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| Bips, a right choice in Lamhaa|
| Updated at: 1056 PST, Monday, July 19, 2010|
MUMBAI: The last occasion we connected on a lighter note, Bipasha Basu allowed us to tap into her funny side. This time round, however, matters have taken a serious turn. Up for release is Rahul Dholakia’s Lamhaa, which has Bipasha playing a Kashmiri activist. While she was not the first choice for the role, producer Bunty Walia and director Rahul Dholakia were confident that Bipasha’s personality as a no-nonsense, do-it- yourself girl would do the trick.
Says Dholakia, “We needed someone who could portray internal and external conflict and in Bipasha, I found that. Also, Aziza who is an activist, had to be physically agile. She was also someone who was willing to give time for training in martial arts and go to Kashmir and Bipasha has done a marvelous job.”
Dholakia mentions a particular scene wherein her character’s face is blackened by the women as remarkable.
“Remove the glamour and you see the dedication. Bipasha was fearless.”
Long time beau John Abraham who has seen rushes from the film agrees that it is a gritty film with heart-rending moments. He recalls a scene in particular wherein women are kicking Bipasha which gave him goosebumps!
The actress says she did meet Kashmiri girls but drew more from the director’s brief as the girls were all “sweet and soft-spoken” as opposed to her character who was supposed to walk like a man. The aforementioned scene is one that is vivid in her memory.
“It was the most humiliating experience of my life. Blackening someone’s face is the ultimate form of humiliation and to add to that there were more than a hundred women hitting me in that scene. In fact, I had to be hospitalised as a small stone went into my ear accidentally,” she recalls.