Shaheer Sheikh is all set to take over the role of Manav with the upcoming web-show Pavitra Rishta 2.0. The show has been in the news for a long time now and the trailer was finally released today. The actor, at the virtual press conference, gave us insights into the journey of taking up the role and doing the show. He spoke about a variety of facets, right from the reaction, to the nervousness, and more.
Did you study the original character or tried to give it a fresh take?
Did not do any studies, but I did understand the character better. When I wear that locket, I feel like a different person and when I've done my scenes with Archana and Tai, they have both told me that they don't feel a lot has changed. I did prepare myself emotionally to reach a place where they see Manav, but no other kind of prep. I have tried to give a fresh approach from my side, and I think any other actor in my place would have also wanted to make the character their own instead of repeating what has already been done.
I did not need any extra effort, after getting the brief that I got for the character, it all happened at once, and when I saw myself on-screen, it left me stunned. This is the purest and earnest character I have done so far because you feel it and you can't portray it unless you feel it.
What were the first-hand reactions like for you when the news first came?
Initially, there were mixed reactions, obviously, because when someone else has played a character like that and so nicely, that is there, but now, post teaser, etc, there are positive responses and it has reduced my worry.
Two people have done this role, what was the kind of responsibility you felt?
Of course, it is a huge responsibility, if or not people will accept us was something that was there, but I wanted to give my 100% and then accept the response. I will do whatever is there in my hands, however, something that is not in my hand, I cannot take tension for that.
How much of Manav are you in real life?
Manav is too nice and a gentleman, he is a beautiful soul, and I don't think one can achieve to be that person in present-day and age, but I am inspired by that person, he does make me want to feel to be that person.
For a long time, the question of man's vulnerability has been neglected, but Manav is a character that isn't your typical hero. Do you think that aspect is something that should be explored?
It is very important actually and of course, everything that has been happening in the society, this question is ignored and a man also feels, he can feel bad, express his emotions, etc. We are taught that men can't cry, but Manav is an example of how showing vulnerability does not mean weakness and I hope people learn from this and try and express themselves, and keeping things within you will not be of any help.