Ankita Lokhande Biography – “Pavitra Rishta” fame ties knot with Vicky Jain

Ankita Lokhande is an Indian actress who debuted in an award-winning role in Balaji Telefilms's daily show Pavitra Rishta on Zee TV. She was one of the highest paid television actors until she retired in 2018 to foray into films.

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Real Name: Ankita Lokhande
Profession: Indian actress
Birth Place: Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Age: 36 years
Spouse: Vicky Jain

Ankita Lokhande (born 19 December 1984) is an Indian actress who debuted in an award-winning role in Balaji Telefilms’ daily show Pavitra Rishta on Zee TV. She was one of the highest-paid television actors until she retired in 2018 to foray into films.

Ankita Lokhande Biography
Ankita Lokhande Biography

In 2019, Lokhande began her film career as Jhalkaribai in the historical periodic movie Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. She then appeared in the 2020 action thriller Baaghi 3, which was directed by Ahmed Khan.

Ankita Lokhande Biography
Born 19 December 1984 (age 36)

Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Notable work
Pavitra Rishta
Spouse(s) Vicky Jain

Early and personal life

Family background

Lokhande was born on 19 December 1984 in the Marathi family of Indore to Shashikant (a news reporter) and Vandana Phadnis (a teacher) and has two brothers, Sooraj and Arpan, and a sister, Jyoti. After graduating she moved to Mumbai in 2005 to pursue a career in acting.

Personal life

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 their ways. Post-breakup with Rajput, Lokhande went into a deep depression and it took her a long time to recover from it.

In 2019, she announced her relationship with Vikaas “Vicky” Jain, a businessman. They are reportedly tying the knot in December 2021.

Ankita_Lokhande with Vicky Jain
Ankita Lokhande with Vicky Jain


Television works (2006–16)

After participation in India’s Cinestar’s ki Khoj (2004–05), Lokhande won the lead role of Archana in Ekta Kapoor‘s daily soap Pavitra Rishta (2009–14). Her performance and chemistry with Rajput received various television awards, making her a household name.

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

Pavitra Rishta took a generation leap in 2013, and Lokhande also began playing Archana’s granddaughter Ankita, along with her former role of Archana, until the series ended in 2014.

Film career (2018–present)

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

In 2018, she announced she 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 during the eve of Republic day 2019 and did quite very well at the box office, becoming her first commercial success.

Lokhande next starred in Sajid Nadiadwala’s action-packed production Baaghi 3 (2020), the third part of the Baaghi trilogy, alongside Tiger ShroffShraddha Kapoor, and Riteish Deshmukh, in the role of Kapoor’s elder sister married to Deshmukh’s character. The film was released prior to the shut down of theatres owing to the Coronavirus pandemic in India, which affected the box office performance.

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Ankita Lokhande Biography
Ankita Lokhande Biography



Year(s) Film Character
2019 Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi JhalkariBai
2020 Baaghi 3 Ruchi Nandan


Year(s) Show Character
2007 India’s Best Cinestars Ki Khoj Contestant
2009–2014 Pavitra Rishta Archana Deshmukh / Ankita Karmarkar (Double role)
2011 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4 Contestant
Comedy Circus
2013 Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke Guest (as Archana)
Ek Thhi Naayka Pragya
2018 Shakti – Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki Dancer on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi on 17 & 18 September 2018
2019 Bigg Boss 13 Guest (To support Rashami Desai)

Web series

Year Show Role Platform
2021 Pavitra Rishta 2 Archana ZEE5

Awards and nominations

Television Awards
Year Show Award Category Result
2010 Pavitra Rishta 3rd Boroplus Gold Awards Gold Debut in a Lead Role (Female) Won
Indian Television Academy Awards GR8! The face of The Year (Female) Won
2011 4th Boroplus Gold Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Won
Star Guild Awards Best Actress in Drama Series Won
2012 Indian Telly Awards Television Personality of The Year (Female) Won
5th Boroplus Gold Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Won
2014 Star Guild Awards Best Actress in Drama Series Won


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