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

Early life

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 move 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 the series, 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 rejected the film and was replaced by Deepika Padukone.[11] In 2017, there were reports that Lokhande has been signed for director Girish Malik's upcoming film Torbaaz opposite Sanjay Dutt.[12] Anyhow, 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

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 having 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


Year Film Role Notes
2018 Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi Jhalkaribai Co-starring Kangana Ranaut

Awards and nominations

Television Awards
Year Show Award Category Result Ref.
2010 Pavitra Rishta Indian Television Academy Awards GR8! Face of The Year (Female) Won [16]
2011 Zee Rishtey Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Won [17][18]
Star Guild Awards Best Actress in Drama Series Won [19]
2012 Indian Telly Awards Most Popular Television Personality of The Year (Female) Won [20]
2014 Star Guild Awards Best Actress in Drama Series Won [21]


  1. Jennifer Winget, Ram Kapoor, Maniesh Paul: TV's highest paid actors | The Times of India.
  2. "11 television stars who earn more than Bollywood actors per month!" (in en-US). The Indian Express. 2016-09-18. 
  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.
  7. "Pavitra Rishta to end next month - Times of India". The Times of India. 
  8. Shekhar Suman, Renuka Shahane among 'Jhalak..' participants - Indian Express (en-gb).
  9. Ankita Lokhande, Avika Gor, Aamna Sharif: Famous TV celebs who have gone missing from the small screen | The Times of India.
  10. "Ankita Lokhande to make Bollywood debut with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati? - Times of India ►". The Times of India. 
  11. Ankita Lokhande regrets not working in a Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie: I missed out on the opportunity (en).
  12. "Ankita Lokhande signs her second film with Sanjay Dutt? - Times of India ►". The Times of India. 
  13. "No, Ankita Lokhande Is Not Making Her Debut In This Sanjay Dutt Film". 
  14. "Pavitra Rishta's Ankita Lokhande is all set for her Bollywood debut - Times of India". The Times of India. 
  15. "Do Ankita Lokhande’s tweets confirm break-up with Sushant Singh Rajput?" (in en-US). The Indian Express. 2016-04-27. 
  16. Ankita wins Gr8! Face of The Year (Female) at 10th Indian Television Academy Awards
  17. 4th Boroplus Gold Awards, 2011
  18. Winners List:4th Boroplus Gold Awards, 2011
  19. 6th Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards Photo Gallery, 6th Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards Stills, 6th Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards Gallery, 6th Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards Photos (en).
  20. Ankita Lokhande wins Most Popular Personality of The Year at 11th Indian Telly Awards
  21. Star Guild Awards - Winners.

External links

Awards for Ankita Lokhande
Indian Telly Award for Best Television Personality of the Year

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