Friday, September 26, 2008

Bipasha is Jerry's sexual fantasy in PANKH

Bips aka Bipasha Basu is all set to cast her "jaadu and nasha" on screen once again. This time it is in Sanjay Gupta's Pankh directed by Sudipto Chattopadhyay. Interestingly, Bipasha is a mere fantasy of the 20-year-old protagonist Jerry (Maradona Rebello) and does not actually exist in the film.

Explaining the complexity of the story director Chattopadhyay said, "Bipasha is Jerry's fantasy who exists only his mind. She is his alter-ego and loves to provoke him at a drop of her hat." Sudipto further explains, "The character of Jerry is very complexed. The film shows him as a famous child artiste who crossed dressed as a girl. Thus he is confused about his identity. There's a song, Jiya na
Jala, sung by Sunidhi Chauhan, where he fantasizes Bipasha seducing him, creating confusion in his mind about his real identity whether he is a man, woman or an eunuch. But Bipasha seduces him completely and is his sexual fantasy. Bipasha is his only solace from the ugly reality of life."

The director reveals that he and designers Rocky S and Gavin Miguel worked hard on Bipasha's look in the film. "We wanted Bipasha to look like a Diva a la Sophia Loren and Liza Minelli in Cabaret. Also we had lengthy discussions on the scenes. And during the shoot Bipasha got so in with her character that as if she was visible only to Jerry and completely unaware of the actor's presence on the sets. Her entire attitude and behavior while playing the character made the entire experience very interesting."

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