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This Khan is different...


A WHIFF of fragrance that wafts through your mind long after the scent breezes away. The svelte Rakshanda Khan is perhaps best portrayed this way if you happen to come across her. An impressive personality, an innate sense of style, and with a voice that stops your steps to take notice, the Khan girl is a "busy bee" these days with live events, tele-serials, modelling and anchoring. Already reaping fine response as Mallika in the popular Sony soap, Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin, she now features in Star Plus's star serial, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi... . And, being in the top shows of two rival channels, Rakshanda says, she couldn't have asked for more.

"For most days, I have to get up very early in the morning and the whole day passes off either in front of the camera or dubbing. Though, I knew that being in two dailies and one anchor show besides my other assignments, won't be a cake-walk. But, at the end of the day, I feel happy which is what is counted finally," says this Mumbaikar. Rakshanda says two months after Jassi... happened, Balaji Telefilms contacted her for the role in Kyunki...

"Since I worked in Balaji Telefilms' serial Kya Hadsa Kya Haqeqat, they knew my work. I also told them very clearly that I would not be interested in doing a similar negative role as in Kya Hadsa... . So, when this new character, as a foreign investor willing to work with the Virani Parivaar, was thought of in Kyunki... , they approached me," relates Rakshanda.

"When I meet people, especially children and older people, they tell me how good I am as Mallika in Jassi... So, you see, there is appreciation, there is admiration. I hope the new role in Star Plus too is well accepted," she says.

Being the first in her family to enter the world of showbiz, Rakshanda is still apprehensive to take the big leap - films. "There is so much happening in my career. I am actually happy with this. Since the time I was modelling, I have been getting film offers but I don't want to tread it yet," she says. Being in the show world, isn't she a little strange?

S.B.P.

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