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By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Friday, December 22, 2006
Ishaa Koppikar and Inder KumarThere have been rumours about Ishaa Koppikar and Inder Kumar for years now. The duo, however, has maintained a dignified silence on the relationship. Now, they are ready to bring their courtship in the open, by making appearances at public events.

Ishaa was spotted with Inder attending a party at Seijo and the Souldish recently, and her beau was present to cheer her at a spinning event at Velocity not too long ago. When asked about Inder, she admits, “Yes, Inder and I are together. We have known each other for 10 years now and he holds a special place in my heart.”

The duo had been down the relationship path a few years earlier too, but that hadn’t ended well. Consequently, Inder got married to Sonal Kariya in 2003, only to end up divorced five months later. Talking about what drove him and Ishaa apart, he says, “I had a major accident and that changed a lot of things in my life. There was lot of pressure from people. We couldn’t understand and respect each other. It was all becoming too much for us to handle. We were getting on each other’s nerves.”

Inder’s accident was a nightmare. “It was so bad that it broke my back and leg. It took me two years to recover and return to the sets. A few of my films got shelved and people started bad-mouthing me,” he says.

“But thanks to the grace of God, my mom’s blessings, Ishaa’s support and Salman (Khan) bhaiyya, I recovered completely. The most important person in my life after my accident was Salman; he pushed me to do vigorous training to make my weak back stronger, and gave me films like Kahin Pyar Na Ho Jaaye and Tumko Naa Bhool Payenge. He promoted and encouraged me like his own brother.”

New beginnings

About reconnecting with Inder, Ishaa says, “We have been together for more than two months now. Inder and I kept bumping into each other at events and after a while we realised that we still loved each other. Both of us have had our share of ups and downs. When Inder got married, I broke off all contact with him for almost for a year. I didn’t want to be linked to him when he was associated with somebody else. I was very close to his mom. When she died soon after his marriage, I contacted him to convey my condolences.”

How serious are they about each other today? Ishaa smiles, “A book can be written about our relationship. We have gone through thick and thin together and that’s reason enough to be together. Today, we are taking it one day at a time. All that we know is that we love each other. It’s a new chapter for Inder and 2006 has been very promising. I am sure 2007 is going to rock.”

Initially, Ishaa’s parents had opposed the relationship but she now has their blessings. “As long as Inder and I are happy, our parents will be happy,” says Ishaa firmly.

Is marriage on the cards? Ishaa laughs, “There is nothing planned.” Adds Inder, “It’s not on the cards right now as Ishaa’s career has just picked up and I have to come back to where I was. The bond that we shared 10 years ago is as strong as ever. I am happy there is some one I can depend on today. Ishaa means a lot to me.”

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