Television actress Aankita Lokhaande has been in the news ever since she confirmed her role in Kangana Ranaut’s ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’. Her Instagram account is full of beautiful pictures of the telly queen at her candid best.
The actress would be seen playing the character of Jhalkaribai, who was considered as the right hand of Rani Laxmibai and was a part of her army.
The ‘Pavitra Rishta’ actress has already started preparing for her first role in Bollywood and seems pretty enthusiastic about it.
Taking to her Instagram account, Ankita recently shared a picture of hers where she can be seen with a horse. Alongside she wrote: Progress always begins there where your comfort zone ends!❤️meet my new friend PAKIZA #jhalkarbai#manikarnikathequeenofjhasi
The actress had disappeared post her break-up with Sushant Singh Rajput, and until now, there was nothing but only rumours of her big Bollywood debut.
Confirming the news of her launch movie and talking about her character to Mirror, Ankita had earlier said, “I’d never heard of her before, not many have, but Jhalkaribai was one of the greatest heroes of our proud history. I’m honoured that I’ll be telling her story to the world, fighting alongside Kangana’s Rani Laxmibai.”
She continued, “I am indebted to Kamal sir for this challenging role in a big – budget film scripted by Baahubali scriptwriter KV Vijayendra Prasad alongside a National-award winning actress like Kangana who exudes power and is an inspiration to all women. I am looking forward to learning from her once we start shooting in August.”
Due to her stark resemblance to Queen of Jhansi, Jhalkaribai was induced in her army and went on to act as her body-double to deceive the British during an attack. She later sacrificed her life to save the Queen.
Besides learning how to ride a horse, Ankita has also taken training in sword-fighting with famous Hollywood action director Nick Powell. All this is to get her character right in the film.