She impressed critics with her performance of a village belle in Hansal Mehta's 2014 film 'City Lights' but Patralekha says she had no offers after the movie and the actress went to Mahesh Bhatt asking for work.
She will be next seen in Bhatt's upcoming production 'Love Games' and Patralekha can't thank the producer and the film's director Vikram Bhatt for giving her a chance.
"I had no work post 'City Lights'. I went to Mahesh sir and told him, 'Please give me work,' and then he asked me to meet Vikram sir.
"I am thankful to both of them for giving me 'Love Games'. People are complimenting me for my transformation but the credit goes to Vikram sir," Patralekha told reporters here while promoting the film.
The 26-year-old actress will be seen in the role of a rich glamorous woman, Ramona Raichand.
Vikram, heaping praise on his leading lady, said he made her "life hell" on the film's set but she showed determination and passion towards the movie and her role.
"Patralekha has been amazing in the role and so patient and daring. I told her she will have to go beyond her comfort zone and she did not refuse for anything."
The erotic-drama also stars debutant Gaurav Arora and actress Tara Alisha Berry in lead roles. It is slated to arrive in theatres on April 8.