Bipasha Basu is one of Bollywood's most fashionable stars. But one rarely ever sees the sexy actress draped in a sari on screen. Most of her celluloid wardrobe -- short hem, low neck or backless -- is aimed at highlighting her ten-on-ten figure.
Nevertheless, the 34-year-old is more than happy to pick India's most sensual garment to stun the red carpet for several of her off-screen appearances.
And while we approve of the sultry Bipasha, her ethnic elegance is something else. Here's the Aatma heroine in some of her best sari-clad avatars.
Like her colleagues Vidya Balan, Rani Mukerji and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Bipasha, too, is quite fond of wearing Sabyasachi's exclusive creations. The dull gold hue teamed with a Sharmila Tagore-in-Amar Prem-inspired blouse sure looks great on her.
Pretty in Pink
The Bengali beauty channels her inner Paro in this stunning Satya Paul ensemble. Too bad Devdas cannot have a sequel.
On the ramp
Bipasha walks tall in a designer version of the classic outfit for the ramp with trademark poise and pomp.
Gold, sheer and embellished, when it comes to saris, these trends are undying.
And that explains why the statuesque star picked this particular sari for a high profile event.
She may not have worked in a Yash Chopra film but Bipasha gets the vision-in-white brief almost right with this appearance.
Now if she'd only picked another hairdo. Hence, the almost.
Riot of colours
Like most stars, Bipasha too loves to stick to basics like black and white.
That's reason enough to love her appearance in this vibrant and ornate purple-pink mix all the more.
From Ajnabee to Raaz 3, it's been a mostly western wear. But for her first Bengali film -- Shob Choritro Kalponik, directed by Rituparno Ghosh, the actress appears exquisite, wearing ONLY traditional, woven saris.
She kept a distinctly ethnic look for her more subdued roles in films like Apaharan and Aakrosh as well.
Lady in red
And if you thought she couldn't possibly raise the mercury in seven-yards of a delicate, demure sari.
Bam, you're wrong!