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Bipasha Basu, Imran Abbas promote 'Creature 3D'.

Creature 3D releases this weekend in the UAE.

Bipasha Basu and Imran Abbas Naqvi visited the Khaleej Times office on Saturday to promote their upcoming film Creature 3D. -- KT photo by Rahul Gajjar

Dubai -- Sparks flew when the stunning Bipasha Basu and Pakistani actor Imran Abbas dropped in at the Khaleej Times office on Saturday evening to promote Creature 3D, yet another horror film from director Vikram Bhatt.

"Promotions are like election campaigns now," said the feisty Bipasha. "When you love a film and are attached to it you have to do this. You have to do it with equal zest every time. You tune yourself into it because there's no choice."

And despite the fact that she was nursing a bad throat infection, the exuberant actress, who admitted one of her biggest fears was loneliness -- "having no one to talk to" -- talked up a storm, on subjects ranging from her latest foray into the horror genre, to the difficulties of making choices outside Bollywood and how actresses are faring in the industry today.

She was most animated, however, while discussing Creature 3D. "It's India's first creature feature! I've always been a person who goes in strange directions in Bollywood, so when Vikram told me that he wanted to do a creature feature, I was excited. Honestly, every time I've done something away from the herd, it's worked for me. I knew that Vikram was quirky enough to go for it yet maintain that mass connect, what Indian audiences want. There has to be emotion, and music. We always have to remember whom we are catering to."

Imran Abbas, who makes his Bollywood debut with the film, seemed extremely enamoured of his co-star. "Bollywood is the place everyone wants to be. I don't have any apprehensions in saying that I have always dreamt of being a part of Bollywood. It's not a run-of-the-mill film and my team was very good. And, of course, I was very excited to work opposite Bipasha. Being a newcomer, it was an honour for me!"

When asked about the storyline, the actress said: "Creature features have a basic plot: run, save yourself, try to kill the beast! Can you kill the beast? What is the beast? Because we were making a creature feature to connect with the masses, we had to kind of root our creature to our country somehow and we've rooted it to Hindu mythology and called it a 'Brahma Rakshas'. So that's how we can reach out to the grassroot levels."

Creature 3D releases this weekend in the UAE. Read the whole interview with the Creature 3D stars in City Times tomorrow.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Sep 7, 2014
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