Ankita Lokhande has become a successful name in the industry. She started her career as a television actor and now making her mark in Bollywood. Recently while talking about the flip side of Bollywood she opened up about encountering rapacious men in the film industry. She said that not just once but she went through the horrors of the casting couch twice. Once when she was just starting out and another when she was a successful television star switching to films.
In an interview with a media, she said she was asked to ‘compromise’ if she wanted the role. “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?’” she said.
“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 also said.
Even after becoming a popular face, Ankita had to go throw a similar incident, “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 (it will not work out for me), because it is a give and take thing. I understood and I left from there because it was not for me,” she said.
Ankita shot to fame as Archana in the popular serial Pavitra Rishta. She made her Bollywood debut in 2019 with Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, starring Kangana Ranaut in the titular role. This followed by a supporting role in Baaghi 3.