Actress Isha Koppikar opens up about her Bollywood journey and the struggles she came across including casting couch and being typecast as the 'item girl'.
"A lot of times I was about to get main roles. But someone would call and later their daughter or the starlet would get into the film. Or another chance is if someone is with someone - whether she is his muse or girlfriend, she has got the role. So I have been hit by nepotism a few times at that time," said the actress.
She recalled an incident where she was promised a role in Sanjay Gupta film but was later told that her part had to be cut down.
She claimed that a superstar apparently tried propositioning her and asked her to 'meet him alone'.
"One producer asked me to call up an actor, he said that I should be in the good books of actors. So only I called him. He asked me who I was coming to the place and I told him I will be coming with my driver. He said, 'Don't let anybody to come with," she said.
She added that she immediately called up the producer and said that if they want her talent, she will perform.
“Nepotism? There were many times that I would finally get a role and then somebody called whether the father would call or the mother would call and then a starlet would get that part of the movie. I was about to go for the mahurat when all these happened,” the actress opined.
Isha Koppikar rose to fame with an item song, ‘Khallas’ in Ram Gopal Varma’s Company.