"many heroines have done it and have reached the top position"
Actress Isha Koppikar gave her opinion on the subject of insiders and outsiders in Bollywood and claimed that many actresses have achieved success because of the casting couch.
However, she concluded that hard work is the only thing that matters.
Isha said: “Whether you call it nepotism or favouritism, I agree it’s a loss for outsiders like us.
“But many such star kids came and couldn’t do much, probably they lacked the skill even after getting opportunities.
“However, for outsiders like us, there’s an exam at every crossroad. And there’s no alternate to hard work.
“Madhuri (Dixit), Deepika (Padukone), Priyanka (Chopra Jonas), Anushka (Sharma)… they all came from outside and have carved their niche.”
On the obstacles outsiders face when it comes to camps in Bollywood, Isha admits that it happens but said that talking about it is pointless.
“Yes, there are camps, but what can I say about it?
“Maybe these people want to work with those they like, their friends and people who’d listen to them.
“I wouldn’t know what happens inside, so won’t speculate. I also have grievances. I can be bitter, but I don’t want to.”
Isha Koppikar then opened up about the casting couch in the film industry.
“Of course that happens, too. But again, it depends on what you want.
“If you want to work on the casting couch, do it, many heroines have done it and have reached the top position but if you do not want to, do not do it.
“You always have a choice. I like to sleep well at night.”
Isha believes she does not have the “authority” to comment on the alleged drugs mafia in Bollywood as it could hurt one’s reputation.
However, she discussed the subject in general.
“A man is known by the company he keeps. I can talk about myself. I’ve not faced any such thing neither did I do any such thing (drugs) that would harm my reputation.
“But yes, I feel this drug mafia is something that needs to be curtailed, as its destroying the youth. Judiciary should take action.”
Isha Koppikar’s last Bollywood film was in 2011 with Shabri. She will next be seen in Ram Gopal Verma’s upcoming web series.
She revealed that since Shabri, she received a lot of good projects from the South Indian film industry but nothing from Bollywood.
“When I did Shabri, not many heroines were ready to do such de-glam roles.
“The film got me recognition and made me crave to do something better or on par with it. But that didn’t happen.
“And then web satisfied my creative urge. When web is giving me opportunities, why will I worry about movies?”