Sai Tamhankar made headlines at the start of this year with her new fit avatar. After this surprise, the Vazandar (2016) actor is now ready to intrigue us a little more with the role of Iravati in debutante director Dnyanesh Zoting’s Raakshas. The film is one of the firsts in the fantasy-thriller genre in the Marathi film industry. Sai states that as far as she knows, Raakshas is from the fantasy-thriller genre that is rarely seen in the industry. “The role of Iravati is that of a practical and logic-oriented mother, who is not overprotective or extra emotional about her family or child. Yes, she loves her family but she is not overtly emotional about everything,” says Sai, who was given the reference of her costume designer friend as a brief for the character.Sai adds that the lady in question is a very close friend and she closely observed her life to get a character sketch. “I think the biggest gift of an actor is his or her imagination. Every role that we play are definitely not alike. For example, I don’t have a daughter. I don’t know how to behave or react when a child back answers or questions me. So, for most of our roles we use imagination and observation. The least I can do is imagine and execute.”This film will also be the first time that Sai will be working with a child actor for a major chunk in the film. “Not many people are aware, but I love kids and kids love me. So, we really got along very well on the sets. We became friends and that helped us work smoothly on the sets,” she says.On working with a debutante director, Sai says, “It takes guts to explore an unusual genre in your first film. It is high appreciable that Dnyanesh chose not to play safe and make a film like Raakshas.” The film has also been selected at the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Lab.