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Bipasha, the Mandodari in Mani Ratnam's Raavan

Bipasha Basu
Bollywood"s voluptuous Bipasha Basu has been finally drawn into the multi-starrer bilingual Raavan. Ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam has been on a long-time pursuit of an actress to enact 'Mandodari" in his modernized epic of 'Ramayanam". Earlier, the filmmaker had offered Reema Sen and Nayantara the role, which they turned down as they weren"t confident with this de-glamourized role.

Eventually, Mani Ratnam was much impressed with Bips" de-glamourized role in her Bengali film Shob Charitro Kalponik and indeed approached her to perform this role. Instantaneously, without any delay, the actress signed the pact to enact 'Mandodari" in both the versions (Tamil and Hindi). According to the sources, Bipasha will appear for 40 mins in the film and her portions will be shot from September 15.

She will be spotted playing Vikram"s wife in Tamil while the Hindi version will have her paired up with Abhishek Bachchan.

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