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Surbhi Chandna on exiting Ishqbaaz: Thank you for allowing me into your hearts

Surbhi Chandna played the female lead Annika in Ishqbaaaz. The actor recently bid farewell to Star Plus' popular show by posting three videos on social media where she thanked her fans. Surbhi reportedly refused to play a mother post the generation leap in the show.

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Surbhi Chandna has been playing the character of Annika ever since the show premiered in 2016.

For the last few days, social media has been abuzz with the news of Surbhi Chandna quitting Ishqbaaaz. The Star Plus daily is set to take a generation leap and the actor reportedly was not keen to play a mother at this stage of her career. While Nakuul Mehta has been retained to play Shivaay and Annika’s son post the leap, Surbhi has officially announced her departure from Ishqbaaaz.

The actor posted a three-series video on Twitter sharing a heartfelt message for her fans. Her post said, “Signing off as Annika with gratitude and affection. I promise to be back with a bang and entertain you all in a new avatar very soon. Just keep loving me,i ll keep loving you and the rest will fall in place.”

Here are the three videos Surbhi Chandna shared on Twitter:

Through her video, Surbhi thanked her fans, the media and all her audience for being patient and waiting for her to share the news. She said, “I am finally embarking on a new beginning and it’s time to say goodbye from a life-changing and special journey called Ishqbaaaz. I have achieved so much through the show, from your boundless and unconditional love, the care and concern, the votes that fetched me numerous awards, recognition and much more. I will be forever grateful. I don’t know what I have done to get so much love. But I would be indebted for life.”

Talking about her popular character Annika, the 29-year-old shared, “It was a mad ride playing her. I am glad you all enjoyed and accepted this khidkitod girl. Thank you for allowing me into your hearts and letting me stay for more than two years. The last few days have been a little blur. I received so many calls, emails; there were hashtags created, you guys made me trend (sighs). And I want to tell you that I really appreciate all your efforts. I am doing fine and quite content with my beautiful journey.”

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The chemistry of Nakuul Mehta and Surbhi Chandna was the highlight of Ishqbaaaz.

Looking visibly emotional at parting ways with the show, Surbhi thanked her team for the smooth ride. “There is no denying that I had a blast. I’ll miss everything, every corner of this set. My room, that’s filled with pictures, painting and photo frames sent by you all. My lovely co-actors, with whom I shared my meals and cracked jokes through the day. The direction and camera team for making us look amazing and extracting the best performance. The styling and hair team for breaking all stereotypes and making Annika look nothing like a typical TV bahu. Ishqbaaaz has been a trendsetter in many ways. Lastly, thanks to the creators and the channel for Annika and Ishqbaaaz. Goodbyes are always very sad and I cannot see my fan family sad. So no goodbye but let’s say a hello to a new start. And as I always say, keep the love coming in,” concluded the actor.

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As per the buzz in the industry, Sanaya Irani and Drashti Dhami are in contention to bag the new female lead opposite Nakuul Mehta, post the leap in Ishqbaaaz.