Ankita LokhandeAnkita Lokhande is an Indian film and television actress known for portraying Archana in Zee TV's Pavitra Rishta as well as participating on Colors TV's reality dance series Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4. In January 2019, her debut film, the period war drama Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, in which she played warrior Jhalkaribai, was released and performed moderately well at the box office. Lokhande is one of Indian television's highest-paid actresses. She appeared in the 2020 action thriller film Baaghi 3.
Early lifeAnkita Lokhande was born in Indore, India, in a Maharashtrian family. Her father Shashikant Lokhande is a banker, while her mother Vandana Pandis Lokhande is a teacher. She has a younger brother and a sister named Sooraj Lokhande and Jyoti Lokhande. Ankita was always passionate about acting. After graduating from school and university, in 2005, she left Indore and moved to Mumbai to become an actress. Ankita was a state level badminton player in her college life.
CareerLokhande 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. She played the dual roles of Archana and Ankita in the show until its conclusion in 2014. 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. 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 which she played the role of Pragya.
In 2016, it was rumored that she will be a part of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's historical movie Padmaavat. However, she opted out of the project as she believed that she wasn't ready for a film debut. In 2017, there were reports that Lokhande has been signed for director Girish Malik's upcoming film Torbaaz opposite Sanjay Dutt. Later Malik denied this news and said that apart from Sanjay Dutt, no one else has been signed or even approached.
After a hiatus of four years, she made her film debut in epic movie Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, in which she portrayed Warrior Jhalkaribai.
As of September 2019, she has been shooting for Sajid Nadiadwala's film Baaghi 3, in which she is playing Shraddha Kapoor's elder sister. The action packed spiritual sequel was released in the first week of March 2020.
In November 2019, Lokhande was offered to play the role of female lead in Rumi Jaffrey's Chehre after the original female lead Kriti Kharbanda opted out of the film.