Mumbai: Casting couch, Nepotism are well-known terms in the film industry. Actor Isha Koppikar has come out in the open boldly to speak about another vital issue namely sexual proposition that she faced from fellow actors in the film line. She rose to fame with her peppy song ‘Khallas’ from ‘Company’ and ‘Ishq Samundar’ from ‘Kaante’.
In a recent interview with Pinkvilla Isha spoke about a vivid scene that took place with her. She said, “(I was told that) He is an early morning person and I should meet him between his dubbing and shoot. I said, okay fine I will be there. He said whom are you coming with? I said I am coming with my driver. He said, No, don’t come with anybody. Because these are the people who spread rumours.’ I said I am always with my staff, I have always been driven by my driver. Why should I drive and come? I knew what it was so I told him, ‘I think I am not free tomorrow, let me figure this out. I will let you know”.
She further stated, “I immediately called up the producer and I said if you want me for my talent, I am here. But that’s it. You want me to perform for my talent and looks, I cannot be doing all this just for a role. That is what is intimidating for a lot of actors, when a woman says no they can’t take it”.
She further spoke on the topic of Nepotism in the interview. She said, “Nepotism? There were so many times that I would get a role and then somebody called..the father would call or the mother would call and then a starlet would get that part. I was about to go for the mahurat when it happened".
Talking about her iconic song “Ishq Samundar” Koppikar said, “I did Ishq Samundar also at the same time (as Khallas). It was actually supposed to be a role in the film but eventually it was not. I don’t really know what happened. I was told that it’s a role of Sanjay Dutt’s girlfriend. Then they told me they felt the length of the film (Kaante) was too long and they had to shorten so they had to do away with my role".
She further revealed, “We first shot the song. I was too naive and took people by face value. I don’t know if we can call it cheating but maybe, they could have done away with my part in the film. I don’t really know.”
In another interview with Hindustan Times, she spoke about the type of cinema she adores doing. She said, “I will never be out of sight or out of mind, because I am too hot. As I am ageing, I am looking better. I won’t be out of mind, as I am a talented actor. There’s a lot for every talented person out there. I always had a great lifestyle. In 20s, you do different kind of cinema, in 30s and 40s too. I don’t really care, it doesn’t complicate my life. I am very content wherever I am"....