One of Bollywood’s most beautiful leading ladies, Bipasha Basu turns a year older today. Born on 7 January 1979, she was spotted at a hotel in Kolkata by model Mehr Jesia, who suggested she take up modelling. Bipasha won the Godrej Cinthol Supermodel Contest and soon stepped into the world of modelling.
Late actor Vinod Khanna wanted to launch her alongside his son Akshaye Khanna in Himalay Putra. But, she turned down the role since she felt she was too young to act. He even declined a role opposite Suniel Shetty in Refugee.
In 2001, Bipasha finally debuted in Bollywood with Abbas Mastan’s Ajnabee for which she bagged the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Her next film, Raaz was a blockbuster success and since then, there was no looking back for the actress.