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Bipasha Basu Panicked on the sets of Omkara

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August 2nd, 2006

In an attempt to get under the skin of her character Billo in Omkara, Bipasha Basu managed to dress, speak, behave and act differently for her role. But, the otherwise brave Bipasha, developed cold feet while shooting for the two item songs in the film. Strangely enough, the actress became very nervous while performing them.

“On the first day when I went on the set to perform the ‘Beedi jalai le’ song in Omkara, I saw the crowd and I had a panic attack and ran away. I had never seen so many unshaven, unkempt, unbathed and lecherous men in a crowded, sweaty place,” says Bipasha. “When I saw what I had got myself into I got really scared. And for the record, I’m not easy to scare. To top it all, Saif came up to me and whispered, ‘Are you…like… scared? Don’t worry. You just dance. We’ll take care of you. If anything happens just tell us.’ It was only later that I got to know that these ‘lecherous’ men were actually fine actors. They had been preparing to acquire this UP bhaiyya look for weeks.”

Bipasha continues, “Doing item songs can get very boring. But the ones in Omkara are special. I have the highest regard for Vishal Bhardawaj and even being cast in a small part in his film is an honour. Space-wise I have a small role in Omkara. But the projection is amazing. I have really tried to look and behave like the character I play. And people have appreciated my small role. As an actor, that’s the biggest compliment I can get.”

However, Bipasha admits to Omkara not being her kind of film. “It’s definitely Ajay and Kareena’s love-story. My character Billo started off as a special appearance. My character is relevant to the story,” she says.

Bipasha chuckles when she recalls shooting the ‘Namak’ item- song. “That’s my favourite. Looking at the number you wouldn’t think it was a tough number. But when I heard the song it sounded difficult. And to lip-sync Rekha Bharadwaj’s intricate rendition was equally difficult. On top of that, they got a dance-guruji Bhushan Lakhandri, instead of a routine choreographer to choreograph the number. I was taken aback because I thought he’d expect me to be as trained and skilled in dancing as a Madhuri Dixit or an Aishwarya Rai. The only dancing I knew was …going mad at a disco,” she laughs. “But inspite of my reservations Bhushanji and Vishal had faith in me. I pulled it off. The other song ‘Beedi…’ just happened. It was fun to do it,” she says.

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