Balika Vadhu

Balika Vadhu (transl.Child Bride) is an Indian soap opera that aired on Colors TV between 21 July 2008 and 31 July 2016 and ran for 2248 episodes on Colors TV. The story is set in rural Rajasthan and revolves around the life of a child bride transitioning from her childhood to womanhood. The soap opera was divided into two parts titled Balika Vadhu – Kacchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte (English: Child Bride – Strong Relationships of Tender Age), and Balika Vadhu – Lamhe Pyaar Ke (English: Child Bride – Moments of Love).[2]

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
Creative directorSiddhartha Vankar
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes2,248
Production
Executive producers
  • Zakir Shaikh
  • Sachin Chavan
  • Fuzel Khan
Producers
  • Sunjoy Waddhwa
  • Comall Sunjoy W.
Production locationsJaitsar
Jodhpur
Mumbai
Udaipur
Srinagar
Jaipur
Naigaon
New Delhi
Cinematography
  • Sanjay K. Memane
  • Anil Katke
Editors
  • Santosh Singh
  • Janak Chauhan
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time20 minutes
Production companySphere Origins
Release
Original networkColors TV
Picture format
Original release21 July 2008 (2008-07-21) –
31 July 2016 (2016-07-31)
Chronology
Related showsBalika Vadhu 2
Chhoti Anandi
External links
Website

The first part focused on Anandi and Jagdish, who were married in childhood. The second part reflected on the life of Anandi's daughter, Dr. "Nimboli" Nandini who was also a child bride.[3]

In 2021, Colors TV announced a reboot of the series for a second season, although it remains unclear if any of the cast or story-line will remain same.


Series overviewEdit

Season No. of episodes Originally broadcast (India)
Series premiere Series finale
1 2,248 21 July 2008 (2008-07-21) 31 July 2016 (2016-07-31)
2 9 August 2021 (2021-08-09) TBA (TBA)

PlotEdit

Part 1 : Kachchi Umar Ke Pakke RishteEdit

The story starts with an 8-year old girl named Anandi who is about to get married. Sandhya, Anandi's teacher is against her marriage and tries her best to stop it by calling the police on the wedding night. Eventually she gives up as everyone turns against her. Anandi gets married to Jagdish Singh, forcing Sandhya to leave Anandi's village forever. Meanwhile, Jagdish's uncle Basant and his wife Jamuna bear their sixth child, albeit after a twenty year gap leading to many complications — both mother and child die during delivery. Jagdish's widowed sister Sugna faces difficulty remarrying as she is pregnant. Though a local, Shyam asks Sugna's hand in marriage, Jagdish doesn't approve of it and switches his exam results with Anandi's. Anandi confronts Jagdish but is shot.

Later, Jagdish's grandmother gets him married to a girl named Gauri, while still being married to Anandi, but the panchayat announces their marriage is unlawful and Anandi is forced to return to her home village. Since both Jagdish and Anandi are going through changes, their families decide that they should stay away from each other until they're both adolescents.

The show skips 5 years into the future.

Anandi returns to the Singh haveli but Jagdish insults her for being uneducated. She goes to the village's temple where she meets Sandhya who inspires her to raise her voice. When Anandi hits her head on a rock and gets injured, Jagdish takes her to the hospital but finds no doctor there. This motivates him to become a doctor and he goes to Mumbai to study. He meets Gauri there and falls in love with her. Jagdish wants to marry Gauri so he decides to leave Anandi. Bhairon breaks ties with Jagdish for cheating on Anandi. Gauri marries Jagdish, believing that his child marriage is invalid, but Jagdish's family won't accept his new marriage. Anandi refuses to file a lawsuit.

Gauri becomes pregnant but miscarries and becomes vengeful against the family. Anandi educates village girls, campaigns against child marriage, and becomes the Sarpanch Bitiya of Jaitsar. She sends divorce papers to Jagdish, which he angrily signs. Jagdish and Anandi get divorced and Anandi tries to move on. In an event, Anandi impresses district collector Shivraj Shekhar. Meanwhile, Jagdish gets to know how Gauri had separated him from his family and divorces her for cheating and vows to reunite with Anandi. Despite Jagdish's interference, Anandi and Shivraj are married and move to Udaipur.

Jagdish meets former child bride Ganga and helps her to become a nurse. Sanchi, Shivraj's sister, develops a crush on Jagdish. Due to a misunderstanding, he agrees to marry her. Sanchi tries to turn Sumitra, Jagdish's mother, against Ganga. Ratan, Ganga's abusive husband, attacks Jagdish's family, leading Ganga to divorce him. Sanchi and Jagdish become engaged and Jagdish returns to Mumbai to study. Ganga goes to study in Mangalore where she is attacked and wrongly jailed.

6 months later, Jagdish completes his studies. After realizing that Sanchi wants to marry him in spite of Anandi, Jagdish cancels their engagement but won't tell the family why. He marries Ganga, causing conflict with the family. Sanchi files a lawsuit against Jagdish but Ganga records a phone call from Sanchi which proves her evil plans and Jagdish is cleared of all charges.

Sanchi meets Saurabh who rapes her and then blackmails her. Anandi encourages her to have lawyer Vivek sue Saurabh. Vivek initially works against her, as he is Saurabh's older brother, but later provides evidence which results in Saurabh being jailed and Vivek disowned. Vivek and Sanchi are married.

Jagdish runs for political office and becomes the Vidhya of Jaitsar. Painter Prakash comes to the village and becomes obsessed with Anandi, who is the likeness of his portrait of Venus. He abducts her under the cover of the Diwali fireworks but is stopped by Shivraj who has him deported back to France.

Shivraj dies while trying to stop a terrorist attack. Then, Anandi delivers twins Nandini and Shivam. Akhiraj, a goon, kidnaps Nandini and renames her Nimboli for marriage to her son Kundan, as revenge for Anandi blocking Kundan's previous child marriage.

The show skips 11 years in the future.

Nandini who known as Nimboli, faces domestic violence under Kundan's cruelty. Jagdish finds Nandini and Anandi is reunited with her daughter. Akhiraj is arrested but escapes custody and attempts to kill Anandi's family. Anandi is killed while protecting her children. Jagdish fatally shoots Akhiraj while Nandini and Shivram fall into a river and, presumed dead. They survive and are put into an orphanage. They are separated when Shivam is arrested for murdering a man who tried to rape Nandini.

Part 2: Lamhe Pyaar KeEdit

The second part is set 15 years after the end of Part 1. Nandini is a physician, adopted into the family of Naren Shekhawat, driven by a promise to her dying mother to provide medical treatment throughout Rajasthan. She receives support for Anandi Memorial Hospital from physician Amit Goel, who falls in love with her.

Nandini marries medical student Krish Malhotra, who she later learns is the stepson of Kundan. She also finds that the groom she approved for her adoptive sister Sudha is actually Shivam, who has become a gangster. Nandini reunites with Shivam. Kundan kidnaps Nandini to force her to remarry him, and is killed by the police.

In the epilogue, Nandini summarizes her family history from Anandi's childhood to her present in a book titled Balika Vadhu.

CastEdit

MainEdit

  • Pratyusha Banerjee / Toral Rasputra as Anandi Singh / Shekhar: Khajaan and Bhagwati's daughter; Jagya's former wife; Shiv's wife; Amol's adoptive mother; Nandini and Shivam's mother (2010–13, 2013–16) (Dead)
  • Shashank Vyas / Shakti Anand as Dr. Jagdish "Jagya" Singh: Bhairon and Sumitra's son; Sugna's brother; Anandi's former husband; Ganga's husband; Mannu's step-father; Abhimanyu's father (2010–2015, 2015–16)
  • Sidharth Shukla as Shivraj "Shiv" Shekhar: Anoop and Meenakshi's son; Sanchi's and Mahi's brother; Anandi's second husband; Amol's adoptive father; Nandini and Shivam's father (2012–15) (Dead)
  • Mahhi Vij as Dr. Nandini Shekar / Malhotra: Anandi and Shivraj's daughter; Naren and Jamuna's adopted daughter; Shivam's sister; Kundan's ex-wife; Krish's wife (2016)
  • Ruslaan Mumtaz as Dr. Krish Malhotra: Kundan's step-son; Nandini's husband (2016)
  • Surekha Sikri as Kalyani Devi Singh: Dharamveer's wife; Bhairon and Basant's mother; Jagdish and Sugna's grandmother (2008–16) (Dead)
  • Sriti Jha / Sargun Mehta / Aasiya Kazi as Dr. Ganga Singh: Ratan's former wife; Jagdish's second wife; Mannu and Abhimanyu's mother (2013, 2013–14, 2014–16)
  • Anjum Farooki / Deblina Chatterjee as Dr. Gauri Singh: Jagdish's ex fiancée (2010–12, 2014)
  • Anup Soni as Bhairon Singh: Dharamveer and Kalyani's son; Basant's brother; Sumitra's husband; Jagdish and Sugna's father (2008–14)
  • Smita Bansal as Sumitra Singh: Bhairon's wife; Jagdish and Sugna's mother (2008–14)
  • Chetanya Adib as Khajaan Singh: Bhagwati's husband; Anandi's father (2008–15)
  • Bhairavi Raichura as Bhagwati Singh: Khajaan's wife; Anandi's mother (2008–12) (Dead)

RecurringEdit

  • Dishank Arora as Shivam Shekhar: Anandi and Shivraj's son; Nandini's brother; Sudha's husband (2016)
  • Vineet Kumar Chaudhary as Kundan Singh: Akhiraj and Harki's son; Kamli's brother; Nandini, Urmila and Karuna's former husband; Krish's step-father (2016)
    • Sparsh Srivastav / Karan Pahwa as Young Kundan (2015–16)
  • Yukti Kapoor as Sudha Shekhar: Naren and Jamuna's daughter; Shivam's wife (2016)
  • Shahab Khan as Naren Shekhawat: Jamuna's husband; Nandini's adopted ; Sudha's father (2016)
  • Neetu Pandey as Jamuna Shekhawat: Naren's wife; Nandini's adopted mother; Sudha's mother (2016)
  • Roop Durgapal as Sanchi Kabra: Alok and Iravati's daughter; Shivraj's sister; Vivek's wife (2012–15)
  • Jaineeraj Rajpurohit as Alok Shekhar: Premkishore's son; Anoop's brother; Iravati's husband; Shivraj (adoptive) and Sanchi's father (2012–15)
  • Sonal Jha as Iravati Shekhar: Alok's wife; Shivraj (adoptive) and Sanchi's mother (2012–15)
  • Anita Kulkarni as Meenakshi Shekhar: Anoop's wife, Shivraj and Mahi's mother (2012–15)
  • Avinash Wadhawan/Akshay Anand as Anoop Shekhar: Premkishore's son; Meenakshi's husband, Shivraj and Mahi father (2013–2014, 2014–2015)
  • Shubham Jha as Amol Shekhar: Shivraj and Anandi's adopted son (2014–2015)
  • Satyajit Sharma as Basant Singh / Mahaveer Singh: Jamuna's husband, Gehna's former husband, Nandu and Bhaivri's father, Jagdish and Sugna's Uncle (2008–2014)
  • Geeta Tyagi as Jamuna Singh: Basant's wife; Jagdish and Sugna's aunt (2008)
  • Neha Marda / Sheetal Khandal as Gehna Singh: Basant's former second wife, Niranjan's wife, Nandu and Bhaivri's mother (2008–2012, 2012–2015)
  • Sanjay Basak as Nandkishore Singh a.k.a. Nandu: Basant and Gehna son, Bhaivri brother (2012–2015)
  • Rahul Lohani as Niranjan Singh: Gehna's second husband; Nandu and Bhaivri's step-father (2009–2010; 2014–2015)
  • Sunil Singh as Akhiraj Singh: Harki's husband; Kundan and Kamli's father (2015–2016)
  • Rudrakshi Gupta as Harki Singh: Akhiraj's wife; Kundan and Kamli's mother (2015–16)
  • Farah Hussain as Kamli Singh: Akhiraj and Harki's daughter; Kundan's sister; Pushkar's wife (2015–16)
  • Tisha Kapoor as Urmila Singh: Kundan's former wife (2015–16)
  • Sudhir Pandey as Premkishore Shekhar: Alok and Anoop father, Iravati and Meena father in-law, Shiv, Sanchi and Mahi grandfather (2012–2015)
  • Sushmita Mukherjee as Subhadra, Hardik grandmother (2014–15)
  • Gaurav Bajaj as Hardik, Subhadra grandson, Gulli husband (2014)
  • Nidhi Jha / Sonam Lamba as Gulli, Hardik's wife; Champa's daughter (2011–2013, 2014)
  • Mohit Abrol as Anuj (2014)
  • Vimarsh Roshan as Advocate Vivek Kabra: Roshan and Suman son, Saurabh and Rakhi brother, Sanchi husband (2013–2015)
  • Sonal Handa as Saurabh Kabra (2013–2014)
  • Bobby Parvez as Roshan Kabra (2014)
  • Shalini Arora as Suman Kabra (2014–2015)
  • Farhina Parvez as Rakhi Kabra (2014)
  • Abhishek Tiwari as Mahi Shekhar (2012–2014)
  • Reena Aggarwal as Ashima (2012–2013)
  • Chandresh Singh as Ratan Singh (2013–2015)
  • Vibha Anand / Janvi Chheda as Sugna Singh: Bhairon and Sumitra's daughter; Jagdish's sister; Shyam's wife; Varun's mother (2008–2010, 2011–2013)
  • Vikrant Massey / Sachin Shroff as Shyam Singh: Madan's son; Sugna's husband; Varun's step-father (2009–2010, 2011–2013)
  • Rudra Soni as Varun Singh: Pratap and Sugna's son; Shyam's step-son (2011–2013)
  • Amar Sharma as Madan Singh: Shyam's father (2008–2014)
  • Abhijeet Lahiri as Ramcharan Singh (2009–2010)
  • Asmita Sharma as Radha Singh: Shyam's wife (2008–2010)
  • Neha Gosain as Asha Singh (2011–2013)
  • Ankit Gupta as Abhishek Singh (2012–2013)
  • Rajeshwari Sachdev as Mangaladevi Singh / Disa (2015–2016)
  • Rishi Dev as Gopal (2015)
  • Rajendra Gupta as Mahaveer Singh (2009–2012)
  • Parichay Sharma as Pushkar Singh: Kamli's husband (2015–2016)
  • Hiten Tejwani as Dr. Anant: A Pediatric doctor; Nidhi's father (2015–2016)
  • Vidhi Pandya as Nidhi: Anant's daughter (2015–16)
  • Farida Jalal as Vasundhara Devi a.k.a. Badi Jiji / Badi Masiji (2009, 2012)
  • Faiza Faiz / Mamta Chaturya as Phooli Singh: Anandi's childhood friend (2008–2010) (2010–2012)
  • Shivshakti Sachdev as Champa: Anandi's childhood friend; Gulli's mother (2008)
  • Arpit Joshi as Lal Singh (2010–2012)
  • Massheuddin Qureshi as Brijesh Sanghvi (2014)
  • Farnaz Shetty as Kanchan (2013)
  • Nivedita Bhattacharya as Shivani Rajadhyaksha (2011; 2014)
  • Harsh Chhaya as Palash Scindia (2014)
  • Kamalika Guha Thakurta as Pramila (2014)
  • Sadiya Siddiqui as Sandhya (2008–2013)
  • Sakshi Tanwar as Tiipri (2010)
  • Jehangir Vakil as Pratap Singh (2008–2009)
  • Karmveer Choudhary as Shambhu Singh
  • Geetanjali Mishra as Sona / Kkusum (2014–2015)
  • Simran Natekar as Pooja (2015)
  • Harsh Mehta as Mahendra "Mannu" Singh: Ganga and Ratan's son; Jagdish's step-son; Abhimanyu's half-brother (2015–2016)
    • Dhairya Ashani as Child Mannu
  • Sonia Shah as Karuna Malhotra (2016)
  • Avinash Sachdev as Dr. Amit Goel (2016)
  • Prithvi Sankhala as Dr. Naresh Goel (2016)
  • Smriti Khanna as Dr. Vandana Mittal (2016)
  • Ayush Anand as Premal Singh (2016)
  • Hetal Yadav as Pavitra Singh (2016)

Crossover episodesEdit

No. Air Date Crossover operas
1 19 February 2016 Thapki Pyar Ki Sasural Simar Ka Ishq Ka Rang Safed
2 10 March 2016
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
6 21 April 2016 Thapki Pyar Ki Sasural Simar Ka Ishq Ka Rang Safed
7 12 May 2016 Swaragini Sasural Simar Ka Udaan
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

ReceptionEdit

RatingsEdit

Balika Vadhu's premiere had a very low rating of 0.7 target rating point (TRP) initially.[4] Five weeks after launch, it entered the top 5 list under "Hindi General Entertainment Channels (GEC)" [5] and the became the most-watched program of Colors TV.[4] This helped the newly launched channel to gain first position in the TRP chart, breaking the nine-year run of Star Plus.[6][7] Balika Vadhu often held top position on the ratings charts through its first 1400 episodes.[4]

Critical receptionEdit

Balika Vadhu opened to mixed reviews from critics. While some appreciated the series for portraying the issues of child marriage, which had not been shown before on Indian television, others criticized it for glorifying child marriage and exploiting it.[4][8][9]

In 2009, the series was criticized in the Indian Parliament, prompting the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to suspend its telecast and condemn the series for portraying child marriage in contravention of Indian law.[10][11][12]

AwardsEdit

Year Category Recipient(s)
Indian Television Academy Awards[13][failed verification]
2008 Best Serial Drama Sphere Origin
Best Director Drama Siddharth Sen Gupta, Pradeep Yadav
Best Actress Drama Avika Gor
Best Child Artist
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Sadia Siddiqui
Best Actress in a Negative Role Surekha Sikri
Best Title Track Lalit Sen
Best Teleplay Purnendu Shekhar, Gajra Kottary, Rajesh Dubey
Best Dialogue Raghuvir Shekhawat
Best Videography Sanjay Memane
2009 Best Serial Drama Sphere Origin
Best Director Drama Siddharth Sen Gupta, Pradeep Yadav
Best Child Artist Avika Gor
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Smita Bansal
Best Actress in a Negative Role Surekha Sikri
Best Title Track Lalit Sen
Best Teleplay Purnendu Shekhar, Gajra Kottary, Rajesh Dubey
Best Dialogue Usha Dixit
Best Videography Sanjay Memane, Anil Katke
2010 Best Actress Drama Surekha Sikri
Best Child Artist Avika Gor
Gr8! Laurel For Ensemble Acting Balika Vadhu
Best Teleplay Purnendu Shekhar, Gajra Kottary, Rajesh Dubey
Best Dialogue Usha Dixit
Best Costumes Winnie Malhotra, Neelu Shroff
Best Audiography Suhas Rane
2011 Best Actress Drama Surekha Sikri
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Anup Soni
2012 Best Actor in a Supporting Role Anup Soni
Best Title Track Lalit Sen
Best Dialogue Usha Dixit
Best Costumes Winnie Malhotra, Neelu Shroff
Best Videography Sanjay Memane
2013 GR8! Face of the Year – Male Siddharth Shukla
2014 Best Actress Drama Surekha Sikri
Best Teleplay Purnendu Shekhar, Gajra Kottary, Rajesh Dubey
2015 Special Recognition Siddharth Sen Gupta, Aasiya Kazi, Gracy Goswami
2021 ITA Milestone Award Balika Vadhu

Spin-offEdit

An animated series, Chhoti Anandi, was launched in 2016 and 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.[14] The animation was provided by HopMotion animation studio.[15]

Reboot seriesEdit

A reboot of the series was announced in early 2021.[16] The teaser of the series was released officially on 27 June 2021.[17] The series is scheduled to premiere on 9 August 2021 on Colors TV.[18]

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Colors TV Show/Serial - episodes, videos online on Colors". aapkacolors.com. Archived from the original on 8 May 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "Telly's top 10". The Telegraph.
  5. ^ "Balika Vadhu slides to No 3". The Indian Express.
  6. ^ "Balika Vadhu"s TRP journey". India Today.
  7. ^ "Girl child woos viewers on Indian television". Reuters.
  8. ^ "Life after death". India Today.
  9. ^ "Child bride show attracts viewers, critics". CNN.
  10. ^ "Ambika Soni promises inquiry into 'Balika Vadhu' | India News - Times of India". The Times of India.
  11. ^ "Balika Vadhu, storms into Lok Sabha". Hindustan Times. 14 July 2009.
  12. ^ Hebbar, Nistula (23 July 2009). "TV truth comes under scrutiny in parliament". DNA India.
  13. ^ "ITA Awards".
  14. ^ "'Chhoti Anandi' to enter small screen world soon". The Times of India. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Colors TV to launch Chhoti Anandi". Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  16. ^ "Balika Vadhu set for a reboot". The Tribune. Archived from the original on 20 July 2021.
  17. ^ "Balika Vadhu 2 Coming Soon on Colors TV". Colors TV. 27 June 2021. Retrieved 27 June 2021.
  18. ^ "Balika Vadhu 2 trailer: New Anandi enters the frame in Color's show, begins August 9". The Indian Express.

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