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Ankita Lokhande on Why she gave up Happy New Year, Bajirao Mastani; ‘my priority was Sushant’

Ankita Lokhande said that while she was during a relationship with Sushant Singh Rajput, she gave up several big films including Happy New Year and Bajirao Mastani, because she prioritised him over her career.

Ever since Sushant Singh Rajput’s unfortunate demise, many things have unfolded about his professional and private lives. Speaking of the latter, much recently, the late actor’s ex-girlfriend and actress Ankita Lokhande made some rather shocking revelations about her relationship with him. during a candid interview, Ankita revealed that she refused big Bollywood projects for her then-boyfriend Sushant.

The actress shared that she didn’t take up Farah Khan’s Happy New Year with Shah Rukh because, at the rear of her mind, she just wanted good for Sushant’s career. Not just this, Ankita also revealed that she refused Bajirao Mastani despite filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali urging her to go for it.

Ankita, in her interview with Bollywood Bubble, said: “I remember Sanjay sir called me and said, ‘Kar le Bajirao varna yaad rakh, pachtayegi tu ( choose Bajirao Mastani otherwise you else you’ll regret it later).’ He was literally praising me and Sanjay sir saying that’s a really big thing. Then i used to be like, ‘Nahi sir, mujhe shaadi karni hai (No, sir. i would like to urge married).’ I still remember that and he didn’t have anything to say”.

The Pavitra Rishta fame shared that it had been only after she broke with Sushant that she realised that she must prioritise her career and work on her individual self.

On being asked whether she regrets quitting such blockbuster projects and expecting her big Bollywood debut, Ankita said: “I haven’t any regrets. To be honest, as my priority was something else some time past. Also, I didn’t skills to balance career and private life. Now I do and that i keep telling all that you simply should skills to take care of both well separately.”

Ankita Lokhande Bollywood Debut

In 2019, Ankita finally made her Bollywood debut with a supporting role in Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, headlined by Kangana Ranaut. She also starred in Baaghi 3 alongside Tiger Shroff, Shraddha Kapoor, and Riteish Deshmukh.

Talking to Bollywood Bubble, Ankita said, “I gave abreast of many things. I gave abreast of Happy New Year. I remember Farah ma’am offered me the film and that i met Shah Rukh sir also. He was like, ‘I will attempt to offer you the simplest debut.’ and that i was like, okay, but at the rear of my mind… i used to be in Macau. Me, Sushant and Shah Rukh, we were sitting, and that i was like, ‘Bhagwan, mera na ho (God, I hope I don’t get it).’ Ladki kaisi hoti hai na, she always tries, ‘Nahi yaar, mere partner ka achcha ho’ (A girl always wants the simplest for her partner).”



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