Television actor Ankita Lokhande will soon be seen in a Bollywood film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi where she will be playing the role of Jhalkaribai. Jhalkaribai was a soldier who became a prominent advisor after rising through the ranks in Rani Laxmibai’s army.
Ankita, who was previously in a live-in relationship with Sushant Singh Rajput for six years and was even rumored to tie the knot, finally opens up about her past relationship during an interview with DNA. Ankita talked about how her break up had affected her work and said, “Honestly, I have always been content. When I was working, I was satisfied; when I wasn’t, I was still happy. I’m okay with whatever I do. Aisa kabhi nahin tha ki mujhe yeh chahiye ya woh chahiye. I decided to take a break because I was happy with that then. It was not just for myself. I guess, the Universe wanted me to get back professionally, which is why I’m here now. I won’t say the break-up affected my profession, though. Love and work are two separate things. You need to balance them and I’ll say I wasn’t able to do that.” Ankita also mentioned how she had forgotten to love herself and now she has learned to do so.
When asked later about the man of her dreams, the actor replied with a smile saying, “I’m still waiting for my prince charming (laughs). But I’m not consciously looking for a man. I’m done with that! I don’t need a man to reach somewhere in life. I’d rather have awards. There are no marriage plans right now. Like I said, I’m still waiting for my prince charming.”
Ankita, also talked about how she had given all her energy to her work and made that her priority. “Yes, in the end, it’s all about where you put your energies. If you focus only on love and keep talking and bothering about that all day, usi mein saari energy chali jayegi. After everything happened, when I was back to a state of normalcy, I kept asking myself, ‘What do I want to do next?’ and I chose work. Being with my partner was my only priority but once I went back to the sets, I understood what true love meant. When I was acting in Manikarnika, I was thinking about nothing but my scenes. Love is about what you feel and I feel that about my dance and my acting. That, to me, is my love now,” she added.