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Odisha’s Anketa Maharana aka Apsara Rani was the most searched name on the search engines

Mumbai:9/7/20: The Boss Is Always Right,” says Ram Gopal Varma, sharing the pic of a skimpily clad woman sitting on the chair, holding a coffee cup with attitude. The actress in the image is Apsara Rani and the still is from the up-and-coming web film Thriller.  In barely three to four days, Apsara Rani of Odisha has turned an internet sensation. The reason, her promotion as an actress by none other than filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma who is launching her in his upcoming web film “Thriller” by the new name. In less than a week, Anketa was the most searched name on the search engines. So much so that her Twitter and Instagram follower base increased manifold. As per some reports, Apsara Rani aka Anketa Maharana is also featuring in bilingual (Odia and Telugu languages) yet to release film Patnagarh that is based on the infamous parcel bomb case of Balangir in Odisha.

.Apsara Rani is not a new actress. Her first Telugu film, titled 4 Letters, headed to theatres in February 2019.  And her actual name happens to be Anketa Maharana. The Satya and Company director seems to have rechristened her for the relaunch because 4 Letters was a box-office dud.  Speaking to ONT in December last year, Anketa aka Apsara said that she was looking forward to working with the “legend” RGV.  “I am happy to have bagged a film in the direction of RGV sir.  He has asked me to become fitter for the role,” she said

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While her bold pictures went viral as soon as posted, Anketa in the latest report states the film is not as bold as the pictures. Reportedly hailing from Kantilo in Odisha, Anketa, brought up in Dehradun, oozes confidence on the sets of the film she is presently shooting. She also bubbly, cheerful and happy go lucky person who had always aspired to make it big in the Bollywood. As an aspiring actor, Apsara looks forward to a promising future and the present COVID pandemic situation has stopped her from exploring more on the big screen. In an interview with a web channel recently, she said, “ I want people of my state to give me blessings as this is a career path that I have chosen to follow. I am sure these bold pictures would not make much difference to their love for me.” Apsara has been working from Hyderabad but she keeps visiting Odisha occasionally. As per sources, she wants people to judge her through her talent and not by what her character demands while performing. Recently, Ram Gopal Varma had heaped praises on Apsara Rani for her acting talent that he discovered during his latest web film ‘Thriller.’

Unknown facts about Apsara Rani:

Kantilo is where she has fond childhood memories

Worked in Patnagarh prior to 4 letter word

A dancer and theatre performer

Noticed by RGV at a dance programme

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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