People poked into my wounds: Bipasha Basu

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By Hindustan Times

Her last film being the damp squib Jodi Breakers earlier this year, Bipasha Basu agrees that Raaz 3 is her true comeback vehicle. “It’s definitely a new beginning,” says the 33-year actor, in a candid chat with us. Raaz 3 is your reunion with the Bhatts. Why did it take you nine years to return to the camp?

Vishesh Films sparked off my interest in acting and since then we’ve shared a great bond. Before Raaz 3, they’d offered me a few other films, but I wanted to do something like Raaz (2002) or Jism (2003). When I accepted Jism 10 years ago, the fraternity cautioned me against making the mistake. But I brought a new woman into Hindi cinema. Luckily, the film did well. My role in Raaz 3, too, has been very taxing. I was scared initially. but, later got under the skin of my character, Shanaya.

Recently you said on a social networking site that you’re vulnerable. Why?
There was a time when I was damaged. I had reached a saturation point. During Raaz 3, there came a point when I couldn’t take it anymore. I smiled through various embarrassing and obnoxious questions but only I knew what I was going through. When you show your wounds to people, they poke deep into them. Eventually, I had a breakdown on the sets.

In the last two years, things have changed for you personally. Are you a better person now?
I’ve come to realise that I made a few mistakes in the past. I ignored myself because at the time my priorities were different. But I owned up to it all.

And now, I’m wiser. You can say that I’ve evolved over these last couple of years and I’m happier than I’ve ever been.

After your break-up with John Abraham, there have been reports of you getting close to Shahid Kapoor and Salman Khan. True?
I’m a social person. I have friends and acquaintances who I meet and have a good time with, occasionally. I don’t know why people have to jump to conclusions when they see two people together.

Just because I’m single, does not mean than every man I meet is my new boyfriend. Trust me, the day I find my perfect man, I will not hide him from the world. And I won’t even delay walking down the aisle then.