- January 7, 1979 (age 43), New Delhi, India
- 5’5″ (1.65m)
- $15 million (celebritynetworth.com)
- Karan Singh Grover (m. 2016-present)
- John Abraham
- Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir
Bipasha Basu Singh Grover (born 7 January 1979) is an Indian actress and model. Primarily known for her work in Hindi films, she has also appeared in Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and English films. Basu is the recipient of numerous accolades, including one Filmfare Award. Particularly known for her work in the thriller and horror film genres, she is frequently cited in the media as a sex symbol and a scream queen.
Born in Delhi and raised in Kolkata, Basu won the Godrej Cinthol Supermodel contest in 1996, and later pursued a successful career as a fashion model. She then began receiving offers for film roles, and made her acting debut with a negative role in the moderately successful thriller Ajnabee (2001), which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Basu’s first leading role was in the blockbuster horror film Raaz (2002), which earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. She subsequently received worldwide critical recognition and several awards for her portrayals of a seductress in the 2003 erotic thriller Jism and the 2006 drama Corporate. Basu achieved further success with starring roles in six of India’s annually top-grossing productions—the comedies No Entry (2005), Phir Hera Pheri (2006), and All the Best: Fun Begins (2009), the action adventure Dhoom 2 (2006), the action thriller Race (2008) and the horror thriller Raaz 3D (2012). She also received praise for her performances in the romantic comedy Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008), and the horror films Aatma (2013), Creature 3D (2014) and Alone (2015). Her other notable work includes item numbers in several films.
In addition to acting in films, Basu is a fitness enthusiast and has featured in several fitness videos. Following a high-profile relationship with actor John Abraham, Basu married actor Karan Singh Grover in 2016.
Early life and modelling career
Bipasha Basu was born on 7 January 1979 to a Bengali family in Delhi. Her father, Hirak, is a civil engineer, and her mother, Mamta, is a homemaker. She has one elder sister, Bidisha, and one younger sister, Vijayeta. According to Basu, her name means “dark deep desire”, and is also a river’s name.
In Delhi, Basu lived at Pamposh Enclave, Nehru Place, till the age of eight and studied at Apeejay High School. Her family then shifted to Kolkata, where she attended Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir, located in Bidhannagar. In her school, Basu was appointed as the head girl and was fondly called ‘Lady Goonda’ due to her short and commanding personality. She remarked “As a child, I was a tomboy and I was pampered a lot, due to which I became very naughty. I used to keep a stick in my hand and straighten out all the colony boys if they acted smart. I used to be very short as a child and I was the monitor in school. When the tall boys would be up to mischief, I’d jump on their back during breaks and pull their hair and beat them up”. Basu was enrolled in medical science studies until twelfth standard, but switched to commerce thereafter.
In 1996, Basu was spotted at a hotel in Kolkata by the model Mehr Jesia Rampal, who suggested she take up modelling. That year, she participated in and eventually won the Godrej Cinthol Supermodel Contest (organised by Ford), thereby representing India at Ford Models Supermodel of the World contest in Miami. She later appeared in the Calida commercial with her then-boyfriend Dino Morea, which was controversial for picturing them sultrily; she had some protesters outside her house after that. With appearance on several magazine covers, Basu continued to pursue a career in fashion modeling during her late teens, until she became an actress.
Basu was in a relationship with actor Dino Morea from 1996 to 2002 and a very high-profile one with John Abraham from 2002 to 2011. In 2015, Basu met co-star Karan Singh Grover on the sets of Alone and they fell in love. The couple got married on 30 April 2016.
|2001||Ajnabee||Sonia Bajaj/Neeta||Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut|
|2002||Takkari Donga||Panasa||Telugu film|
|Raaz||Sanjana Dhanraj||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress|
|Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai||Ria|
|Chor Machaaye Shor||Ranjita|
|2003||Tujhe Meri Kasam||Girija||Special appearance|
|Jism||Sonia Khanna||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Villain|
|Rules: Pyaar Ka Superhit Formula||Herself||Special appearance|
|2004||Ishq Hai Tumse||Khusboo|
|Viruddh… Family Comes First||—||Special appearance|
|No Entry||Bobby||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|2006||Humko Deewana Kar Gaye||Sonia Berry|
|Darna Zaroori Hai||Varsha|
|Phir Hera Pheri||Anuradha|
|Alag||Herself||Special appearance in the song “Sabse Alag”|
|Corporate||Nishigandha Dasgupta||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress|
|Jaane Hoga Kya||Aditi|
|Dhoom 2||Shonali Bose/Monali Bose[c]|
|2007||Nehlle Pe Dehlla||Pooja|
|No Smoking||—||Special appearance in the song “Phoonk De”|
|Om Shanti Om||Herself||Special appearance|
|2008||Race||Sonia Ranveer Singh|
|Bachna Ae Haseeno||Radhika/Shreya Rathore||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi||—||Special appearance in the song “Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte”|
|2009||Aa Dekhen Zara||Simi Chatterjee|
|All the Best: Fun Begins||Jhanvi Chopra|
|Shob Charitro Kalponik||Radhika Mitra||Bengali film|
|2011||Dum Maro Dum||Zoey Mendonca|
|Jodi Breakers||Sonali Agnihotri|
|Raaz 3D||Shanaya Shekhar|
|2013||The Lovers||Tulaja Naik||Belgian film|
|Race 2||Sonia Ranveer Singh||Guest appearance|
|Creature 3D||Ahana Dutt|
|2015-2016||Darr Sabko Lagta Hai||Host/presenter|
|2004||“Stolen”||Me Against Myself||Jay Sean|||