Ankita Lokhande smiles gaily...

Ankita Lokhande Biography / Family:

The beauty queen of the Indian Television industry, Ankita Lokhande, popularly known as Archana Maanav Deshmukh was born on 19th December in the year 1985. She hails from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India. Ankita was always keen on choosing acting as her career option. She thereby left her studies after class 10 and moved to Mumbai in 2005 to try her hand at acting. She has got two brothers. Ankita shares a very healthy bonding with her mom. Her mother is more like a friend to her. Her nickname is Anki, Mint and Puja. She is called by her birth name, Tanuja by Close friends and relatives.

Ankita flaunts her sexy back bedecked with jewellery

Ankita Lokhande and Her Beau Sushant Singh Rajput:

The 5 feet, 7 inch actress shifted to Mumbai to try her luck in acting. She got to meet her soul mate on the sets of her debut serial Pavitra Rishta. The duo shared a wonderful onscreen chemistry. They became good buddies after initial clashes and could be spotted on and off the sets quite frequently. Gossip about the reel life couple to be real life couple was soon on airs.

The lovebirds - Ankita and Sushant

Ankita reveals the story of how they met in a recent interview. Both were poles apart, two completely different personalities. On one shot, they would be seen hand in hand romancing and when the director would say cut, they would look at each other with malice. Behind the camera, Ankita would be seen chit chatting with the crew members and having fun but Sushant would be seated in a corner and watch movies on his laptop. They got into constant arguments when face – to – face. But opposites attract and that is what happened in their case. In the battle of sexes and rivalry, they suddenly realized that they were deeply attracted to each other. Their affair started in a very filmy style – pehle takraar fir pyaar, giggles the celeb.

Ankita with her boyfriend Sushant

Ankita and Sushant - glow in yellow!

Ankita Lokhande and Sushant Singh Rajput

When they shared the platform on the sets of the well known dance reality show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, they were already in a relationship. Ankita wanted to publicize their relationship but Sushant wanted to keep it a secret due to his introvert nature. She hated it and felt that he did not love her enough or was embarrassed of their relationship as he didn’t want to announce it. Sushant stunned her by going down on his knees and proposing to her in front of millions, in order to please her. She fell in love all over again!

Sushant and Ankita on the sets of JDJ 4

The lovebirds who got fame with their household names as Maanav and Archana have been together since last four years.Some sources reveal that the couple is secretly married. But it is just a rumor, Ankita laughs out loud! The media always cooks up a story to muddle up a star’s life. When she gets married, viewers would get to know about it, smiles Ankita. The Kai Po Che actor (Sushant) plans to tie the knot this year itself, reveals a birdie close to the couple.

Sushant and Ankita on the promotion of his debut movie Kai Po Che

Sushant with girlfriend Ankita

Sushant-Ankita pose for a romantic photo shoot

Ankita-Sushant giving autograph to their fans at the grand premiere of KPC

Sushant & Ankita enjoy playng holi

Ankita &Sushant at the Zerza restobar launch

Ankita with her beau Sushant

Ankita & Sushant-the lovely couple

Ankita Lokhande Current Show:

The 28 year old actress stepped into the small screen industry with Ekta Kapoor’s Pavitra Rishta. She bagged the lead role of Archana in Balaji Telefilm’s Pavitra Rishta. Ankita gained popularity as well as recognition from this daily soap.
Here, Ankita portrays the character of a simple, uneducated and innocent girl and taking care of her family is her priority.

Ankita Lokhande as Archana in Pavitra_Rishta

She belongs to a middle class family and her mother is keen to find a suitable match for her. Here, Maanav’s mother wants him to marry the girl he loves. He is actually a mechanic but his mother lies about his state of affairs and says that he is a mechanical engineer so that he can marry Archana. But when the truth is revealed, Archana’s mother tries to prevent their union. In the meantime, Maanav and Archana fall in love. They face many hurdles but ultimately are able to outdo all of them and can hold on to their Pavitra Rishta.

Ankita & Sushant as Archana-Maanav in Pavitra Rishta

Sushant-Ankita shooting a hospital scene for PR

Archana with Maanav & her mother in law-PR

 

Archana & Manav in Pavitra Rishta

Then the story takes a four year leap where it is shown that their financial conditions have improved and Maanav has become a successful businessman. Kutumb actor Hiten Tejwani has replaced Sushant, as he moved on to the film industry. They are parents to a son and twin daughters. The story again takes a leap of about 18 years where completely different circumstances are shown. Currently, the show is portraying a journey of Maanav – Archana and their grown up children.

Ankita Lokhande in her debut show pavitra rishta

Ankita Lokhande as Archana Deshmukh in Pavitra Rishta

Maanav-Archana with their kid on the sets of PR

Archana aka Ankita was seen to disappear from the show for quite a while. She is seen to be in coma. There were gossips about Ankita quitting the show. Some say that she demanded a raise in her pay check, some sources reveal that she went for a vacation with her beau Sushant. Other sources reveal that she didn’t want to continue due to the sudden leap where she had to portray the role of a grandma.

Ankita as Archana post leap in pavitra rishta

In fact, Ekta Kapoor had decided to replace her with Ghar Ek Mandir actress Gautami Kapoor or actress Shilpa Saklani. However, she made a comeback in the serial. She resumed shoot after 3 months as she was promised to gear up a double role.

Gossips about Ankita to be replaced with Gautami

The daily soap went on air on 1st June in the year 2009. It has got a record of 7+ TRPs. Ekta Kapoor has received many Awards and Critical Acclaims for the show as well.

Ankita Lokhande Reality Shows / Performances:

The Pavitra Rishta star appeared in many nonfiction shows as well. She was seen as a contestant in Zee Cinestars Ki Khonj in the year 2006. It was telecast on Zee TV.
Next she appeared in Comedy Ka Daily Soap, aired on Sony Entertainment Television. She did a guest performance in the comedy show.

Ankita Lokhande goes sleeveless wearing a pink salwar suit

Sushant & Ankita with other contestants on the sets of JDJ

Ankita on the sets of Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa 4

She was also seen in the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 4.

Other reality shows in which she was seen include Entertaiment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega in which she made a guest appearance, Comedy Circus Ka Naya Daur where she shared space with well known comedian Kapil Sharma, Movers & Shakers Masala Maarkey aired on Sab TV, Dance India Dance Li’l Masters 2 and Sapne Suhaane Ladakpan Ke where again she did a special dance performance.

Ankita plays the role of a school girl

Ankita as Pragya in Ek Thi Naayika

She also appeared in Ekta Kapoor’s Ek Thi Naayika, a miniseries for the promotion of the movie Ek Thi Daayan, aired on the channel Life OK. Here she played the role of Pragya, along with other small screen popular faces.

Ankita Lokhande Accolades:

The beauty has received many Awards and nominations as given below:

Ankita as Archana in Pavitra Rishta

 YearAwardCategoryCharacterFor The ShowResult

2009

Indian Telly Awards

Best Fresh New Face (Female)

ArchanaDeshmukh

PavitraRishta

Nominated

Zee Rishtey Awards

Favorite Jodi
(Along with Sushant Singh Rajput)

Won

2010

 

New Talent Awards

Best New Actor in Lead Role (Female)

Won

New Talent Awards

Best New Television Personality

Won

3rd Boroplus Gold Awards

Gold Debut in Lead Role (Female)

Won

Xplore International Drama Awards

Best Foreign Television Actress

Won

Indian Telly Awards

Best Actress (Popular)

Nominated

Indian Television Academy Awards

GR8! Face of The Year

Won

Zee Rishtey Awards

Favorite Popular Face (Female)

Won

Zee Rishtey Awards

Favorite Jodi
(Along with Sushant Singh Rajput)

Won

2011

The Global Indian Film and TV Honours

Best TV Actor (Female)

Nominated

Apsara Awards

Best Drama Actress

Won

Lions Gold Awards

Lions Favorite Television Actor (Female)

Won

FICCI Frames Excellence Honours

Best Television Actor (Female)

Nominated

Kalakar Awards

Best Actress (Popular)

Won

4th Boroplus Gold Awards

Best Actress (Popular)

Won

BIG Television Awards

Favorite Dulara Character (Female)

Nominated

BIG Television Awards

Favorite GarmaGaram Jodi
(Along with Sushant Singh Rajput)

Nominated

Indian Television Academy Awards

Best Actress (Popular)

Nominated

Zee Rishtey Awards

Favorite Popular Face (Female) +
Special Honour

Won

BIG Star Entertainment Awards

Most Entertaining Television Actress

Nominated

2012

The Global Indian Film and TV Honours

Best Jodi
(Along with Sushant Singh Rajput)

Nominated

Indian Telly Awards

Best Onscreen Couple
(Along with Sushant Singh Rajput)

Nominated

Indian Telly Awards

Best Actress (Popular)

Nominated

Indian Telly Awards

Best Personality (Female)

Won

5th Boroplus Gold Awards

Best Actress (Popular)

Won

People’s Choice AwardsIndia

Favorite Most Good-Looking Onscreen Couple
(Along with HitenTejwani)

Nominated

Zee Rishtey Awards

Best Personality

Won

Ankita in an Awards function

Ankita glitters in a peach gown in a fashion show

Ankita-Sushant sitting together in an Awards ceremony

Ankita Lokhande List of Favourite Things:

The stunning actress shares her list of favourites with her fans:

Dream destination: Ladakh due to its beautiful snowfall.

Hobby: singing, dancing and shopping. ‘I am a bathroom singer’, laughs Ankita. She loves soft, romantic music and ghazals. She cannot resist if she sees others dancing and immediately joins them. She also loves to decorate her house with small snippets.

Ankita looks gorgeous in a blue sari

Favourite food: ideal Ghar ka khaana including roti – sabzi, dal – chaawal. Bhindi ki sabzi, ghee rotis and dal fry are a delicacy. When dining out, she loves to eat at Urban Tadka, Mumbai. She is very fond of Indian food like tandoori items, fish dishes and also craves for chicken dishes like butter chicken. She also loves to eat out at Chaudhary ka Dhaba, Indore with her family. She shares her favourite recipe of butter chicken with her fans:

Ingredients
- Boiled pieces of chicken (sliced thinly): 5 – 6
- Butter: 1 tsp
- Tomato and cashew gravy: 8-10 tbsp
- Coriander powder: 1/2 tsp
- Cumin seed powder: 1/4th tsp
- Kasurimethi powder: 1/4th tsp
- Fresh cream: 3-4 tbsp

Method
- Toss the sliced pieces of chicken with butter in a pan on medium heat.
- Then add fresh tomato gravy as per the required thickness along with 2 tbs of cashew paste.
- Once the gravy starts to thicken, add coriander powder, cumin seed powder and kasurimethi powder at the end to get the flavour. Mix the mixture well.
- Then pour it in a dish, add cream on the top and it is ready to serve.

Ankita Lokhande wishes happy diwali with her rangoli

Favourite colour : White. She loves to dress up in white saris as white is the colour of peace.

Hates : fake people who pose themselves to be superior.

Love : to spend time with the person she loves! She also loves to be called by her birth name Tanuja.

Ankita refreshing herself with roo-ahf-zaa

Ankita poses for a sexy photo shoot

Ankita looks stunning in a deep red anarkali

Ankita with her stylist behind the camera

Ankita having fun with Sushant at her friends place

Ankita-Maanav-the most romantic couple!

Ankita-Sushant spotted 2gedr dining out

Ankita Lokhande looks beautiful in a red sari with her nose stud & gajraa

Ankita shakes a leg with Hiten,Tusshar and Riteish

Ankita enjoys with her family friends