Bipasha Basu (born 7 January 1979) nicknamed “Bips” is an Indian actress who appears in Hindi language films. She has also worked in Telugu, Bengali and Tamil language films. She had a successful modeling career before venturing into films.
She debuted in a negative role in ‘Ajnabee’ (2001) which earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Her first commercial success was ‘Raaz’ (2002). She was then noticed for her bold role in the erotic thriller film, ‘Jism’ (2003). She starred in top ‘box-office’ grossing films like – ‘No Entry(2005), Phir Hera Pheri, Dhoom 2 (both 2006)’ – her biggest commercial success till date and Race (2008). Her performances in ‘Apharan’ (2005), ‘Corporate’ (2006) and ‘Bachna Ae Haseeno’ (2008) won her much praise and multiple nominations for several awards. She then appeared in commercial successful films such as ‘All the Best: Fun Begins’ (2009), ‘Raaz 3′(2012) ; her roles being highly praised by the film critics. Having done so, Bipasha Basu has established herself as a leading contemporary actress in Bollywood and is a household name. Known for her bold on-screen image and candid confession of her private life, she is frequently named in the media as a “sex symbol”.
She has been nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress twice each along with one nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role. Roles apart, she is renowned for her item songs like “Phoonk De” in ‘No Smoking (2007)’, and ‘Beedi’ and ‘Namak Ishq Ka’ in Omkara (2006) among others. Basu is slated to make her international film debut with the 2013 Australian film ‘Singularity’.
Bipasha Basu was in a relationship with her ‘Raaz’ co-star Dino Morea since 1996 till they broke up in 2002. Soon afterwards during the filming of ‘Jism’, Basu began to date her co-star John Abraham (actor) and they were in a relationship till early 2011 when the couple officially broke off. While together, the two were often referred to as a supercouple in the Indian media.