Ankita Lokhande endeared herself to the family audience with her character Archana in Zee TV’s Pavitra Rishta. But the lure of the big screen can uproot even the most loved bahu from her traditional surroundings. The temptation is impossible to resist when the debut is to be alongside Shah Rukh Khan and is directed by Farah Khan. There’s also her fiancé Sushant Singh Rajput, who’s making it big on celluloid.
If these factors won’t compel a young actress to make the leap, we don’t know what will. Ankita reportedly beat four other contenders for the lead role - a Maharashtrian bar dancer who teaches the leading men to dance for an upcoming contest.
The multi-starrer features South actor Prithviraj (of Aiyyaa and Aurangzeb fame), Abhishek Bachchan and Boman Irani, who last worked with Farah in Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi.
Sounds like a break worth killing for, no? Ankita did just that, if sources are to be believed. Killed the productivity of the show that launched her, apparently.
There are whispers that Ankita, who had earlier left the serial, returned, after a previously unsuccessful stint in Bollywood, with some (unreasonable?) terms and conditions. She wanted a double role on the show after a time leap which wasn’t agreeable with the other actors. Most quit the show, with few reluctantly hanging on. And the actress’s list of do’s-don’ts as well as leaving the sets at 2 pm is making matters worse.
Pavitra Rishta writer Rajesh Joshi is certain she will not quit because she is contractually bound. If that is the case, there is much ado about nothing. We wonder what the final resolution will be. If her getting selected for the role is a rumour, it still does not explain her alleged high-handedness.