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Bade Achhe Lagte Hain (English: It Seems So Beautiful) is an Indian television series which aired on Sony Entertainment Television from 30 May 2011[3][4][8][9][10][11][12] to 10 July 2014, when it ended its run after telecasting 644 episodes.[3][4][13] Based on the Gujarati play Patrani by Imtiaz Patel,[14][15] the soap opera was created by Ekta Kapoor and was produced by her production company Balaji Telefilms.[3][4][12][16][17][18][19] The name of the soap opera, along with its title track, has been inspired by a song of the same name, composed by R.D. Burman, from the soundtrack of the 1976 Bollywood film Balika Badhu.[3][4][17][18][20] Ekta Kapoor had got the name, Bade Achhe Lagte Hain, registered about six years before the soap opera premiered.[18] Bade Achhe Lagte Hain is the seventh most watched television show of 2011, in India.[21]

Bade Achhe Lagte Hain
Bade Achhe Lagte Hain.jpeg
Also known as'Bade Achhe Lagte Hain Ye Dharti Ye Nadiya Ye Raina Aur Tum'
GenreIndian soap opera
Created byEkta Kapoor
Based onPatrani by Imtiaz Patel
Written byStory Ideation
Deepika Bajpai
Story
Doris Dey
Sonali Jaffar
Jayesh D. Patil
Anil Nagpal
Screenplay
Dilip Jha
Archita Biswas Jha
Harneet Singh
Anil Nagpal
Saba Mumtaz
Nandini Arora
Doris Dey
Nehum Rawat
Ruchi Shah
Kovid Gupta
Akash Deep
Shilpa Jathar
Vikas Tiwari
Kamolika Bhattacharjee
Dialogues
Deepti Rawal
Shirish Latkar
Priti Mamgain
Richa Singh Gautam
Ram Kapoor
Directed byPartho Mitra
Sangieta Rao
Anil V. Kumar (directed episode 166; telecasted on 12 March 2012)
Rakesh Malhotra
Raja Mukherjee
Muzammil Desai
Ravindra Gautam Ajay Kumar[1][2]
Sahil Sharma
Mohit Hussein
Jaladh Sharma
Vijay K. Saini
Creative director(s)Udayan Pradeep Shukla
Tanusri Dasgupta
Prashant Bhatt
Bharvi Shah
Mohammed Suleman Quadri
Mitu
Starring
Theme music composerComposer
R. D. Burman
Music by
Lalit Sen
Lyrics
Nawab Arzoo
Sung by
Shreya Ghoshal
Trijayh Dey
Opening theme"Bade Achhe Lagte Hain" by Shreya Ghoshal (Tamil Version- Shweta Mohan /Hummings - Shreya Ghoshal)
Composer(s)Background music
Abhishek Singh
Mintu Jha
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of episodes644[3][4]
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Prashant Shekle
  • Pradeep Hinduja
  • Vijay Kumar Jaiswar
Producer(s)
Production location(s)
  • India
  • Dubai, UAE (Episodes 235–270; mid 2012)[5]
  • Australia (Episodes 102–117; late 2011)[6]
Cinematography
  • Mahesh Talakad
  • Sanjay Memane
  • Anil Katke
  • Shekhar Nagarkar
Editor(s)
  • Vikas Sharma
  • Vishal Sharma
  • Sandeep Bhatt
  • Prem Raaj
  • Vishwabandhu

Online Editor(s)

  • Vatan Singh
  • Ramlochan Pandey
Camera setupMulti camera
Running timeApprox. 20–25 minutes (General episodes)
Aprrox. 45–50 minutes (Integration episodes)
Aprrox. 34 minutes (Last episode)
(All excluding commercials)
Production company(s)Balaji Telefilms
Release
Original networkSony Entertainment Television India
Picture format
Original release30 May 2011 (2011-05-30)[7] –
10 July 2014 (2014-07-10)[3][4]
External links
Website
Production website

The show explored the worlds of its protagonists Priya Sharma (Sakshi Tanwar) and Ram Kapoor (Ram Kapoor), who accidentally discover love after getting married.[7][3][4][10][11][12][13][19][19][21][22][23] After the storyline moved five years ahead in June 2012, many new actors and characters, including Samir Kochhar and Amrita Mukherjee who played the roles of Rajat Kapur and Peehu respectively, were introduced.[5][3][4][24]

Sakshi Tanwar and Ram Kapoor received the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award for portraying their respective roles in the soap opera while Ekta Kapoor received the Best Producer award.[25] Bade Achhe Lagte Hain has also won the Kalakar Award for the Best Serial in 2012.[26] The soap opera was also voted the Most Inspiring Soap in 2013, receiving a vote count of 43.68%.[10]

Bade Achhe Lagte Hain was dubbed in Telugu and broadcast on Gemini TV as Nuvvu Nachhavu, premiering on 9 April 2012.[27][28] It ended its run on 31 August 2012 after airing 105 episodes. Bade Achhe Lagte Hain has also been dubbed in Tamil and was broadcast by Polimer TV under the title Ullam Kollai Poguthada. It premiered on 10 December 2012.The vocal for the dubbed Tamil Song was provided by Shweta Mohan while the hummings of Shreya Ghoshal are reused.[29] An English dubbed version of Bade Achhe Lagte Hain also premiered in Jamaica under the title It Seems So Beautiful on CVM TV on 11 August 2014.[30]

Contents

PlotEdit

Ram Kapoor (Ram Kapoor) is a well-reputed, rich, and powerful businessman in his early 40s. Priya Sharma (Sakshi Tanwar), who is in her late 30s, comes from a middle-class family. The story begins when Ram's younger step sister Natasha (Sumona Chakravarti) and Priya's younger brother Kartik (Mohit Malhotra) fall in love. Kartik believes that he should not marry before his elder sister Priya is married. This stalls the wedding. Owing to Natasha's persistent demands, Ram agrees to marry Priya. Initially, Ram and Priya dislike each other but their common quality of being committed to the well-being of their respective families brings them closer over time.

It is also revealed that Ram's step mother along with her own son and brother plots against Priya to keep Ram and Priya apart. However every time problems arise, their trust and respect for each other grows stronger and deeper. They are supported by Ram's close friend Vikram and his wife Neha.

Five Years' Leap

Ram is shown to be living a life of loneliness having lost Priya in an accident. However, unbeknownst to him, Priya is living in Dubai under the name of Pooja Sharma, and has been raising their daughter, Peehu (Amrita Mukherjee). She did not go back to Ram because she came to see herself as a problem in his life. Ram and Priya finally meet in Mumbai. He is livid with Priya for keeping herself and their daughter away from him. Ram decides to fight for Peehu's custody. Rajat Kapur (Samir Kochhar), Priya's employer back in Dubai, who has fallen in love with her, helps her fight the case. Eventually, Ram and Priya unite overcoming all misunderstandings. Soon Priya gets pregnant with twin daughters.

As the story progresses, several antagonists are introduced and the narrative moves between discontinuous time periods.

Fifteen Years Later

The plot finally moves fifteen years ahead. Ram and Priya have been estranged yet again and Peehu has grown up with her father to be a rich brat who is used to getting her way. As the story follows the lives of the grown-up children, Ram and Priya eventually unite once again to sort out the lives of their children. But Sammy dies and Ram has to go to jail but later Priya reveals that Suhani was the culprit and then Ram & Priya get remarried.

CastEdit

  • Ram Kapoor as Ram Amarnath Kapoor – Priya's Husband
  • Sakshi Tanwar as Priya Ram Kapoor (née Sharma) / Pooja Sharma /– Ram's Wife
  • Eva Grover as Niharika Amarnath Kapoor – Ram's Step-Mother, Amarnath's Second Wife, Jayesh's Ex-Girlfriend, Rishabh, Natasha, Siddhant and Ishika's Mother (Dead).
  • Chahat Khanna / Akanksha Juneja as Ayesha Siddhant Karyekar / Ayesha Ram Kapoor (née Sharma) – Priya's Younger Sister, Siddhant's Wife (later Ram's Second Wife), Khush's Mother
  • Amrita Mukherjee / Aanchal Munjal / Sonia Balani / Fenil Umrigar as Peehu / Peehu Samar Shergil (née Kapoor) – Ram and Priya's oldest Daughter
  • Ekta Kaul as Dr. Suhani Malhotra
  • Samir Kochhar as Rajat Kapur – Priya's Boss, Jyoti's Ex-Boyfriend
  • Unknown as Amarnath Kapoor – Krishna and Niharika's Husband, Ram, Apeksha, Rishabh and Natasha's Father, Siddhant and Ishika's Step-Father
  • Shubhavi Choksey as Juhi
  • Jai Kalra as Vikram Singh Shergill – Neha Ex-Husband, Ram's Friend, Rahul, Sammy and Riddhima's Father
  • Nitin Sahrawat as Rajeev
  • Tarana Raja Kapoor as Neha Vikram Shergill (née Singh) – Vikram's Ex-Wife and Rahul, Sammy and Riddhima's Mother
  • Niti Taylor as Naina Juhi's Daughter
  • Neev Ritesh Jain / Gaurav Sharma / Aditya Kapadia / Ankit Narang as Khush Siddhant Karyekar / Khush Ram Kapoor – Siddhant and Ayesha's Son, Ram's Nephew and later Adopted Son of Ram and Priya
  • Rohan Shah / Yuvraj Thakur / Lavin Gothi as Samar Vikram Shergill (Sammy) – Vikram and Neha's Son, Peehu's Husband (Dead)
  • Madhu Raja as Krishna Amarnath Kapoor – Amarnath's First Wife, Ram and Apeksha's Mother
  • Rajinder Kaur Manchanda as Amarnath's Mother
  • Sumona Chakravarti as Natasha Kartik Sharma (née Kapoor) – Ram's Younger Step-Sister, Amarnath and Niharika's Daughter, Kartik's Wife
  • Sunny Goraya as Rishabh Amarnath Kapoor – Ram's Elder Step-Brother, Saumya's Husband, Amarnath and Niharika's Son
  • Dipti Shrikant / Amrin Chakkiwala as Saumya Rishabh Kapoor – Rishabh's Wife
  • Salim Shah / Deepak Qazir Kejriwal as Shiney Talwar (a.k.a. Mamaji)
  • Prithvi Sankhala as Sudhir Sharma – Priya, Ayesha and Kartik's Father
  • Renuka Israni as Shipra Sudhir Sharma – Priya, Ayesha and Kartik's Mother
  • Mahesh Shetty as Siddhant Amarnath Kapoor / Siddhant Jayesh Karyekar – Jayesh and Niharika's Son, Ayesha's First Husband, Khush's Father
  • Ashnoor Kaur / Vinti Idnani as Mayra Ram Kapoor – Ram and Priya's Twin Daughter
  • Zaynah Vastani / Pragati Chourasiya as Pari Ram Kapoor – Ram and Priya's Twin Daughter
  • Azaan Rustam Shah / Anshul Pandey as Rahul Vikram Shergill – Sammy's Brother, Vikram and Neha's Son
  • Arshima Thapar as Kadambari Rajat Kapur / Kadambari Rahul Shergill – Rahul's Wife, Jyoti's Daughter
  • Kanika Shivpuri as Dai Jaa – Rajat's Caretaker
  • Ruhee Bagga as Riddhima Vikram Shergill – Sammy's Sister and Vikram and Neha's Daughter
  • Mohit Malhotra / Chirag Thakkar as Kartik Sudhir Sharma – Priya's Younger Brother and Natasha's Husband
  • Sonal Parihar as Jhanvi
  • Harsh Khurana as Ashwin Khanna – Priya's Ex-Fiancé
  • Madhumita Das as Shruti Ashwin Khanna – Ashwin's Wife
  • Rohan Mehra as Varun Ashwin Khanna – Ashwin and Shruti's Son
  • Amit Bhalla as Dr. Jayesh Karyekar – Niharika's Ex-Boyfriend, Siddhant and Ishika's Father
  • Asha Negi as Apeksha Malhotra / Apeksha Amarnath Kapoor – Amarnath and Krishna's Daughter, Ram's Sister
  • Priya Marathe as Jyoti Malhotra – Rajat's Ex-Girlfriend, Kadambari's Mother
  • Vaibhav Joshi as Rehaan – Neha's Son
  • Yatin Mehta as Raunak Kartik Sharma – Kartik and Natasha's Son
  • Kajal Pisal as Ishika Aditya Dhanrajgir (née Kapoor/Karyekar) – Jayesh and Niharika's Daughter, Aditya's Wife
  • Saptrishi Ghosh as Rishi Shandeliya – Priya's Boss
  • Karan Veer Mehra as Bhanu Shergill – Vikram's Younger Brother
  • Charu Asopa as Saudamini
  • Anshuman Singh Mahant as Shags
  • Rakshanda Khan as Isha Singhania – Ram, Vikram and Neha's College Friend
  • Rushad Rana as Shekhar – Ram's College Friend
  • Bobby Arora as Bobby Singh
  • Karan Jotwani as Mandeep Bittu Singh
  • Nandini Sen as Nandini Bittu Singh
  • Nivin Ramani as Robin
  • Arjit Taneja
  • Mandar Jadhav
  • Mamta Luthra as Shipra's Mother
  • Neel Motwani as Daljeet Kapoor
  • Abhay Bhargava as Amarnath's Father
  • Dimpy Ganguli as Preetika, Aisha's friend
  • Rushad Rana as Ram, Vikram and Neha's College Friend

ProductionEdit

Bade Achhe Lagte Hain was initially intended to run for 150 episodes but as its popularity[further explanation needed]increased it went on to telecast a total of 644 episodes. Bade Achhe Lagte Hain went off-air after completing a run of 3 years, 2 months and 41 days.[3][4][13][31][32][33][34][35]

ShootingEdit

Bade Achhe Lagte Hain is one of the soap operas in India which broke the monotone of endless indoors-only sequences.[36] Most of it shooting has been done in India. But many episodes of the soap opera have also been shot in foreign locales. Sixteen episodes of the soap opera (episodes 102-117) were shot in Australia over 14 days, in partnership with Tourism Australia, in late 2011, to portray the honeymoon of Ram (Ram Kapoor) and Priya (Sakshi Tanwar). Bade Achhe Lagte Hain also received support from Destination New South Wales, Sony Entertainment Television India and Balaji Telefilms.[6][3][4][36][37][38]

During the summer of 2012, Ekta Kapoor introduced a five-year leap in the narrative.[39] After this leap, thirty six episodes of Bade Achhe Lagte Hain (episodes 235-270) had content which was shot in Dubai, UAE over a period of 10 days.[3][4][24][31][38][40] These episodes showed Priya (Sakshi Tanwar) living with her five-year-old daughter Peehu (Amrita Mukherjee) in the city until she has to return to Mumbai, in India. The production team failed to obtain the correct permits to shoot in Dubai and had to briefly stop shooting until the paperwork was processed.[40][41][42][43]

MusicEdit

The title track of the soap opera has been inspired by the song Bade Achhe Lagte Hain, composed by R.D. Burman, from the 1976 Bollywood movie, Balika Badhu.[3][4] The lyrics of the soap opera's title track have been penned up by Nawab Arzoo and the title track has been sung by Shreya Ghoshal and Trijayh Dey. Lalit Sen provided the music to the title track.[14][better source needed] The background music or the incidental music of the soap opera has been provided by Abhishek Singh and Mintu Jha.[14][better source needed] It also includes songs from soundtrack albums of few Bollywood movies.

Dubs and rebroadcastsEdit

Bade Achhe Lagte Hain was dubbed in Telugu and broadcast on Gemini TV as Nuvvu Nachhavu, an afternoon soap opera, premiering on 9 April 2012 .[27][28][44] Nuvvu Nachhavu ended its run on 31 August 2012 after airing 105 episodes. Bade Achhe Lagte Hain has also been dubbed in Tamil and its Tamil dubbed version was aired on Polimer TV as Ullam Kollai Poguthada, with some of the characters' names changed. Ullam Kollai Poguthada premiered on 10 December 2012.[29]

An English dubbed version of Bade Achhe Lagte Hain premiered in Jamaica under the title It Seems So Beautiful on CVM TV (free-to-air) on 11 August 2014. It is shown Monday to Friday at 1:00pm and a repeat marathon on Saturdays at 12:00pm of the five episodes shown in the week.[45][30] In 2017, the show ended its run on CVM and was replaced by the Mexican telenovela Forever Yours.

The show was airing on Glow TV (OVHD 108) in 2013-2015.

Guest appearancesEdit

Integration episodesEdit

The show had two integration episodes with Kya Hua Tera Vaada on 4 and 5 December 2012[55] and one with Kehta Hai Dil...Jee Le Zara on 6 December 2013.[56]

ReceptionEdit

ResponseEdit

Bade Achhe Lagte Hain was the fifth most-watched television show in the thirty–fourth week (14–20 August) of 2011 in India, helping propel the broadcasting channel, Sony Entertainment Television India to number two in the rankings of the Hindi general entertainment television channels.[57] The soap opera had a television viewer rating of 3.7 that week while Sony Entertainment Television India recorded a gross rating point of 245.[57]

In the forty eighth week of 2011 (25 November – 1 December), the soap opera became the fourth most-watched television show in India with a TVR of 4.30,[58] and was the seventh most-watched of 2011.[21]

Episode 166 of Bade Achhe Lagte Hain, directed by Anil V. Kumar[14] and telecast on 12 March 2012, was much hyped and anticipated. It showed the protagonists consummating their marriage.[9][59][60][61][62][63] India Today described the episode as "aesthetically shot". It was also backed by a teaser which drew the required hype and interest.[60] The consummation sequence was so much anticipated that within minutes of the episode's telecast, the episode went viral on YouTube with nearly 150,630 hits and counting.[8][59][61][62] The love making scene also trended in social networking and microblogging sites such as Twitter.[8][9][59][61] Times of India described the episode as "action packed".[61] Many viewers made fun of the episode and the overweight Ram Kapoor.[8][9][64]

IBN Live stated "Indian television is still a good few decades immature when it comes to sex on the TV screen. So much for all the matured relationships and relevant themes – love making on Indian TV is as painful and archaic as the shaking flowers replacing actors on screen when they kiss or make love. A small sigh of relief and Ekta Kapoor and the director can congratulate themselves for the real onscreen peck on the lips."[9]

The episode was so hyped as a couple on an Indian television had never before been so bold.[8][8][61][64][65] The episode worried certain viewers who did not want to watch the episode with their children.[60][63] Emirates 24/7 called it a "shocker to the Indian families".[8] India Today described the episode as a "big surprise for the audiences" while Times of India rated it as the Top Intimate Moment on TV.[59][60][65] The last couple who kissed on Indian television was Aditya Jakhar (Raqesh Vashisht) and Priya Jakhar (Riddhi Dogra) in the STAR Plus soap opera, Maryada...Lekin Kab Tak? in 2010.[61] Following the telecast of the episode Kapoor tweeted a thank you.[61]

Bade Achhe Lagte Hain was the second most-watched fictional Hindi television show in the weekdays of the twenty-ninth week of 2012 (15–21 July) with a Television Rating Point (TRP) of 4.2, which was 0.5 points up from the TRP of the previous week (8–14 July) when the show had a TRP of 3.7.[66]

In early January 2013, the soap opera's TRP went down to 2.3.[67]

In a poll conducted by Shaadi.com, Ram and Priya were voted the Favourite TV Couple by 42.3% of Indians.[10][68] Fans even dub the on-screen couple Raya (also written as RaYa), which is a linguistic blend of the pair's names.[3][4][69] Ram Kapoor was also called "the Indian husband we love" by a Sunday publication in 2012.[9]

AccoladesEdit

Sakshi Tanwar and Ram Kapoor received the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award for portraying their respective roles in Bade Achhe Lagte Hain, while Ekta Kapoor received the Best Producer award.[25] Bade Achhe Lagte Hain also won the Kalakar Award for the Best Serial in 2012.[26] In addition, the show has won six Indian Television Academy Awards,[70] three Star Guild Awards,[71] five Indian Telly Awards, three FICCI Frames Excellence Honours and two People's Choice Awards.[72]

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