Star Plus' popular show Ishqbaaz has been in news since a long time as there have been rumours of the show going off air. The makers took a major step of introducing a leap, which was slammed by the viewers as all actors quit the show except Nakuul Mehta. They introduced new female lead Manjiri Pupala, who recently quit the show. Another female lead, Niti Taylor was introduced. Although a few fans loved Mannat and Shivash, the ratings of the show remained unaffected.
It was said that the channel had given the makers for improvement of ratings but in vain. Recently, it was also speculated that Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai spin-off, Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke, might replace the show.
Gul Khan Confirms That Ishqbaaz Is Going Off Air
Now, it is confirmed that the show will end on March 15, 2019. The producer of the show has herself confirmed that the show is indeed going off air. Talking about the show, Gul told IWMBuzz, "We created a show where three boys became the iconic poster!! In a bahu driven industry, Ishqbaaaz was a breakaway visual. Also, we were the first in India to introduce a spin-off."
Gul Praises Nakuul
Talking about Nakuul Mehta and the characters he played, Gul said, "Shivaay as a character has won millions of hearts and that credit goes to Nakuul Mehta for performing the character impeccably. Nobody would have played Shivaay like he did."
Reasons For Ishqbaaz’s Success
Regarding the reasons for Ishqbaaz's success, she said, "Writing has been IB's key strength. IB has gone were TV show goes, tackling contemporary issues, like why ‘beta' is called a ‘Hira', Mera beta Hira Hai!!, and why we don't accept that everybody has ex's. We very tactfully discussed ex-girlfriends and ex-boyfriends. We also talked about why mothers have to give up their careers and not fathers."
How IB Was Different From Other Shows?
When asked as to how IB was different from other shows, she said, "Breaking gender stereotypes was the biggest achievement for IB. We created a girl who did not take her husband's surname after marriage. That's a very bold step for an Indian daily soap! IB not only changed the imagery of men being in kitchens but it also broke a strict image of a bahu only in a saree. Ishqbaaz bahus wore from jeans to off shoulders to dresses. This was yet another big achievement for all of us and we broke a big stereo type. And again, people accepted it."
‘Ishqbaaz Has Been A Wonderful Ride’
She says, "Ishqbaaz has been a wonderful ride and it is a great feeling that we achieved what we had set out to achieve. A show that challenged stereo types and a platform where a contemporary and relevant issues like #metoo and not being fluent in English could be dealt with!!. All we take away from Ishqbaaz is that your Ishqbaazi and love for telling stories just make you feel more alive and very happy!!"
Gul Thanks Viewers
Gul also thanked viewers for making it a success. She said, "I cannot thank the viewers enough for making it what it became."