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Isha Koppikar
Even before her first film was released the media was all agog about her. Her debut performance in 'En Swasa Katre' opposite Aravind Swamy had come in for rave reviews from the industry pundits who had seen the rushes and predicted that she would be the next Mumbai girl to hit the top after Simran. Isha who began her career as an actress in the Hindi film 'Ek Tha Dil Ek Tha Dhadhkan' directed by Shah Rukh Sultan with debutante Abbas Khan got her break down South when Kadhir was in Mumbai looking for a heroine for 'Kathalar Dhinam'. He had opted for Sonali Bendre and recommended Isha for his friend K S Ravi’s film.

Her debut film in Hindi has not been released as yet and in Tamil too is taking ages to release but her Telegu film ‘Chandralekha’ opposite Nagarjuna has been released and her second Tamil film 'Kathal Kavithai' opposite Prasanth and directed by national award winner Agathian has also been released. A short interview with this new find:


Q: Was it your intention to enter into the film industry?

A: A Mangalorean by birth but a Mumbaiite in all other ways, Isha speaking about her salad days says, "film career was something that I had not intended. I was busy modeling and that too happened by chance. In the 12th standard I did a photo shoot with Gautham Rajadhakshya and seeing the photo I got a lot of offers from different agencies. I wanted to be a doctor like my father but with my busy schedule I knew that I could not study medicine and so did Life Sciences for graduation in Ruia. The first film too was by pure chance".

Q: Why did you choose to work with a new director and hero in your first film. Was that not a bit risky?

A: I chose a debutante director and a new hero for my break into Bollywood films because the role that I did in the film was something that was very good for a debutante actress.

Only a few directors like Subhashji give importance to heroines and here without a Godfather you cannot expect a role like the one I am doing in my debut film. I play a widow in it. Due to my studies I had to turn down the offer to act opposite Akashye Khanna twice when 'Himalayputra' and 'Border' came my way. After completing two Tamil films that she has on hand I propose to give my career in Hindi films another try.

Q: How did you like your first Tamil film?

A: My first Tamil film was interesting because it had Aravind Swamy in it. I liked his acting very much in the film 'Roja' and the music of "En Swase Katre" by Rahman was the main thing and apart from it the role was exciting. I play a bubbly vivacious girl who is a dreamer and poetess. It has lot of violence too.

Q: What about your future career plans?

A: I plan to space out for sometime and see whether the people of Tamilnadu are going to accept me in a big way or whether I will have to shift my attention to Bollywood. My idea is to do quality films and not just reel out names. The general idea in the South is that Mumbai girls are good at exposing themselves but I have set a few rules and boundary lines for myself which I will not cross at any cost.

Q: What are your hobbies and what about personal relationships?

A: Till the public decide what they want from me I have decided to read a lot of books (non-fiction), listen to Ghazals, Eric Clapton and take it easy. My career is important to me and I have no time to go in for a relationship because if I fall in love then I must give it full-time attention and it must culminate in marriage. "No passing fancies for me" declared Isha Koppikar who travels to location with her granny in tow.