Poonam Singh

Raashii Khanna has consistently embraced roles as a parallel lead alongside other female stars without hesitation. From Aishwarya Rajesh to Disha Patani, she has shared the screen with various talents without any qualms. 

In her recent conversation with News18 Showsha, Raashii challenges the notion of female competition in the industry, considering it a societal construct.

“I don’t know how real it is. I would love to support another female who’s doing really well. I don’t expect anything from anybody but I personally would clap for them because they’re paving the way for us. If one woman wins, it’s all of us winning together,” she was quoted saying.

She expresses her support for fellow actresses, acknowledging their successes as victories for all women in the industry. Raashii emphasizes the importance of unity and mutual applause, citing Alia Bhatt, Kangana Ranaut, and Sai Pallavi as inspirations who pave the way for others.

“It’s never about one woman being above the other. We all have to move ahead together. Alia (Bhatt) and Kangana (Ranaut) doing female-led films will help us get those roles in the future. I also admire Sai Pallavi’s body of work a lot. I think we should always clap for each other even though there will be women who don’t think this way,” she added.

Despite external voices advising against sharing the screen with peers, Raashii remains steadfast in her belief in self-assurance.

“There will be people telling you what to do but you need to differentiate between those giving you constructive criticism and wanting good for you from noise. There will be external forces telling you a lot of things but you only have to listen to what you think will be good for you.

If you’re really secure as an actor, you wouldn’t need other’s opinion to guide you in your profession. And I’m a secure actor,” Raashii remarked.

Raashii reframes the narrative of rivalry among contemporaries, viewing it as a collaborative effort rather than a competition for attention. For her, filmmaking is an art form where every actor deserves a chance to shine, regardless of the number of actors in a scene or the size of their roles.

Looking ahead to her next project, "The Sabarmati Report," Raashii underscores the significance of impactful roles, regardless of their duration.

“Even if you put three other actors in the same frame as me, I’ll be secure enough because I know what I’m doing. The only thing is that they should do justice to my character. I know my capacity in terms of how much I can push myself. I may have a ten or fifteen-minute role, but it has to be impactful; otherwise, I won’t really do it,” she added.