Shaheer Sheikh replaced Sushant Singh Rajput as Manav in Pavitra Rishta 2.
Sushant Singh Rajput fans were disappointed with AltBalaji, Ankita Lokhande and Shaheer Sheikh for trying to replace the main character Manav from the second season of Pavitra Rishta and demanded a ban on the same. Soon, Shaheer shared a note responding to how he was ‘scared to play Manav.’
Shaheer took to Instagram and emphasised that the character of Manav was immortalised by Sushant. The actor added that he was taken aback when approached for the role. Shaheer said that Sushant’s attitude of taking things head-on motivated him to take up the role. ‘It’s scarier to not even try,’ the actor penned.
The actor shared that the team approached him with the thought of paying homage to Sushant’s legacy. He then added, “Sushant, you will always be Manav. Nothing can change that and no one can replace that.”
See his post here:
While Shaheer Sheikh plays Manav in the web series, Ankita reprises her role as Archana from the TV show Pavitra Rishta. Usha Nadkarni, who played Manav’s mother Savita Deshmukh in the show, will reprise her role in the series too.
Pavitra Rishta 2 went on floors on July 11. The series’ tagline reads ‘#ItsNeverTooLate.’
AltBalaji shared an image of Shaheer and Ankita holding a clapperboard from the show, confirming that Manav and Archana were back together.
Soon after the post, the fans shared #BoycottPavitraRishta2 and #OurManavOnlySushant on Twitter. Both the hashtags started trending at different points of time.
Pavitra Rishta 2 will stream on Zee5 for 55 days. It will later be available on AltBalaji.
The series is directed by Nandita Mehra. Pavitra Rishta was a show about a couple trying to live a quiet life in Mumbai.