Finally, Ekta finds her Aishwarya Rai!

By Hindustan Times

MUMBAI, Oct. 19 -- It's an open secret that Ekta Kapoor is set to produce a lavish TV show based on the historical love story of Mughal Emperor Akbar and his wife, Jodha Bai. But what has been creating more excitement is the casting of actors for the lead roles. Now, we have heard that after eight months of a rigorous nation-wide search and auditions, the doyen of Indian soap operas has finally found Jodha - Indore girl Paridhi Sharma.

"This will be Paridhi's first lead role after she appeared as part of the supporting cast in another TV show, Ruk Jaana Nahi. Ekta feels that Paridhi can carry off the part perfectly because she has the innocent and simple persona, in addition to a beautiful face. Paridhi, of course, is very excited about her big break," says an insider close to Ekta. In 2008, director Ashutosh Gowariker h