Isha Koppikar on Bollywood Comeback: There is No Hanky-Panky on Sets or Useless Talk. The Atmosphere is Less Toxic

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Isha Koppikar forayed into acting more than two decades ago, making a mark through Tamil and Telegu films. However, she received her breakthrough in Bollywood through the much-talked about dance number in Ram Gopal Varma’s film Company. Soon after the release of the flick, Isha decided to take time off from work in order to get married. Her break went on for longer that she expected because before she knew it, she was going to be a mother of a baby girl. Isha now has one daughter with husband Timmy Narang. Ready to be back with a bang, the starlet will be making her silver screen return with yet another Ram Gopal project.

Speaking about it, Isha feels the environment in the Indian film industry is far less toxic than ever before. “There is no hanky-panky on the sets and no unnecessary talk. When I came in, things were very different — Girls were asked to ‘compromise’ and some of them had no choice but to do so because they came from humble backgrounds. I didn’t have to do it, as I had solid familial support. I was neither financially nor emotionally insecure, but what about those girls who had no security at all and were asked to compromise? It was a really sad scenario,” she added.

On the same note, Isha feels everyone is a lot more professional now. “The new generation is so much more focused on their work. I lost a lot of good work because I wasn’t willing to compromise with my values. I was only 23 then, but I knew what I wanted from my life. I didn’t believe in shortcuts,” she stated. “Ram Gopal Varma has offered me a web series where I have a lot more to do than I did when we first worked together; that was just a song called Khallas that became a rage. Sadly, I was offered many so-called item songs after that and I turned most of them down. I play a cop in Ramu’s series, which is one of the central characters in the series, like the cop in the American series Narcos. I played a cop in my last two films Looty and Kavacha, both in Kannada. Maybe I was a cop in my past life. I should change my name to Isha Cop-ikkar,” Isha laughed.

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