Avinash Lohana (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 2, 2018)

Anita Raj, who was last seen on the big screen in Samir Karnik’s 2012 romcom Chaar Din Ki Chandni, is set for a comeback. The actress will be seen in the biopic of Deendayal Upadhyay, an RSS thinker and co-founder of the political party Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the precursor to Bharatiya Janata Party, as his sworn sister Lata Khanna.

“I was really impressed with the story and immediately agreed to be a part of the film. It’s a profound role as during Deendayal ji’s last days, his sister Lata played an important role. I don’t know much about her and will start my research soon with the guidance of our writer Dhiraj Mishra,” Anita tells Mirror.

The actress had featured in Ramesh Bedi’s 1996 film Gehra Raaz, which was followed by Aanand L Rai’s Thodi Life Thoda Magic in 2008. Ask her about the long absence from the big screen and she says, “It was intentional as nothing interesting was coming my way. Also, I was concentrating on my family and workouts as I am a heath freak. But times have changed, and better roles are now being written for actresses. I took up TV shows, 24 and Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani and thoroughly enjoyed doing them. As an actor I don’t see any difference between films and TV.”

Reiterating that she would never regret the sabbaticals, Anita says that she has fond memories of her early days in the industry. “I have worked extensively with Sanju (Sanjay Dutt), Dharam ji (Dharmendra), Raj ji (Babbar), Shatru ji (Shatrughan Sinha), and Mithun (Mithun Chakraborty). All of them were really kind to me. I learnt a lot while working with them. From the time I entered the industry with Prem Geet, I was always treated well as everyone respected my father (actor Jagdish Raj). It was because of him that I came into the industry,” she signs off.