2009 will serve as a watershed year for Bipasha Basu and the reason; she has as many as four films, which she hopes would change the perception of her being just a glamorous face and showcase her acting potential. And they are Rahul Dholakia's LAMHAA, Sanjay Gupta's PANKH and Rituparno Ghosh's AFTERWORD, and not to forget AA DEKHEN ZARA.
As per Bipasha, only twenty percent of her acting potential has been tapped and she is positive that after the release of her upcoming films, the audience will start taking her as a serious actor, and not just a glam doll. And the film with which she hopes to re-invent her image in a big way is Rahul Dholakia's LAMHAA, where she plays a Kashmiri girl. Bips says that with LAMHAA, the stereotype Kashmiri girl image that prevails in Bollywood would take a beating. Though she hurriedly puts in that KASHMIR KI KALI is her most favourite and memorable film based in Kashmir and that she simply fell in love with the hot pair of Shammi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore, though her character is nowhere similar to that of Sharmila. She elaborates that in LAMHAA she is non glamorous, wears veils ('burqa') and speaks Kashmiri. In fact, Bips discloses that she learnt to speak Kashmiri to lend authenticity to her role and even got herself familiar with the lifestyle of a typical Kashmiri girl.
Well, with all the effort, one is sure that LAMHAA would definitely prove to be a path-breaking role for Bipasha.