Ankita Lokhande

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Ankita Lokhande
Ankita Lokhande snapped during Manikarnika The Queen Of Jhansi promotions at Novotel Juhu.jpg
Lokhande in 2018
Born (1984-12-19) 19 December 1984 (age 35)
Other namesKumari
Years active2008–present[1]
Notable work
Pavitra Rishta

Ankita Lokhande (born 19 December 1984[2]) is an Indian actress who began her career in television with her breakthrough character in Balaji Telefilms's popular daily show Pavitra Rishta on Zee TV and won various awards for the same.[3] She was one of the highest paid actresses of television industry until she retired from there in 2018 to plunge into bollywood film industry.[4]

In 2019, Lokhande debuted her film career as brave warrior Jhalkaribai in the historical periodic movie Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi.[5] She then appeared in Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment's 2020 action thriller Baaghi 3.[6]

Early and personal life[edit]

Family background[edit]

Lokhande was born on 19 December 1984 in Indore to Shashikant (a news reporter) and Vandana Pandis (a teacher) and has a brother Arpa.[7] After graduating as a state level badminton player in her college, she moved to Mumbai in 2005 to pursue her passion for acting.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Sushant Singh Rajput with Ankita Lokhande at KAI PO CHE's premiere

Lokhande co-starred with late Sushant Singh Rajput in Pavitra Rishta where they began dating each other in 2010.[8] However, they broke up and parted ways in 2016.[9]

In 2019, she announced her relationship with her boyfriend Vicky Jain, a businessman. They got engaged on 11 June 2020.[10]


Television works (2006–14)[edit]

After a participation in Idea Zee Cinestars (2006–07), Lokhande bagged the lead role of Archana in Ekta Kapoor's popular daily soap Pavitra Rishta (2009–14). Her performance and chemistry with Rajput received various television awards, making her a household name.[11]

Along with Pavitra Rishta, Lokhande contested on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa season 4 in 2011. That year, she also participated in Comedy Circus.[12] In 2013, she appeared in episodic of Kapoor's mini-series Ek Thhi Naayka as Pragya.[13]

Pavitra Rishta took a generation leap that same year later, after which Lokhande also began playing Archana's granddaughter Ankita too along with Archana, till the series ended in 2014 and she decided to quit television to focus on her life.[14]

Films (2016–present)[edit]

After a two year gap from acting and then her split up with Rajput, there were reports that Lokhande is set to debut into big screen with a role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period drama Padmaavat (2018).[15] However she left the movie, replying that she isn't ready for film debut.[16]

The following year, speculations were spread that she has been signed for Girish Malik's film Torbaaz along with Sanjay Dutt.[17] However, these rumours turned out to be untrue with Malik's statement that Lokhande isn't a part of it.[18]

In 2018, she finally announced that she will plunge into films with the role of Jhalkaribai, a warrior in Krish and Kangana Ranaut's joint directorial venture Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, an epic drama based on the life of Rani Lakshmi Bai that got theatrical premiere during eve of Republic day 2019 and did quite well internationally, but failed to attract public in cinemas and tanked domestically.[19]

Lokhande next starred in Sajid Nadiadwala's action packed production Baaghi 3 (2020)–third part of Baaghi trilogy–alongside Tiger Shroff, Shraddha Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh, wherein she portrayed Kapoor's elder sister married to Deshmukh's character. The film was released prior to the shut down of theatres owing to Coronavirus pandemic in India, which affected box office performance, leading it to become an average grosser.[20]



Year(s) Film Character Ref
2019 Manikarnika: The QUEEN of Jhansi JhalkariBai
2020 Baaghi 3 Ruchi Nandan [20]


Year(s) Show Characte Channel Ref
2009–2014 Pavitra Rishta Archana Karanjkar Deshmukh / Ankita Deshmukh Karmakar Zee TV
2011 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4 Participant; Partner Sushant Singh Rajput Colors TV
2011 Comedy Circus Participant; Partner Kapil Sharma Sony Entertainment Television
2013 Ek Thhi Naayka Pragya Life OK
2018 Shakti - Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki Dancer on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi on 17 & 18 September 2018 Colors TV
2019 Bigg Boss 13 Guest (To support Rashami Desai) Colors TV [21]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Television Awards
Year Show Award Category Result Ref.
2010 Pavitra Rishta 3rd Boroplus Gold Awards Gold Debut in a Lead Role (Female) Won


Indian Television Academy Awards GR8! Face of The Year (Female) Won [23]
2011 4th Boroplus Gold Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Won [24][25]
Star Guild Awards Best Actress in Drama Series Won [26]
2012 Indian Telly Awards Television Personality of The Year (Female) Won [27]
5th Boroplus Gold Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Won [28]
2014 Star Guild Awards Best Actress in Drama Series Won [29]


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  21. ^ "Bigg Boss 13: Brother Krushna Abhishek advises Arti Singh to fight back". 6 October 2019.
  22. ^ "Boro Plus Gold Awards '10".
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  28. ^ "Ankita wins Best Actress for Pavitra Rishta at 5th Boroplus Gold Awards, 2012". Archived from the original on 7 July 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  29. ^ "Star Guild Awards – Winners". Archived from the original on 24 March 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2018.

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