Isha Koppikar is an Indian actress, model and politician. She has appeared in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Marathi films.
Coming from a Konkani-speaking Mangalorean family of learned academicians, Isha has herself completed a course in Life Sciences from Ruia College, and was born on September 19, 1976 in Bombay, India. She has a younger brother.
After completing her college course, she contested the 1995 Miss India contest, and won the Miss Talent crown.
This win got her lead roles in two 1998 Tamil movies 'Kaadhal Kavidai' and 'En Swasa Katre' opposite Prasanth and Arvind Swamy respectively. Both movies got her a lot of positive reviews, and she even won the Best Female Debut from Filmfare for her role in 'Kandhal Kavidai'.
She shot to fame after a modeling shoot with Gautam Rajyadhaksa when she was still in Junior College.
So far She has modeled for "Camay", "Rexona", "L'Oreal", "Tips & Toes", "Coke" "Synergy", "Ponds", "Deepam Sarees", and also took part in several ramp shows. she has also modeled for Anita Dongre.
Talented, stunningly beautiful, and tall, a majestic five feet seven inches in height, which is literally head and shoulders above the average Indian woman (and a lot of men, too!), she has better chances of becoming a leading lady opposite the taller Bollywood heroes.
Isha got her fame in Bollywood when she did the Ram Gopal Varma number (Khallas) in the movie named "Company", and since then has been referred to as the "Khallas Girl" .
Isha towers over many Bollywood actresses, has come far beyond just a sizzling "item" girl, to become a household name. She fills the niche (and much more) created by the exit of another attractive Bollywood actress, Sonam.
Isha's name bounced back into lime-light when she starred in a controversial film named "Girlfriend", which is the story of two lesbian lovers - a subject that is still very taboo in India and some other parts of the world.
Isha was nominated for her part in "Qayamat" in which she plays a negative role. She also received accolades for her role in "Pinjar".
Taking the cue from other personalities from Indian Cinema, she changed her name to Isha Koppikhar. She subsequently obtained a black-belt in Taekwondo.
Lina Mogre and Preity Zinta introduced her to hotelier Timmy Narang, both clicked, dated for about a year, got formally engaged in a glittering 'Ken and Barbie' party; followed by a Sangeet ceremony at Worli's Mayfair on November 27; and on November 29, 2009, tied the knot at Juhu's Hare Krishna Mandir in the presence of close friends and relatives.
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