Basu (born 7 January 1979) is an Indian actress who mainly appears in
Bollywood films. A former model, she was the winner of the Ford's Godrej
Cinthol Supermodel contest in 1996. Basu was born on January 7, 1979.
in New Delhi to a Bengali Hindu family. She has an elder sister named
Bidisha and a younger--Vijayeta. Although she was born in New Delhi, her
family later moved to Kolkata. In an interview, she has stated that she
had initially planned to study medicine, but entered modelling and
acting by accident. Basu studied science till the 12th standard at
Bhavan's Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir and then studied commerce at The
Bhawanipur Gujarati Education Society College, an undergraduate college
affiliated with the University of Calcutta. In Kolkata, she did modeling
and ramp shows part-time. However, in 1996, she met model Mehr Jessia
in Kolkata; the latter suggested that Basu take part in the Godrej
Cinthol Supermodel contest. Basu participated, and won the contest. Basu
is in a relationship with actor John Abraham from 2002 . the two are
often referred to as a supercouple in the Indian media. She previously
dated Bollywood actor Dino Morea. In 2006, Basu claimed to have been
harassed by certain organizers of the India Day Parade in Edison, New
Jersey. Basu was initially scheduled to lead the parade on 13 August
2006. She eventually appeared on stage late, according to her, because
of the harassment. She said, "I wanted to attend the parade, but I could
not." She explained that she was harassed physically and mentally in
the car by two people who were taking her to the parade. In 2005 and
2007, UK magazine Eastern Eye named Basu the "Sexiest Woman in Asia".
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winning the Ford Godrej Cinthol contest, Basu was flown to New York by
the Ford Company, where she had a successful modelling career at the age
of 17. Basu made her film debut in Abbas Mustan's Ajnabee, with Akshay
Kumar, Bobby Deol and Kareena Kapoor. She played a married woman who
goes all out to woo her husband’s married friend, and eventually won the
Filmfare Best Female Debut Award for her performance. In 2002, Basu
starred in Telugu movie Takkari Donga and Vikram Bhatt's thriller Raaz.
Raaz was a big commercial success and surfaced as the biggest hit of
that year. For her performance in the film, she received her first Best
Actress nomination at the Filmfare. One review in The Tribune noted,
"...it is Bipasha Basu who steals the show with her fine performance."
She appeared as Sonia Khanna in the 2003 hit movie Jism alongside John
Abraham. The movie earned her a Filmfare Best Villain Award nomination.
Besides acting, Basu did the video "Tu" for Sonu Nigam's album, Kismat.
She also made a guest appearance in Jay Sean's music video Stolen. In
2006, she performed an item number Beedi in the film Omkara for which
Rediff noted Basu's picturisation. In 2008 Basu starred in Race, her
second collaboration with Abbas-Mustan. Co-starring Saif Ali Khan,
Akshaye Khanna, Anil Kapoor and Katrina Kaif, the film performed well at
the box office, and Basu's performance was appreciated by critics.
Taran Adarsh of indiaFM described her performance as "her best work so
far. She’s superb". She also received good reviews for her role in
Bachna Ae Haseeno opposite Ranbir Kapoor. She completed the year by
appearing in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi in the song Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte.
In 2005 Bipasha and John Abraham did a fitness video with Eros called
Bollywood Bodies. In 2010 she has launched her own line of videos with
Shemaroo under the banner BB - Love Yourself. The first release is
called 'Fit and Fabulous You.