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Ankita Lokhande: Manikarnika is about women empowerment

January 22nd, 2019 | by vBollywood Author
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Bollywood actress Ankita Lokhande plays Jhalkaribai in Kangana Ranaut starrer Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. In an exclusive conversation with indianexpress.com, Ankita Lokhande shared about her character in the film, the transition from TV to Bollywood.

Ankita says that she believes in making the best for herself and is doing that with Manikarnika. She did her best for herself so that I could be seen and could leave a mark on people.

Manikarnika is mostly based around Kangana Ranaut’s character. This is her a debut for Ankita, she said: I don’t think I can ever get unnoticed by people because I know myself. If I am doing something which is of 15 minutes also, I want to leave a mark. You can do that only if you have a character that requires you to perform. Jhalkari is one such character. When you will watch the film, you will understand what I am trying to convey. Of course, it is Kangana Ranaut’s film out and out. She is there all through, but I am sure Ankita will also be visible to the audience.

Ankita says she could relate to the character. She said: when I heard about my role, I was keen to know more. We have known Rani Laxmibai but I had never heard of Jhalkaribai. Who is she? My fascination started with her name. Going by it, I thought she would be someone sweet, but she is not. She is totally opposite in fact. She is difficult, brave, confident, committed, loyal towards the country and a faithful friend to Kangana’s character. That is what the story is about. How women came together, fought and won the battle. The film basically is about women empowerment, women standing up against the wrong and in my perspective, the film is releasing at the very right time because we all are witnessing a change in India where everybody is waking up to women’s power.

Ankita says that Jhalkaribai is moofat. She is very out there about her opinions and I am exactly like that. Somewhere people do take it otherwise, but I am what I am. Jhalkaribai takes a stand, not just for herself but wherever she feels she needs to support people. That is me. People do talk bad about me because I poke my nose in many matters. I am like that because I always want to take a stand against wrong and support the good.

Ankita says she wants to play roles and cannot stay stuck. She enjoys to work in television. The actress has been focused about her career. When she was doing television, she was not everywhere. So right now her focus is only on the debut and she is happy with the way her career is taking the turn.

Photo courtesy: www.indianexpress.com

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