Shaheer Sheikh on playing Manav in Pavitra Rishta 2: ‘I did what I thought Sushant would do’

Actor Shaheer Sheikh is all set to step into the shoes of Manav, a character once played by the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput on the television show Pavitra Rishta. Sheikh will play Manav in Pavitra Rishta 2, which also marks the return of Ankita Lokhande as Archana and Usha Nadkarni as Savita. The actor took to Instagram to share a note sharing the thoughts he had when he was offered the Ekta Kapoor show.

Sheikh wrote: “When I was first approached for PR2, I was surprised. Who in their right frame of mind would dare to play a character immortalized by Sushant Singh Rajput.. I too was reluctant. Then I thought, knowing Sushant, was someone who took on any challenge, and so I decided that while it’s scary to be in his shoes and live up to the expectations of the public… it’s scarier NOT to even try.”

The actor further wrote that he did what he felt Sushant Singh Rajput would do and accepted the challenge. “So I did what I thought he would do if he was in my position. I accepted the challenge. When the team told me they wanted someone serious so we could all tell a story that was a fitting tribute to Sushant’s legacy… I decided to give it my all and leave the rest to the public and The All Mighty . added.

Shaheer Sheikh closed his note by acknowledging that Sushant will always be Manav, and no one can ever change that. “Working with a team that loved and respected him immensely only adds to the genuine intent in all of our hearts. Sushant, you will always be Manav. Nothing can change that and no one can replace it. I may not be very good, and I may not do it justice like you did, but I promise I’ll give it my all. #pavitrarishta2.”

Pavitra Rishta 2 will stream on ZEE5 and ALTBalaji.

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