Rani Laxmibai comes of age, as actress Kratika Sengar replaces Ulka Gupta
Jhansi ki Rani, one of Zee TV*s current TRP-grabbers, recently switched its eight year-old lead Ulka Gupta with 20-something Kratika Sengar. The change was long due. Producers Contiloe Films had initially decided on showcasing the childhood of gutsy Rani Laxmibai for just 30 episodes. But Gupta*s surprising popularity changed their decision, and she continued horse-riding and sword-fighting through 100-odd episodes.
Sengar, who has bagged her first lead role with Jhansi ki Rani, is gung-ho, especially about the fact that she shoots next door to Salman Khan*s Dabangg sets at ND Studio. Apparently, the film star even gave her tips on horse-riding. Earlier, it was reported that controversy-ridden TV actress Twinkle Bajpai had been offered the role of the older Laxmibai. For waiting-in-the-wings Sengar, this couldn*t have been further from the truth.
Jhansi ki Rani airs on Zee TV, Monday to
Friday, 8 pm