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By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Thursday, August 02, 2007
While shooting for a song sequence for director Anurag Kashyap's film No Smoking, Bipasha Basu slipped and twisted her ankle. However, the actress continued to shoot for the act. Says producer Kumar Mangat, "Bipasha slipped on a rain-soaked cloth outside her van and twisted her ankle badly. She was in great pain so we requested her to take a two-hour break, after which we resumed shooting."

Kumar Mangat says that in spite of boyfriend John Abraham's requests (he stars in the film), Bips refused to cancel the shoot. "She said postponing the shoot would lead to losses. So she took painkillers and shot till 11 pm. Any other actress would have packed up and gone home."

That's not all. On Monday, they shot from 9 am to 2 am and Bipasha was there. "Her sister gave birth to a girl so she came in at 12 pm. Even then she did not take leave. Bipasha is one of the most professional actresses I have come across," says Mangat, all praise for the actress.

Mangat adds that Ganesh Acharya is choreographing the item number with John and Bipasha. "He won an award for the first time in 14 years for the Beedi Jaalai le number, so the Omkara and Beedi team including Bipasha, Vishal Bhardawaj (co-producer), his wife Rekha (who has sung the number), Ganesh and myself are coming together again for this special number in No Smoking."

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