In Rohan Sippy's film, Bipasha Basu is all set to swing to the sound of the R D Burman track Dum Maro Dum. The copyright issues with Dev Anand and his film Hare Rama Hare Krishna have apparently been sorted out. Pritam Chakraborty is all set to record a new version of the Asha Bhosle classic.
Says Bipasha, "I can't talk about it right now. But when it happens it will happen. Give it another two weeks."
She has another issue-based film Aakrosh coming up after Lamhaa. And Bipasha wonders how the audience would react to it. "The social issue, honour killings, is treated like a thriller. Even Lamhaa was treated like a thriller. But how many people went to see it?"
Bipasha plays a schoolteacher in a tradition-bound village in Aakrosh. "For me the interesting part of doing Aakrosh was to see how far away I can get away from my glamorous image. I discovered it was easy for me to do real characters. The director, Priyadarshan, is a delight to work with. And my co-star is Ajay Devgn who is a good dependable actor. I've another film Mr. Fraud with Ajay directed by Abbas-Mustan which got stuck. I don't know if that will ever release."
Bipasha has a message for her colleagues who are keen to lend their names to issue-based films. "Don't charge any money for working in such films. It's the only way to make issue-based films commercially viable."
Says the actress, "After Lamhaa, I am tempted to tell a committed filmmaker like Rahul Dholakia to make out-and-out commercial films. Or if you make a film on a social issue then make sure it doesn't go over-budget. The audience doesn't care about what's happening in the real world. It's shameful that Lamhaa was so costly. If it was made for Rs. 4 crores it would have been a hit. When a mainstream actor does a film on a social cause it should be done free of cost as a sign of commitment to society."
Bipasha is all set to go to Goa well in advance of her earlier plan to shoot her video. "I want it to be shot outdoors in Goa. Winter gets too crowded. And I've a film to shoot in September. So I've to rush the video. I am going crazy doing my calorie counts. This time I've no team. I am doing everything on my own. It's a little boring to do it by myself. But I've always been a loner."
And yes, all is well between Bipasha and John. Says Bipasha confidently, "If God forbid, anything were to go wrong between me and John, he would be the loser not me."
John Abraham may go right ahead and insure his body parts. Bipasha isn't doing any such thing. Bipasha can't see the sense of John insuring his butt.
She says, "I'm a body person and I am definitely into fitness. But I'd never insure any body part. He's welcome to do what he likes. I just want to know which insurance company is insuring his butt."
Bipasha will be spending a lot of time in Goa in the coming weeks. First she will shoot her fitness video on the beaches quickly before winter sets in. Then she is all set to shoot a re-mix of the song 'Dum Maro Dum' for Rohan Sippy's film of the same title.