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Pavitra Rishta Review: Nostalgia, Emotions and Melodrama

Pavitra Rishta – It’s Never too Late, aka Pavitra Rishta 2, is now out on Zee5. The series stars Shaheer Sheikh (Manav), Ankita Lokhande (Archana), Usha Nadkarni (Savita), Suchita Bandekar (Sulochana), Ashima Vardh (Akanksha), Pooja Bhamrah (Varsha), Anant Joshi (Satish), Randeep Rai (Sachin), Abhidhnya Bhave (Manjusha), Umesh Damble (Manohar), Piyush Ranade (Vinod), Ankit Shrivastava (Ajit) and Tasneem Khan (Megha).

Directed by Nandita Mehra, the new version of Pavitra Rishta has eight episodes of 20-25 minutes each. The synopsis reads – An extraordinary love story of an ordinary couple who overcome all challenges to come together in the sacred union of marriage.

Zee5’s Pavitra Rishta Review Does Not Contain Spoilers

The first episode begins with Archana walking to work and her voiceover explaining how people struggle to accept change in their lives. The duo sees each other for the first time in a dreamy way as expected. With certain alterations, the main plot of the series is similar to Sushant Singh Rajput and Ankita Lokhande’s Pavitra Rishta. Archana is a working woman, employed at a cafe as a waitress. However, Manav does the same job as a garage mechanic. 

Savita lies to Soluchana that her son Manav works as a garage manager. Her lies get exposed during Archana-Manav’s wedding day, which angers Sulochana. An enraged Soluchana wants Archana to end her marriage with Manav.

Everything takes place in the first two episodes. So, in the remaining six episodes, we’ll see if Manav and Archana reconcile or their love story doesn’t have a happy ending. The series is here to show us that love triumphs over all obstacles. Love endures, and it is never too late to come together despite disagreements.

Will Manav and Archana be able to overcome the obstacles and reunite? You have to watch Zee5 Pavitra Rishta to get all the answers. 

Director Nandita Mehra used the first episode as an introduction to the characters. The tension started building from the second episode. The screenplay runs at the speed of a super-fast train, not giving us enough time to absorb what’s happening. I wish the makers didn’t try to rush so much; otherwise, the story would’ve been compelling.

Ankita Lokhande owns the character of Archana, and I am glad the makers decided to cast her again. She’s so much like the old Archana yet so different. Shaheer Sheikh had big shoes to fill as Manav because SSR rose to fame and won millions of hearts with that character. Sheikh has done a brilliant job portraying Manav’s simplicity while also adding his personal touch to the show’s most lovable character.

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As Manav and Archana, Ankita and Shaheer share good chemistry, but it could’ve been better. It seemed like makers wanted to add more trauma than romance in their relationship. The romantic scenes were not enough to keep rooting for the couple to reunite. The duo didn’t have any memorable dialogues too.

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Pavitra Rishta Review: Poster

Usha Nadkarni, who plays Manav’s mother Savita, gives a powerful performance. Suchita Bandekar as Archana’s overprotective and overemotional mother, Sulochana also does a good job.  The rest of the actors also play their part well. But some of them didn’t add anything substantial to the story.

Pavitra Rishta – It’s Never too Late Review: Final Thoughts

Overall, the series takes us on a nostalgic and emotional journey with lots of melodrama. The TV show had a long run because millions loved it.  So it is normal for fans to be concerned about whether the new version will be good or not. I think if the makers weren’t in a hurry, the series could’ve been better. Also, don’t get too worked up over the fact that there are only eight episodes. The final episode ends on a dramatic cliffhanger.

Pavitra Rishta is now streaming on Zee5.

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