The line between real life and reel life was often blurred between Ankita Lokhande and the late Sushant Singh Rajput’s characters ‘Archana’ and ‘Manav’ when the TV series ‘Pavitra Rishta’ began airing in 2009. The show It went off the air in 2014 and was the protagonist. Sushant surprisingly passed away last year on June 14.
As the new season of the show ‘Pavitra Rishta 2.0’ is set for release, Ankita, Sushant’s actress, girlfriend and co-actor, says that she is trying to keep Sushant’s memory alive through the show and believes that Sushant should feel proud of her.
Ankita Lokhande told IANS: “What our fans saw between ‘Manav’ and ‘Archana’ was love, and love is magical. Maybe that’s why the chemistry between the two characters seemed so magical. When Sushant and I started working for the show, everything was created in a very organic way, you cannot forcibly create the magic that the audience saw between Sushant and me. It was love, pure love.
“When I returned to the set for the filming of the new season of the show, thousands of things crossed my mind. I have been living with ‘Pavitra Rishta’ and all his memories for the last 12 years. This time when I go back to the set, knowing that Sushant is not with me, it’s really hard to explain how I felt. I doubt that anyone can understand what my state of mind is … and I will never be able to explain it in words. “
Ankita Lokhande then burst into tears.
She continues: “But I always think Sushant is looking at all of us, the way we are creating the show and I know Sushant is absolutely proud of me. Sushant created ‘Manav’ and I’m trying to keep his legacy alive through the show. Look, no one can replace Sushant or his presence in ‘Manav’ for the way he brought that character to life.
“I’m sure the chemistry I shared with Sushant can never be shared with anyone, but we can create another ‘Manav’, right? When Sushant and I started working, we didn’t know how our ‘jodi’ would be accepted on screen, but it happened. I hope the same will happen in the new season because Shaheer is also a good actor and he is also working hard. “
The new season of ‘Pavitra Rishta 2.0’ will be released on September 15 on ZEE5. In the new season, the character of ‘Manav’ will be played by Shaheer Sheikh.
Last year, after Sushant’s sudden death, callous media coverage, media judgment, constant trolling on social media, and an unwanted toxic environment affected everyone associated with Sushant, including Ankita, as they too was trolled on social media.
When asked now, when looking back, how he explains the whole situation, Ankita Lokhande replied: “When I go back to those old episodes, look at me and Sushant together, of course I go through a lot of emotions, ups and downs, the feeling of love is still there and will stay forever. I still fall apart from time to time, but I know that I also have to grow with the experience and thank God for at least giving me the opportunity to live the life that I am living and create memories with him. “
“You know, Sushant’s disappearance was almost like a personal loss even for those who never knew Sushant personally, ‘Wo tha hi itna pyaara …’ (it was so sweet) now imagine how difficult it is for those to accept that they no longer exists, that she lived with him and has beautiful memories with him. It’s too painful for me to speak because I can’t hold back my tears anymore, ”Ankita Lokhande said.
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