Cassian Baliarsingh

Who can forget the gorgeous actress in ‘Bepanah Pyaar Hai Aaja’ song from the movie ‘Krishna Cottage’? Well, she is none other than Isha Koppikar, the crush of every 90s men. After working in multiple South films, she made her big Bollywood debut with Hrithik Roshan’s Fiza.

She then went on to establish herself with movies like ‘Krishna Cottage’, ‘Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi’, ‘Girlfriend’, ‘Don’, ‘LOC Kargil’ and ‘Darna Mana Hai’ and many others. Isha was also part of special dance numbers like ‘Ishq Samundar’ from Kante, ‘Khallas’ from Company and superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Don’ title track.

Meanwhile, the actress recently opened up about a horrific casting couch experience she faced when she was only 18. Shockingly, she revealed about how a Bollywood top actor asked her to meet him alone.

Sharing her casting couch experience, Isha said, “It was never about what you can do. Heroes and actors used to decide. You have heard about #MeToo, and if you had values, it was very difficult. Many actresses left the industry during my time. Either the girls gave in or they gave up. There are very few who are still in the industry and haven’t given up, and I am one of them.”

Recalling her experience, Isha revealed, “I was only 18 when a secretary and an actor approach me for casting couch. They told me that to get work, you have to be ‘friendly’ with actors. I am very friendly, but what does ‘friendly’ mean? I am so friendly that Ekta Kapoor once told me to have some attitude.”

“One actor asked me to meet him alone, without my driver or anyone else, because there were rumours about him being involved with other actresses. But I refused and told him that I couldn’t meet him alone. He was an A-list actor from the Hindi film industry,” she added.

She also recalled incidents when actors and directors tried touching her ‘inappropriately’. “They wouldn’t just come and touch you inappropriately, they would squeeze your arm and say, ‘Heroes ke saath bahut dosti karni padegi,” she added.

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