Actor Raashi Khanna says that it takes more than a “good looks” to survive in the Malayalam film industry, as the emphasis is on getting performers well. Since her debut with “Madras Cafe” directed in 2013 by Shoojit Sircar, Khanna has worked in the Tamil and Telugu industries, 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 action thriller “Villain”, starring veteran actor Mohanlal. Khanna said she was fascinated by the kind of risks filmmakers in the Malayalam film industry take. Even artists are constantly pushing the boundaries of their work.
“I did ‘Villain’ with Mohanlal sir but I don’t know if I was so registered in the industry. I felt like an actor, I also wanted to tap this market. In the Malayalam industry, we actually expect you to play. You can’t navigate without playing. You can’t look good and just be in this industry. It doesn’t work that way. There are so many daring players in this industry. industry who will choose characters than many in any other industry, “the 30-year-old actor told PTI in an interview.
Khanna is currently preparing for her second feature film in Malayalam, “Bhramam”, in which she stars alongside Prithviraj Sukumaran. An adaptation of Bollywood hit “Andhadhun”, the film sees her playing the role played by actor Radhika Apte in the 2018 original. The actor said that “Bhramam”, directed by cinematographer-turned-director Ravi K Chandran, offered him the opportunity to establish himself as a performer in the Malayalam industry.
“While Radhika’s character was more daring, my character is a bit soft. All of the characters, however, are extremely gray. It’s a remake but it’s still original because the actors brought their own personalities to the characters we did. let’s play, ”she added. .
When Khanna was offered the film, she went out of her way to be a part of it and welcomed other plans to make room for it, the actor said.
“When this movie came to me, I didn’t have a date at all. But I really wanted to do it, so I got into a fight with people and had these dates. The fact that Ravi sir thought that I could recreate the role of Radhika in itself was a huge compliment. “
“Bhramam” follows the story of a pianist who claims to be blind but finds himself embroiled in a murder. While filmmaker Sriram Raghavan put “Andhadhun” in Pune, Chandran staged the remake in Kochi, Kerala. For Khanna, who was born and raised in Delhi, it was crucial not to look “out of place” in “Bhramam”.
“Delighted sir was sure she should look local, that people should relate to her. Which was difficult because I’m not from that area and couldn’t watch for myself. , the way I dressed was focused on. It was clear that he didn’t. I don’t want makeup. He wanted my hair and clothes to look a certain way, which I wouldn’t. probably disagreed in other commercial films. But here I was totally on board. “
The actor said Chandran’s brief for the film was to approach him with a “clean slate” as a newcomer.
“I realized that every time I made a film in Malayalam, I grew up as an actor. Delighted sir wanted me to undo everything I had done before. I felt that ‘There was a lot of responsibility on my shoulder and I hope people like my job, “she added.
Co-produced by AP International and Viacom18 Studios, “Bhramam” also stars Unni Mukundan, Sudheer Karamana and Mamta Mohandas in key roles.