Ishqbaaaz saw a good jump this week on the BARC charts. While fans adore the chemistry of Shivaay (Nakuul Mehta) and Anika (Surbhi Chandna), we need more drama that can only be added by a striking villain/vamp. We saw how the presence of Nikitin Dheer as Veer added a lot of drama, which worked wonderfully for the TRPs and kept viewers engrossed. Actress Reyhna Malhotra was also superb as the bitchy and stylish Svetlana. There is scope for a villain to ruin ShiVika's love story even now and the makers are reportedly looking at some good names to add that punch. As per a report in IMWBuzz.com, the makers have approached Mandana Karimi for the role of a seductress who will divert Shivaay's attention from Anika. When Bollywood Life got it touch with Mandana, she said, "I would not like to comment on it." However, producer Gul Khan confirmed the presence of the Kya Kool Hai Hum 3 actress on the show to Bollywood Life when we texted her.
Ishqbaaaz Redux has won over the audience much to the delight of the team. We are seeing a rewind of Shivaay and Anika's love story with past characters like Daksh (Karan Khanna) and Tia (Navina Bole) making a return. It is an experiment that has worked. Mandana was last seen in a film Xuanzang, which was a Chinese-Indo historical film. The actress made news for her split with husband, Gaurav Gupta but is now ready for a comeback. We are very excited to see Mandana on the show!
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