Bipasha Basu moved to Mumbai at the age of 17 and stayed to pursue her modelling career. The highlight of her journey was winning the Ford Models Supermodel of the World contest after which she flew to New York. She returned to Mumbai, got a break as a supporting actress in ‘Ajnabee’ and then played lead actress in ‘Raaz’. Bipasha lives with her husband Karan Singh Grover at their spacious, sea-facing apartment in Khar.
In a chat with a daily, Bipasha has narrated some interesting titbits from her Mumbai journey so far. “At 18, I realized that Mumbai is the place for me to settle down. I had made good friends with normal folks and I loved my work. Initially, life was very tough, especially, as I could never tell my parents how bad it was. For days I didn’t have any money and would subsist on just bananas. Dino (Morea) and I would share Rs 10 thali where I would eat the rice and him, the chapatis. As a group, we would go to a restaurant, order one ice cream for everyone and sit there for hours,” said Bipasha.
Bipasha also spoke about her initial fears and struggles. “I would come back late at night, but was never afraid. I would carry a pillow and hammer with me. I would fall asleep in the cab and took the hammer for protection. Once, some boys started chasing me, but the taxi driver helped me till I reached home. Mumbai gave me recognition, independence, and opportunities to become who I am today,” shared Bipasha.
As per the actress, had it not been for this city, she would not have met her life-partner, Karan. “Mumbai also introduced me to my husband, Karan (husband Singh Grover) and I love him because we are like twin souls.”