Isha Koppikar was born in Mahim, Mumbai in a Konkani family. She graduated in Life Sciences from Ramnarain Ruia College in Mumbai. (All pictures courtesy: Isha Koppikar's Instagram account)
Isha Koppikar did a photoshoot for acclaimed photographer Gautam Rajadhyaksha while she was in college. This shoot made her popular and caught the attention of several ad agencies.
In picture: A still from the sexy item song Khallas from Ram Gopal Varma's Company (2002), for which Isha Koppikar is best remembered.
Before Bollywood, Isha Koppikar did several commercials. In fact, Koppikar had even participated in the 1995 Miss India contest and won the Miss Talent Crown.
Isha Koppikar made her acting debut with the Telugu movie Chandralekha in 1998 co-starring Nagarjuna.
Isha Koppikar won the Filmfare Best Female Debut (Tamil) for her film Kaadhal Kavithai in 1998.
Isha Koppikar also grabbed headlines when she played a lesbian in 2004 film 'Girlfriend' co-starring Amrita Arora Ladak.
Did you know Isha Koppikar has a black-belt in Taekwondo? She has also learned Hapkido - the highly stylised Korean martial art of self-defence.
Isha Koppikar has acted in Hindi films like Girlfriend (2004), Kyaa Kool Hai Hum (2005), Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? (2005), D (2006), 36 China Town (2006), Don: The Chase Begins Again (2006).
Besides 'Khallas' from Company, Isha Koppikar has also done several item numbers including Ishq Samundar from Kaante.
Not just Bollywood, Isha Koppikar has acted in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Marathi films as well.
After being romantically linked with late actor Inder Kumar, Isha Koppikar married businessman Timmy Narang on November 29, 2009. Leena Mogre and Preity Zinta apparently introduced her to the popular hotelier.
In picture: Isha with her husband and daughter.
Isha Koppikar gave birth to daughter Rianna in July 2014. The little one turned 4 this year.
Isha Koppikar, the mother of four-year-old daughter Rianna, looks absolutely fab at 42! Don't you agree?
Isha Koppikar has changed the spelling of her name twice, first to Ishaa Koppikar and then to Eesha Koppikhar. However, in 2015, she has reverted to the original spelling of her name.
16 years after her claim to fame with 'Khallas' item song, this is how Isha Koppikar looks now. The actress is enjoying her motherhood, clearly!
Isha Koppikar, talking about being part of biopics, had told mid-day, "I haven't exactly thought about it. I am fond of strong characters... I'd like to make one on the lives of Kiran Bedi or Indira Gandhi. Or perhaps any character that you can choose from mythology."
Isha Koppikar is an absolute foodie, but a conservative one. "My biggest adventure in a restaurant is limited to eating a duck and rabbit meat. I have not eaten a crocodile," she had told mid-day once.
A true-blue Mangalorean, Isha loves her spicy tangy fish curry with rice. The actress does believe in 'eating healthy' but let's go when she wants to.
"I love the full-bodied taste of Mangalorean food. I grew up on Konkani fish curry and rice. One of my favourite dishes is Batata Saung. It is a spicy potato curry that gets its red colour from Byadagi chillies. I remember craving for it when I was away from home for my school camps. I had gone to Nepal for a school picnic when I was in the sixth standard. My desire to eat Batata Saung reached such a point that I phoned my grandmother from the hotel's reception, saying, 'Annamma, I want to eat Batata Saung once I come home'," Isha revealed to mid-day.
Isha Koppikar is a complete fitness freak and she keeps her diet plan healthy. Shedding some more light on her food habits, she said, "Breakfast is usually egg whites and bread. I also have oats, quinoa or phulkas. Between breakfast and lunch, I have a fruit and a cup of green tea. I have replaced white rice with red rice in my daily diet as it's full of fibre. For lunch, I have red rice with a vegetable and fish or chicken curry. I don't overdo the protein intake. I balance fish, chicken, dal or paneer in a meal. Paneer I have only on days when I am vegetarian."
We take a look at some of her candid pictures, thanks to Isha's Instagram!
When Isha Koppikar had a fan-girl moment with Sachin Tendulkar
Isha Koppikar and hubby Timmy Narang partied with Sachin Tendulkar and his wife Anjali Tendulkar
Isha Koppikar shared this picture with her mother Bairal Koppikar on the occasion of Mother's Day
Isha Koppikar in a picture-perfect moment with her husband Timmy Narang and daughter Rianna
Isha Koppikar while promoting her film 'FU: Friendship Unlimited' on the sets of 'The Kapil Sharma Show'
Isha Koppikar with Tusshar Kapoor on the sets of 'Kyaa Kool Hai Hum'
Isha Koppikar's daughter Rianna lovingly kisses her mommy
Isha Koppikar hugs and kisses her daughter Rianna in this adorable picture!
Isha Koppikar and her daughter Rianna have a 'Lion King' moment
Isha Koppikar with her little daughter, as they head for a wedding reception
A picture from Isha Koppikar's vacation with daughter Rianna
We wish Isha Koppikar a very happy birthday.
Remember Isha Koppikar? The actress, who celebrates her birthday today, is best known for item song 'Khallas' and for playing a lesbian in 'Girlfriend'. She is now a fab mom to 4-year-old daughter!
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