I love the Bhatts: Bipasha Basu

Bipasha Basu Monday denied she had any fallout with the Bhatts and said that they were waiting to give her a strong role, which they finally have done in "Raaz 3".

"I don't know what is this whole discussion about the patch up because I love the Bhatts. Bhatt Saab (Mahesh Bhatt) is very dear to me, Mukesh ji (Mukesh Bhatt) is also very dear to me.

I always say that Vishesh Films is like my own production company. So there was no fall out with them.

"It was just that we were waiting for the right kind of role and they did not want to disappoint me with something that was feeble. They wanted to give me a strong role.

We got that in 'Raaz 3' and we are excited that we are all going to be working together, " Bipasha told reporters here on the sidelines of an event organized by shampoo brand Pantene.

Bipasha, who was catapulted to success with two films from the Bhatt camp, namely "Raaz" and "Jism", was not seen in any of their films after that. There were also reports that she was offered "Murder 2", which she refused to do. However, the actress maintains that there was no rift.

"Raaz 3" that will be helmed by Vikram Bhatt and is slated for a July 6, 2012 release is the third part of the "Raaz" franchise and will also star Jacqueline Fernandez and Emraan Hashmi.

I'm not an insecure person: Asin

Southern actress Asin Thottumkal, who has done just three Hindi films since her Bollywood debut in 2008, says she is not an insecure person and hence does not take up whatever comes her way.

"I'm not a very insecure person as an actress or personally. I'm really not bothered what the other person is doing.

I'm just concentrating on my path. That's my focus. I like working with teams that I would enjoy

working with or projects that I would be excited to be a part of. So I take my time in selecting my films," the 25-year-old told.

Asin entered Bollywood with 2008 blockbuster Ghajini, then she went on to do films like London Dreams and Ready.

Currently the actress is shooting for Sajid Khan's Housefull 2.

Aishwarya and Salman's 'legendary love story' might be revived

Sanjay Leela Bhansali apparently refuses to give up on his magnum opus, originally to star Aishwarya and Salman as the legendary lovers

Sanjay Leela Bhansali has once again revived his pet project Bajirao Mastani after announcing it in 2003.

Based on the epic love story of the renowned Maratha general Peshwa Bajirao and his half-Muslim second wife Mastani, the filmmaker's magnum opus hit a roadblock when the then couple Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai his original choice to play the infamous lovers split.

A source says, "Bajirao Mastani is very close to Bhansali's heart. He keeps reviving it every few years. He had started working on it before Saawariya and Guzaarish.

He won't breathe easy till the project sees the light of the day.

He even considered making the film with Salman and Kareena in 2005, but dropped the idea because both actors had signed another film with Priyadarshan. 

Bhansali feared that his lead pair would lose exclusivity and charm if they did another film together at the same time."

However, the filmmaker is relentless. He refuses to give up on the project, but making the film now may be an even bigger challenge for him.

For one, he may not be able to rope in Salman given the strained relations between the two of late. Plus, Sallu's schedule is jam-packed and he'd have to wait a minimum of two years to get his dates.

The bigger problem, however, would be finances. Post his two flops, Saawariya and Guzaarish, he may not find it easy to generate the kind of budget he'd need to make a film of this magnitude.

And the best Bajirao-Mastani pair would be...

Madhurjeet Sarghi, Theatre and TV actress: I think Bhansali should go for new faces with an established supporting cast. I strongly feel that love epics work best with newcomers as opposed to stars. In case he has to take a star, then Ranbir Kapoor is very talented.  

Shreyas, Advertising professional: Bhansali should make the film with Salman. Without him the film, should not be made. There can be no replacement for Salman.

Sandeep Singhvi, Ad filmmaker: Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor have great chemistry on screen.

Aditi Todi, Tv producer: I can't think of anyone else for an epic love story, but Aishwarya and Hrithik. Aishwarya has this ethereal charm. She was stunning in Jodha Akbar and Umrao Jaan.

Our pick

We think that the tall, dark and handsome Ajay Devgn would fit the role to the T. His intense looks make him a perfect choice for the Maratha warrior.

And Kareena Kapoor will be the ideal choice for Mastani. It will be good to see the pair who shared great chemistry in Omkara playing lovers again.

Courtesy: Mid-Day.com
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