Before carving a niche for himself in Bollywood, Sushant Singh Rajput made his fans go weak in their knees with his famous character, Manav Deshmukh from Pavitra Rishta. Sushant stepped into the showbiz as Preet Juneja in Ekta Kapoor’s Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil. Later, he became a household name with one of the longest-running and much-loved shows Pavitra Rishta. While SSR’s character in Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil died early, it was Ekta who had recommended Sushant for Manav Deshmukh’s character in Pavitra Rishta.
Now, here’s an exciting piece of news for all Pavitra Rishta and Sushant-Ankita fans. After 11 years, Sushant and Ankita led Pavitra Rishta has now been re-released in the OTT platform, Zee5. Early last month, before SSR’s death, Ekta had taken to social media to reveal how she had convinced the makers of Pavitra Rishta to cast Sushant in the show. Ekta revealed as the makers were adamant to not cast Sushant as the leading actor, she had convinced them that his smile would win million hearts.
Ekta Kapoor had shared a promo of Pavitra Rishta on her Insta account and had written alongside, “After being 35 of 50 slots we were out of top 50! This show was a chance@zeetv gave us based on a show #tirumatiselvum ! Wanted to cast a boy as lead who was doing second lead on our other show ! D creative in zee was adamant he dint look d part ! We@convinced them his smile wud win a million hearts.....and it did @sushantsinghrajput”
Sushant died by suicide on June 14 leaving his family, fans and friends mourning over the irreversible loss. During the shoot of Pavitra Rishta, Sushant and Ankita Lokhande fell in love with each other and dated for almost 6 years before calling it quits. (ALSO READ: Sushant Singh Rajput Death: A Heartwarming Scene From Pavitra Rishta Is Going Viral After Ankita Lokhande Visits SSR’s Family – VIDEO)
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