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In search of roots
- Bips says homecoming marked by all shoot, little repose

She has been too busy in Bollywood to make time for a Bengali film all these years, but Bipasha Basu is finally here to make her parents’ wish come true — and maybe help John Abraham improve his Bengali vocabulary.

“I have taught John to speak Bengali and he sometimes switches to Bangla when we are at home together. Even he wants to do a Bengali film,” smiled Bipasha in a red sari and big red bindi on Sunday, looking every bit the probasi Bengali girl she is playing in Rituparno Ghosh’s Shob Charitro Kalponik.

“When I talk in Bengali on the sets of Shob Charitro Kalponik, the crew members sometimes laugh at me. It’s different from the way people speak Bengali here. But I am making a great effort,” she added.

In the film co-starring Prosenjit and Jisshu Sengupta, Bipasha plays Radhika, an NRI who returns to Calcutta in search of her roots. “More than me, my parents wanted to see me in a Bengali film.... Radhika is like me in many ways. Amio or moto Kolkata-te eshechhi to search for my roots,” said Bipasha.

But the Bollywood beauty’s search for her roots during her two-week stay has been restricted to just meeting “some childhood and school friends”.

“I have been shooting all day and haven’t been able to go around the city. Neither have I been able to taste any Bengali dish. But tonight, I will have a hearty Bengali meal with my parents,” said the Jism girl, who grew up in Ekdalia Park before making it big in Bollywood.

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