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Twist in the song

ANUJ KUMARANUJ KUMAR

Ishaa Koppikar is looking forward to her new, deglamourised look.


AFTER dancing her way to the limelight, Ishaa Koppikar now desires to court viewers with her dramatic exploits. "Now I want to move beyond item numbers to performance-oriented roles. My character, Rajo in `Pinjar' has been appreciated and I have some good films in hand," says Ishaa, who is awaiting the release of Ekta Kapoor's `Krishnaa Cottage'. It has her first performance in a lead role in Hindi films with Sohail Khan.

"Krishnaa Cottage' is a horror film where the suspense lies in a book. Either you finish the book or the book will finish you," says the actress refusing to divulge more about the plot.

An established actress in southern cinema, Ishaa's career graph in Hindi films took off late with the `Khallas' song in `Company' after minor roles in `Fiza' and `Amdani Athanni Kharcha Rupaiya'. "In the beginning, I was apprehensive about the song in `Company' but when Ramuji (Ramgopal Verma) assured me, I agreed. And its choreography brought about a new trend in Hindi films. Earlier, vamps were made to do such songs. Now there is no such slot. In fact, item numbers have become a screen test of sorts to judge the potential of an actress," sums up the reigning `item' queen of the industry.

A strong believer in destiny and karma, few people know that Ishaa's tryst with `item numbers' started with Prakash Jha's `Rahul'. But as the film failed to attract any attention, her efforts also went unnoticed. "I don't believe in the past. Nor do I feel that if something hasn't worked out once, it will not work again. It all depends on the right time. Immediately after `Khallas', I got `Ishq Sammandar', which became equally popular. Even today, though my concentration is on meatier roles, if a good proposal comes through, I am ready to do similar songs," she confides.

For health and fitness, she has a doctor father to lean on. "Being a Manglorean, I love fish. I take lots of salads and water and regularly exercise, even during shooting schedules."

Undeterred by the failure of `Rudraksh', Ishaa is looking forward to her deglamourised look in `Humrahi' and `Inteqaam' - where she is cast opposite Manoj Bajpai. Time to search fresh items!

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