The director wanted to name the character Bipasha Basu.
Says the straight-laced actress, "Yes, he was very keen that I be called Bipasha in Pankh. But I'm not at all comfortable with my name being used for any character. I'd rather stick to the character's name Nandini."
Belying the belief that she is not promoting the film, Bipasha enthuses, "Pankh is very special, and not just because it's my first so-called art film. But the minute I heard the subject I was bowled over. It deals with a very serious problem within the film industry. Let's not trivialize it by people speculating whether the character I play is based on me. That's exactly what would have happened if my name was Bipasha in Pankh."
In Priyadarshan's Aakrosh, Bipasha plays a refined school teacher, so she doesn't have to speak a dialectic Bihari.
Says Bipasha, "It's very small township. I'm dressed in simple saris for the role. It's a no-makeup look. But no makeup also means some makeup that the character uses when she goes out, etc. We're at this heritage bungalow called Bangla, very nice but very basic. It's a very hot place with big mosquitoes."
Bipasha is completely new to Priyadarshan's cinema. "So is Ajay. But Akshaye is not. He has worked repeatedly with Priyan. He's his favourite."