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Thursday, July 5, 2007

'It would be great to watch Jennifer Lopez perform live'

'It would be great to watch Jennifer Lopez perform live'

Bipasha Basu is off to Lisbon, Portugal to host the grand seven wonders show on July 7, and mingle with Hollywood personalities like Hilary Swank and Sir Ben Kingsley.

She tells us her plans for the evening.

Hosting the new seven wonders shows at Lisbon, how did it come about?

I am usually very apprehensive about hosting any kind of show; I have always refused to anchor such events no matter what the amount of money offered to me is.

But this time, a friend from Delhi, Ambika Pillai, who has always insisted that I dabble in some kind of international work, put me in touch with Simone Sheffield. She is part of the organiser's team and she offered me a chance to host the show. And I said yes because I found it very challenging.

This show is about preserving world heritage. It's got nothing to with films; it's something totally different. And I am very excited about it.

Does the excitement also arise from the fact that you will be sharing the stage with Ben Kingsley and Hillary Swank? Are you even nervous?

I am like that little girl who has butterflies in her stomach. I am so thrilled! It would be great to meet celebrities like Ben Kingsley, Hillary Swank and watch Jennifer Lopez perform live! Neil Armstrong and Christiano Ronaldo will also attend the event so it will be an understatement to say that I am just excited! I don't even have a script for this yet, and I know it will be (done) last minute, but that doesn't deter me. I am prepared to do my best. The sheer scale of the show, held in a historical Lisbon football stadium, is mind-blowing!

Are you rooting for the Taj?

Oh yes, why not? Apart from being a beautiful, magnificent architectural extravaganza, the Taj has such a beautiful story behind it. All of us like to be loved, and all of us drool over such love stories as that of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. Besides, the Taj is also internationally known to be associated with India. So if at all, any monument deserves to be up there, it's got to be the Taj!

What will you wear at the event?

(Laughs) That's a very important thing these days. I will be wearing a sari by my favourite designer, Rocky S. The organisers want me to wear an Armani gown for the second leg of the event, but I might reconsider that. I might choose the Delhi-based designer duo of Gauri-Nainika.
Let's shift focus to your films. Loads of work these days?

Yes, I have been neck deep in work. I have releases like Goal, Race and Mr Fraud lined up, and each one is different from each other. Goal is about national pride, and Mr Fraud is a comedy. Race is a typical edge-of-the-seat Abbas-Mastan thriller.

What happened between you and Arshad Warsi while shooting for Goal?

After we have made this beautiful film, I don't want to talk about stray incidents. Some small tiffs did happen, but at the end of the day, John (Abraham), Arshad, Boman (Irani) and I worked hard to make Goal a credible film. And I believe, it has turned out quite well, so I would rather not speak about it.

At the cost of earning your wrath, all well between you and John?

(Wags a finger and grins) You just won't learn! Yes, we are in love.

Why does your personal life always make news?

I don't know and I don't care. I am a very honest person who sticks by her true friends, and they value me too. The rest, they write to provoke me, so I have stopped reacting to it.

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