My long-standing wish was to enter Tamil cinema, says actress Raashi Khanna

By S Ben Raja Published on Jul 01, 2018 03:13 PM IST

Chennai: Actress Raashi Khanna, whose last film Tholi Prema was a big hit in Telugu, will be making her Kollywood debut along with famous Bollywood director Anurag Kashyap in the upcoming Tamil thriller Imaikkaa Nodigal.

Directed by R Ajay Gnanamuthu (of Demonte Colony fame), Imaikkaa Nodigal will see Raashi sharing screen space with Atharvaa, ‘Makkal Selvan’ Vijay Sethupathi and ‘Lady Superstar Nayanthara.

Vibrant Raashi spoke recently to Talk Media about Nayan and shedding the ‘glamour’ tag, during the film’s trailer launch.

Excerpts from the interview

Q: What are your expectations from the film?

A: I am quite excited about Imaikkaa Nodigal. I expected to do a character with scope to perform when I signed up for the film and director Ajay has done a great job here to give me the role I wanted. Krithi, the character I am playing in the film, is very similar to me in real life. She is independent and traditional and at the same time, contemporary.

Q: How was your experience working with Nayanthara and will you be the next Lady Superstar?

A: I am basically a feminist who also strives for equality between men and women. So, this helped me establish a good connect with Nayanthara who has the same values. As for becoming a Lady Superstar, I don’t have any plans as of now. I also loved working with Atharvaa who I’m paired with. He is a bunch of positive energy.

Q: Are you open to doing glamorous roles?

A: I don’t have any intention of becoming a glamour heroine or a commercial heroine. My Telugu movie Tholi Prema helped me come out of the glamour role tag. Now, I want to act in socially responsible and performance-oriented roles and I expect my scripts to be lively and contemporary. I always love going out of my comfort zone to perform. This movie gives me this platform.

Q: Did you enjoy working here in Chennai?

A: I have come here during my childhood days and I love this city and Tamil. It is a beautiful language but quite difficult to learn. At present, a Tamil tutor is teaching me how to speak. Now, I am quite familiar with words like eppadi irukinga, saptingla, etc. I am also a fan of Tamil songs, especially those composed by Hip Hop Thamizha.

Q: What are your plans?

A: My long-standing wish was to enter Tamil cinema. That has been finally accomplished. Now, I just want to do more films. I am willing to work hard and grow.