EXCLUSIVE: Ankita Lokhande on rejecting Happy New Year, Bajirao Mastani: Told Sanjay sir ‘Want to get married’
Ankita Lokhande is one of the strongest celebrities in the Indian Television industry. Despite going through ups and downs, Ankita has never given up on proving her mettle. Ankita became a household name as Archana in Pavitra Rishta. The actress made her Bollywood debut with
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi in 2019. However, the actress had rejected several offers of ‘big’ Bollywood films before.
In a recent exclusive interview with Bollywood Bubble, Ankita Lokhande opened up quitting big Bollywood films like Happy New Year, Bajirao Mastani, and Sultan. “I gave up on many things. I gave up on Happy New Year. I remember Farah (Khan) ma’am had offered me this film. I had met Shah Rukh Khan sir also. He had assured to give me the best debut. But back of the mind, I was in Macao, Sushant, Shah Rukh sir and I. I was like Bhagwan mera naa ho yaar, because I was like literally. Ladki kaisi hoti hai naa, nahi yaar mere partner ka acha ho. I mean that’s what you think. Till today, I have no regrets, I have no regrets. I was just trying to build a man, and I did that. I was just trying to be very strong support of Sushant, and I did that.”
She continued, “But then I realised, no yaar, me bhi toh kuch hoon. After my breakup I understood my value. So, it’s very important to understand your worth. Shayad mujhe aaj tak meri worth nahi pata. But, then I realised that I should work on myself, it is very important. I did Pavitra Rishta for 7 long years, but even after that people thought that I wanted to leave work. That was the moment when I realised that now I need to work.”
The actress also refused roles in Ram Leela, Bajirao Mastani, Sultan. Talking about the same Ankita Lokhande shared, “I remember Sanjay (Leela Bhansali) sir telling me ‘Kar le Bajirao Mastani, warna bohot pachtayegi.’ He was praising me, and Sanjay sir saying this is a very big thing. But, I was like, ‘Nahi sir, mujhe shaadi karni hai.’ He did not have anything to say then. I quitted on it.”
Check out the full exclusive interview of Ankita Lokhande here: