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Balika Vadhu (English: Child Bride) is an Indian soap opera that aired on Colors TV. It aired between 21 July 2008 and 31 July 2016 with 2,245 episodes. The story which is set in rural Rajasthan revolved around the life of a child bride from childhood to womanhood. The first season focused on Anandi and Jagdish, who were married in childhood. The second season reflects the lives of Anandi's daughter Dr. Nandini who was also a child bride.[1]

Balika Vadhu
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Also known as
  • Balika Vadhu – Kacchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte
  • Balika Vadhu – Lamhe Pyaar Ke
GenreSoap Opera
Written by
Directed by
  • Sidharth Sengupta
  • Pradeep Yadav
Creative director(s)Siddhartha Vankar
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes2,245
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Zakir Shaikh
  • Sachin Chavan
  • Fuzel Khan
Producer(s)
  • Sunjoy Waddhwa
  • Comall Sunjoy W.
Production location(s)
Cinematography
  • Sanjay K. Memane
  • Anil Katke
Editor(s)
  • Santosh Singh
  • Janak Chauhan
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time20 minutes
Production company(s)Sphere Origins
Release
Original networkColors TV
Picture format
Original release21 July 2008 (2008-07-21) –
31 July 2016 (2016-07-31)
Chronology
Related showsChhoti Anandi
External links
Website

It has been credited as the first Indian fiction show to complete 2,000 episodes.

The show had two seasons titled Balika Vadhu—Kacchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte (English: Child Bride—Strong Relationships of Tender Age, Child Marriage—Strong Relationship of Tender Age) and Balika Vadhu—Lamhe Pyaar Ke (English: Child Bride—Moments of Love, Child Marriage—Moments of Love).[2]

Series overviewEdit

Season No. of episodes Originally broadcast (India)
Series premiere Series finale
1 2,165 21 July 2008 (2008-07-21) 22 April 2016 (2016-04-22)
2 80 25 April 2016 (2016-04-25) 31 July 2016 (2016-07-31)

Balika Vadhu: Kacchi Umar Ke Pakke RishteEdit

Balika Vadhu: Kacchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte traces the life journey of Anandi and Jagdish, who are married in childhood. Anandi, at the age of 8, has to accept and accustom herself to a new family of strangers and accept her roles as a friend, lover, wife and a daughter-in-law during childhood.

5 years laterEdit

As they grow up, Anandi falls in love with Jagdish. Jagdish, too, considering her as his best friend and wife until he goes to Mumbai for college education and falls in love with his college mate named Gauri. He divorces Anandi and marries Gauri.

Jagdish's family refuses to abandon Anandi and accept Jagdish's marriage with Gauri. Because of the rejection from her in-laws, Gauri becomes vengeful towards them which creates problems in her marital life with Jagdish. Anandi, on the other hand faces new challenges as she tries to carve her own identity out in the world — starting an NGO to educate girls and fighting against child marriage. She meets the new district collector Shivraj Shekhar, who is impressed with her. Jagdish's family wants her to marry Shivraj and move on.

Jagdish divorces Gauri, realising his mistake and wants to return to his family and Anandi. But as he returns, he gets the greatest shock of his life by getting the news of Anandi and Shivraj's marriage. After getting married to Shivraj, Anandi forgives Jagdish and they remain good friends. After some time, Jagdish meets a woman named Ganga, who was also a victim of child marriage and domestic violence by her in-laws. Jagdish helps her become free from her in-laws, supports her so she can fulfill her dream of being educated and she becomes a nurse. He eventually marries her after realizing his love for her. He accepts her son Mahendra as his own and later the two have a child named Abhimanyu.

Anandi and Shivraj adopt an orphan named Amol who suffers from osteoarthritis and give him the love and affection of parents.Basant meets with an accident and dies. Shivraj and Anandi help Amol regain his ability to walk but later, the boy is found by his biological parents who had never abandoned, but lost him thinking he was dead and take him to Dubai. After 2 years of a happy married life, Shivraj dies while trying to save Udaipur from a terrorist attack and Anandi shortly after that incident gives birth to their twins — Nandini and Shivam. Ganga furthers her studies to become a doctor with the help of Jagdish. Nandini who is 3 months old gets kidnapped by a man named Akhiraj Singh who names her Nimboli and traps her into slavery by getting her married to his son, Kundan to avenge Anandi for preventing 5 year old Kundan and another infant bride's marriage.

11 years laterEdit

Nandini is facing hardships of child marriage and domestic violence, while Kundan becomes more and more cruel towards his wife while he grows up as a result of the wrong precedent set by the society around him. All these years the search for Nandini continues. Jagdish finally finds Nandini and reunites her with her mother. Anandi and Jagdish get Akhiraj arrested but he manages to escape from jail only to get his revenge against Anandi.

After several unsuccessful attempts of killing Jagdish, Anandi, Nimboli/Nandini and his other enemies, he kidnaps Ganga and wants to exchange her life for those of Jagdish, Anandi, Nimboli/Nandini and Jagdish's grandmother, Kalyani, Anandi's former enemy and initiator of Anandi and Jagdish's premature alliance in the 1-st place but changed throughout the years to be Anandi's greatest support.

Akhiraj tries to kill Anandi, Shivam and Nandini but only succeeds in killing Anandi as she protects her children. In the ensuing action, Jagdish shoots Akhiraj to death. Nandini and Shivam fall into a river together with Anandi (whose death is shown through a flashback scene in Lamhe Pyaar Ke) and Jagdish and Ganga presume them dead.

Balika Vadhu: Lamhe Pyaar KeEdit

15 years laterEdit

Balika Vadhu: Lamhe Pyaar Ke traces the life journey of Doctor Nandini after the death of her mother Anandi. It is shown how Nandini and Shivam were put in an orphanage and how Shivam was separated from his sister after murdering a man who was training to rape her. Nandini ended up getting adopted by Mr. Shekhawat, who raised her and let her dream come true of becoming a doctor after 15 years. Nandini made a promise to deceasing Anandi that she would fulfill her wish about opening medical treatments in every corner of Rajasthan, that Nandini wanted to name Anandi Memorial. She gets a great support by her mentor Doctor Amit Naresh Goel who has feelings for her. Shivam has grown up to be a gangster and hideout from Nandini as he's mad at her because she told him to leave after the accident at the orphanage.

Nandini meets a medical student named Krish who tries to win her heart. He eventually succeeds as she starts developing feelings for him. Nandini marries Krish, only to find out that Krish's stepfather, Abhayram is none other than her ex-husband Kundan. After a lot of turn of events Nandini learns that the man whom she wants her adoptive sister Sudha to marry is none other than her own biological brother Shivam and the children of Anandi are reunited. The police kills Kundan after he kidnaps Nandini to forcefully remarry her while threatening Sudha's life and good prevails evil.

The story of Balika Vadhu ends with Nandini summarizing the whole story through her mother Anandi's childhood to her present life, which she writes down in a book by the same name.

CastEdit

Balika Vadhu: Kacchi Umar Ke Pakke RishteEdit

Balika Vadhu: Lamhe Pyaar KeEdit

  • Mahhi Vij as Dr. Nandini Krish Malhotra/Nandini Shekhawat/Nandini Shivraj Shekhar(2016)
  • Ruslaan Mumtaz as Krish Malhotra (2016)
  • Vineet Kumar Chaudhary as Abhayram/Kundan Akhiraj Singh (2016)
  • Dishank Arora as Shivam Shivraj Shekhar/Shankar Singh (2016)
  • Yukti Kapoor as Sudha Shekhawat/Sudha Premal Singh (2016)
  • Sonia Shah as Karuna Malhotra (2016)
  • Nimisha Vakharia as Triveni (2016)
  • Avinash Sachdev as Dr. Amit Naresh Goel (2016)
  • Smriti Khanna as Dr. Vandana Mittal (2016)
  • Shahab Khan as Mr. Shekhawat (2016)
  • Neetu Pandey as Jamuna Shekhawat (2016)
  • Ayush Anand as Premal Singh (2016)
  • Hetal Yadav as Mrs. Singh (2016)
  • Prithvi Sankhala as Dr. Naresh Goel (2016)

Crossover episodesEdit

TrishaktiEdit

Tri means three and shakti means power, thus trishakti means Power of Three. In each Trishakti, three serials were broke down into parts and were shown one by one.

Trishakti episodesEdit

No. Air Date Serials
1 19 February 2016 Ishq Ka Rang Safed Thapki Pyar Ki Sasural Simar Ka
2 10 March 2016 Ishq Ka Rang Safed Thapki Pyar Ki Sasural Simar Ka
3 17 March 2016 Thapki Pyar Ki Sasural Simar Ka Balika Vadhu
4 29 March 2016 Thapki Pyar Ki Sasural Simar Ka Udaan
5 8 April 2016 Thapki Pyar Ki Sasural Simar Ka Udaan
6 21 April 2016 Ishq Ka Rang Safed Thapki Pyar Ki Sasural Simar Ka
7 12 May 2016 Sasural Simar Ka Udaan Swaragini
8 20 May 2016 Thapki Pyar Ki Sasural Simar Ka Udaan
9 26 May 2016 Thapki Pyar Ki Sasural Simar Ka Balika Vadhu
10 13 June 2016 Ishq Ka Rang Safed Sasural Simar Ka Balika Vadhu

DistributionEdit

Dubbed versions and remakesEdit

A dubbed version of the serial is telecast in Tamil language as Mann Vasanai on Raj TV.(8.00 p.m. IST)A dubbed version of the serial is telecast in Telugu language as Chinnari Pellikuthuru on MAA TV.

A dubbed version of the serial is telecast in Malayalam language as Balika Vadhu on Surya TV.

It is remade in Kannada Language as Putta Gowri Maduve on Colors Kannada.

International broadcastEdit

  •   In Turkey, it began airing on Kanal 7 from Sept 2018 everyday at 16:10 (Turkish Time) under the title Ikimizin Yerine.
  •   In Nepal, it began airing from 2018 on ,DH Ramailo TV under the title; Aanandi. It broadcast every Monday to Friday at 8:30 PM NST,but after 17 August 2018 it was broadcast at 9:00 PM.
  •   In Croatia, it began airing on Doma TV from Monday to Friday at 8:10 am (Central European time) under the title Mala nevjesta (Little bride).
  •   In Bulgaria, it began airing on Nova TV from Monday to Friday at 4:30 pm (Central European time) under the title Малката булка (Little bride).
  •   In Romania, it began airing on National TV under the title Mica mireasa (Little bride).
  •   In Serbia, it began airing on RTV Pink from Monday to Friday at 4 pm (Central European time) under the title Mala nevesta (Little bride).
  •   In Bosnia and Herzegovina, it aired on Pink BH under the title Mala nevjesta (Little bride).
  •   In Macedonia, it aired on Sitel TV under the title Малечката невеста (Little bride).
  •   In Montenegro, it began airing on Pink M under the title Mala nevjesta (Little bride).
  •   In Indonesia, it began airing on ANTV from 15 March 2016 under the title Anandhi but was airing from Monday to Friday at 4 pm (Indonesia Western Time) and Saturday to Sunday at 4:30 pm (Indonesia Western Time).[3]
  •   In Kyrgyzstan, it began airing on KTRK under the title Келин (Bride).
  •   In Kazakhstan, it airs under the title Келін (Bride) and broadcast on TV channel, Kazakhstan.[4]
  •   In Vietnam, the drama began airing under the title Cô Dâu 8 Tuổi (8-Year-Old Bride) on TodayTV from 11 November 2014 and ended on 11 February 2017. The drama has enjoyed immense popularity in Vietnam and during its run had been the number one show in the country since its premiere.[5] The show's popularity resulted in the show's actress, Avika Gor, receiving an award from the channel head of TodayTV.[6] Gor also visited Vietnam on a two-day trip to the country due to the success of the show; other cast members including Avinash Mukherjee and Smita Bansal also visited the country.[7] The show was the ninth most searched item in 2015 in Vietnam on Google as confirmed by the annual Google Trends end-of-year report.[8] The popularity of Balika Vadhu is part of a wider interest in Asian dramas in Vietnam, which experts say have a "cultural edge over their Western counterparts" due to cultural similarities that are found in soap operas imported from South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia.[9]
  •   In Sri Lanka, it began airing on TV 1 from Monday to Friday at 7 pm on 15 August 2016 under the title Punchi Manaali (Little bride).
  •   In Lithuania, the drama began airing under the title "Pažadėtoji" (The promised) on TV3 Lietuva in 28 December 2016. The drama started show after finishing other Indian drama Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai (Mažoji nuotaka (Little bride)). The drama show from Monday to Friday 1:00 pm and 3 pm.
  •   In the UK, The series is translated into English as Child Bride and airs on Colors TV and Rishtey (TV Channel).
  •   In South Africa, the series is dubbed in English is called Young Love and airs on Glow TV (DStv 167).
  •   In Armenia, On Shant TV the series began in 2017 (every day at 8 pm) and is dubbed in Armenian: Հարսիկը (Harsike) (Little Bride).
  •   In Azerbaijan On Dalga TV Balika Vadhu.On Name Small Bride
  •   In Japan On Nittele Plus & LaLa TV, the series is dubbed in Japan is called "子供の花嫁"
  •   In South Korea On DRAMACube and BtvN, the series is dubbed in South Korea is called "아이 신부"
  •   In Thailand, , it began airing on 5 HD1 from 2 January 2019 - 2019 Every Monday to Friday at 14:05 - 15:00 (Thai Time) under the title นันทินี ม่านรัก ม่านประเพณี.

Chhoti AnandiEdit

An animated series,Chhoti Anandi, was launched in 2016. The show focuses on the adventures of 8-year-old Anandi and her friends. It was simulcasted on Colors TV and Rishtey from January to April 2016.[10] The animation was provided by HopMotion animation studio.[11]

AwardsEdit

Winner

Year Award Category Recipient(s)
2008 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Drama Series (Jury) Sphere Origins
Best Director Siddharth Sen Gupta
Pradeep Yadav
Best Actress Drama Series (Jury) Avika Gor
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Sadiya Siddiqui
Best Actress in a Negative Role Surekha Sikri
Best Child Artist Avika Gor
Best Title Track Lalit Sen
Best Teleplay Purnendu Shekhar
Rajesh Duby
Gajra Kotheri
Best Dialogue Raghuver Shekhawat
Best Videography Sanjay Memane
2009 Best Drama Series (Jury) Sphere Origins
Best Director Siddharth Sen Gupta
Pradeep Yadav
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Smita Bansal
Best Actress in a Negative Role Surekha Sikri
Best Child Artist Avika Gor
Best Dialogue Usha Dixit
Best Teleplay Purnendu Shekhar
Rajesh Duby
Gajra Kotheri
Best Title Track Lalit Sen
Best Videography Sanjay Memane
Anil Katke
2010 Best Actress Drama (Jury) Surekha Sikri
Best Child Artist Avika Gor
Best Dialogue Usha Dixit
Best Teleplay Raghuvir Shekhawat
Rajesh Duby
Gajra Kotheri
Best Costume Designer Winnie Malhotra
Neelu Shroff
2011 Best Actress Drama (Jury) Surekha Sikri
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Anup Soni
2012 Best Title Track Lalit Sen
Best Costume Designer Winnie Malhotra
Neelu Shroff
Best Dialogue Usha Dixit
Best Videography Sanjay Memane
2013 Gr8! Performer of the Year Siddharth Shukla
2014 Best Actress Drama (Jury) Surekha Sikri
Best Story Purnendu Shekhar
Gajra Kotheri
2015 Special Recognition Aasiya Kazi, Gracy Goswami
Siddharth Sen Gupta
2008 Indian Telly Awards Best Child Artist Avika Gor
Best Actress in a Supporting role Smita Bansal
Best Actress in a Negative Role Surekha Sikri
Best Fresh New Face (female) Avika Gor
Best Programming on Social Issue Sphere Origins
2009 Best Popular Drama Series Sphere Origins
Best Child Artist (male) Avinash Mukherjee
Avika Gor
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Anup Soni
Best Title Track Lalit Sen
2010 Best Title Track Lalit Sen
Best Actress Drama Series (Jury) Avika Gor
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jury) Anup Soni
Satyajit Sharma
2012 Best Actor in a Supporting Role Anup Soni
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Surekha Sikri
Best Drama Series Sphere Origins
2013 Best Actress Surekha Sikri
2014 Best Story Purnendu Shekhar
Gajra Kotheri
Best Continuing TV Programme Sphere Origins

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Colors TV Show/Serial - episodes, videos online on Colors". aapkacolors.com. Archived from the original on 8 May 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  2. ^ "A Pinch of Love; A Blend of Emotions…A Prescription for Happiness Balika Vadhu…Lamhe Pyaar Ke | Cine Speaks". cinespeaks.com. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  3. ^ "'Anandhi', Serial Terpanjang di India Segera Tayang di ANTV". Iyaa.com. 3 March 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Келін (келин) индийский сериал 2014, все серии, последняя серия, үнді киносы қазақша тілде көру соңғы серия". Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Outpouring of grief in Vietnam for 'Balika Vadhu' - Questions over actress's death in Mumbai, shock in Hanoi where serial tops television charts". The Telegraph. 3 April 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  6. ^ Tellychakkar Team (18 December 2014). "Vietnam calling for Avika Gor". Tellychakkar.com. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Indian teenage actress Avika Gor visits Vietnam". Thanh Nien Daily. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  8. ^ Alex Millson (19 December 2015). "Google's Top Search Terms of 2015 Reveal Asia's Differing Web Tastes". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  9. ^ "In Vietnam, The Soap Operas Are Diplomats". OZY Media. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  10. ^ "'Chhoti Anandi' to enter small screen world soon". The Times of India. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Colors TV to launch Chhoti Anandi". Retrieved 20 May 2017.

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