“I do know folks will always remember Sushant Singh Rajput as we shared crackling chemistry however then I’ve to work with somebody or the opposite,’ says Ankita Lokhande on working with Shaheer Sheikh in Pavitra Rishta 2.0
When sure exhibits and characters depart a mark on the viewers, the makers, hoping so as to add a brand new fanbase usually resolve to revive the magic and one such present is Pavitra Rishta, the unique Zee TV breakout, which got here out in 2009 and made its lead actors — Late Sushant Singh Rajput (SSR) and Ankita Lokhande a family identify throughout its over 5 year-run. Pavitra Rishta is all set to make a comeback, nevertheless, this time it’s a digital spin-off and the reboot model can be in an eight-part internet sequence that can premiere on digital streaming platform Zee5, beginning 15 September. Lokhande will reprise her function as Archana, whereas well-liked tv star Shaheer Sheikh will play Manav, the function which was earlier performed by SSR adopted by Hiten Tejwani and Karan Veer Mehra for a short interval in SSR’s absence.
“After I met Ekta she was providing me another present however I’ve all the time been so linked to Pavitra Rishta the present that I debuted with and I informed her let’s do it once more. I’ve lived this journey for five-and-a-half years and there are plenty of feelings connected to it. I spent plenty of effort and time creating and dealing on my character Archana. I didn’t need another actress to do it after 5 years, I wouldn’t prefer it. So many different actors left the present however I used to be the one fixed, I did it with shiddat (depth and keenness). Since Ekta is equally connected to the present, she didn’t take even a second to rethink and mentioned ‘sure’ for an additional model,” says Lokhande.
Lokhande attributes the present’s reputation to its ‘pure’ characters, ‘subtlety’ in feelings and emotions, and above all dollops of romance. “Pavitra Rishta is all about romance. The lead characters Archana and Manav are in love however they don’t say it due to the household scenario. It’s about two individuals who might not be excellent as people however they’re excellent for one another and that’s what linked with the viewers. It’s an unsaid, unexpressed romance and emotions the place your eyes and physique language speaks rather a lot as a substitute of phrases,” she says.
To keep up that reference to the viewers, the makers haven’t modified a lot within the lead characters’ graph and their primary traits, says Lokhande. “The one change is that my character is a assured, working lady within the new model. She is just not weak and he or she is now a bit extra vocal about her love for Manav. She now expresses her emotions. They used to compromise on love however not anymore. However once more I don’t have too many dialogues. I’m expressing extra by my feelings. When Archana and Manav come head to head it is just their emotions by which they categorical and we have now retained all of that. Most significantly, I didn’t need them to alter Archana’s look and we have now retained that simplicity. My physique language, mannerisms mechanically change as soon as I get into that apparel and styling. In fact, this time it’s a new love story altogether. however you will note the texture of the previous Pavitra Rishta. It’s important to hold a little bit little bit of that connection,” says Lokhande.
Speaking in regards to the present’s male lead that turned a focus of dialogue publish SSR’s demise, the actual fact is that Manav has additionally been performed by two different actors – Hiten Tejwani and Karan Veer Mehra after SSR stop the present someday in 2011 to give attention to his Bollywood profession. However the scenario after SSR’s demise is kind of totally different. One would recall the mass hysteria post SSR’s sudden death final June, and just lately, when the makers launched the primary look of Lokhande and Sheikh from Pavitra Rishta 2, SSR’s offended followers demanded a boycott of the present.
“I do know folks will always remember Sushant as we shared crackling chemistry however then I’ve to work with somebody or the opposite.
Sure, Pavitra Rishta has been Sushant and Ankita’s present initially however Sushant left after engaged on it for two-and-a-half years, whereas, I continued until the top, for five-and-a-half years. Hiten and Karan have additionally performed Manav in Sushant’s absence. Alternative is just not simple, and changing Sushant is just not potential,” says the actress.
She continues, “However I really feel that I and Shaheer can create a special sort of magic collectively. As an actor, it’s my job to romance even a plant or a tree and make folks consider in that. After Sushant, someone who can play Manav is Shaheer. He has that innocence, that appeal that was seen within the authentic Manav. After I learnt that he is among the choices for the function I used to be joyful. He was the one selection for me. However then, the present is just not about Ankita and Sushant, or Ankita and Shaheer, it’s in regards to the characters – Archana and Manav and their love story,” she provides.
When requested if Shaheer was below stress of dwelling as much as the expectations of the viewers, Lokhande mentioned, “On the primary day of the shoot he was very nervous. Not simply the viewers, he additionally questioned if I would really like it or not as a result of I do know Manav higher than anybody else. I do know precisely how Sushant had performed the half. I informed Shaheer that you just don’t have to repeat Sushant or every other actor however to create his personal Manav. I informed him, ‘Hear, it’s true that Sushant and I turned the family identify however folks will fall in love with this couple as properly’. Additionally, it’s so uncommon to see pure, romantic tales on digital platforms, we largely see crime-based, or thriller exhibits on OTT.”
If one could recall, the SSR saga, because it had unfolded and captured prime time information slots, has had feelings working excessive on social media, with hashtags like #JusticeforSushant and #Warriors4SSR. With collective sentiment rising towards the film trade together with the media frenzy that whipped up round this tragic demise has seen Bollywood at considered one of its lowest within the public eye. Lokhande, who was additionally caught on this burst of fury, nevertheless, isn’t complaining. “I’m glad that Sushant has a large fan following. There isn’t any approach that you would be able to cease folks from reacting like this. I really feel for the followers who’re lacking Sushant, and no matter I’ve executed for Sushant.. although I believe I haven’t executed sufficient however no matter I’ve executed I’ve executed it for me, for my relationship and I’m along with his household,” she says.
Whereas Lokhande believes there’s a sure appeal about tv, she is upbeat in regards to the present going digital basically due to deliberate strategies of working, fewer hours of labor, extra self-discipline, and advertising and marketing. “Capturing for tv may be very spontaneous however in digital and internet sequence it feels as if we’re making a movie. The standard of labor is totally different on digital. Even our set this time seems to be so totally different, it’s not that shiny, there is no such thing as a chamak damak, it’s all very pure and really actual what we see as of late on internet sequence. Then, we all the time have the script prepared. Every part is sorted after we go on the set. You realize precisely what you’re doing and we have now sufficient time to grasp our character sketch. In tv, we don’t have time for all that however nonetheless, you make your character so alive that individuals join with it. That’s the appeal of tv however digital has its totally different market altogether,” she says.
Ankita was just lately seen in a few movies like Manikarnika and Baaghi 3 in secondary roles, “However now you will note my movie for positive. The subsequent movie can be my movie however I can’t reveal greater than this. I’m executed with Pavitra Rishta. Since shoot time in digital is much much less as in comparison with tv I’ve extra time available,” mentioned Lokhande, who all the time harboured desires of turning into a ‘typical’ Hindi movie heroine and had expressed remorse of refusing movie affords from sure huge manufacturing homes up to now.
“However I’ve no regrets about ranging from tv. I’ve all the time been fairly captivated with my work. I’ve shot episodes whereas affected by dengue, malaria, typhoid…I bear in mind as soon as I went in an ambulance to shoot for Pavitra Rishta. My physician had accompanied me, there was a drip on my hand, I eliminated it and I gave the shot,” she says. And appears just like the actress’ intense ardour for Pavitra Rishta will stay everlasting as she indicators off saying, “Even after doing Pavitra for nearly six years I nonetheless love the present. I’ll nonetheless select this present over two movies if there may be yet one more attention-grabbing take to the story.”
Pavitra Rishta 2.0 will launch on ZEE5 on 15 September.