Ankita Lokhande is presently in hospital after undergoing an appendicitis operation last Sunday (31 August). The doctors have advised complete bed rest for atleast 10 days, and her absence from the sets of Zee TV’s Pavitra Rishta (Balaji Telefilms) has forced the creative team to brainstorm and crack a new story line.

Considering the fact that Ganesh Chaturthi has always been celebrated in a big way in the long-running show, the maker had to do away with the original story line planned, and add new drama to incorporate the absence of Ankita.

Well, now the track will see the return of Raunak (Ranjeet Singh) into the thick of things. He will return to avenge Ankita (Ankita Lokhande) for putting him in jail.

So what will Raunak do? On the festive occasion of Ganpati, when Manav (Hiten Tejwani) and the entire family would be about to bring the Bappa idol home, Raunak would kidnap Ankita and put her to a lot of torture.

A source states, “The story line has to undergo a lot of changes since Ankita will not be available for the next 10 days. Hence the glam manner in which the festival is usually celebrated on the show might not be seen this time around. However, we are still working on the track changes. As of now, we will get Raunak back and he will kidnap Ankita during the festive occasion. Since Ankita cannot be present to even shoot the kidnap sequence, we will have to subjectively indicate everything in the script.”

We hear that Ankita’s boy friend Sushant Singh Rajput has been by her bedside in hospital, attending to her needs. The actress is expected to get discharged in a day or two, after which she will have to take complete rest at home.

We tried calling Ranjeet Singh aka Raunak to know more on his comeback, but did not get through to him.

Get ready for this unexpected twist in the tale in Pavitra Rishta.