By Martin D’Souza | Opening Doorz Editorial | January 10, 2019

Ragini Khanna has hit the play button after a long pause. “I have started meeting people and hopefully I should be busy once again,” she says. Not that being busy is what she wants to be considering she did nine years of continuous work, or rather “Emotional, depleting acting assignments.”

“After Gurgaon I have not really done anything, apart from a few professional assignments. This was a deliberate move,” informs Ragini who found time to unearth her family. “I have discovered that I have so much family right from up North to down south and abroad,” she laughs.

Opening Doorz engaged the actress in answers to questions she gave us seven years ago; a few remain the same.

“Success is the best liar. If you don’t have the right support system you can get delusional!” says Ragini Khanna.

Favourite cuisine:
Then: Italian
Now: “I’m very health conscious now. I eat only what is beneficial for my health. Salads, soups and proteins; It’s all about what makes me feel active. My food now has to have more nutrition. Once a month, I have a cheat meal and that is Italian. I think I have some connect with that place.”

Favourite quote
Then: Nothing succeeds like success
Now: “I have read so many books I don’t really have a favourite quote. What did I say then?” she asks. When enlightened, she adds: “That’s the hard truth, success is the best liar. If you don’t have the right support system you can get delusional!”

Favourite Holiday destination in India
Then: Kashmir
Now: Punjab
“I always wanted to go to Kashmir… it just never happened. I am still planning to visit the place. The month of May is the ideal month to be in Kashmir especially from the 21st to the 30th.”

Favourite television director
Then: Siddharth Sengupta, Ravi Ojha.
Now: “Siddharth Sengupta, Ravi Ojha. Ravi passed away two years ago. Sensible, intelligent and evolved is how I would describe the two. Ravi was a genius; a rare talent amongst television directors.”

The best Bollywood lip-lock so far
Then: Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor in Jab We Met. “They had great chemistry.”
Now: “None. A kissing scene has to be part of the narrative… it has to have more feel than be physical. For me, the emotions really need to work.”

“If you were to extend it to Hollywood, I would say Blue Valentine. There cannot be a more authentic and more romantic on-screen kiss. Moreover, the story is set over six years and has been shot in six years where the actors have aged naturally. This film is pure genius.”

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