Isha Koppikar

Isha Koppikar

 Actress
 Mumbai, Maharashtra
 19-Sep-1976
 Kaadhal Kavithai (1998)

About Me

Isha Koppikar is an Indian actress and model who has appeared in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Marathi films. She has one younger brother. She graduated in Life Sciences at Ramnarain Ruia College in Mumbai. While at college she appeared in a photoshoot for Indian photographer Gautam Rajadhyaksha. The shoot led to work in advertising as a model, notably for L'Oréal, Rexona, Camay, Tips & Toes and Coca-Cola. She competed in the 1995 Miss India contest, winning the Miss Talent Crown. competed in the 1995 Miss India contest, winning the Miss Talent Crown. Her career begun with the 1998 Telugu film Chandralekha, co-starring alongside Nagarjuna, and directed by Krishna Vamsi, with music by Maestro Sandeep Chowta.  Koppikar's second movie was En Swasa Kaatre in 1998, opposite Arvind Swamy, directed by K. S. Ravi, with music by renowned music director A. R. Rahman. 1998 saw a third film, this time a cameo appearance in Praveen Kanth's Jodi, starring Prashanth and Simran. She then appeared in three Kannada films  Hoo Anthiya Uhoo Anthiya,  O Nanna Nalle and Surya Vamsha. Both O Nanna Nalle and Surya Vamsha were box office successes. Koppikar appeared alongside Karisma Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan in Khalid Mohamed's Fiza. Her next release was K. Raghavendra Rao's urban comedy Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa. Her career produced five films in 2003. In Dil Ka Rishta, directed by Naresh Malhotra, she played opposite Arjun Rampal and Aishwarya Rai, marking Koppikar's second appearance with Rampal.  Chandraprakash Dwivedi cast her alongside Urmila Matondkar and Manoj Bajpai in the critically acclaimed film Pinjar. In 2005, she eased up somewhat only releasing four films. Sangeeth Sivan's bawdy comedy Kyaa Kool Hai Hum, with Anupam Kher, Ritesh Deshmukh and Tusshar Kapoor saw her nominated in three separate award ceremonies (IIFA, Zee Cine Award and Star Screen Awards) for best comedy role. Her  highest profile film of 2007, Nikhil Advani's multi-starrer Salaam-e-Ishq, saw her sharing limited screen time with Sohail Khan. Shabri, where she plays a woman gangster of Mumbai, was eventually released in 2011. Her performance was praised but the film only had a limited release and failed to make an impact at the box office. In 2013, she made her Marathi debut in Maat, a film by director Manohar Sarvankar. She did not appear in any film in 2009, the year of her wedding with Timmy Narang. She served as a judge in the Miss Universe 2008 contest, held on 14 July in Vietnam alongside, amongst others, fashion designer Roberto Cavalli and former winner in 2004 Jennifer Hawkins. In August 2009, she presented the new Colors wrestling show 100% De Dana Dan.  She became the Indian brand ambassador of the Italian fashion company Police Time and Jewellery. She is also a spokesperson for the animal rights organisation PETA and received the 10th Anniversary Humanitarian Award in December 2009. 

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