Karthika is making her small-screen debut with Aarambh, the mega series directed by Bollywood filmmaker Goldie Behl, which will be aired from June 24. In this historical fantasy penned by K V Vijayendra Prasad, the scenarist of the Baahubali franchise, she plays Devasena. “But the similarities stop there. Devasena in Baahubali is in a male-dominated kingdom, but my character belongs to a matriarchal society. The queen is the ruler here, and when she dies, the throne goes to the princess, not the prince,” she explains.