Till date it was actor Salman Khan who gifted his handmade paintings to his friends and colleagues, but now it is he who has been painted in zero gravity. Ankita Joshi, an ardent fan of Salman, considers him her lucky charm. She chose to paint the actor's character Chulbul Pandey (Dabangg) as her first zero gravity painting.
Ankita Joshi, who will possibly get a Guinness Book Of World Record title, unveiled Salman's special painting on Saturday (09th April, 2011). Ankita found this interesting zero gravity concept while she was meditating. She felt as if she was floating in the air. From then onwards, the girl did all to fulfill her dream to paint her hero in Zero Gravity.
Ankita Joshi, 27-years-old student of Sophia Polytechnic Applied Arts, started her training with Flight instructor Dr Howard Chipman and Former NASA and US Air Force trainer Veronique Koken and did all that an astronaut does before going to space. She was trained for 6 years to get ready to paint in space.
She painted in Florida USA. Talking about her experience in space, Ankita told, “Everything from the canvas to the crayon is floating. We tried to fix the canvas with rods but even that didn't help. Also I would constantly bang my head on the ceiling. The gravity that you experience there is 2.5 times that on earth and your skin and internal organs like kidney experience a downward pull. Though I was trained in a simulator for such conditions, your health can go for a complete toss."
Ankita paid 15 Lakhs for her training and gave an additional payment of 1000 dollars for spoiling the interiors of the spacecraft with her colours flying all around. After achieving her goal, Ankita wants to gift her painting to Salman Khan.