Ankita Lokhande is not just an actress, she is a phenomenon. She has risen from humble beginnings to become one of the most popular and successful stars in the Indian entertainment industry. She has mesmerized millions of viewers with her captivating performances in TV serials and films. She has also won several awards and accolades for her work. In this article, we will explore the amazing journey of Ankita Lokhande, from her early life to her current projects.
Ankita Lokhande Early Life and Education
Ankita Lokhande was born on December 19, 1984, in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India. She belongs to a middle-class Marathi family with no connections to the film industry. Her father, Shashikant Lokhande, was a banker, and her mother, Vandana Pandis Lokhande, was a teacher. She has two younger siblings, a brother named Sooraj Lokhande and a sister named Jyoti Lokhande. Ankita completed her schooling and graduation from Indore. She was always interested in acting and dancing since her childhood.
Breakthrough in Television
Ankita Lokhande made her debut in television as a contestant in the reality show “India’s Best Cinestars Ki Khoj” in 2004. She impressed the judges and the audience with her talent and charisma. She then landed the lead role of Archana Deshmukh in Ekta Kapoor’s hit daily soap “Pavitra Rishta” in 2009. She played the role of a simple and loving housewife who faces various challenges in her life. She was paired opposite Sushant Singh Rajput and Hiten Tejwani in the show. “Pavitra Rishta” became one of the most popular and longest-running shows on Indian television. It also made Ankita Lokhande a household name and earned her many awards and nominations.
Ankita Lokhande also showcased her versatility by playing the dual role of Archana’s granddaughter Ankita Karmarkar in the show after a generation leap in 2013. She continued to play both the roles until the show ended in 2014. Ankita Lokhande also participated in other reality shows like “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4” and “Comedy Circus ka Naya Daur”. She also appeared in two episodes of the horror series “Ek Thhi Naayka” in 2013.
Transition to Films
Ankita Lokhande took a break from television after “Pavitra Rishta” and focused on her film career. She was rumored to be cast in several films, but she denied them. She finally made her film debut in 2019 with the epic historical drama “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi”. She played the role of Jhalkaribai, a brave warrior and a close aide of Rani Laxmibai. She received critical acclaim and a nomination for the Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut for her performance in the film. She also shared screen space with Kangana Ranaut, who played the titular role of Rani Laxmibai.
Ankita Lokhande then appeared in the action thriller “Baaghi 3” in 2020. She played the role of Ruchi Nandan, the sister of Tiger Shroff’s character. She also performed some stunts and action sequences in the film. She was praised for her chemistry with Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor in the film.
Personal Life and Interests
Ankita Lokhande was in a relationship with actor Sushant Singh Rajput, her co-star in “Pavitra Rishta”, from 2010 to 2016. They were one of the most loved couples in the industry and were planning to get married. However, they parted ways due to some personal reasons. Ankita Lokhande is now happily married to Vicky Jain, a businessman, since December 14, 2021. They had a grand wedding ceremony in Mumbai, attended by their family and friends.
Ankita Lokhande is a fun-loving and cheerful person. She enjoys dancing, swimming, playing badminton, shopping, and listening to soft music. She is also a foodie and loves to eat bhindi, dal fry, and butter chicken. She is a non-vegetarian and follows a balanced diet. She is also very active on social media and often posts pictures and videos of her personal and professional life.
Net Worth and Achievements
Ankita Lokhande has a net worth of around Rs. 25 crores (as of October 2023). She charges up to Rs. 1 lakh per episode for working in serials ¹. In October 2023, Ankita Lokhande was reported to receive around Rs. 12 lakh for each episode for the reality show “Bigg Boss 17” ². She also earns from endorsements, events, and other sources.
Ankita Lokhande has won several awards and honors for her work in television and films. Some of them are:
- Indian Television Academy Awards for Gr8! Face of The Year (Female) in 2010
- Zee Rishtey Awards for Popular Face (Female) in 2010, 2011, and 2012
- Star Guild Awards for Best Actress in Drama Series in 2011
- Gold Awards for Best Actress in Lead Role in 2012
- Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut for “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi” in 2020
Ankita Lokhande is an inspiration for many aspiring actors and actresses. She has proved that with hard work, dedication, and passion, one can achieve anything in life. She has also shown that one can balance both personal and professional life with grace and dignity. She is a true star who has conquered both TV and film with her talent and charm. She is a role model for many young girls who want to pursue their dreams and make a mark in the world.