Ankita Lokhande is one of the most sought TV actresses. She rose to fame after her hit TV serial Pavitra Rishta in which she portrayed the character of Archana.
Ankita is also famous for having a long term relationship with her ex-boyfriend Late Sushant Singh Rajput.
Here, check out some unknown facts about Pavitra Rishta’s actress Ankita Lokhande.
Ankita Lokhande was born on December 19, 1984, in Indore, India. She belongs to a Marathi family living in Indore.
Her father Shashikant is a news reporter and her mother Vandana Pandis was a teacher.
Ankita has a brother named Arpa. After completing her graduation, Ankita moved to Mumbai in 2005 to pursue her passion to be an actress.
It is not known to many but Ankita Lokhande was very interested in sports and was a state-level badminton player.
Ankita Lokhande changed her name when she entered the TV industry. Her real name was Tanuja.
Ankita was all set to make her TV debut with the serial titled Bali Umar Ko Salam.
She has auditioned for the show and got selected as well. However, the show was never aired.
Ankita started her TV career in 2006 by participating in the talent-hunt show Idea Zee Cinestar.
She bagged the role of Archana in Ekta Kapoor’s serial Pavitra Rishta. The show was a huge success and aired from 2009 to 2014.
Ankita became the household name with her iconic character. When the show took a leap in 2013, Ankita also played Archana’s granddaughter Ankita in the serial.
Ankita won many awards for her portrayal of Archana in the TV serial Pavitra Rishta that include Boroplus Gold Awards 3 times in a row, Indian Telly Awards, Television Academy Awards, and Star guild Awards.
Ankita Lokhande was in a relationship with her Pavitra Rishta co-star Sushant Singh Rajput for almost 6 years. The couple broke up and parted their ways in 2016. They first met at the set of Pavitra Rishta.
Ankita Lokhande and Sushant Singh Rajput were famous as IT a couple of Television industry. While they used to be love birds in the industry, Sushant has proposed to Ankita many times.
First, Sushant proposed to her on the dancing stage of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa in 2011, and then during the new year vacation of 2015 in Dubai.
Ankita Lokhande is a trained dancer and she has shown her dancing skills in the show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. However, Sushant Singh Rajput won the show.
Sushant announced his break-up with Ankita Lokhande in May 2016. It was rumored that the breakup happened because of Sushant’s closeness with his co-stars. It was also in the news that Ankita became an alcoholic.
Sushant Singh Rajput tweeted, “Neither she was an alcoholic nor I am a womanizer. People do Grow apart & it’s unfortunate. Period!!
Ankita went into isolation after her break up with Sushant Singh Rajput. She limits her public appearance and becomes more focused on her work.
It was in the news that Ankita will be seen making her Bollywood debut with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat. Ankita left the project stating that she wasn’t ready for the movie yet.
Later it was rumored that she signed the movie Torbaaz along with Sanjay Dutt, but makers cleared the air.
Ankita has been part of the comedy show titled Comedy Circus where she partnered with Kapil Sharma.
Finally, Ankita Lokhande made her Bollywood debut with Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi.
She played a woman soldier in Rani Laxmibai’s army, Jhalkari Bai who was the advisor to the queen. Jhalkari Bai was the Dalit hero who was worshipped locally.
Jhalkari Bai is the true unsung hero and there are many statues in honor of her. Ankita Lokhande got the proper training of horse riding and sword fighting for a month in order to prepare for the role.
In the movie, Marathi actor Vaibhav Tatwawaadi was seen romancing Ankita. Vaibhav is famous for playing Chimaji Appa in Bajirao Mastani.
After the release of the movie Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi, her ex Sushant Singh Rajput wished her success in Bollywood.
He commented on the post, “It looks absolutely great Ankita. I am extremely happy to see this. May God bless you with lots of success and happiness.” To which Ankita replied: “Thank you Sushant. I wish you the same.”
Ankita announced her relationship with her new boyfriend Vicky Jain in 2019. Vicky Jain is a business tycoon.
The couple got engaged on 11 June 2020, and after 3 days of her engagement, Sushant Singh Rajput committed suicide which became a mystery.