While there were a lot of speculations about the new female lead for the popular show Ghulaam, we now finally know who has replaced our favourite Niti Taylor. It’s not Puja Banerjee or Sanaya Irani, but Ekta Kaul, who has been roped in by the makers of Ghulaam. The actress, who has garnered popularity with her lead role in the popular show Mere Angne Mein, had quit the show a few months ago. Now, she will be playing the lead role in Ghulaam.

Niti essayed the role of a girl who was easily suppressed, but Ekta will be essaying a role of a tough woman. Giving more insights into her character, in a statement to a leading daily, the actress said, “I am playing the new lead, but my role is very different from Niti’s. She was playing a mild, docile girl who was easily suppressed. My role is that of a tough woman.”

Ekta, revealed why she opted for Ghulaam, the actress said, “When I started watching Ghulaam, I realised that the story was different and the women characters on the show also had equally meaty roles. It is very important that women don’t get stereotyped on screen. I would never want to play a typical bahu, who is constantly crying. In my previous show also, though I played a regular bahu, it was a strong character.”

She went on to add that she will not find it difficult to portray a role where she has to fight a male character on screen. She said, “I am trained in martial arts and I know everything about self-defense. I remember hitting an eve-teaser in Chandigarh. When he tried to escape on his bicycle, I pushed him, lifted his cycle and threw it on him! So, if this role requires me to fight a male actor on screen, it will not be difficult for me.”