Last updated on – Aug 21, 2020, 13:03 IST

01/8Akanksha Puri thanks lockdown for being able to move on from ex-boyfriend Paras Chhabra: I am rebuilding relationships with my family

Vighnaharta Ganesh actress Akanksha Puri – who spent most of last year sparring with ex-boyfriend Paras Chhabra – says that she is in a happier space today, and wishes to remain drama-free. In a chat with Times of India, Akanksha, who is enjoying some days off with family in her hometown Indore, opens up about how she has moved on from the broken relationship, has learnt to love and prioritise herself during lockdown. By: Saptaparna Biswas

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02/8‘Moved on from past and rebuilt relationship with family in lockdown’

The lockdown gave Akanksha some much-needed time with her family to recover from the negativity of the past. “It has been a tough time for me since last September, but the lockdown has been a blessing for me in terms of moving on from the past, and rebuilding the existing relationships with my family.”

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03/8‘Have learnt to look at things positively’

“My work used to demand 12 hours a day and, in the midst of all that, I had to also deal with a personal life crisis. Of course, I wouldn’t have pulled through all of this without support from everyone. So, I’ve learnt to look at things positively, ki achcha hua kuch cheezein zyada buri hone se pehle hi khatam ho gayi.”

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04/8‘Grateful to Bigg Boss for revelations about ex-boyfriend’

She also says that she is grateful to Bigg Boss for all the revelations with regard to her relationship with Paras. “Somewhere, I’m grateful to the show that I got to know of the things that would have probably come to light later. I was definitely in the wrong space, so I could get away from all the issues immediately.”

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05/8Quashes rumours of participating in Bigg Boss 14

Quashing rumours about her entering the Bigg Boss house for season 14 this year, the actress shares, “I haven’t received a call till date for the show, which begins in September first week. So no, I’m not entering the reality show this year, but will definitely take it up if an offer comes through.”

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06/8‘I’m happy Paras has moved on; we haven’t spoken since then’

She feels that the relationship was not just about bad times, since if it had been that bad, it wouldn’t have lasted three years. “I don’t have any regrets or hatred anymore. I’m happy for Paras, and that he has moved on, and is happy wherever he is. Even though we ended abruptly, we haven’t spoken, texted or exchanged any communication so far. Both of us have moved on, and none of us want to talk and discuss all this because it was dragged way too much for anyone’s comfort,” she says.

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07/8Grateful to those who have stuck with me

Today, Akanksha says she loves her life and herself more. She adds, “I am more grateful for those who stuck with me through these times. After three long years, I’m able to give myself more time and focus on my happiness. If I would have kept thinking ki, ‘Oh God, yeh kya ho gaya mere saath’, I wouldn’t have been able to overcome the issues.”

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08/8Ready to mingle? ‘Definitely!’

Now that Akanksha has been spending so much time at home with family, has the question of marriage cropped up? “They don’t even dare to ask! In fact, my friends and family are very cautious of speaking about relationships and marriage around me (laughs). They’re like, ‘Akanksha ke saamne ye baatein mat karo’. I think people are too scared of talking about such topics in front of me,” she says. However, the telly actress, feels that she is ready to mingle, should love come her way. “People have been telling me ki, ‘tujhe toh koi bhi mil jayega, kabhi bhi’, but I want to ask, ‘wo koi bhi kahan hai?’ No one has approached me yet! I can’t say that I want a relationship, because it’s a very complicated topic for me. But yes, I’m certainly open to dating, yet not pushing it. Jab jo hona hoga, ho jayega.”

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