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Ankita Lokhande, one of the most popular and highest-paid television actresses in India, lost her father Shashikant Lokhande on August 12, 2023. He was 68 years old and had been suffering from a prolonged illness. His last rites were performed on August 13, 2023, at the Oshiwara crematorium in Mumbai. Ankita was accompanied by her husband Vicky Jain, who is a businessman and co-owner of the Box Cricket League team Mumbai Tigers. Many celebrities and friends of Ankita from the television industry also visited her home to pay their last respects and condolences to the bereaved family.
Ankita Lokhande, who made her film debut with Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi in 2019, was seen carrying her father’s mortal remains along with her husband Vicky Jain during the funeral. She broke down several times and was consoled by Vicky, who held her hand and hugged her. Ankita also performed the last rites of her father and gave him a shoulder. She was seen wearing a white salwar suit with a red dupatta, while Vicky wore a white kurta pajama.
A video of Ankita Lokhande breaking down while carrying her father’s bier has gone viral on social media. Many fans and well-wishers have expressed their sympathy and support for the actress in this difficult time. Some of them have also praised her for being strong and courageous in performing the last rites of her father.
Among the celebrities who attended Shashikant Lokhande’s funeral were Shraddha Arya, Arti Singh, Omkar Kapoor, Rajesh Khattar, Kushal Tandon, and others. They were seen consoling Ankita and her mother Vandana Pandis Lokhande, who is a teacher. Shraddha Arya, who is Ankita’s friend and co-star from Pavitra Rishta, shared a picture of herself with Ankita on Instagram and wrote, “You are not alone my love @lokhandeankita … We are all here for you… Always… Love you.” Arti Singh, who is also a close friend of Ankita, posted a video of herself hugging Ankita and wrote, “I love you @lokhandeankita … You are a very strong girl … And I am always there for you …”
Ankita Lokhande shared a loving post for her father on Father’s Day this year, in which she revealed that he had been struggling with his health for a long time. She had posted a video of herself with her father and wrote,
"Happy Father’s Day to my first hero my daddy. I can’t express my true feelings what I feel for u but I love u bahut Sara… I have seen u struggling with many things when I was a child but u made sure that your children don’t… u always gave me my wings to fly and made me do whatever I wanted to become … I’m what I’m it’s all your support and strength…
I remember when I started my journey in Mumbai and sometimes when I had no rent to pay… you made it happen no matter what was going on in your life because you believed in my dreams. I am and I will be always grateful and blessed to have u paa. I have seen u struggling with your health but ur strong will what I saw that time was something else and ur smiling face during that period kept all of us going. I’m very very proud to be your daughter… love u paa forever and ever and ever. happy Father’s Day paa."
Ankita Lokhande got married to Vicky Jain on December 14, 2021, in a private ceremony attended by their close friends and family members. The couple had been dating for a few years before tying the knot. Vicky Jain is an industrialist who hails from Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh. He is also the secretary of Triveni Dental College & Hospital, Raipur, and Birla Open Minds Preschool, Bilaspur.
Ankita Lokhande often shares adorable pictures and videos of herself with Vicky Jain on her Instagram account. The couple also celebrated their six months anniversary in June this year by posting cute messages for each other. Ankita wrote,
“Happy 6 months anniversary my love @jainvick … You are my strength, my happiness, my everything. You make me a better person every day. I love you more than words can express. Thank you for being mine.”
“Happy 6 months anniversary my love @lokhandeankita … You are my life, my soulmate, my everything. You make me a happier person every day. I love you more than anything in this world. Thank you for choosing me.”
Ankita Lokhande, who started her career with the popular TV show Pavitra Rishta in 2009, has come a long way in the entertainment industry. She has won several awards and accolades for her performance as Archana Deshmukh in the show, which also starred Sushant Singh Rajput as her love interest. She has also participated in reality shows like Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4 and Comedy Circus Ka Naya Daur. She has also appeared in two episodes of Ek Thhi Naayka, a horror anthology series.
Ankita Lokhande made her Bollywood debut with Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi in 2019, in which she played the role of Jhalkaribai, a warrior and advisor to Rani Lakshmi Bai. She received positive reviews and a nomination for the Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut for her performance. She then starred in Baaghi 3 in 2020, opposite Tiger Shroff, Shraddha Kapoor, and Riteish Deshmukh. She played the role of Ruchi Nanda, the sister of Shraddha’s character.
Ankita Lokhande is currently working on her next film Swatantrya Veer Savarkar, which is based on the life of the freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. She will be playing the lead role opposite Randeep Hooda, who will essay the role of Savarkar. The film is directed by Hooda himself and is expected to release in 2023.
|Date of birth
|December 19, 1984
|Place of birth
|Indore, Madhya Pradesh
|Vicky Jain (m. 2020)
|Date of death
|August 12, 2023
|Cause of death
|Place of death
Ankita Lokhande’s father Shashikant Lokhande died on August 12, 2023.
Ankita Lokhande’s father was 68 years old when he died.
Ankita Lokhande’s father’s last rites took place at the Oshiwara crematorium in Mumbai on August 13, 2023.
Many celebrities and friends of Ankita Lokhande from the television industry attended her father’s funeral. Some of them were Shraddha Arya, Arti Singh, Omkar Kapoor, Rajesh Khattar, and Kushal Tandon.
Ankita Lokhande wrote a heartfelt post for her father on Father’s Day this year. She praised him for being her first hero, giving her wings to fly, supporting her dreams, and being strong despite his health issues. She also said that she was very proud to be his daughter and wished him a happy Father’s Day.