By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
The Isha Sharvani-Zaheer Khan affair is in the spotlight yet again. Though the buzz doing the rounds is that the cricketer and the pretty actress have split, it's far from true. It is reliably learnt that Isha will be leaving for the UK next week to be with Zaheer who is currently playing county cricket for Worcester-shire.
Says Isha's friend, "Isha and Zaheer are very much together and haven't split. They are very much in love. Their much-publicised affair did initially take a toll on their relationship. There came a point when they both thought that people were focussing more on their love life than their career - and that was disturbing for both."
Out of the glare
Adds the friend, "They are both intensely private individuals who want to go far in their respective careers. That's when they decided to quietly step out of the limelight and not attract media glare. The couple then stopped going out together and talking about their relationship."
So what's the latest on the Isha-Zaheer front? "Isha is flying off to UK for two weeks to spend some time with Zaheer who is currently in Worcestershire playing county cricket. She is leaving on August 8."
Kuch bhi kaho
When asked about her trip Isha says, "No comments." And as for her relationship with Zaheer, she says, "People will say what they want. I don't think it's necessary to talk about my personal life."
So is she not single? There's a long silence and then Isha finally says, "I don't want to say anything. Let it be."
And marriage? "I am just 21, too young to be thinking about marriage right now. I am here as an actress and dancer - ask me about my professional assignments."
When Isha met Zaheer
The couple has been together for almost two years. Zaheer and Isha first met at an event where she performed. The touring Australian team was leaving India and Isha was performing at the function. They got talking and exchanged numbers.
Later, they kept bumping into each other at parties and social dos and were soon drawn towards each other. Reportedly Zaheer helped Isha find a place in Khar last year. Both used to go house-hunting together.
Isha on her films
"In Rocky, I play Zayed's love interest while in Darwaza Bandh Rakho, I essay a very rich and modern girl who gets kidnapped for ransom. In Rocky, when I come into Zayed's life, I change him completely. While shooting for Darwaza Bandh Rakho we shot at one location, Tata Bungalow, for 40 days, 18 hours at a stretch. We would have fun mimicking each other and cracking jokes."
On the ad front, Isha says, "I have finished shooting for a new Dabur Vatika ad and will be shooting two new ads for Motorola and Tata Indicom."
On her dancing
Isha is the daughter of renowned dancer Daksha Seth and Australian composer Vissaro. She has been learning dancing since the age of seven under her mother and has undergone training abroad.
"I have learnt lots of forms of dancing including Kathak, Chau and Kalarippattayu. Mom is a contemporary dancer and has created her own dance form from scratch."