Ankita Lokhande Jain (born 19 December 1984) 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.  Lokhande has also starred in the Bollywood films Baaghi 3 and Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi.

Life and career

Early life and career (1984–2005)

Lokhande was born on 19 December 1984, in a Marathi family in Indore to her mother Vandana Phadnis Lokhande, a teacher, and her father Shashikant Lokhande. 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.

Television

Year(s) Show Character Notes
2007 India’s Best Cinestars Ki Khoj Contestant
2009–14 Pavitra Rishta Archana Deshmukh / Ankita Karmarkar
2011 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4 Contestant 4th place
Comedy Circus
2013 Ek Thi Nayka Pragya
2022 Smart Jodi Contestant Winner

Films

Year(s) Film Character
2019 Manikarnika Jhalkaribai
2020 Baaghi 3 Ruchi Nandan Chaturvedi

Web series

 
Year Show Role
2021-22 Pavitra Rishta 2.0 Archana Deshmuk

Accolades

Television Awards
Year Show Award Category Result Ref.
2010 Pavitra Rishta 3rd Boroplus Gold Awards Gold Debut in a Lead Role (Female) Won  
Indian Television Academy Awards GR8! 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