She's managed to create her own niche in moviebiz, ever since she zoomed into the cinematic stratosphere with 'Ajnabee' in 2001.
Bipasha Basu,'Ford Supermodel' contest winner who also tasted fame abroad was earlier told by her agents to declare herself as a "Brazilian," since Indian and Asian models didn't really stand a chance, at that time!
Reportedly, Basu was initially handpicked by Vinod Khanna, no less, to greenlight her acting career with scion Akshaye's debut Himalayputra. The sultry gal, however, chucked the offer as she felt that she was too young to turn actress.
Destiny, though, beckoned once again in the form of Jaya Bachchan, who was one of the contestant judges earlier. Basu was lavished with the role of a village belle in J.P. Dutta's Aakhari Mughal alongside newbie Abhishek Bachchan, a flick that never ever saw the light of the day!
Later, Dutta set his mind on crafting Refugee and Basu was earmarked for a role opposite Suniel Shetty; a deal that she politely turned down, once again!
Providence, finally, clinced the deal for her with Abbas-Mustan's Ajnabee.
Truly, one of the saucy Players of moviedom.