Govinda’s niece Ragini Khanna says she never used his name to get an acting role
Actor Ragini Khanna, who has worked in TV shows such as Sasural Genda Phool and Radha Ki Betiyaan, is veteran actor Govinda’s niece. However, she sees this tag of being a star’s relative annoying, and wants to create her own identity.
“He (Govinda) is a lovely uncle! I am privileged to have seen him since the time I was growing up. But I have never told people about it. Every choice I have made [in my career] has been my own. I have never got any calls made from anyone to land a role. I want to achieve everything on my own,” says Ragini.
The 29-year-old actor is popular for her bubbly, next-door-girl roles on television. “I have done three fiction shows, and my role in each show was very different. But since the feel of each show was so light-hearted, even my role was tagged ‘bubbly’,” says Ragini, who wants to be offered a variety of roles to spice up her acting career.
She has also starred in films such as Teen Thay Bhai (2011; produced by filmmaker Rakeysh Ompraksh Mehra), and says that she is finally getting her due as an actor through films. “My fans will see me in a completely different role in my upcoming film, Gurgaon. People have been telling me that the teaser has completely taken them by surprise,” says Ragini.
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