Ankita Lokhande, the leading lady of Zee TV’s prime time daily Pavitra Rishta, has a day off today after several months of non-stop shooting for the last one-and- a-half years. The actor plans to hold a Diwali party at home for friends and relatives and shop the whole day before that to decorate her little pad in the city.
“I can’t believe that I can wake up at an hour I please. The saddest part of working in a daily soap is that one never finds time to spare. Regardless of what the festival is, one works. And by the time we get home, it’s too late to have fun,” rues Lokhande, who’s popularly known by her character’s name, Archana.
By invitation only
So, would her ‘good friend’ and co-actor Sushant Singh Rajput, better known as Maanav, be invited for the evening celebrations at home?
Lokhande, bursting into giggles, says, “Of course, he will be at home with me for my bash. It’s only for close friends and family. And he’s a really dear friend of mine. So, he better be there to help me with the preparations and then to attend to the guests.”
The 9 pm daily soap
survived competition from Salman Khan’s Bigg Boss 4 and Amitabh Bachchan’s Kaun Banega Crorepati 4, in the same slot on competing channels, by consistently remaining in the top five slot on the TRP chart. “It’s something I will always feel proud of. I wouldn’t deny that the show initially took a backseat when these shows took off. Eventually, our faithful viewers didn’t let our TRPs run too low for too long,” beams the actor.
Rumours have been making rounds that the show will either have a multiple-year leap or will wind down once the lead pair gets married in the show. “It’s not true. I haven’t heard of any leap being planned. As for our show ending at Archana and Manav’s wedding, I think that will take a while,” says Lokhande. “Even if Archana and Manav get married, it doesn’t put an end to the show’s story. There will still be enough to watch.”