Aankita S Lokhaande says taking a break was a conscious decision as she was waiting for the perfect Bollywood debut
Actor Aankita S Lokhaande (right) rose to instant fame with her portrayal of Archana in her maiden show Pavitra Rishta. After the show ended in 2014, the actor was seen in reality shows, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, Comedy Circus, and the finite TV series Ek Thhi Naayka intermittently and went for a four-year hiatus. According to Aankita, she felt it was better to take a break than go on a signing spree.
“After playing the role of Archana, I felt I can’t do anything that’s being offered to me. I found it apt to take a break than signing some thing that isn’t good enough. I couldn’t afford to disappoint my fans. Thus, I was looking for the right project when Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi [her debut film] was offered. I loved the character, Jhalkaribai,” says Aankita, who is busy prepping for her debut film.
Some time back, it was speculated that the 32-yearold will make her Bollywood debut with Shah Rukh Khan starrer Happy New Year (2014). She was supposed to play Deepika Padukone’s role in the film. However, things failed to materialise. There were also reports of Aankita being a part of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati didn’t see the light of day. Recent reports suggest that she might be a part of a film starring Sanjay Dutt.
Ask Aankita about these speculations and she says, “I wouldn’t like to talk about my past or future. The only project I am part of and is giving my heart and soul to Manikarnika. Doing substantial work, in any medium, is on my agenda.”