The first time Ankita Lokhande saw her boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput’s film Kai Po Che, she was so overwhelmed that she burst into tears. When she watched it the second time, she had the same reaction, ditto after the third viewing! “It was a very important film for us. As the release date got closer, our heartbeats went faster. I was anxious to see how people would react. They had accepted him as Manav (Pavitra Rishta) and Sushant, but would they accept him as a Bollywood star? It’s difficult for a TV actor, but Sushant has proved that if you have talent nothing can stop you,” says Ankita with a sense of pride.
In that case why was she moved to tears each time she saw the film? “Sushant is my life partner, I love him so much and it was our dream that he make it in films. Also, I liked the story,” she says simply.
Now that Sushant has made the transition, is she also planning to follow suit? “I am getting offers, but right now, I am on a break and haven’t taken up anything,” says Ankita who has been part of Pavitra Rishta for four years. There is ambiguity over whether she has quit the serial or taken a break of two months. Even now, Ankita refuses to shed light on it. “I don’t want to comment on it,” she maintains. She however, is more than willing to talk about her role in the upcoming series Ek Thhi Naayka that Ekta Kapoor is producing as part of promotion for her upcoming film Ek Thi Daayan. The eight-part series to be aired on Life Ok has Ekta’s main protagonists from her serials as the lead for different episodes. Ankita plays a newly-married Kolhapur-based Maharasthrian bride who encounters a daayan. “I have just started shooting for it and so far the daayan hasn’t come but I am looking forward to meeting her,” laughs Ankita who feels blessed not to have encountered one in real life! Does she believe in their existence? “If there is God, there has to be a demon,” she reasons.