Ankita Lokhande

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Ankita Lokhande
Ankita Lokhande at Animedh NGO (4) (cropped).jpg
Lokhande in 2018
Born Indore, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present
Known for Pavitra Rishta
Partner(s) Sushant Singh Rajput (2010-2016)

Ankita Lokhande is an Indian actress. She made her debut in 2009 with Zee TV's long-running drama Pavitra Rishta. Her appearance in the acclaimed series has made her one of the highest-paid actresses on Indian television.[1][2] She also participated in celebrity dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (Season 4), on Sony TV.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Ankita Lokhande was born on December 19, 1984, in Indore, India, in a Maharashtrian family. Her father Shashikant Lokhande is a banker, while her mother Vandana Pandis Lokhande is a housewife and a teacher. She has a younger brother and a sister name Sooraj Lokhande and Jyoti Lokhande. Ankita was always passionate about acting. After graduating from school and university, in 2005, she left Indore and moved to Mumbai to become an actress. Ankita was a state level badminton player in her college life.[5]


Lokhande initially started her television career in 2006 as a participant in talent-hunt reality show Idea Zee Cinestars. In 2009, she started working for Ekta Kapoor's romantic-drama series Pavitra Rishta.[6] She played the dual roles of Archana and Ankita in the show until its conclusion in 2014.[7] Due to the immense popularity of the show, Lokhande became a household name.

In 2011, she participated in dance based reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 4.[8] In the same year, she also participated in another reality show Comedy Circus along with Kapil Sharma.

In 2013, Ankita was a part of mini-series Ek Thhi Naayka, created by Ekta Kapoor for the promotion of her film Ek Thi Daayan in which she played the role of Pragya.[9]

In 2016, it was rumored that she will be a part of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's historical movie Padmaavat.[10] However, she opted out of the project as she believed that she wasn't ready for a film debut.[11] In 2017, there were reports that Lokhande has been signed for director Girish Malik's upcoming film Torbaaz opposite Sanjay Dutt.[12] Later Malik denied this news and said that apart from Sanjay Dutt, no one else has been signed or even approached.[13]

After a hiatus of four years, she will be making her film debut with upcoming epic movie Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, in which she will portray Warrior Jhalkaribai.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Lokhande with her former partner Sushant Singh Rajput, in 2013

Lokhande was in a live-in releationship with actor Sushant Singh Rajput who was her co-star in Pavitra Rishta. The couple split up in 2016 after a six year relationship.[15]



Year(s) Show Character Channel Notes
2009–2014 Pavitra Rishta Archana Manav Deshmukh/ Ankita Naren Karmarkar Zee TV
2011 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (Season 4) Participant Colors TV
2011 Comedy Circus Participant Sony Entertainment Television
2013 Ek Thhi Naayka Pragya Life OK
2018 Shakti - Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki Dancer on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi Colors TV


Year Film Role Notes
2019 Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi Jhalkaribai Currently filming

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 [17]
2011 4th Boroplus Gold Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Won [18][19]
Star Guild Awards Best Actress in Drama Series Won [20]
2012 Indian Telly Awards Television Personality of The Year (Female) Won [21]
5th Boroplus Gold Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Won [22]
2014 Star Guild Awards Best Actress in Drama Series Won [23]


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  2. ^ "11 television stars who earn more than Bollywood actors per month!". The Indian Express. 2016-09-18. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  3. ^ Sushant proposes Ankita on National Television
  4. ^ Ankita dominated the front pages of renowned newspapers last year due to her separation from ex-husband, Shubhamraje Rajput
  5. ^ "Ankita Lokhande". Biography Wiki.
  6. ^ "Eight years of Pavitra Rishta: Here's what the cast of the show is doing now | The Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  7. ^ "Pavitra Rishta to end next month - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  8. ^ "Shekhar Suman, Renuka Shahane among 'Jhalak..' participants - Indian Express". Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  9. ^ "Ankita Lokhande, Avika Gor, Aamna Sharif: Famous TV celebs who have gone missing from the small screen | The Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  10. ^ "Ankita Lokhande to make Bollywood debut with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati? - Times of India ►". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  11. ^ "Ankita Lokhande regrets not working in a Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie: I missed out on the opportunity". Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  12. ^ "Ankita Lokhande signs her second film with Sanjay Dutt? - Times of India ►". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  13. ^ "No, Ankita Lokhande Is Not Making Her Debut In This Sanjay Dutt Film". Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  14. ^ "Pavitra Rishta's Ankita Lokhande is all set for her Bollywood debut - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  15. ^ "Do Ankita Lokhande's tweets confirm break-up with Sushant Singh Rajput?". The Indian Express. 2016-04-27. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  16. ^ 3rd Boroplus Gold Awards, 2010
  17. ^ Ankita wins Gr8! Face of The Year (Female) at 10th Indian Television Academy Awards
  18. ^ 4th Boroplus Gold Awards, 2011
  19. ^ Winners List:4th Boroplus Gold Awards, 2011
  20. ^ "Ankita Lokhande wins Best Actress for Pavitra Rishta at 6th Apsara Film and TV Awards, 2011". Bharatstudent. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  21. ^ Ankita Lokhande wins Most Popular Personality of The Year at 11th Indian Telly Awards
  22. ^ Ankita wins Best Actress for Pavitra Rishta at 5th Boroplus Gold Awards, 2012
  23. ^ "Star Guild Awards - Winners". Retrieved 2018-01-19.

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