Actress Niti Taylor aka Shivani’s track will soon end in Life OK’s “Ghulaam”. There were a lot of speculations about the new female lead. Names like Sanaya Irani, Puja Banerjee and Ekta Kaul were doing the rounds to replace Niti on the show.
But, it is now confirmed that Mere Angne Mein’s Riya aka Ekta Kaul will be replacing Niti Taylor on the show.
Ekta confirmed the news to an entertainment portal and said, “It was the story and the character that drew me to the show. I play a very bold character and there is a huge difference between this character and all others that I have played so far.”
Ekta talked about stepping into Niti’s shoes. “I’m not stepping into anybody’s shoes. I am playing the new lead, but my role is very different from Niti’s. She was playing a mild, docile girl who was easily suppressed. My role is that of a tough woman,” said Ekta to TOI.
Ekta will not just play the role of a tough woman on screen, but is also trained in martial arts in real life. “I am trained in martial arts and I know everything about self-defense. I remember hitting an eve teaser in Chandigarh. When he tried to escape on his bicycle, I pushed him, lifted his cycle and threw it on him! So, if this role requires me to fight a male actor on screen, it will not be difficult for me,” said Ekta.
She spoke about the reason she chose to do the show Ghulaam and said, “When I started watching Ghulaam, I realised that the story was different and the women characters on the show also had equally meaty roles. It is very important that women don’t get stereotyped on screen. I would never want to play a typical bahu, who is constantly crying. In my previous show also, though I played a regular bahu, it was a strong character. “
Life Ok’s Ghulaam is one of the best shows for the channel. It stars Param Singh and Vikkas Manaktala in lead roles. It would be interesting to see a tough woman replace the docile Shivani (Niti Taylor) in Ghulaam.
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