Ankita Lokhande

Ankita Lokhande (born 19 December 1984) is an Indian actress who earned fame with her debut award-winning role in Balaji Telefilms’s daily show Pavitra Rishta with sushant singh rajput on Zee TV. She was one of the highest pay television actors until she retire in 2018 to foray into films. The first movie is Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi.

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

Family background

Lokhande was born on 19 December 1984 in Marathi family of Indore to Shashikant (a news reporter) and Vandana Phadnis (a teacher) and has a brother Arpa. After graduating she moved to Mumbai in 2005 to pursue her passion for acting.

Personal life

Lokhande co-starred with Sushant Singh Rajput in Pavitra Rishta where they began dating each other in 2010. However, they broke up and parted ways in 2016.

In 2019, she announce her relationship with her boyfriend Vicky Jain, a businessman.


Television works (2006–14)

After a participation in Idea Zee Cinestars (2006–07), Lokhande bagged 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. And play role in Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi movie.

Along with Pavitra Rishta, Lokhande contest 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.

Also Read : Sushant Singh Rajput Biography 

Pavitra Rishta took a generation leap in 2013, after which Lokhande also began playing Archana’s granddaughter Ankita too along with Archana, till the series ended in 2014.

Films (2016–present)

After a two year gap from acting and then her split up with Rajput, there were reports that Lokhande is set to debut into big screen with a role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama Padmaavat (2018). However she left the movie, replying that she isn’t ready for film debut.

The following year, speculations were spread that she has been signed for Girish Malik’s film Torbaaz along with Sanjay Dutt. However, these rumours turned out to be untrue with Malik’s statement that Lokhande isn’t a part of it.

In 2018, she finally announced that she will plunge into films with 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 that got theatrical premiere during the eve of Republic day 2019 and did quite very well at box-office and became her first commercial success.

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



Real Name Tanuja Lokhande
Nickname Anki, Minty
Profession Actress

Personal Life

Date of Birth 19 December 1984 (Wednesday)
Age 36
Sun Sign Sagittarius
Birth Place Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Religion Hindu
Nationality Indian
Hometown Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India
School She did her school from Indore.
College She did her graduation from Indore.
Education Graduate
Debut • Film: Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019) • TV: Pavitra Rishta (2009)

Physical Status & More

Height (approx.) 5’ 5”
Weight (approx.) N/A
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Light Brown


Father Shashikant Lokhande
Mother Vandana Pandis Lokhande
Brother Sooraj Lokhande
Sister Jyoti Lokhande

Marital Status

Marital Status Unmarried
Husband/Wife N/A
Son N/A
Daughter N/A


Actor Paul Walker, Simon Helbert
Actress Madhuri Dixit, Shilpa Shetty
Colour White
Food Bhindi, Dal Fry, Butter Chicken
Movie N/A
Director N/A
Sports N/A
Singers/Song Soft Romantic Songs, Ghazals
Hobbies Dancing, Swimming, Playing Badminton, Shopping, Listening to Soft Music
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