Isha Koppikar is an Indian actress and model who has appeared in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Marathi films. Isha is best known for playing protagonists in films that garner more critical appreciation than substantial box office figures. Her most critically acclaimed performances were in the films Girlfriend , D , Darling and Shabri . She has also played leading and supporting roles in several commercially successful films, including Qayamat City Under Threat , Kyaa Kool Hai Hum , Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya ,China Town and Don The Chase Begins Again , as well as item numbers in several films.
Koppikar was born in 1976 at Mahim, Mumbai in a Konkani family. She has one younger brother. She graduated in Life Sciences at Ramnarain Ruia College in Mumbai. While at college she appeared in a photoshoot for Indian photographer Gautam Rajadhyaksha. The shoot led to work in advertising as a model, notably for LOral, Rexona, Camay, Tips amp Toes and CocaCola. Koppikar competed in the 1995 Miss India contest, winning the Miss Talent Crown. Her modelling work gave her an introduction to the film industry and to her first film appearance in the Telugu movie Chandralekha in 1998.