Bipasha Basu (born 7 January 1979) is an Indian actress who appears in Hindi language films. She has also worked in Telugu, Bengali and Tamil language films. She is a former model who had a successful modeling career before venturing into films.
Debuting in a negative role in Ajnabee (2001), her first successful film was Raaz (2002) for which she was nominated for Filmfare Best Actress Award. She was then noticed for her bold role in the erotic thriller film, Jism (2003). She starred in top grossing films like 2005's biggest hit - No Entry, Phir Hera Pheri (2006), Dhoom 2 (2006) - her biggest commercial success till date and Race (2008). Her performances in Apharan (2005), Corporate (2006), Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) and Lamhaa (2010) won her critical praise and multiple nominations for several awards. Known for her bold roles in Indian cinema, she has established herself as a leading actress and is frequented in the media as a "Sex Symbol".
She is also well appreciated for her item songs like "Phoonk De" in No Smoking (2007), and "Beedi" and "Namak Ishq Ka" in Omkara (2006).