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    I'm loving every bit of my relationship with John Abraham: Bipasha Basu

    By Devansh Patel

    To be blessed with both good looks and talent is one thing and to be also blessed with a beautiful figure is another. What sort of gruelling work-outs has the bong bombshell tried and tested for Aa Dekhen Zara?
    (Laughs) There isn't anything special. I've been following a very healthy way of living for the last five years. I got into working out right from No Entry. Everything takes time. You can't get fit in just two months.

    So I guess, with each passing year I've passed through different levels of fitness. Now I am in this phase where I am enjoying all sorts of activities.

    It could be weight training, cardio, yoga, etc. I try a bit of everything and mixing it up depending on the type of roles I play. For certain roles, you could be a bit curvaceous, sometimes you need to be a little more athletic and depending on that, I change my mode of training.

    Do you think the mousey-girl-next-door type roles are passe, out, I mean?
    Mousey is a little difficult for me to play anyway (laughs). If I did play, I could be a very strange mousey girl. I can't be little because I am tall (laughs). Jokes apart, a girl-next-door role is definitely not passe.

    It has been an essential crux of quintessential Bollywood for years, and yes, there is a scope for such roles still but being stylist and glamorous has surely taken over, and that in turn is because the actresses are too glamorous now-a-days.

    Neil tried his level best for me to sing too but I told him that no one is going to listen to my songs if I sing This is going to be Neil Nitin Mukesh's first theatrical release in the U.K and with you adding the thrills and chills, it just adds on to it. Are you more anxious like him?
    I am never really anxious about any of my films because I enjoy doing them and I just leave it.

    Then it's the audiences call. I would want them to like the film but sometimes things don't go your way. Even if they don't like my film, I don't get disappointed and I move on. So anxiousness I don't have.

    I am happy because it is yet another film which is different and fun and I enjoy it even more when I work with new talents like Neil. I am getting to work with so many kinds of heroes and he is definitely a new kind. It was interesting.

    So how are the singing abilities of this 'new kind' hero Neil?
    (Laughs) Very good, and better than mine for sure. Neil tried his level best for me to sing too but I told him that no one is going to listen to my songs if I sing. So let's just spare our film with my voice for singing. I have no aptitude for it. But people have really liked the fresh take on Aa Dekhen Zara songs.

    Any research went into playing a DJ?
    I have no idea about DJ's except the fact that they play great music and entertain a lot of people. The DJ part is the back story of the film and it's just one song 'Rock The Party' where we show a little bit of DJ-ing.

    When you give a profession to a character and a back story, it helps in a way to perceive the character and how he or she would look like or how they would behave. My role is of an independent girl living in Kolkata who aspires to be a singer and she is into music all day.

    She is a tom boy sorts, she speaks very firmly, she has got a great sense of humour, and she has an indigo coloured hair, a tattoo, wears funky pants and cargos throughout. It helps to style the character differently.

    What's the best moment you've captured on your digi cam so far?
    It was 30th of July 2008 when my niece, Nia, was born. I was in the gymnasium when my mother called informing me that the baby was delivered. I rushed back and there she was. A picture perfect moment.

    Has there been a high point so far that you look back at and think that where your career has changed direction?
    Honestly, I've never really thought so much, neither have I planned right from day one where my career will lead me to. For a person who didn't want to be an actor, then, getting into it full time as a profession, liking the work I do, everything has been different you know.

    At various points of time, my first film Ajnabee, then Raaz, then people telling me don't do a Jism and still doing it, going into No Entry to do a full on commercial masala entertainer, then Corporate, Dhoom 2, Race, Bachna Ae Haseeno, I think the high points have been many and I've enjoyed every bit of it.

    No matter what I do, even the smallest of the roles have got me some kind of appreciation, and I thank my audiences for that.

    Brief us through the debutant director, Jehangir Surti.
    (Laughs) He is a very shy, sweet and a timid kind of a guy making this thriller. We always had to shake him up and say, "Jehangir you have to start cracking the whip and sometimes scream and shout on the sets".

    So I did a little bit of Jehangir's work for the first two weeks (laughs). I was the one cracking the whip because I was the only seasoned person on the set and everyone else was relatively a new comer.

    They were all really scared of me and that got them into a little bit of discipline. I had to act off screen too.

    They say that if the casting of the film is right, you've won half your battle. Casting directors don't exist in Bollywood. Do you think they should?
    You're right. We still don't have casting directors in Bollywood. I wish we had casting directors and our business was well organised and functioning that way.

    But, the kind of stories we make, don't require a casting director. We make fun fantasies and sell them all the time and these are the kind of films accepted widely as Bollywood films. Definitely, we are having a change and are making different films but the numbers are very few.

    A casting director is a must for our movies now because we are experimenting so much with our stories. It's time for a change.

    Is it getting easier to juggle being an A list actor who is still single?
    I will be single till I get married (laughs) but at the same time I've been in a relationship with John since eight years. It feels like me and John, have been a couple for eight years, all going pretty and strong. I'm loving, every bit of our relationship which we are juggling since almost a decade now.

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