I'm going international: Bipasha Basu

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By Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, Sep 30 (IANS) Bipasha Basu has finished shooting for Abbas-Mustan's "Race" and is now busy looking at several international scripts.

" 'Race' has shaped up so well in spite of the delay. I'm looking forward to its release. It's my first comedy. As time passes I'm getting greedier by the day. So, yes, I'm looking at scripts from abroad," Bipasha said.

"Within a month I'll be signing my first international film. Time? I'll make time for it if it's worth my while. English is a language I'm very comfortable with.

"And the one thing that I'm very strongly going to oppose is any effort to slot me as an Indian with a sing-song voice, in any international project. If I were willing to play the stereotypical Indian I'd be doing Wes Anderson's 'The Darjeeling Limited' and so many other projects that have come my way. But I want to play mainstream normal characters in the West, not an ethnic Asian person," she said.

Bipasha's beau John Abraham is playing a non-Indian in Deepa Mehta's "Luna".

"Yes. To have a global diction certainly helps. Any filmmaker that I've met abroad has liked my voice. The way I speak is what they liked the best about me. Everything is in-sync sound out there. So a correct voice and diction is a major battle won," the actress said.

"There are so many really beautiful actresses from (South) Korea and China who have failed to make the grade abroad because of their thick accents. I don't want to unlearn my language. Whatever parts come my way from abroad don't need me to change my voice or personality in any way," she added.