Bipasha sacrifices holiday for Bengali film

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By Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, Jan 7 (IANS) Actress Bipasha Basu has sacrificed her annual holiday to complete shooting for her Bengali debut film "Sab Choritra Kalponik" being directed by Rituparno Ghosh.

"Bipasha has sacrificed her annual holiday to accommodate this film," an emotional Ghosh said. "I want to make a film that does her proud. I genuinely believe that we haven't seen even the tip of her talent."

The movie casts Mumbai star Bipasha and Ghosh's favourite leading man Prosenjeet in the lead.

"I've been so involved with Nandigram that I haven't really been able to devote time to anything else. The Bengali project with Bipasha happened because I had the script ready for a long time and I wanted to work with Bipasha. She was keen and so was I."

The filmmaker met Bipasha just once for the project. "But she's all for it. The character requires her to play a Bengali NRI returning to her roots in Kolkata. So her accented Bengali will do fine. In fact, a lot of the film's space is taken up by the debate between English and Bengali."

The most interesting aspect of the project is the fusion of magic realism with marital intimacy. "In the sense, this movie will be in the same genre as 'Doshor' where Prosenjeet and Konkona Sen played an estranged couple."

Ghosh told Bipasha that she was actually his discovery.

"Well, in a way. You see I was the judge in her first beauty contest in Kolkata, which was organised by Aparna Sen's magazine. I chose her as the autumn beauty. So I guess, I should get some credit for where she is today."

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