Ankita Lokhande regrets not working in a Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie: I missed out on the opportunity

Ankita Lokhande is making her Bollywood debut in Manikarnika: Queen of Jhansi. But before this movie, Ankita opted out of a Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie (reportedly Padmaavat) and feels she missed out on the opportunity.
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Ankita Lokhande will be making her big Bollywood debut alongside Kangana Ranaut in Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. 

However, Manikarnika was not her initial Bollywood debut movie as reports suggested that Sanjay Leela Bhansali had approached the actress for Padmaavat (starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor). 

When Bhansali approached her, Ankita opted out as she was not ready to act in films just yet. 

Talking about the missed opportunity with a leading tabloid, Ankita said, "I love Sanjay sir and he lauded my talent and urged me not to waste my time. But I missed out on the opportunity."

Padmaavat has been riddled with controversies since its inception and things took a turn for the worse when Karni Sena butted in and caused further delays in the movie. However, in a sigh of relief for Bhansali, the movie will now release on January 25, 2018

As Manikarnika is a period drama and is a biopic based on warrior queen Rani Laxmibai, when Ankita was asked if she worries about a similar backlash to the movie like Padmaavat, the actress revealed, "I would feel bad if something like this happens with our film given how much research we have done. If something happens tomorrow we will stand by the film."

Speaking of Manikarnika, Ankita will be playing the role of Jhalkaribai, Rani Laxmibai's close aide who helped her fight against the British rule. Her uncanny resemblance to Rani Laxmibai helped her go in disguise and protect her Queen whenever required.


Oh please, this is false reporting. It must be about some other movie. Probably Bajirao Mastani, where she was meant to do an item number, but it was either scrapped or cut.

She is wasting her time with Manikarnika, its not gonna release anytime soon. Go sign a proper movie soon.

I don’t understand why ANYONE would turn down ANY role that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is offering in his film. Genius at work!


Not like he would be offering her some lead role that she is boasting about.

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