Actor Raashii Khanna says it takes extra than simply “attractiveness” to outlive within the Malayalam movie business as the main target is on getting good efficiency out of artistes.
Since her debut with 2013’s Shoojit Sircar-directed Madras Cafe, Khanna has labored in Tamil and Telugu industries, that includes in films like Bengal Tiger, Supreme, Jai Lava Kusa, Tholi Prema, Imaikkaa Nodigal and Prati Roju Pandage.
She ventured into Malayalam films with the 2017 motion thriller Villain, co-starring veteran actor Mohanlal.
Khanna stated she is fascinated with the type of dangers the filmmakers from the Malayalam movie business take. Even artistes are continuously pushing the envelope with their work.
“I did Villain with Mohanlal sir however I’m not positive if I used to be registered that a lot within the business. I felt as an actor, I needed to faucet this market additionally. Within the Malayalam business, you’re really anticipated to behave. You can’t sail by with out appearing.
“You’ll be able to’t be a great looker and simply be in that business. It doesn’t work that method. There are such a lot of daring actors in that business who will select characters which many in another business wouldn’t,” the 30-year-old actor instructed PTI in an interview.
Khanna is at present gearing up for her second Malayalam characteristic, Bhramam, by which she stars alongside Prithviraj Sukumaran.
An adaptation of Bollywood hit Andhadhun, the film sees her taking up the function that was performed by actor Radhika Apte within the 2018 unique.
The actor stated Bhramam, directed by cinematographer-turned-director Ravi Ok Chandran, provided her the chance to ascertain herself as a performer within the Malayalam business.
“Whereas Radhika’s character was edgier, my character is a little bit bit mellow. All characters, nevertheless, are extraordinarily gray.
“It’s a remake nevertheless it nonetheless feels unique as a result of actors have introduced their very own personalities to the characters we’re enjoying,” she added.
When Khanna was provided the movie, she went out of her solution to be part of it and accommodated different initiatives to create space for it, the actor stated.
“When this movie got here to me, I had no dates in any respect. However I actually needed to do it, so I fought with individuals and received these dates. The truth that Ravi sir thought I may recreate Radhika’s function in itself was an enormous praise.”
Bhramam follows the story of a pianist who pretends to be blind however will get embroiled in a homicide.
Whereas filmmaker Sriram Raghavan set Andhadhun in Pune, Chandran mounted the remake in Kochi, Kerala.
For Khanna, who was born and introduced up in Delhi, it was essential to not look “misplaced” in Bhramam.
“Ravi sir was sure that she ought to look native, individuals ought to relate to her. Which was troublesome as a result of I’m not from that area and I couldn’t look misplaced. So the way in which I costume was centered on.
“He was clear he didn’t need any make up. He needed my hair and garments to look a sure method, which most likely in different business movies I’d not have been happy with. However right here I used to be completely on board.”
The actor stated the transient by Chandran for the movie was to method it with a “clear slate” like a newcomer.
“I’ve realised, each time I’ve executed a Malayalam movie, I’ve grown as an actor. Ravi sir needed me to undo every part I had executed earlier than. I felt there was a number of accountability on my shoulder and I hope individuals like my work,” she added.
Collectively produced by AP Worldwide and Viacom18 Studios, Bhramam additionally stars Unni Mukundan, Sudheer Karamana and Mamta Mohandas in key roles.
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