As the Star Plus show "Diya Aur Baati Hum" has taken a few months' leap, the Rathi family is seen trying to adjust without Sandhya (Deepika Singh), who they believe, has been killed by a group of terrorists.

And now, to keep viewers engrossed, the makers have brought in a new cast to add some spice to the show.

Rati Pandey, popular for her roles in shows such as "Miley Jab Hum Tum" and "Hitler Didi", will be playing the role of Lalima, Suraj's (Anas Rashid) new love interest.

According to a report in IANS, in the upcoming episodes, Bhabho (Neelu Vaghela) will get worried on seeing a devastated Suraj, who is unwilling to come to terms with his wife's death. Bhabho will then come to a conclusion that a new lady in Suraj's life will resolve the problem and will introduce Lalima to her son.

Interestingly, Rati and Anas have been dating each other for quite some time now. The actress often drops on the sets to meet her beau Anas. Hence, the production approached her to play the role as they believe Anas and Rati's chemistry will look good on the small screen.

Meanwhile, Sandhya, who is on a secret mission "Mission Mahabali", has changed her identity to Sagarika Das. However, instead of arresting the group of terrorists, she gets kidnapped by them.

While the current track revolves around Sandhya and her mission, it now remains to be seen if in the coming episodes, the show will focus on Suraj and Latima, sidelining viewers' favourite Sandhya.