Bipasha's role was slashed in 'Aakrosh'

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By Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, Oct 21 (IANS) It's never happened to her before. In her latest release "Aakrosh", actress Bipasha Basu's role had been cut substantially. But she is not sulking! In fact, she seems quite happy to be in the shadows.

"I knew from the start that my role was comparatively small. But I wanted to be part of the film because I believed in it. When I saw the complete film earlier this week, I realised my role had been edited out even more. Now I'm hardly there. Important things that I shot have been removed," the actress says.

Naturally, Bipasha's family and friends are disappointed.

"I quickly took charge of the situation in the theatre and told them to watch 'Aakrosh' as an Ajay Devgn film. I told my friends, ‘Hey guys. Just enjoy the film for Ajay. Forget I am there'," Bipasha said.

"Sometimes it's important to be part of a film that says something important. We live in the cities and half the time we don't even know what's going on in the backward areas. We city folks live a blinkered life. As an actor, I am ashamed to say I'm not aware of the world as much as I should be."

"Though my role is the blink-and-miss kind but I've no regrets about doing it. The greatest of actors do walk-on parts when they believe in a project. Aamir Khan entered 'Taare Zameen Par' at mid-point. And John (Abraham) insisted on being a small part of Sooni Taraporewala's 'Little Zizou' because it was about football," she added.