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Ankita Lokhande is an Indian Film and Television actress, best known for her role in Pavitra Rishta opposite Sushant Singh Rajput. Ankita was born on December 19, 1984 in Indore to a Marathi family. Her father, Shashikant is a journalist and mother Vandana Phadnis is a teacher. Ankita got her big break after she participated in the Idea Zee Cinestars show in 2006-07. She was offered the role of Archana in Ekta Kapoor’s daily soap – Pavitra Rishta in 2009 opposite Sushant Singh Rajput in lead. The show was a spectacular success and the onscreen Jodi was a great hit. It became more so when the lead pair started to date in real life in 2010. The show and the couple’s popularity continued to rise with every year. The two also participated in dancing reality show – Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, Season 4 in 2011 where Sushant publicly proposed to Ankita Lokhande. From there on, there was no looking back. Sushant soon left the show and pursued a rather successful career in Bollywood. Ankita was seen with her beau at all the important functions and events. Speculations of her joining films after Pavitra Rishta ended in 2014 were also high, but Ankita refused. On the personal front, rumours of split between the television’s golden couple also started to do round. To the despair of many fans, the couple split officially in 2016. Ankita made her film debut with Manikarnika in the role of Jhalkaribai in the year 2018. The movie was a commercial success. Ankita Lokhande was next seen opposite Ritesih Deshmukh in Bhabhi-3. Ankita Lokhande announced her engagement with her boyfriend Vicky Jain, a businessman on June 11, 2020. She has also been vocal about the untimely death of ex-boyfriend, Sushant Singh Rajput.