•  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 poses for the camera

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.

Personal life

Basu with her husband Karan Singh Grover in 2015

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.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
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
Aankhen Raina Special appearance
Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai Ria
Chor Machaaye Shor Ranjita
Gunaah Prabha Narayan
2003 Tujhe Meri Kasam Girija Special appearance
Jism Sonia Khanna Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Villain
Footpath Sanjana Srivastav
Rules: Pyaar Ka Superhit Formula Herself Special appearance
Zameen Nandini Rai
2004 Ishq Hai Tumse Khusboo
Aetbaar Ria Malhotra
Rudraksh Gayatri
Rakht Drishti Nair
Madhoshi Anupama Kaul
2005 Chehraa Megha
Sachein Manju Tamil film
Viruddh… Family Comes First Special appearance
Barsaat Anna Virvani
No Entry Bobby Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
Apaharan Megha Basu
Shikhar Natasha
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
Omkara Billo Chamanbahar
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
Goal Rumana
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
2010 Pankh Nandini
Lamhaa Aziza
Aakrosh Geeta
2011 Dum Maro Dum Zoey Mendonca
2012 Players Riya Thapar
Jodi Breakers Sonali Agnihotri
Raaz 3D Shanaya Shekhar
2013 The Lovers Tulaja Naik Belgian film
Aatma Maya Verma
Race 2 Sonia Ranveer Singh Guest appearance
2014 Humshakals Mishti
Creature 3D Ahana Dutt
2015 Alone Sanjana/Anjana

Television

Year Title Role Ref.
2015-2016 Darr Sabko Lagta Hai Host/presenter

Web series

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2020 Dangerous Neha Singh Debut

Music video

Year Title Album Singer Ref.
1998 “Tu” Kismat Sonu Nigam
2004 “Stolen” Me Against Myself Jay Sean [citation needed]