She added, “My character in Devadas also didn’t turn out the way I had wanted it to. But these things happen, I mainly rely on my gut instinct before giving my nod for a project.” And it is this gut instinct that has now led her to say yes to Prithvi Aditya’s upcoming sports drama, Clap. A Tamil-Telugu bilingual, the film also stars Aadi Pinisetty in the lead and marks Aakanksha’s debut in Tamil.
“I play a hockey player in the film and I’ve been training hard to fit the part. It took a while for me to get used to even holding a hockey stick, it used to hurt whenever I would lift it. Luckily, I trained with two professional coaches in Chennai who helped me with the technique and nuances of the game,” Aakanksha said. Although Aakanksha — who shot to fame as a TV star with shows like Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha and Savdhaan India — is picky about her roles, she does have an elaborate wishlist for the kind of films she wants to do.
“I love horse riding so it’s my dream to play a warrior princess on screen someday. I don’t want to be a part of films just to add some ‘glam’ to them. I want to be spoken about for my acting and I take pride in my craft,” she said. Aakanksha has promptly ticked one off her wishlist — a film with Amitabh Bachchan. The actress will be seen in an important role in the superstar’s upcoming film May Day, which also features Ajay Devgn and Rakul Preet as co-stars. “Growing up, I would watch KBC and dream of sharing screen-space with Mr Bachchan. Now that dream is coming true and it feels great,” Aakanksha added.