Stories of Ankita Lokhande: Ankita Lokhande came second last in the reality show, Ekta Kapoor changed her life.Image Credit source: Social Media
A 20 year old girl came to Mumbai from Nagpur with the dream of becoming a 'heroine'. In the year 2004, Zee TV had given advertisement in almost every newspaper that they were searching for India's best cinestar and the winner of this talent show would be offered a big banner film. Malaika Arora and Roshan Abbas were out to find the country's next superstar. This opportunity was no less than God's blessing for that 20 year old girl. She joined the show with great aspirations, but the girl was ranked 14th in the top 15 contestants of 'India's Best Cinestar Ki Khoj'.
The girl who cried bitterly on the reality show stage did not give up. Aditi Sharma and Sarwar Ahuja were the winners of this show. 20 years have passed since this incident and in 20 years the girl has left behind all the contestants who came ahead of her in that show. Today we are talking about Ankita Lokhande who is trending on social media every day.
I had a dream since childhood
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When Ankita Lokhande was in second or third class, she had written on a note 'I want to become a big star in the world', her mother has kept that note even today. But his journey to reach that dream was not easy at all.
Two-four became due to financial constraints
Ankita's real struggle started after the reality show's journey ended as soon as it started. Ankita, who lived away from her parents, did not even have money to sustain herself. At that time his best friend Bharat Chavda was with him. Both of them started their journey together. It was not acceptable for him to ask for money from his parents. Ankita used to get lost in the thought of whether to eat food or give audition with the remaining money. He had made up his mind to leave everything and return home and then once again Zee TV came forward to help him.
Started with Rs 2000
Ekta Kapoor was making Pavitra Rishta for Zee TV. The budget of the serial was not much. Casting of new faces was going on and for Archana, a girl was needed who looked Marathi. He liked Ankita's audition and Ankita Lokhande became 'Archana' of Pavitra Rishta. Where he met Sushant Singh Rajput. At that time Ankita used to get Rs 2000 daily. Those were good days for Ankita, who struggled wondering whether she would be able to eat food the next day or not. For the first time in his life he had seen Rs 50 thousand together.
was working for 148 hours
Got money, but earning this money was not easy. Because whenever a newcomer comes into the film industry, there is neither a limited shift of hours nor a fixed working time for him. Recalling the hard work she put in during the initial days of Pavitra Rishta, Ankita had said that the amount of hard work I had done for Pavitra Rishta was something I had never done for anyone else. I did not go home every week.
Ankita says that I used to work there day and night. There was a gents toilet there, that's where I used to take bath. There, one toilet from the gents toilet was kept vacant for me. Sometimes they did not even have new undergarments to wear the next day. She used to wash old clothes, iron them and wear them again, but after 6 months, Ankita's hard work paid off in such a way that her show ran for 5 years and Ankita became one of the highest paid actresses of TV.
Sushant Singh Rajput used to scold
Ankita-Sushant met for the first time on the sets of Pavitra Rishta. Earlier, Sushant had played second lead in Ekta Kapoor's serial. He was aware of how to act in front of the camera and that is why he used to scold Ankita Lokhande a lot about acting. Ankita was like a fresher on the sets of Pavitra Rishta, for whom everything was new and Sushant Singh Rajput used to treat her like a senior on the sets. This is the reason why he used to make Ankita dance on his finger. But both of them did not know when their bullying and scolding turned into love and after two months both of them started dating each other.
Ankita-Vicky were going to get married that year but..
When Sushant turned towards Bollywood, he became out of Ankita's reach. Their relationship of 7 years ended. Then Vicky Jain came into Ankita's life. It was heard that both were going to get married in the year 2020, but then suddenly the news came that Sushant Singh Rajput had died and the world stopped there for his family and friends. I remember after the news of Sushant's death, I was leaving for his house for coverage and I called Ankita for her reaction. It was not expected that he would pick up the phone, but when I told him about Sushant's death, a voice came from the other end of the phone – What? This much was said and the call got disconnected. Then Ankita, who came to Sushant's Bandra house in a white salwar suit, was seen crying bitterly.
Now Ankita is married. She is happy with her husband Vicky Jaan. She is also doing Bollywood films and is currently making a lot of noise in Salman Khan's Bigg Boss 17. After Bigg Boss, Ankita is going to show her magic in some films also.
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