The actor signed up for the role of Nikhil Sharma on the ITV1 soap a year ago and was cast alongside Chris Bisson, who plays his screen sibling Jai.
Speaking to DS about how the pair have bedded in, Makarem commented: "We've been a slow-burn family, which has been fantastic. It's allowed us to settle, find our feet and cement our brotherly relationship. Now, we're starting to get the bigger storylines which let Nikhil and Jai be people, independent of their heritage.
"That's what I'm most in love with about the show. We've seen other soaps follow the heritage of a family and make the storylines revolve around that. Emmerdale have brought in a couple of dual-heritage brothers and have focused on them as people - and I think it's truly representative of modern-day Britain."
In next week's episodes, viewers will see Nikhil confide in Jai by revealing his deepest secret, which the show's bosses are currently keeping under wraps.
Makarem teased: "It's a massive moment in Nikhil's story because - as much as Nikhil won't admit it - Jai's the hero, who's easy with words, easy with the ladies… Everything about Jai is what Nikhil wishes he could be like and Jai's the one person he wouldn't want to find out his secret. The fear of being judged by his brother is immense."
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