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Television actress Kratika Sengar might have done numerous shows on television, but she rose to fame with the role of Rani Lakshmibai in Zee TV's historical and mega hit show Jhansi Ki Rani. The show will end in the coming week time and she believes that even if the show ends, the character of Jhansi Ki Rani will never end. We spoke to Kratika Sengar about her journey, experience and lots more.
How has the experience been playing the historical role of Jhansi Ki Rani?
It's been an incredible experience which I will never forget in my acting career. I didn't know that I could ever play such brilliant character which would be praised by everyone. I also I feel satisfied as a performer. I want to thank the makers and God who gave me this character so early in my career. I have learned a lot from this show. I am happy that besides acting, I know various forms of acts like sword fighting, horse riding, martial arts.
What was your reaction when you were approached for this role?
I didn't know how to express myself and frankly speaking, I wasn't that sure about playing this character. But after lot of confusion and discussions, I finally agreed. Now, the journey of this great warrior lady is coming to an end, and I have mixed feelings about that. I will miss the action in the show.
What changes have you noticed in yourself?
Earlier I thought I was a very chui mui type of girl who could act only in saas-bahu dramas but now after one year of JKR, I feel I have grown up. I feel stronger both mentally and physically. By doing this role, I believe all woman have traits of Rani Lakshmibai in them. One just needs to explore our mind. I feel proud about myself.
What have you learned from this great personality?
I have learned from her many things. I didn't know that she was great political thinker and a social reformer of her times. Three things I have learned from Rani Lakshmibai is that it is very important for every woman to be strong mentally, to be truthful and be dedicated.
What kind of difficulties did you face while doing action sequences?
I feel everyday brings new challenges for me on this show. I had never imagined that I would be doing stunts or learning mallakhamb for the show. My legs and hands have been injured numerous times. Frankly speaking, it is not easy to shoot such scenes in heat as mostly we shot outdoors
What kind of response you have got from your fans?
The response is completely positive and encouraging. When I did Kasauti Zindagi Kay, I was called P2 but now everyone calls me Manu. I feel they will remember Manu for a long time. I am overwhelmed with response I get wherever I go.
What we can expect from the mahaepisode next week?
One can expect lot from the mahaepisode as the final battle will be shown. I want the audiences to watch the mahaepisode which airs 16th June as it was the day when Rani Lakshmi Bai breathed her last.