Sushant Singh Rajput’s and Ankita Lokhande’s popular TV show Pavitra Rishta is coming back on the small screen with its second season. However, Pavitra Rishta 2.0 will feature Shaheer Sheikh in the role of Manav originally played by Sushant. The series will have a digital debut and will see Ankita and Usha Nadkarni reprising their roles in the show that first aired in 2009.
Casting director Adityoa Suranna told an online portal, “Pavitra Rishta 2.0 is completely digital. To be honest, it is a challenge for everybody. The task is not only for me but also for the actors who have been locked. If we have seen something already, we have already set a benchmark. If this was a new show, whatever we would do, would be fresh for people. But already, hum sabke paas ek benchmark hai (all of us have a benchmark)."
He further added, “It is not only for me but for the actors, directors and for everyone. There are two people (from the old cast), Ankita Lokhande is playing Archana's part, Usha ma'am is playing her part. We have already seen them and have loved them. But for the rest of the actors, they have a challenge. Especially for Manav, for Shaheer Sheikh it is a big challenge to live up to that space. But at the same time, it is a challenge for directors, me and other actors as well."
Pavitra Rishta 2.0 is produced by Ekta Kapoor and was one of the most popular television shows when it first aired catapulting Sushant and Ankita to stardom. Sushant stepped down from the role to make his Bollywood debut in Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che! in 2013 and was replaced by Hiten Tejwani in the serial.