While trying to make a living, I wasn’t living my life: Ragini Khanna

  • Kavita Awaasthi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 22, 2014 16:31 IST

Ragini Khanna

is being choosy about her work, while trying to strike a balance between films and TV shows. She’s returning to the latter as the host of a new comedy show and explains the break, saying she felt saturated by TV and wanted to evolve as an actor.

You’ve been picky about your projects. Do you fear being typecast?

No; I tell people my reasons (for rejecting their project) without offending them. They, too, appreciate that I’m passionate and can say no if I’m not convinced.

I want to reinvent myself. I was fed up of working all the time. While trying to make a living, I wasn’t living my life.


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I slept for four hours a day and didn’t even know the light switches in my own house. I didn’t want that.

How important is visibility for an actor?

It’s important, but life is more important. In four years, I did many shows and was on every channel.

I was bored. My mom tells me I’m mad to turn down so many offers, but I have tried to do projects that are different from each other.

Is it true that in your new comedy show, your uncle Govinda asked you not to laugh about political matters on stage?

I don’t think he is even aware of the fact that I’m doing this show. He never interferes in my work.

I have a streak of humour, and if I don’t laugh at something, it means I didn’t find it funny.

This show is trying to give out a message to the viewers about the state of the country, albeit in a funny way. It’s a small step towards awakening people.

Many reports linking you with a businessman are doing the rounds, but you haven’t spoken about it.

I’m not comfortable talking about my personal life. The day I get married, I’ll tell the world.

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