Ankita Lokhande is one of the few actors who made a smooth shift from Television to Bollywood. She rose to fame with her TV show ‘Pavitra Rishta’. As she became a household name, she started getting many exciting projects from Bollywood filmmakers.
Although she is talented and a self-made star, she too has faced some casting couch experiences. Recently, during an interview with a leading entertainment portal, Ankita talked about them for the first time. She recalled the ugly experience when she was offered a South film. Recalling the incident, Ankita said, “I was so smart, I was alone in that room and was 19 or 20 years old, and asked him, ‘Which type of compromise does your producer want? Do I have to go for parties or dinners?’”
Ankita said that she wanted to avoid a situation where she was asked outright to ‘sleep with the producer’.
The actress says, “And the moment he said it, maine uski band baja di thi (I took him to task). I told him, ‘I think your producer wants a girl to sleep with, not a very talented girl to work with.’ And I left from there. He then apologized and said he will try to take me to his film. But I said, ‘If you try and take me in also, I’m not interested in your film.”
She then shared another incident when a big Bollywood actor tried to take advantage of her. Ankita recalls, “When I got back again into films, I felt it again, just shaking hands with that person. I don’t want to take names, he was a big actor. I got those vibes, and I quickly got my hands away from him. I knew it, ab mera yahaan nahi hoga, because it is a give and take thing. I understood and I left from there because it was not for me.”
Well, this just makes it clear that Ankita believes in hard work. She has done two Bollywood films so far. One is Manikarnika and the other one is Baaghi 3.