When she stepped into the Indian television industry she bowled us over with her acting skills. Ankita Lokhande, who has been praised for her acting repertoire, is once again ready to woo Indian audience with her Bollywood debut in one of the highly awaited big budget films ‘Manikarnika-The Queen of Jhansi’. Realizing Bollywood is her true calling, Ankita will soon be seen on the silver screen. She is making a remarkable swift entry with a significant character- Jhalkari Bai, one who used to disguise and shield Rani Laxmi Bai.
Once who must be aware of the character, she is the woman had overcome every obstacle to save Rani Laxmi Bai. The uncanny resemblance to Rani Laxmibai had helped her to disguise herself as the queen, and took command of the Jhansi army.
Jhalkari bai belonged to the Kori caste (a Dalit community that was oppressed). Hailing from a humble background, she rose to the ranks to become an advisor to the legendary Rani Laxmibai. In fact, so courageous was she that during the battle of fort of Jhansi, she disguised herself as Rani Laxmibai and took command of the army, thus giving the real queen a chance to escape in the meantime.
Having a longest association with the producer Kamal Jain, Ankita has signed up her Bollywood debutant under his guidance. As he went ahead to make her understand the character correctly and how aptly fits the role. Apparently, Kamal Jain is also the man behind the cast of actor Sushant Singh Rajput for M S Dhoni.
The film is helmed by the director Krrish, who has given the audience a super hit ‘Gabbar is Back’ with Akshay Kumar. It is written by K. V. Vijayendra Prasad, one who has made an unforgettable breakthrough with ‘Baahubali’. The music is given by Shankar Ehsaan Loy and the lyrics are penned by none other than Prasoon Joshi.
Ankita has already started horse riding training under the guidance of Hollywood Action director, Nick Powell. Nick has received twelve Taurus World Stunt Award nominations, winning five of them. He had also won the choreographer of the year for his work on ‘The Bourne Identity.’
Ankita, who is very thrilled to play this pivotal character, is planning to take on another level.
Producer Kamal Jain along with the director Krish is busy with the rest of the cast, leaving no stone unturned to give the audience one of the biggest blockbusters of next year.
Zee Studios presents in association with Kamal Jain, Manikarnika – The Queen Of Jhansi, releases on 27th April, 2018.