Sushant Singh Rajput and Ankita Lokhande gained popularity from the success of the TV show Pavitra Rishta. After 12 years of long gap, the show has returned with a mix of old and new casts. While Ankita will reprise her role as Archana, the role of Manav will be taken by Shaheer Sheikh.
Ankita says that Sushant would have loved the script of Pavitra Rishta 2. The actress also recalled the last of the shooting when Sushant had come to meet the team.
She added, “He would have been really happy. He was a person who appreciated good work, and he has always encouraged me. I remember on the last day of Pavitra Rishta’s shoot, I just told him he should come on set. Even though he had quit it long back, he made an effort to come and meet the team. He loved the show, and it’s a known fact that Pavitra Rishta made both of us. If he was with us, he would have been really happy.”
The makers of Pavitra Rishta 2 released the trailer of the TV show on Wednesday. The show follows a similar story as the original one. The cast of the show was trolled and a call for a ban of the daily soap was also taken.
For being brutally trolled, Shaheer wrote “When I was first approached for the show, I was taken aback. Who in their right frame of mind, would dare to play a character immortalised by Sushant Singh Rajput? I too was reluctant. Then I thought, knowing Sushant he was one to take every challenge head-on. And so, I decided that while it is scary to step into his shoes & live up to audience expectations… it is scarier to NOT even try. So, I did what I felt he would do if he was in my position. I took the challenge. When the team told me they wanted someone who was earnest so that we could all tell a story that was a fitting homage to Sushant’s legacy… I decided to give it my all and leave the rest to the audiences and to The All Mighty.”
“Working with a team that loved & respected him immensely only adds to the genuine intent in all our hearts. Sushant, you will always be Manav. Nothing can change that & no one can replace that. I may not be as good, and I may not do justice to it like you did, but I promise to give it my ALL. #pavitrarishta2,” he added.