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Akanksha is all praise for Bhandarkar!


New Delhi, Aug. 16 -- Akanksha Puri is best remembered for her bikini-clad avatar in Madhur Bhandarkar's Calendar Girls (2015), and the music single Jahaan Tum Ho. 
Shedding her bold image, the actor will soon play the role of Goddess Parvati in the upcoming show Vighnaharta Ganesh.
"The reason I chose this show, is that I wanted to show that as an actor, I could portray two extremely different roles," says Akanksha, adding that she wanted to avoid getting typecast. The actor's religious family background, and knowledge about Indian epics and mythology helped her portray the role.
The show also marks her debut on television, and Akanksha says along with her parents and friends, another person who is looking forward to watch her on the small screen is director Madhur Bhandarkar. And why not? After all, he gave Akanksha her first break in Bollywood through Calendar Girls.
"He is my inspiration. When he came to know that I am doing the show, he wished me, saying that he would be looking forward to watch me on the small screen. He is a great support. Till date, whenever I have any doubt, I always call him," she says. About working with him anytime soon, the actor adds, "If he has something for me in any of his films, why not? I have learnt so much from him."