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Aankita S Lokhaande says tak­ing a break was a con­scious de­ci­sion as she was wait­ing for the per­fect Bol­ly­wood de­but

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment - Shreya Mukher­jee

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.”

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