Currently basking in all the praise that her debut film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is getting, actor Ankita Lokhande took to Instagram on Saturday to pen a heartfelt note thanking everyone who has been a part of her acting journey that led to her getting her first film alongside Kangana Ranaut.
Sharing an image of the film’s opening credits that introduces her as Jhalkari Bai, a soldier in the queen’s army who eventually catapults to the position of an advisor, Lokhande wrote, “I saw myself on the big screen for the first time. Yes, my dream has finally come true. Hard work has paid off. Watching myself as #JhalkariBai in #Manikarnika was a very emotional moment for me. It was an overwhelming experience.”
In her detailed post, Lokhande thanked filmmaker Ekta Kapoor, Ranaut, Zee, her fans and the media. Talking about Kapoor, she wrote, “I want to thank @ektaravikapoor Ma'am for recognising the talent in me and giving me #PavitraRishtawhich gave me the identity across the country.
Calling Ranaut the best co-actor, she added, “#KanganaRanaut @team_kangana_ranaut has been a best co-star and director. Thank you Kangana for always being there for me and taking this film a notch higher.”
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I saw myself on the big screen for the first time. Yes, my dream has finally come true. Hardwork has paid off. Watching myself as #JhalkariBai in #Manikarnika @manikarnikafilm.it was a very emotional moment for me. It was an overwhelming experience. I want to thank each and every person who has been a part of my journey and has helped me achieve my goal. I want to thank @ektaravikapoor Ma'am for recognising the talent in me and giving me #PavitraRishta which gave me the identity across the country. @zeestudiosofficial @zeetv Zee has been a constant from #ZeeCineStarKiKhoj to #PavitraRishta and now #Manikarnika. Zee has always played an important role in this journey. I cannot thank enough to @kamaljain_thekj #KamalJain Sir for seeing the potential in me and giving me my dream debut. #KanganaRanaut @team_kangana_ranaut has been a best co-star and director. Thank you Kangana for always being there for me and taking this film a notch higher. I would also like to thank everyone from #media who has always showered their love and I hope you all will always support and encourage me. The person that I am today is all because of my fans. Words are not enough to express my love for them. Thank you all for always being there for me and now that I am stepping into another phase of my life, I hope that they will shower more love. Their love encourages me to do better and I hope that I will always receive the same in future.
Notably, the film, after several controversies and much delay, opened in theatres on January 25 to largely positive reviews. In the three days since its release, it has managed to collect Rs 42.55 crore in India alone. Directed by Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi and Ranaut, Manikarnika also stars Jisshu Sengupta and Danny Denzongpa in important roles.
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