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'Critics cannot decide the fate of a film'

Isha Koppikar tells Rachana Dubey that she doesn't favour reviews as it is the audience that decides a film's fate.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2007 14:32 IST

She’s the typical bindaas type. Yet, she can be cautious when it comes to thorny questions. Over to the always newsmaking Isha Koppikar:

What’s up with you?
I’ve been moving in and out of town for stage shows and events. I’ve also been busy shooting for Ram Gopal Varma’s Darling with Esha Deol and Fardeen Khan. Other than that, I’ve been listening to script narrations. I’m considering two projects. I’m quite upbeat about Shabari, which should release in May.

I believe you were in Bahrain.
No. I wasn’t really in Bahrain. That was a stopover. I was in Cairo. I’d been there for a corporate show. I performed on a stage right before the Sphinx and pyramids.

Salaam-e-Ishq hasn’t drawn very positively positive reviews.
I had a good role, different from what I’ve done so far. I enjoyed doing it but I’ve moved on. As for reviews, I’m not in their favour because I know there’s favouritism. Every reviewer is in one or the other way biased to a star or a director or a banner.

Sometimes negative reviews fetch you positive results. A bunch of critics cannot decide the fate of a film. It’s the audience. I don’t let reviews bog me down anyway. Heroines don’t have much to loose. It’s always the hero and the director who get the credit or the kicks.

Why did you choose to do a tiny part in Salaam-e-Ishq?
(Laughs) Please ask Nikhil Advani why he offered me something so brief. When you have six couples, 12 actors, someone has to settle for briefer screen time. Mine was the funniest track of them all.

Don’t you think you weren’t given as much as promised in Don?
I’m glad I was a part of the project. It was an out and out Shah Rukh Khan film. The women were there only to add the glam quotient. I think my character was well developed in Farhan Akhtar’s version, this wasn’t the case with the earlier Don. I looked great in the film. I was flooded with compliments. It’s history now. I’d rather look my future projects than crib about the past.

In retrospect, don’t you feel you lost your way?
I wouldn’t put it like that. I’ve only chosen the best of what was offered to me. No one offered me anything better than what I’ve done so far. Hello, I know what I’m doing. I’ll do every kind of role that pleases me.

I can’t make the world happy. I don’t live in la-la land. Whatever name and success I have is hard-earned, I don’t take it for granted. Even if I’m walking baby steps today, some day soon I’ll achieve the big leap.

How do you look back at your Khallas item number?
After Khallas, every actress has done item numbers. Every item song looks like Khallas to me. I’m often told that I was wasted in the film (Company). That indicates that critics and well wishers believe that I can do much more.

Do film industry guys make passes at you?
They do. There are all sorts of men here. But I’m a tough nut to crack. (Chuckles) Which woman doesn’t like attention and adulation. Every girl loves to be pampered.

If a man gets turned on by a woman’s body language or by the way she carries herself, then it’s the woman’s fault. She should be careful about the vibes she sends across.

Are you planning to marry Inder Kumar?
No way. (Blushes) Its great to be loved and to be in love with someone. But right now, I can’t afford marriage because I have a long way to go before I settle. Right now, my career is my focus.

rachana.dubey@hindustantimes.com