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    Kriti Kharbanda, the new Bhatt lady, on her Bollywood debut with Raaz Reboot.

    AFTER introducing us to actresses like Kangana Ranaut in Gangster (2006) and Patralekha in Citylights (2014), Vishesh Films is all set to give Bollywood another ‘Bhatt girl’— Kriti Kharbanda. The 27-year-old—who debuted with the Telugu film Boni (2009)—will be sharing screen space with Emraan Hashmi and Garauv Arora (of Love Games) in the fourth installment of the successful Raaz franchise, directed by Vikram Bhatt. “Raaz happened to me at a very odd time. I wasn’t actively looking for Bollywood films, but the agency I worked with set up a casual meeting with Vishesh Films,” begins Kharbanda, adding, “I didn’t even have to audition. Did you know that none of the Bhatt actresses launched till now have ever auditioned? They (Mukesh, Vikram and Mahesh) say they just know who will do justice to the role and that confidence impressed me a lot.”

    Making the choice
    Raaz falls under the erotic thriller genre, which is absolutely new for Kharbanda, who admits that she was sceptical about the role initially. “I am comfortable with my image down South—that of a girl next door. But Mukesh and Vikram said they wanted to reboot Raaz and break
    away from its image; they said I could listen to the script and decide. That kind of professionalism from two veterans of the industry made me choose the film even before I heard the script,” shares the Bengaluru-based actress. Kharbanda, who doesn’t want to reveal much about her role, only tells us that she will be playing a  newly-married girl who moves to Romania. But she promises that the film will be different from the earlier Raaz movies. Excited to be called the next ‘Bhatt girl’, she also wants to work with directors Imtiaz Ali and Farhan Akhtar. Meanwhile, she has her hands full with a Tamil movie, Bruce Lee, directed by Prashanth Pandiraj and starring GV Prakash, and a Kannada film, Maasti Gudi, in her kitty.
    Raaz Reboot is expected to release on September 16.

    —Saloni Sinha

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