Star Plus’ Ishqbaaz has seen what we can call an up and down journey. The show started on a slow pace with Nakuul Mehta, Kunal Jaisingh and Leenesh Mattoo as the male leads, picked up eventually. However, the star attraction of the show were definitely season 1’s main leads Nakuul Mehta and Surbhi Chandna who played Shivaay and Anika respectively. Ishqbaaz March 14, 2019 Written Update Full Episode: Shivaansh Finds Out That It’s Not Mannat’s Father, but Sahil Who Killed Shivaay and Anika!
After entertaining the audience with a spin-off (Dil Boley Oberoi), and a redux, the makers decided to showcase Shivaay and Anika as parents. However, with actress Surbhi Chandna refusing to play a mother on-screen, the makers had to take a generation leap.
Apart from Nakuul Mehta, the entire cast of the show was replaced. Actress Manjiri Pupala was brought in by the makers opposite Nakuul Mehta, who was to play Shivaansh Singh Oberoi. However, due to reasons best known to makers, actress Niti Taylor was brought in as the new female lead. Ishqbaaz – Pyaar Ki Ek Dhinchak Kahaani: Niti Taylor Reacts on Being Compared With Surbhi Chandna in Nakuul Mehta’s Show
However, the show ultimately did shut shop and on the occasion of the same, actors Nakuul Mehta and Niti Taylor posted emotional messages.
While Niti shared her short but sweet experience on the sets:
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So last day of shoot, ISHQBAAAZ which just wrapped up! 2 months and so many memories. Indeed a short journey, but worth it! I’m not sad that it’s the last day, they say all good things come to an end, so that something new can come into your life. Noticed or unnoticed- I did give my heart and soul to Mannat Kaur Khurana. I would like to thank Gul mam for this opportunity, it was my dream to work in Star Plus as a lead. And it happened! And that too with the best production house I have ever worked with! Thank you for creating mannnat harneet, mam, I have never played a bubbly character who talks patar patar karke, you made me live the character. Thankyou to the dialogue writers for giving me the craziest shayris where I use to be "Like okay, how am I going to do this?" Thank you to the direction team- for making me a better actor; you guys have taught me a lot. Thank you- to my co actor- Nakul I really used to look upto and wanted to learn so much from you, I’m a fan of your witty nature😂🤣 I have learnt so much from you, thank you for always trying to get the best out of me. Abhishek Saransh pal radhika Anup nani zaan I’m going to miss each one of you so much, my lunch breaks will be incomplete, my tiktoks, my mornings, you all packing up before me and rubbing it in my face+ such fun memories! In such a short span of time I've made such close friends. I’m going to miss you all. And lastly, but not the least, to all the technicians and crew members - Thanks a lot for the tireless effort. Ishqbaaaz will always be very close to my heart. God is great. Until then, see you all on the other side! @gulenaghmakhan @sufibaby @lalitmohan08 @afzalsayyed.as @nakuulmehta @paljohn_ @zaan001 @the.sandeep.mohod @sharainkhanduja26.sk @abhishek_singh_pathania @anup.d25 @saraansh___ @praanavsrathod @dishiduggal
Nakuul Mehta summed up his journey in a video full of pictures and memories.
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While Ishqbaaz used to make it to the Top 10 list in its initial days, the show dwindled down overtime. Despite not making much in the number game, the show earned itself a huge fan base on social media.