Soon after reports emerged announcing Ankita Lokhande is back to shoot for the new season of the TV show Pavitra Rishta, fans of Sushant Singh Rajput have reacted sharply on social media. The news has agitated Sushant's fans who say they won't accept any other actor in the role of Manav, a character originally essayed by the late actor. The hashtag #BoycottPavitraRishta2 has been trending on Twitter on Tuesday.
Ankita Lokhande is back on the sets of the show that had made her and her rumoured ex-boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput a household name 12 years ago. While the actress reprises her role as Archana, Shaheer Sheikh has been roped in to play Manav Deshmukh, the character originally played by Sushant and later by Hiten Tejwani.
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Sushant's fans, however, are agitated fans claiming they would not watch the show, which no longer features Sushant as Manav. "No one can replace this gem. No one has the guts to replace his character or him. He is with us. He is alive in our hearts. We will keep fighting for his honor. OUR MANAV ONLY SUSHANT #BoycottPavitraRishta2," tweeted a fan of Sushant.
"No one will be able to take Sushant's place. @itsSSR. Pavitra Rista serial was popular for Sushant, not for any Natunkita. OUR MANAV ONLY SUSHANT#BoycottBullywood #BoycottPavitraRishta2," tweeted another fan.
No one will be able to take Sushant's place. @itsSSR
Pavitra Rista serial was popular for Sushant, not for any Natunkita.
OUR MANAV ONLY SUSHANT#BoycottBullywood #BoycottPavitraRishta2 pic.twitter.com/aY7lTAPDsB
— Pari Sona Sanjay (@PariSonaSanjay) July 13, 2021
"Manav is not a name. It is a emotion of millions...That emotion which directly connects to Sushant. So we can't accept this Manav 2... Let's Boycott..OUR MANAV ONLY SUSHANT #BoycottPavitraRishta2," wrote another fan.
Sushant started his career from Manav.
He showed his real nature in his role.
Please don't make money on name of Sushant.@anky1912 @ektarkapoor #BoycottPavitraRishta2
Our Manav Only Sushant pic.twitter.com/VJmhQAHU4D
— G R V (@ssrfan011) July 12, 2021
Netizens also commented on Ankita Lokhande's tweets, trolling the actress for being a part of the second season of the show just a year after her rumoured ex-boyfriend Sushant's death. Fans also alleged that the makers of the show are cashing in on Sushant's death for publicity and monetary gain.
Can you please tell us @ektarkapoor
What's the need of doing second season of this show"Pavitra Rishta"?
As Sushant is not between us
Did U really think anyone can able to replace him
Bhram mein ho toh baahar aa jao
As we all will #BoycottPavitraRishta2
OUR MANAV ONLY SUSHANT
— Neha Singh Rajput(SSRF) (@NehaSin75566658) July 12, 2021
Manav Deshmukh = Sushant Singh Rajput
Our Manav Only Sushant ♥♥♥#BoycottPavitraRishta2
Who Assaulted SSR On 13June ??? https://t.co/NlNclBTTmW
— Manu (@Poojasmanu) July 13, 2021
"#BoycottPavitraRishta2 OUR MANAV ONLY SUSHANT stop making money on d name of tribute. Plz don't play wd our emotions. Don't take advantage on a dead person. If u really respect him thn raise ur voice 4 his justice, not ruining his memories. He needs justice not ur so called tribute," a fan commented on Ankita Lokhande's tweet where she has expressed gratitude to Ekta Kapoor for "Pavitra Rishta 2".
Trp and for money you will do anything ??
Stop playing with our feelings#BoycottPavitraRishta2
OUR MANAV ONLY SUSHANT
— Sushant Singh Rajput & Manav Deshmukh (@sushantxdivine) July 13, 2021
"Lol aren't you the one, who said there is no Pavitra Rishta without Sushant #fakeanikta," retorted another user.
"Only problem is her Manav keeps changing. Love toh... situational hai," expressed another user.