March 18, 2015

Nitheen Kumar

Raashi Khanna Biography

Rashi Khanna is an Indian model and actress. Khanna made her Tollywood debut in Srinivas Avasarala's directorial debut Oohalu Gusagusalade. She followed this with a cameo in Manam.

Career:

Khanna made her debut with the 2013 Indian political spy thriller film Madras Cafe where she played the role of Ruby Singh, the wife of an Indian intelligence officer Vikram Singh portrayed by John Abraham. She had to undergo acting workshops before taking up the role. The film—particularly the story and direction—impressed most Indian critics. Reviewing the film, Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV stated that Khanna "makes an impact in a brief but significant appearance".

Impressed with her performance in Madras Cafe, actor Srinivas Avasarala approached her for the female lead role in his directorial debut Oohalu Gusagusalade which also featured himself and Naga Shourya in the lead roles, which she signed in late October 2013 after considering many other south films, adding that the scope of performing made her sign the film. Khanna initially felt that it would be more of a dancing role with little scope for acting when approached for narration but found her character practically in every scene in the film.She called her character Prabhavati "grey, stubborn, arrogant but in a lovable way" which she claimed to be very different from what she was in real life except for the fact that she hails from Delhi.

Khanna confirmed in early April 2014 that she made a cameo appearance in the Telugu film Manam, which had its theatrical release before Oohalu Gusagusalade. Oohalu Gusagusalade opened to positive reviews from critics and Khanna received praise for her work. Sangeetha Devi Dundoo of The Hindu called Khanna an "actor with potential", while Hemanth Kumar of The Times of India stated that she gave a "commendable" performance. The film was a commercial success at the box office.

Her next Telugu film was Joru directed by Kumar Nagendra opposite Sundeep Kishan, Priya Banerjee and Sushma Raj which she signed after Madras Cafe and while shooting for Oohalu Gusagusalade. She played the role of Annapurna whom Khanna described as a "modern yet traditional" girl who "is highly emotional and cries at the drop of a hat", which she called an exact opposite of the character of Prabhavati she played in her previous film. Khanna received moderate reviews from critics. Sangeetha Devi Dundoo of The Hindu stating that she provides solace along with Kishan, Brahmanandam and Saptagiri in a film which was "let down by incoherent writing and amateurish execution". A reviewer from IndiaGlitz opined that Khanna "looks fine in a glam role but looks less than glamorous compared to her previous outing". Joru was a commercial failure at the box office.

Khanna is currently working on Jill directed by debutante Radha Krishna Kumar opposite Gopichand, which she signed in early July 2014 after the makers approached her considering her performance in Oohalu Gusagusalade. In late December 2014, she was signed in on as the parallel female lead along with Tamannaah opposite Ravi Teja for the film Bengal Tiger directed by Sampath Nandi.

Filmography:

YearFilmLanguageCo-starRole
2013Madras CafeHindiJohn AbrahamRuby Singh
2014ManamTeluguNaga ChaitanyaPrema (cameo)
2014Oohalu GusagusaladeTeluguNaga Shourya, Srinivas AvasaralaSri Sai Sirisha Prabhavathi
2014JoruTeluguSundeep KishanAnnapurna
2015JillTeluguGopichand
2015Bengal TigerTeluguRavi Teja, Tamannaah 

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