Shaheer Sheikh and Ankita Lokhande confirmed Pavitra Rishta 2.0 going on floors this past weekend and ever since, there has been a lot of conversation around the same. Originally played by late Sushant Singh Rajput, playing Manav in the digital series will be Shaheer.
Ever since, there has been a lot of conversation around how no one can be Manav except for Sushant and that why would someone else play the character. Today, Shaheer took to social media as he spoke about what made him say yes and his thought process on the same.
He said, 'When I was first approached for PR2, 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 upto audience expectations… it is scarier to NOT even try. And so I did what I felt he would do, if he was in my position. I took the challenge.'
He added, '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.'
Apart from Pavitra Rishta 2.0, Sushant is also seen in Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi 3, and the show went on-air on Monday. It features Erica Fernandes along with Shaheer and Supriya Pilgaonkar in the lead role.