Competition exists everywhere and actress Rakshanda Khan says that she has nothing but gratitude for her competitors. However, the actress, who is currently seen in Dangal TV’s Janam Janam ka Sath, says that she has at times lost roles too, and not because she was less talented.
“Competition is great as long as it’s healthy. Yes, sometimes I’ve felt I’ve lost out on roles to people not necessarily on the basis of talent but also budget. But I’ve also realised what was meant for me has always come to me, in every sphere of life. Therefore, all I can show in life is gratitude, even for the competition,” she says.
Talking about her current show, she says that she loves her role.
“The title Janam Janam Ka Saath reflects the story in an instant. It’s a love story spanning almost a century. A love that could not be fulfilled in one birth, the lovers had to be reborn to fulfil their love story. I play a character called Dr. Karuna Tomar, she is the hero, Abeer Tomar’s mother. The kind of mother whose whole world revolves around her son. She can do anything for him. And the same goes for the son too. The Tomar family has a dark secret connected to the eldest son of every generation and the mother has to protect Abeer from it.”
“What instantly attracted me to the character was the mother-son bond. She is willing to go to any extent for the well-being of her child and that is one quality that every mother watching the show will identify with.”
The actress says that it is very important for a show to have strong content.
“In every show people work hard, but despite that some succeed and some don’t. What sets one apart from the other is the content. People will lap up something if you make it look believable and relatable,” she says.
Meanwhile, while others may feel playing the same role everyday is monotonous, Rakshanda says she loves it.
“For someone like me, regularity works. I’m happy coming to the same set, meeting the same people, deepening the bond created. I’m not someone who adjusts to new surroundings easily. So I’m very happy to be part of things long term. Short term relationships and shows both distress me,” she says.
She also says that storylines on TV have evolved.
“So I’ve always felt that TV as a medium was lopsided in favour of women, but in the past few years things have definitely changed and we see a lot more strong make characters. The balance is still ever so slightly tipped in favour of women but I guess I like it that way!” she says.
Coming back to her show, she says she loves spending time on set.
“I think on set we’ve formed our own version of the Fab Four. It’s me Nikki, Asmita and Gaurav together most of the time. On screen Karuna has great love for Abeer and Trishala but Nikki is such a lovable girl that she can melt anyone’s heart. So while Asmita and I gorge on ice-creams, Gaurav and I discuss every possible food combo, Nikki is the one who just wriggles into every conversation and makes it her own. I feel fortunate to have met this trio because they make work seem like so much fun,” she says.