Beautiful actress Akanksha Puri, who entered showbiz with Madhur Bhandarkar’s “Calendar Girls”, is now making her television debut with Sony Entertainment Television’s forthcoming mythological show, “Vighnaharta Ganesh”.

There are many artists in the entertainment industry who juggle television and films with ease. But Akanksha wants to focus only on one thing at a time. When asked if films will take a back seat as she has to devote most of her time to the show, she says, “When you do a show like “Vighnaharta Ganesh”, you will have to be prepared for all this. I will be shooting for the show for 25-27 days a month, which leaves me with no time to do any other thing. So, as long as I am doing Vighnaharta Ganesh, I won’t take up any other project in hand.”

Mythological shows come with a lot of challenges. Wearing elaborate costumes, heavy jewellery and makeup for 12 hours a day is not an easy task. But Puri has now become accustomed to all this. “Initially, it was difficult. But now I am so much comfortable with it that I feel I look good in that avatar only. I feel really proud and confident when I get into that getup.”

The actress made her film debut with a film helmed by Madhur Bhandarkar and then forayed into south cinema and now television, that too, with a mythological character. Isn’t she scared of getting typecast? “I don’t think an artist chooses a film. On the contrary, I believe that a film chooses its artist. I think most of the artists make this mistake that they do the same kind of roles back to back and somehow typecast themselves. I don’t want to make this mistake. The main reason I chose this show was that I wanted to prove people that I can do this also. As an artist, I want to show all my variations. I chose this profession to do that only.”

Generally, when a film star takes up a fictional role on television, the film offers almost dry up for them. When Akanksha was asked about the same, she states, “I don’t think nowadays there is any restriction like that. I can do movies even after doing this show. I haven’t closed any option. I haven’t restricted myself. All my options are open always. If someone offers me a good movie, I’ll do that. If a film comes from down south and my role is good in it, I’ll do it. I have never restricted myself as an actor.”

“Vighnaharta Ganesh”, starring Malkhan Singh, Akanksha Puri and Uzair Basar as Shiva, Parvati and Ganesh respectively, is all set for its premiere on 22nd August on Sony Entertainment Television.

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