New Delhi: The dusky beauty of Bengal, Bipasha Basu, turns 33 today. Though Bipasha started her carrier as a model, she is ruling over the hearts of cine buffs by her swashbuckling performances and joined the club of top-rung Bollywood actresses. In this fair-obsessed film industry, the dusky Bengal tigress has carved her niche. With her looks, style and attitude, Bipasha is a class apart and no one can come close to her as far as her acting is concerned.

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Born in a middle class Bengali family in Kolkata, Bipahsa, affectionately called as Bony by her parents, kindled her interest in becoming a doctor, but destiny stored something else for her. While dissecting a rat in Biology class Bipasha fainted and then she understood that medical was not her cup of tea. The incident dashed her dream of becoming a medical professional. She switched to Commerce stream. With a degree in Commerce, she planned to be a Chartered Accountant but ended up becoming a winner of the Ford Godrej Cinthol supermodel contest.

Though she took up some modelling assignments in her spare time, she was not serious at all to take it as fulltime profession. In 1996 Bipasha met well-known model Mehr Jessia in Kolkata, the latter suggested her taking part in the Godrej Cinthol Supermodel contest and from there no looking back. After winning the Ford Godrej Cinthol contest, Bips was flown to New York where she had a successful modelling career at the age of 17. After her triumph as the Ford Supermodel, she went on to be crowned Miss Vivacious sponsored by Tulips.

It is hard to believe that this reigning queen of male fantasy who ranked 8th  in Times 50 most desirable women in 2011was considered ‘ugly’ in her younger years because of her dark complexion. She was bullied and called ‘ugly duckling’ by her classmates.

One of the judges of the Supermodel Contest which Bips won, Vinod Khanna, wanted to launch her alongside his son Akshaye Khanna in Himalay Putra but

Bips felt she was too young and refused it. Another judge Jaya Bachchan convinced Bipasha to do a film named Aakhari Mughal opposite her son Abhishek Bachchan. But unfortunately the film never went on floors. When J P Dutta changed the script of Aakhari Mughaland and made Refugee, he offered a role to Bips opposite to Sunil Shetty which she declined.

Surprising everyone, Bipasha made her debut in Abbas Mustan’s Ajnabee (2001) with a negative character opposite Akshay Kumar. This movie also starred Bobby Deol and Kareena Kapoor. It was reported that during the shooting of Ajnabee newcomer Bips was teased as ‘black cat’ by Kareena for her dusky complexion. However, Bipasha’s performance in a negative role was appreciated by critics and fetched her Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.
In 2002, this girl with coffee bean complexion starred in the year’s most successful thriller Vikram Bhatt’s, Raaz .The film was a rage and fetched a heroine status for Basu in the Hindi film industry. Bipasha Basu received positive reviews for her role. One review in The Tribune noted, "...it is Bipasha Basu who steals the show with her fine performance.”

Truly like her name Bipasha, means ‘Dark Deep Desire’ she exuded ‘desire’ and lust in Jism (2003) opposite another model turned actor and her ex-beau John Abraham. Jism was a major hit of that year and since then the word sensuality has become synonymous with Bips. She was called a true scorcher for her skin show in Jism.

Her comic sense was appreciated in films like No Entry, All The Best and Phir Hera Pheri. When critics said that Bipasha only capitalizing on her sex appeal and nothing else she gave a brilliant performance as Nishigandha Dasgupta who has no qualms in taking advantage of her sexuality in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Corporate.

Her seductive dance moves in ‘Beedi Jalaile’, in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Omkara(2006) was highly popular in India and overseas. She became the talk of the town for donning a bikini in Aditya Chopra’s Dhoom 2.

She reportedly ate only oranges for three days and trained hard to shoot the scene. Nikhat Kazmi of The Times of India commented, "Aah Bipasha! Looks great, brings back the bikini to Bollywood, and gently slips into the shadows as a pretty accessory." Bipasha had another hit in her kitty with Race. Her sizzling chemistry with Saif Ali Khan in Race scorched the screens. In Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) she was cast opposite Ranbir Kapoor and gave a tough competition a much younger newcomer Deepika Padukone.

This sexy lass surprised everybody in Rituparno Ghosh’s Bengali film, Shob Charitro Kalponik for which She gave up her glamorous look. This movie is marked as the best performance of her career so far.

The dusky Bengali beauty, a former supermodel, has improved by leaps and bounds over a decade of her film journey. From ‘Ajnabee’ in 2001 to the ‘Dum Maaro Dum’, she has come a long way.

She has tried her hand in Hollywood movie an epic drama Singularity opposite Josh Harnetts where she plays the role of a Maratha warrior Taluja Naik in the film.

Personal life

Bipasha's smoky relationships are the talk of the tinsel town, as she manages to grab the attention of B-Town hottest and eligible bachelors.

Like her professional career Bips has witnessed a lot of ups and downs in personal life. Her first heartbreak came with the ending of 6 years of relationship with Raaz co-star Dino Morea in 2002. Soon afterwards, during the filming of Jism, Bips began to date her co-star John Abraham, and they were in a relationship till 2010.

This super couple of Bollywood who was always been vocal and open about their relationship broke off in 2010. But John clearly told media that he was sole responsible for whatever happened, not Bips. Soon after this break-up without even wasting a year she started dating Dum Maaro Dum co-star Rana Daggubati reportedly. It seems that Bips is going to face another heart-break as Rana is going back steadily with his long tram girlfriend Trisha. But for this hook-ups and break-up we can’t blame this sexy dazzler. Who can’t take his eye off from this girl?

Bipasha is still to meet her soulmate and her quest for her lucky boy continues.

Controversy’s favourite child:

Bipasha has always been controversy’s favourite child. More than her acting and performances she made headlines for her controversies and link-ups with co stars. Bipasha Basu got negative comments from her fans on the social networking website, Twitter after posting a photograph of two children tying her shoelace. She tried to explain that it was actually her sister and friend but the furor on her page forced her to hastily delete the photograph. Again in 2011, a recording leaked which had Basu and politician Amar Singh indulging in a flirtatious conversation. Bipasha denied the rumors and called the voice fake.
After the news of strained relationship with John Abraham, the dusky beauty now mired in a C-grade film controversy.

The entire fracas started when she noticed that a low budget film called 'Bipasha-The Black Beauty' is trying rake in moolah by presenting her real life journey into film in a vulgar way. When Bipasha criticized leading lady, Needhi Gill who has an uncanny resemblance with Bipasha became furious and sent her a legal notice.

Even after all these years, this sultry sex siren of Bengal has maintained her sexy figure and she believes that her positive attitude has been her anchor all these years. So, the younger actresses have a lot of ground to cover if they want to come at par with this sexy bong beauty!

Ten years in this industry and still going strong, this ravishing beauty has established a very strong footing in Bollywood. Bipasha has attained stardom thanks to her hard work and dedication. Professionalism and sincerity is ingrained in her and this reflects in her work as well. Whatever the situation comes this girl with an out of the box thinking always gives a tough fight.
Wishing this sultry black beauty of Beangal, beacon of inspiration for those girls who want to touch the sky, a very happy birthday from Jagran post team.

Trivia:

She is one of the few people in Bollywood who have a movie titled after them (Bipasha- The Black Beauty).

She has reportedly said that she wished she were a boy, then she would get those roles which bypass her due to her image.

She has also appeared in music videos, such as Tu Kab Ye Janegi... for Sonu Nigam’s album, Kismat and in Jay Sean's Stolen.

She has been romantically linked with Vivek Oberoi and Abhishek Bachchan as well.

She decided to learn swimming after a near-death experience in the filming of Shikhar.

Basu starred in Telugu movie Takkari Donga opposite Tollywood superstar Mahesh Babu.

In 2009, Bipasha was rumored to sign onto her first Hollywood venture Chaimera alongside Billy Zane.

She has two sisters and she is second one of them. She has two sisters named Bidisha and Bijoyeta.

She was born in Delhi and brought up in Kolkata

She got tired of modelling and was on the verge of opening up a restaurant when her first movie offer came in

In 2005 and 2007, UK magazine Eastern Eye named Basu the "Sexiest Woman in Asia". Bipasha Basu performed a dance with sex workers in an effort to raise AIDS awareness.

Was one of the judges for the 2004 'Femina Miss India' pageant.

(Deblina Roy)