We’re crushing on someone new today. Friday still feels like a long time away, but Thursday’s not so bad when your work involves admiring someone as sizzling hot as Mandana Karimi. Coming from Iran, Mandana was seen playing the lead in Kunal Khemu starrer Bhaag Johnny.

“My grandfather was an Indian who married a Parsi woman from Iran. My mom is Turkish. I have relatives here in Pune. So, in spite of being just 25, I have been around. I used to visit India as a kid and hated it then. When I became a model, I did visit India for shoots, but I was based in Hong Kong, so being a Bollywood actor was never on the cards as such. But then, I auditioned for Bhaag Johnny (directed by Vikram Bhatt) and eight months after the audition I learnt I was going to be in the movie along with Kunal Khemu and Zoa Morani,” Mandana had said in an interview with MW, earlier. 

So without further ado, let’s get rolling with what you’ve come here to see. First, the Instagram pic that is trending. 

But even this photo does not match the temperature that Karimi managed to raise when she shot for us. Take a look. 

Well, even though Karimi is from Iran, she can speak Hindi well. “I have been taking classes (Hindi) for a while now, but what helps me is the fact that I have the hang of Urdu. Since, Persian and Urdu use the same script, I find that it helps me deal with Hindi better,” she had said in an interview with us. 

Mandana means eternal, or something that lasts forever. What a beautiful name, for a beautiful woman.