Pavitra Rishta 2.0 narrates the tale of Archana (Ankita Lokhande) and Manav (Shaheer Sheikh), both ticking all the boxes of being a quintessential daughter, and son, respectively. However, when their paths cross, and they get married, things go for a toss when the truth comes out.
The plot begins with Manav and Archana's first meeting, which is by chance, and then it eventually translates into something bigger. while both their mothers have their own idea of what a perfect groom and bride for their children would be, things soon fall apart and that is when begins their woes because eventually, they begin to love each other. Just when Archana decides to take a step, things only get worse, and if or not they will reunite is what continues to be awaited.
We have seen Ankita in the role of Archana already, and most of us know that she understands the character like no other. And this time around, she has managed to bring a sense of calmness to the role, and it seems like a fresh addition at so many levels. While it is true that her character continues to be stuck up in ways more dramatic than one would want it to be, however, it eventually makes sense.
Shaheer as Manav is truly a show stealer and he has managed to get into the skin of his character really well. The promos and teasers do not show enough, but when you see the show, you will understand how well he has kept the aura of Manav intact but has also brought his own fresh take on the table, and that works well with us. Usha Nadkarni as Manav's mother, Randeep Rai as Manav's brother, Suchita Banderkar as Sulochana, Abhidnya Bhave as Manjusha, among others, have also done justice to their roles, adding to the story.
The writers understand that there are chances that the story feels repetitive, hence, the strength of Pavitra Rishta 2 lies in the makers knowing that they shouldn't drag the show. While the show is not completely different from the original, the 8 episodes sum up to make for a watchable story, with good performances, and some strong dialogues every now and then. The direction is also something that is good and the production quality has gone up, making the series a worthy watch after all.
There's nothing that is fundamentally wrong with the series, after all, however, it does not offer a lot of newnesses, apart from a lovely pairing and deserving performances.
I think I would suggest you watch the series if you have been a fan of the original and are looking forward to Ankita and Shaheer's chemistry. Pavitra Rishta 2 hasn't included a lot of changes, but it has also not gone all out in over-the-top drama. (not saying there is none)
Ratings: ***1/2 (3.5/5) stars