Ishaa Koppikar is under a self-imposed exile. She has been homebound ever since her face broke into a nasty rash. The rash is the outcome of Ishaa’s binging after maintaining a rigorous diet during the shooting of Farhan Akhtar’s film Don. “I was asked to lose weight by Farhan and was under a strict diet for the last six months,” she says. “I am a complete foodie and I had to really control myself during those months.”
Ishaa, who was shooting in Malaysia with Shah Rukh Khan and the team, decided to take some liberties on the last day of the shoot. “I was allowed to binge once the shoot ended. So, we all headed to a restaurant in Malaysia and I gorged on everything served in the buffet. I had oysters, crabs, lobsters and salmon. When it comes to sea food, I cannot control myself,” says Ishaa.
Now, Ishaa is bearing the brunt of this excess. “I came to Mumbai the next day looking terrible. I don’t know how my parents recognised me,” she says. She didn’t realise the seriousness of the allergy until the next day when she went out with her friends for dinner and ate fish again. “That did it, the next day my face was so swollen that it resembled a football,” she says. The rash has spread all over her face. “It is difficult because I am a celebrity and people expect celebrities to be picture perfect,” she says.
After a visit to her beautician and the application of some anti-allergy ointment, the allergy is under control. But it has not reduced enough for her to step out of home. “I should probably wear a mask and go out now,” she laughs.