Makarem reprised the role in September 2015 and Nikhil returned on 29 October 2015.However, it was confirmed that his return would only be temporary and departed on 19 February 2016.
But when Maisie admits that she does not love Nikhil, they break up and she leaves Emmerdale.
After briefly dating both Katie Sugden and Chas Dingle, Nikhil is shocked when Genesis Walker admits that she loves him.
He explained the job was a dream come true as he and his family had grown up watching the soap.
"Nikhil comes across as being a little shy in social situations but he's very focused and determined as far as business is concerned.
He tries to show off a steely exterior but it belies a soft centre.