The picture that Raashi Khanna posted recently — of her with the team of Sanga Tamizhan, featuring Vijay Sethupathi in the lead — has gone viral. The actress has just wrapped up shooting a song for the Vijay Chander directorial, and can’t contain her excitement when talking about it. “It’s a peppy song and we’d been shooting it for the past few days,” she says, “I’m quite kicked about my role in the film; it’s an important element in the script and I’m even more kicked about the dialogues; they are quite entertaining.”
So, has Raashi Khanna learnt the language? “Well, I got comfortable with Telugu over four years and today, I can talk in Telugu. Now, I’m trying to talk to people on sets in Tamil because I want to pick up the language soon. It’s important to know the language because only then I will be able to understand my lines. It’s something I take seriously because I respect my craft,” she says.
Meanwhile, Raashi is gearing up for the release of Vishal’s Ayogya, which is being directed by Venkat Mohan. The film is a remake of the Telugu hit Temper, which was also recently remade in Bollywood with Ranveer Singh as Simmba. Ask her if the familiarity of the script would hamper the film’s performance at the box office, and she says, “The fact that it’s being remade in other languages itself means the script has that kind of potential. Also, I don’t think many of our Tamil audience would have seen Temper because it released a long while ago. It’s a great story and the screenplay has been changed to suit today’s time period. I’m sure it will leave a mark.”
Interestingly, out of the three films that she’s completed in Tamil, two of them touch upon the subject of sexual harassment. With crime against women increasing by the day — the Pollachi sexual abuse cases being the recent one — does she think film personalities could step in to bring any kind of awareness? “As an actor, what I can do is project these issues through films or talk about them on social media. But that’s not enough because for such kind of crimes to stop, or even reduce, only a change in the judicial system can help. There needs to be a strong judicial hold, and sentences and punishments have to be announced soon. Yes, we can talk about and spread awareness, and I am all for it. And as actors, who can influence the society to a certain extent, we need to be careful about what we project on screen,” she signs off.