Basu said the period film has a lot of "intrigue" and "passion".
"I just got roped in to do a role in Anurag Kashyap's 'Bombay Velvet', a sumptuous period film, with intrigue, passion and romance," Basu told IANS and added that he enjoys being in front of the camera.
"It's good to be able to concentrate on performance with a fine director at the helm. It's a nice change from putting together all the elements that go into a show," he said.
In 1985, Basu became a quiz show host with "Quiz Time" on Doordarshan. He later launched his company Big Synergy that produced shows like "Kaun Banega Crorepati" and "Dus Ka Dum".