In her sensational interview with a portal, Isha Koppikar who created a stir with her sizzling dance number Khallas in Ram Gopal Varma’s Company in 2002, has spoken of a superstar who asked her to meet him alone.
In an interview to Pinkvilla, Isha was quoted as saying, “Yes, I have been propositioned. One producer told me, 'This film is happening. Call up this actor, you need to be in the good books of actors. So I called him. He's told me his full timetable. He's an early morning person and he goes to the gym at this time. He asked me to meet him in between his dubbing and something he was doing. He asked me who I was coming with and I told him I will be coming with my driver. He said, 'Don't come with anybody'. I was not 15 or 16 then. I knew what was happening. So I told him, 'I am not free tomorrow, I'll let you know'. I immediately called up the producer and told him that he should cast me for my talent. But then, I can't be forced into doing all these things for a role. That is what is intimidating for a lot of people. When a woman says no, they can't take it. And temporarily, you're written off. I never ended up working with that actor."
Though she hasn’t named him, she has dropped a huge hint at who he is. And now everyone is again talking about this clean-imaged superstar and his dirty ways with his female co-stars. Isha is not only one whose career was affected when she refused to oblige this superstar. Nargis Fakhri finally had to quit the film industry and recently an upcoming actress who shot to fame in the past one year, was so harassed by this superstar in the film that she’s doing with him that she nearly quit the project.
The question is, why is this superstar not being called out by the champions of the MeToo movement? The answer is in the question itself. Because he is a superstar and therefore possesses the power and money to silence any protest. The superstar has several well-known entertainment journalists on his payroll who constantly sing his praise and project him as the most desi thing to happen to our country since shuddh ghee.
When the MeToo movement started in 2018 this superstar’s name came up all over the film industry. But never in the public domain. He spent close to 40 crore rupees buying silences. But obviously his money couldn’t reach everywhere. Not to the gutsy Isha Koppikar who has let the whole world know who this privileged predator in the film industry is. More power to you, Isha.