Bipasha Basu : ''I own this space of horror''
Bong beauty Bipasha Basu is all set to make her small screen debut with &TV’s Darr Sabko Lagta Hai. The queen of fear talks more about the show and the reason behind always doing horror genre
By Raspreet Kaur Bindra
Tell us something about the show?
Dar Sabko Lagta Hai is not a typical Indian horror show. It will feature 26 short films all of which have been directed by different directors. Each episode is unpredictable. This show is for modern Indian viewers. The show will have stories about the paranormal, the supernatural, spirits, ghosts and the unseen. I am working with directors like Raj & DK and Suparn Varma. Unlike any other host or anchor, I am playing myself. They have integrated the episodes with my daily life in a very unique way. It’s great to see a channel like &TV willing to tap the genre to its fullest, experiment and push the boundaries with this show. It feels great to be on the platform with something different.
Why always Horror?
I like to encourage this genre because it has the potential and scope. I own this space as I have brought equity and respectability to this genre. Now I am bringing this genre to TV. Horror has a larger audience base. But we need to provide a better viewing experience with better special effects.
Aren’t you afraid of being stereotyped as the queen of horror?
I feel very lucky to have been tagged as queen of horror or fear or whatever the titles are. If you get typed in the business you are lucky because most actors and actresses are just struggling to get somewhere. I have always received some or the other tag from the day I entered films. I have got tags like Sex Goddess, Billo Rani and now Queen of Horror. It’s just 3 years that I have chosen the genre of super natural powers. I do one film a year. There is no one in the industry who has got a tag like this from the time Hindi films started. Emran Hashmi was tagged too. One has to take these things like a pinch of salt.
Do you believe in supernatural powers?
The fact that I do horror films and I get scared is enough to say that yes to some extent I do believe. This is why we say Dar Sabko Lagta Hai.
You have completed 14 years in this industry!
I made my debut with Ajnabee in 2001 and it’s been 14 years now. This business is so stopping. I have done 65 films and most of them are not horror. So I have adequate knowledge of each genre. I was a donkey when I started. In this 14 years I have grown not only as an actor but I have attained a creative sense and understanding of all the aspects like writing, direction, cinematography, lightings, etc. I have a habit of learning. It comes from what you were as a kid and I was a topper. However my need is not just work. Last 6 months I have only holidayed because I think I deserve it. I love my work but it can’t be forced down my throat.
What is happening on the film front?
I shall not disappoint you. I am doing a film. It will happen this year and will come next year. It is not a horror film.