Bipasha won the Ford Supermodel of the World (contest) at the age of seventeen; she was also named Tulips Miss Super Vivacious. She worked as a model before she was signed for her first film.
Of late, many Indian models have turned from modeling to acting; Bipasha has been one of the most successful models turned actresses.
Bipasha's debut film Ajnabee (2001) was fairly successful and she was soon signed for other movies. She attracted attention with her roles in Raaz (2002) and Jism (2003). Jism featured more sex and bare skin than had previously been customary in Bollywood; it was a success and Bipasha was afterwards marketed as a sex symbol. In 2005, she had a boundary-pushing role in the successful film No Entry. She later appeared in the 2006 film Phir Hera Pheri, which did well at the box office.
Dhoom 2 is her next release with Yash Raj Films.
She has also appeared in music videos, such as Tu Kab Ye Janegi... for Sonu Nigamís album, Kismat and in Jay Sean's Stolen. Basu has dated actor Dino Morea and is said to be currently dating John Abraham. 2001 Winner, Filmfare Best Debut Award for Ajnabee. 2003 Nomination, Filmfare Best Villain Award for Jism. 2002 Nomination, Filmfare Best Actress Award for Raaz. In 2005 Bipasha won the most coveted title of the Most Desirable Woman in Asia in Zoom TV/Indiatimes.com. In 2006 Basu was nominated Indian Style Diva of the Year.