about your personal life – what you are, what you eat, how you live, where you go, who you date, how you breathe.”

Raaz 3 is about the struggle of an actor’s life to attain fame and success. And Bipasha says that an actor’s life makes an interesting proposition for a movie theme. “It is an interesting profession to make a film on – either the actor’s life or an actress’. In today’s times, everybody wants to be an actor. It is a fascinating profession and people want to know about behind the scene activities. And that is the reason there have been so many movies made on the same topic,” said Bipasha, who made her acting debut with the 2001 film Ajnabee.

So, are such films actually based on real life incidents? “These are all fictional and drawn from reality a little. Such films are basically different types of storytelling by different directors, which make for very interesting stories,” added Bipasha.

An actor’s personal life has always made headlines and even the Bengali beauty has not been spared – be it her relationship with Raaz co-star Dino Morea, or her romance with actor John Abraham and their breakup. Though she does not let all that bother her a lot, she says the media and people should not forget that actors need some privacy. “People are always interested to know what you are doing in your personal space. It makes great news for people to discuss over a meal. But they forget we are also humans who have a personal life, struggles and we too go through good and bad times. It is quite harsh at times to expect an actor to be okay with whatever is being written about him. Actors are not super humans, they are normal people,” said Bips, who has also worked in Tamil, Telugu and Bengali language films.

Known for her performances in films like Corporate and Dhoom:2, Bipasha is game for well-written comedies. “I am dying to do a comedy. I am a funny girl and blessed with a mad sense of humour. I think I can pull off comedy nicely. I don’t like slapstick comedy but, yes, situational comedy works for me,” said the B-town babe who has done comedy movies like No Entry and All the Best.

Last seen in Jodi Breakers, Bipasha’s future projects include Hollywood film Singularity and director Suparn Varma’s horror project Aatma.