MUMBAI: The actress who established herself in Bollywood with the song "Khallas", Isha Koppikar recently revealed that her journey was definitely not a smooth one. The actress opened about facing casting couch when she was just 15 or 16.
In an exclusive interview with Pinkvilla, the Krishna Cottage actress openly said that she was touched in inappropriate ways by some top secretaries and it was the reason because of which she stated defense classes.
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Not only this, she was even asked by some producers to be "friendly" with her co-actors to move forward in her career. Isha even lost a role because of denying a man's advances towards her. Recalling that incident, she said, "Yes, I have been propositioned. One producer told me, ‘This film is happening. Call up this actor, you need to be in the good books of actors. So I called him. He’s told me his full timetable. He’s an early morning person and he goes to the gym at this time. He asked me to meet him in between his dubbing and something he was doing. He asked me who I was coming with and I told him I will be coming with my driver. He said, ‘Don’t come with anybody’. I was not 15 or 16 then. I knew what was happening. So I told him, ‘I am not free tomorrow, I’ll let you know’."
Furthermore, the actress added, "I immediately called up the producer and told him that he should cast me for my talent. But then, I can’t be forced into doing all these things for a role. That is what is intimidating for a lot of people. When a woman says no, they can’t take it. And temporarily, you’re written off. I never ended up working with that actor."
Koppikar also opened up that she has seen the phase where she was replaced in a movie abruptly. In the movie 'Kaante', the actress was supposed to have a proper big role but later was only left with the song "Ishq Samundar".