The year 2020 was tough as we lost one of the brightest and talented actors of the Hindi entertainment industry. Sushant Singh Rajput left us with the thoughts of missing him and seeking peace for him. He embarked on his acting journey with the daily soap called Pavitra Rishta alongside Ankita Lokhande. Sushant played the role of Manav and Ankita acted as Archana in the television show ‘Pavitra Rishta.’ The show was directed by Kushal Zaveri. Pavitra Rishta show was all about a realistic love story of people who belonged to a middle-class family. It also shared the values of human bonds.
Pavitra Rishta Director Kushal Zaveri reveals how he Shot with Sushant Singh Rajput on Mumbai Roads with Real People and Hidden Camera
Talking to Bollywood Life, Kushal Zaveri said, “The show was loved even before this tragedy happened. It has immense relatability. Everyone can identify with two people in love and their elders who fight over matters. The milieu was also very relatable. The chawl, trains, Mumbai roads struck a chord with everyone. It connected with the masses. People do not find that connect with larger than life shows. People also identified with the situations the characters went through.”
Sushant and Kushal were very close. Talking about the bond with Kai Po Che actor and his outstanding thinking pattern, Kushal said, “There are so many memories, hundreds of them, hundreds of stories. Sushant and I would do candid shoots in many places where no permission was granted. I did have a hidden camera. There were scenes where Manav is looking out for Archana (Ankita Lokhande) who has gone missing. We did shoot on a road with real people. He would go randomly with Archana’s picture and ask people about her.”
Kushal added, “Now, Sushant had become very famous as Manav and people would identify him. He was so smart that he would show the picture and move to the second person in two seconds flat. So, before people realised what was happening, or that he was Manav, you got the reactions you wanted. So, he was an actor with a very rare presence of mind. I have so many stories that I can write a book,” he says.