The lissome Ishaa Koppikar, who celebrates her birthday today was in the capital to walk the ramp for a jewellery show on Monday night. Flying back home early Tuesday morning, the actress, who hit the lights with her Khallas number in Ram Gopal Varma’s Company, is looking forward to spending her special day with family and friends.
Asked about her birthday plans, she said: “I’ll be chilling with family and friends, who’ll come over. Late evening will be party time”. She can’t contain her excitement as she says: “I’m myself dying to know the plans my parents are making with my friends. I’m sure it’ll be a grand surprise”. And she’s looking forward to the gifts. “I’ve already got two watches,” she says, “a Tag Huer and a Pirelet.”
Confessing to be a watch person, Koppikar has 8 watches of different brands including Guess and Gucci. “I’m a stickler for punctuality,” she declares. “I make it a point to reach 15 minutes before my scheduled time. There are days when I have reached the place and the people receiving me are still on their way,” she chuckles.
|Isha Kopikkar will be next seen in Farhaan Akhtar's Don and Ram Gopal Verma's Sholay.|
“It could have been a working birthday,” she says, but thanks director Varma for the break, as he preferred to “finish the song recording first before beginning the next schedule in a day or two.” Also starring Fardeen Khan and Esha Deol, she says “
is a psychological thriller, and I’m playing Ashwini, a housewife (married to Fardeen), who is traditional and very particular about right and wrong.
Two schedules have been completed, one with Fardeen and myself and another with Fardeen and Esha. We’ll soon begin shooting our scenes together,” she enthuses about her first full-fledged film with Varma.
Glad to be getting her due, Koppikar is confident of making the most of the opportunities like Don and Shabri that came her way. Being a remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s Don, Farhan Akhtar’s modern day version gives Koppikar not only plenty of scope to perform, but also to stand in the clear without any shadows from the original.
“Amitji’s Don didn’t really have this character, so I’m glad to get a new role that plays an important part in taking the story forward,” she says, adding, “even if I was playing a character someone has already done in the original, I wouldn’t let it affect me. Because I believe in being focused about my work and giving it my best shot — that is my commitment to the character”.”
Considering that the modern day adaptation is high on action she says: “I don’t have any action scenes in the film. Shah Rukh and Priyanka are doing most of the stunts,” she says, dismissing the notion of missing the kicks and punches in Akhtar’s fast-paced thriller.
“But Shabri has more than made up for that,’ she says, after a pause, and elaborates: “Unlike the action in Don with its harness and cables, the action in Shabri is more real and raw, minus the technology. It’s back to boxes and sacks to break your falls. I was well-prepared for it as I’m a red belt in Taek Won Do and practise regularly.” Given the rawness of these scenes, she did suffer bruises while shooting them.
Apart from work and practising martial arts, Koppikar also spends time doing Kathak and following sports. The former state-level basketball player wants to “get into another sport, maybe squash. I also spend a lot of my free time with my friends, and I have lots of them,” she says. Anyone special among them, one wonders aloud. “No, I’m very much single,” she asserts, adding, “and ready to mingle only with my work.”