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Drashti Dhami wants the world to see her in a different light through her OTT debut, The Empire

The actress plays the role of Babur’s sister Khanzada in the magnum opus, who is an intense, strong, and emotional character

Megha Mukundan
Aug 29, 2021
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Popular TV actress Drashti Dhami is delighted about her digital debut as she played Khanzada in the magnum opus, The Empire. The eight-episode series, streaming on Disney+Hotstar, also stars Kunal Kapoor, Dino Morea and Shabana Azmi in pivotal roles.

In a chat with The Indian Express, Drashti revealed she is thankful that The Empire worked out for her and that she couldn’t ask for anything better than this. She added that she was not auditioned for the part, but was directly approached. She was quickly on board after meeting the director Mitakshara Kumar and creator Nikhil Advani, which was followed by a few look tests. “I guess they had an eye,” she said, wondering how she was selected despite not doing any mythological characters on the television before.

Drashti Dhami in The Empire

The actress plays the role of Babur’s sister Khanzada, who is an intense, strong, and emotional character. She is now hopeful that the world would see her in a different light after this, as her character is a fierce queen, who is a kingmaker and the builder of an empire. Being elated for getting an opportunity to appear in digital space, Drashti said she enjoyed her role and was looking forward to doing something different when the makers had approached her. 

Sharing her experience of working with Kunal Kapoor, the actress said that she could visualise him only as Babur, the character he played in it. Talking about Shabana Azmi, she said though initially she felt the senior actress has a strict personality, eventually it was easy and warm to work with her.

Answering the question if she would go back to television, Drashti said that she cannot forget her roots and that television space will always be something close to her heart. The actress is well-known for playing Geet and Madhubala in serials Hui Sabse Parayi and Ek Ishq Ek Junoon respectively.

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