Although there were earlier reports about actress Shilpa Agnihotri coming in as a replacement for actress Ankita Lokhande aka Archana for the Balaji Telefilms show “Pavitra Rishta”, producer Ekta Kapoor has managed to put an end to all the speculations surrounding the same by finalizing on actress Gautami Kapoor her all time favorite actress.
Gautami, wife of famous actor Ram Kapoor also a favorite of Balaji’s, had in the past bailed out Ekta Kapoor by stepping into the shoes of actress Smriti Irani, who had walked out mid way from her show “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi”, owing to major differences with Ekta.
This time too many actress were hesitant to step into the role vacated by Ankita as the role requires the actress to play a grandmother major reason for the refusing to do the role by most of them. Ankita too exited due to the very reason of not wanting to age further as the show had taken a major leap and she was required to play a grandmother which she was not comfortable in doing so. Finally Ekta has found a savior in form of Gautami Kapoor for the second time.