Bipasha Basu (born 7 January 1979) is an Indian model and actress who appears primarily in Hindi language films. Basu is particularly known for her work in the thriller and horror film genres, and is cited in the media as a “sex symbol”.Through her film career, she has become one of Bollywood’s highest-paid actresses and one of the most popular and high-profile celebrities in India.
After a successful career as a fashion model, Basu made her film debut with a supporting role in the thriller Ajnabee (2001), which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Her first leading role was in the horror film Raaz (2002), which earned her a Filmfare Award for Best Actress nomination. She was noted for playing a seductress in the erotic thriller Jism (2003). She has starred in top-grossing films like No Entry (2005), Phir Hera Pheri (2006), Dhoom 2 (2006), her biggest commercial success to date, and Race (2008). Her performances in Apaharan (2005), Corporate (2006) and Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) garnered critical praise. Other notable work include lead roles in the films All the Best: Fun Begins (2009) and Raaz 3 (2012). Bipasha Basu has also been given the title of “Bollywood’s Scream Queen” due to her contributions towards horror in India.
One of the judges of the Godrej Cinthol Supermodel Contest in which Basu participated, Vinod Khanna, wanted to launch her alongside his son Akshaye Khanna in Himalay Putra, but she felt she was too young and declined the role, which eventually went to Anjala Zaveri. After returning home, she was convinced by Jaya Bachchan to star opposite her son Abhishek Bachchan in J. P. Dutta’s Aakhari Mughal.