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					 Bipasha Basu: An island of dark beauty in a sea of
                 white beauties
                             Harjap Singh Aujla

Once in Bollywood, a great actress Samita Patil revolted against the
domination of white skin over darker skinned film stars. She was proud of
her dark complexion and rightly so. She was a firm believer in the thought
that the color of skin is immaterial, the beauty springs from within and not
from the outward appearance. She was indeed dark in color of skin and the
film industry’s make-up staff always offered her the option of looking fairer
in color. But Smita Patil on every such occasion spurned the offer that would
have altered her natural appearance. She always preferred to wear
minimum of make-up. Smita Patil stood firmly by her principles till her
untimely demise. Of course she died young, but still she is remembered for
her adherence to her principles and her historic off beat roles in films. Smita
Patil believed that in the early days of the Indian film industry, the Anglo-
Indian actresses and subsequently the Punjabi actresses had such a sway
over the film industry of Bombay and Calcutta that invariably the color of
their skins became the accepted standard norm and the other actresses,
hailing from all the states of India, were also made to look fairer than their
actual color of skin.

After Smita Patil it is now Bipasha Basu, who’s color of skin is dark, but she
is proud of it and the countless cine-goers and the critics appreciate and
adore her looks the way they are. Across the oceans in America, there is a
popular term called “Black Beauty”. This term is used to describe the beauty
of the African American women. There are some very impressive and
sensuous looking dark skinned women like Rolonda Watts, Vanessa Williams,
Beyonce, Florence Griffith Joyner and Phylicia Rashad in America, who are
considered standards of beauty amongst the African American women. One
thing is very common in all these dark skinned beauties, they all have
extremely beautiful frames/structures. In other words they are all very
athletically built. Bipasha Basu of India is no exception to this standard of
beauty, she too is blessed with a very shapely, curvaceous body structure
and great features to go with it.

Bipasha Basu was born in New Delhi on January 7, 1979 to Bengali parents.
Soon afterwards they moved to native Calcutta. Bipasha Basu’s well chiseled
body structure was very much in the notice of her friends and class fellows.
She was advised by several admirers and well wishers to appear in India’s
premier contest for models. At age 17, she appeared in and won the “Ford’s
Godrej Cinthol Supermodel Contest” in 1996. The Ford Company was so
much impressed by her charm and overall personality that they took her to
New York for a year of hectic modeling. Her stay in New York taught her a
lot. Later on she returned to India and plunged headlong into the profession
of modeling. In her childhood, she had no plans to become a model or a
symbol of beauty. In fact she had taken science as a major subject in school
and wanted to become a medical doctor, but circumstances pushed her
towards the world of beauty and modeling. Modeling was bound to lead her
into a career in films. If Aishwarya Rai, Lara Dutta and others could become
world’s top beauties, Bipasha Basu could also have become a world beauty
pageant winner, but opportunity did not knock at her door.

Bipasha Basu’s maiden film was “Ajnabee” made in 2001. In this film she
won the “Filmfare Best Female Debut Award”. In 2002, she started with a
regional movie “Taraki Donga”. Then came a superhit film “Raaz”. Due to
Bipasha Basu’s superb sensuous acting, even the music became a super-hit.
Then she did other successful films like “Ankhen”, “Mere Yaar ki Shaadi Hai,
“Chor Machya Shor” and “Gunah”. By now Bipasha Basu established herself
as a successful actress.

In 2003, Bipasha Basu acted in another superhit film “Jism” opposite John
Abraham. The pair not only proved a cinematic hit, but in real life too they
appeared to be made for each other. The tabloids in India were full of the
stories of this high profile romance. Her next acting venture was in
“Footpath”. Then came “Rules – Pyaar ka Superhit Formula” and “Zameen”.

2004 started with “Ishaq Hai Tumse”. The other films to follow were
“Aitbaar”, “Rudraksh”, “Rakht: What if you can see the future” and
“Madhoshi”. In 2005, Bipasha Basu acted in films “Chehraa”, “Sachein”,
“Virudh”, “Barsaat”, “No Entry”, “Apaharan” and “Shikhar”.

In 2006, Bipasha Basu did “Humko Diwana Kar Gaye”, “Darna Zaroori Hai”,
“Phir Hera Pheri”, “Alag”, “Corporate”, “Omkara”, “Jaane Hoga Kya” and
“Dhoom 2”. In “Corporate” she impressed even the most discriminating
critics with her superb role. And in “Omkara” she stole the limelight with her
role in the song “Beedi Jalayile”. This song became a nation-wide hit.

Year 2007 saw her roles in “Nehle pe Dehla”, “No Smoking”, “Om Shanti
Om”, “Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal. In 2008, Bipasha Basu acted in “Race”,
“Bachna Ai Haseeno” and “Rabb Ne Banadi Jodi”. Most of these films did
reasonably well at the box office.

In 2009, Bipasha Basu acted in “Aa Dekhen Zara”, “All the Best” and “Sob
Choritro Kalponic’. In 2010, Bipasha Basu was featured on “Pankh”,
“Lamhaa” and “Aakrosh”. 2011 will see her in “Dum Maaro Dum, “Players”
and “Singularity”.
In addition to films, Bipasha Basu is still enjoying her day in the sun in
modeling. She is very bold in outlook and India has accepted this character
trait with respect and adoration. When she expresses herself to admire
someone, she does not mince words. When boxer Vijender Singh won the
Olympic Bronze Medal in boxing in Beijing, Bipasha Basu offered him a date
with her. World famous football player Ronoldo is Bipasha Basu’s fan and
Bipasha too reciprocates his feelings. Bipasha Basu has been seen
witnessing Ronoldo’s matches and Ronoldo has been graciously
acknowledging this dark beauty’s presence.

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