Ankita Lokhande Biography – an Indian Actress mainly Works in Hindi TV

Ankita Lokhande Jain is an Indian actress who mainly works in Hindi films and television. She made her acting debut with an award-winning role in Pavitra Rishta. One of the highest paid television actors in India, she is a recipient of three Gold Awards, one Indian Television Academy Award and Indian Telly Award each.

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Real Name: Ankita Lokhande Jain
Profession: Indian actress
Birthplace: Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Spouse: Vicky Jain
Age: 38

Ankita Lokhande Jain (born Tanuja Lokhande; 19 December 1984) is an Indian actress who mainly works in Hindi films and television. She made her acting debut with an award-winning role in Pavitra Rishta (2009-2014). One of the highest-paid television actors in India, she is a recipient of three Gold Awards, one Indian Television Academy Award, and one Indian Telly Award each.

Lokhande made her film debut with Kangana Ranaut‘s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019), receiving the Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut nomination. She has since starred in Baaghi 3 (2020).

She is currently a contestant on the reality TV show Bigg Boss 17.

Ankita Lokhande Biography
Ankita Lokhande Biography
Ankita Lokhande Biography
Tanuja Lokhande

19 December 1984 (age 38)

Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Other names Ankita Lokhande Jain
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present
Notable work Pavitra Rishta
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi
Vicky Jain (m. 2021)

Early life (Ankita Lokhande Biography)

Lokhande was born as Tanuja Lokhande, on 19 December 1984 in Indore She was born in a Marathi family, to Shashikant Lokhande and Vandana Phadnis Lokhande, a teacher. She also has two brothers Sooraj and Arun, and a sister Jyoti. After graduating she moved to Mumbai in 2005 to pursue a career in acting. She has been a badminton champion, during her early days.

Personal life and media image (Ankita Lokhande Biography)

Lokhande co-starred with Sushant Singh Rajput in Pavitra Rishta, and they began dating in 2010, Rajput proposed to her in the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhlaja 4. In a 2016 interview, the couple even spoke of marrying each other. However the same year couple parted ways. Lokhande later said in an interview that Rajput wanted to focus on his career and hence they parted ways.

In 2019, Lokhande announced her relationship with Vicky Jain, a businessman. Lokhande married Jain on 14 December 2021 in Mumbai.

Ankita_Lokhande with her Husband
Ankita Lokhande with her Husband

Lokhande has established herself as one of the most popular and highest-paid television actresses in India. She ranked 7th in’s Top 10 Television Actresses list of 2014.


Debut and rise to stardom (2009–2018)

After participating in India’s Best Cinestars Ki Khoj (2007–09), Lokhande won the lead role of Archana Deshmukh in Ekta Kapoor‘s daily soap Pavitra Rishta. She portrayed Archana opposite Sushant Singh Rajput and Hiten Tejwani from 2009 to 2014. Pavitra Rishta took a generation leap in 2013 and Lokhande also began playing Archana’s granddaughter Ankita Karmarkar, opposite Karan Veer Mehra, until the series ended in 2014.

Lokhande participated in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4, where she was placed 5th, and Comedy Circus ka Naya Daur. She did two episodes for Ek Thhi Naayka, opposite Sachin Shroff.

After a two-year gap from acting and her separation from Rajput, there were reports that Lokhande was set for a movie debut with a role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s period drama Padmaavat (2018). However, she left the movie, replying that she was not ready for the film.

The following year, speculation spread that she had been signed for Girish Malik’s film Torbaaz along with Sanjay Dutt. However, rumors proved to be untrue after Malik stated that Lokhande was not going to be involved with the film.

Film debut and expansion (2019–present)

In 2018, Lokhande announced that she would make her film debut and would appear in 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. The film received a theatrical premiere on the eve of Republic Day 2019 and did quite well at the box office, becoming her first commercial success. Bollywood Hungama noted, “Ankita Lokhande as Jhalkari Bai is excellent and leaves a tremendous mark in limited screen time.”

Lokhande next starred in Sajid Nadiadwala‘s action thriller film Baaghi 3 in 2020, the third part of the Baaghi trilogy, alongside Tiger ShroffShraddha Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh. She played the role of Kapoor’s elder sister married to Deshmukh’s character. The film was released prior to the shutdown of theatres owing to the COVID-19 pandemic in India, which affected the box office performance. Filmfare stated, “The two girls Shraddha and Ankita, despite the build-up about them both being fiery characters, have nothing to do really in the film.”

Lokhande reprised her role as Archana Deshmukh in the web series Pavitra Rishta: It’s never to late along with Shaheer Sheikh from 2021 to 2022. In February 2022, Lokhande participated in StarPlus’ Smart Jodi with her husband, Vicky Jain, subsequently becoming the winner of the season.

In 2023, she played a woman going through a divorce in the film The Last CoffeeTimes of India wrote, “Ankita Lokhande looks stunning and shines brightly in emotional scenes.”

Filmography (Ankita Lokhande Biography)


Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2019 Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi Jhalkaribai
2020 Baaghi 3 Ruchi Nandan Chaturvedi
2023 The Last Coffee Iram Qureshi
Swatantra Veer Savarkar † Yamunabai Completed


Year Title Role Notes
2007 India’s Best Cinestars Ki Khoj Contestant Season 1
2009–2014 Pavitra Rishta Archana Karanjkar Deshmukh
2013-2014 Ankita Deshmukh Karmarkar
2011 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4 Contestant 5th place
Comedy Circus Ka Naya Daur
2013 Ek Thhi Naayka Pragya
2022 Smart Jodi Contestant Winner
2023-present Bigg Boss 17
Ankita Lokhande Biography
Ankita Lokhande Biography

Web series

Year Title Role Notes
2021-22 Pavitra Rishta: It’s Never Too Late Archana Deshmukh


Year Award Category Work Result
2009 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress Popular Pavitra Rishta Nominated
Indian Telly Award Fresh New Face – Female Nominated
2010 Best Actress in a Lead Role Nominated
Gold Awards Debut in a Lead Role – Female Won
Best Actress in a Lead Role Nominated
Indian Television Academy Awards GR8! Face of The Year Won
Best Actress Popular Nominated
2011 Nominated
Gold Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Won
Producers Guild Film Awards Best Actress in Drama Series Won
2012 Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Nominated
Best Onscreen Couple(with Sushant Singh Rajput) Nominated
Best Television Personality of the Year Won
Gold Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Won
2013 Producers Guild Film Awards Best Actress in Drama Series Nominated
2014 Won
2020 Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi Nominated

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