Ac­tor Aankita S Lokhaande says that she has her own iden­tity

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Aankita S Lokhaande (right) be­came a house­hold name when she played the lead role in the TV show Pav­i­tra Rishta. But she got more at­ten­tion when she broke up with her boyfriend, ac­tor Sushant

Singh Ra­jput (in­set). The ac­tor is irked by the con­stant ref­er­ence to her for­mer beau.

“I don’t un­der­stand why am I [still] be­ing re­ferred to as Sushant’s ex. I have my own iden­tity. Why not talk about my work? Very soon, I will start shoot­ing for my first Bol­ly­wood film and I hope every­one fo­cusses on that,” says Aankita, who is all set to make her de­but in the film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. Aankita and Sushant got into a re­la­tion­ship while work­ing on the same show, Pav­i­tra Rishta, and dated for six years be­fore they parted ways early last year.

Af­ter their split, Ankita was linked with tele­vi­sion ac­tor Kushal Tan­don. “Kushal is a good friend. Can’t I click pho­tos with my friends? This year, I have al­ready been linked with three guys. What’s wrong with peo­ple?” she laughs.

In her film, Aankita will play the role of Jhalka­ribai, a woman sol­dier, who served in the army of Queen Lak­sh­mibai of Jhansi, dur­ing the Re­volt of 1857. “Not many know about her brav­ery and her re­la­tion­ship with Rani Lak­sh­mibai. I thought it would be great to be­come the face of the char­ac­ter,” says Aankita.



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