Rachna Shah‘s career had an inconspicuous start with the movie The Last Monk, a low-budget tale about a young woman’s burgeoning self-awareness but Rachna’s performance was praised and the movie was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. She is grateful to the director, Sudipto Sen, for giving her a start. “I always wanted to become an actress,” she says, “My parents’ support and my theatre background helped me a lot in achieving my dreams. I am thankful to Sudipto for giving me a break and starting off my filmy career with his film.”
Rachna’s big opportunity comes next year when she appears next to Randeep Hooda in Rang Rasiya. Other films lined up include Kaccha Limboo, in which she plays a young teacher who hates children, Shabd, Kal Kisne Dekha and Mujhe Ramuji Se Milna Hai. “I am an actor and I want to show my acting skills to the fullest,” she says, “I have even done an item number – in Meenaxi – A Tale of Three Cities. Since I am trained in Kathak, I want to showcase my talent on-screen in this way.”
Rachna recently lost a small suitcase at Amsterdam airport whilst in Holland filming for Kal Kisne Dekha – but luckily she’s written her mobile number on the name tag. A young man rang her and arranged to deliver her bag to her hotel. When he saw her, he naturally started to suggest they go out to dinner sometime, but Rachna wanted to focus on her work and thought it best to keep her distance, even though – in her words – he was quite a hunk.