Diya Aur Baati Hum

Diya Aur Baati Hum (transl. We are the lamp and the wick) is an Indian television soap opera that aired on Star Plus from 29 August 2011 to 10 September 2016 completing 1,487 episodes.[3][4] Produced under Shashi Sumeet Productions. It starred Anas Rashid and Deepika Singh.[5]

Diya Aur Baati Hum
Diya Aur Baati Hum on Star Plus.jpg
Created byShashi Sumeet Productions
Written by
Directed by
Creative directorAayush Agrawal
Opening theme"Diya Aur Baati Hum"
Country of originIndia
Original languagesHindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes1,491
  • Jay B Ghadiali
  • Saurabh Khanna
Running time20–23 minutes
Production companyShashi Sumeet Productions[2]
Original networkStarPlus
Original release29 August 2011 (2011-08-29) –
10 September 2016 (2016-09-10)
Followed byTu Sooraj Main Saanjh, Piyaji
External links

Set on the backdrop of Pushkar, Rajasthan, Diya Aur Baati Hum focused on breaking the stereotypical image of women in rural India by showing the inspirational journey of Sandhya Rathi, whose ambition is to become an IPS officer. She achieves her goal with the help of her husband, Sooraj, by going against all odds.[6]

A sequel series, Tu Sooraj Main Saanjh, Piyaji starring Rhea Sharma and Avinesh Rekhi aired from 3 April 2017 to 1 June 2018.[7]


Ambitious and educated, Sandhya Kothari aspires to fulfill her dream of becoming an IPS officer for her father Arvind. Sooraj Rathi, a partially-educated and simple young master-confectioner is the perfect elder heir to his middle-class traditional family in Rajasthan.

Sandhya's dreams and aspirations are destroyed as she loses her parents in a terrorist attack. Planning to move abroad, her brother Ankur fixes her marriage to Sooraj whose strict mother, Santosh wants her daughter-in-law to be simple and not well-educated, with the excellent skills of a housewife.

After discovering this, Ankur lies about Sandhya's education level to ensure her settlement. Sandhya gives up her education and dreams, accepting her roles as a wife and the elder daughter-in-law of the family. Soon, as her truth of being educated and not knowing cooking is revealed, Santosh banishes her.

Sooraj stands up for Sandhya and vows to teach her everything she must know to prepare herself as the daughter-in-law that Santosh expects. Sandhya starts caring for Sooraj and helps him in various situations including an international confection competition in Singapore.

Later, Sooraj helps Sandhya complete her studies. Eventually, he convinces Santosh to accept Sandhya and her dreams. Sandhya faces great challenges in the IPS Academy, establishing herself as an extraordinary police officer.

As a police officer, Sandhya fights various criminals including terrorist leader Raj Kumar, while in the meantime, solving her various family problems as she struggles to balance between her professional duties and domestic responsibilities.

Together with Sooraj, Sandhya forms a deep relationship with underlying love, until misunderstandings tear them apart. But it gets cleared up and they reunite. Sandhya donates one of her kidneys to Santosh battling for life which is unknown to the family.

Ankur's little daughter, Bulbul greatly eagers for a sibling but his wife Ankita miscarries and is unable to conceive again. Expecting twins, Sandhya and Sooraj decide to give their one twin to Ankita on Bulbul's demand.

Later, Sooraj and Santosh learn that Sandhya is her kidney donor. Sandhya delivers twin sons Ved and Vansh. The infants are kidnapped in order to be sold. In the ensuing rescue actions, Ved is saved and Vansh is believed to have succumbed to his death shattering all. A police officer saves Vansh though and returns him promptly.

7 years laterEdit

Sandhya and Sooraj live happily with Ved. Soon, They find out that Vansh never died, but adopted by Ankur, who had planned all those things to keep Vansh with them.

As Sooraj dreams of opening a big hotel and works for it along with Sandhya, she gets appointed for an extremely perilous mission Mahabhali, to track a dangerous terrorist and defeat him in his own territory in West Bengal faking her identity as Sagarika.

Therefore, Sandhya leaves and enacts her own death in a train accident. The family presumes her dead. Sooraj loses his dreams and mental stability due to the shock of Sandhya's death and refuses to believe it. Santosh starts detesting Sandhya as she holds her responsible for Sooraj's condition.

Santosh wants Sooraj to marry Laalima Agarwal, for whom she believes will be able to help him get better. Meanwhile, Sandhya battles with the difficulties of Mahabhali and eventually manages to sabotage their plan but her identity is exposed. The terrorists capture and almost torture her to death.

Soon, Sooraj finds out Sandhya is indeed alive and joins along on the mission to help Sandhya. After successfully completing the mission, they return home. However, Santosh refuses to forgive Sandhya. Sandhya faces stiff competition with Laalima, who falls for Sooraj.

But, Sooraj and Sandhya's love wins and Santosh forgives her as Laalima gives up. Later, Sooraj's youngest brother Mohit is shot to death after attempting to molest Laalima by Santosh. With the help of women's rights activists, Sandhya bails her out.

Santosh hates Pakistan because of a tragic accident on the border which took her younger brother's life when they were children. Not knowing Arzoo is from Pakistan, she fixes her alliance with Aryan. At first, Sandhya suspects Arzoo of being a terrorist.

Later, Sandhya not only saves Arzoo from the terrible misunderstanding but also helps her get accepted by Santosh. Sooraj meets with an accident and gets stuck in a wheelchair. Sandhya decides to run his confectionary shop by leaving her job, much to Sooraj, and the family's displeasure.

As Sandhya delivers a daughter named Kanak, Sooraj overcomes his disability and is able to walk to run his shop. Sandhya gets a proposal from commissioner and joins the police again before meeting IPS Arpita Khanna, who considers Sandhya as her rival at first but later becomes among her best allies.

Soon, Vansh discovers the truth about his birth parents but hates them for giving him away. Four terrorists kill Ankur and Ankita and also take the residents of the Rathis' neighborhood hostage, including them. Sandhya and Sooraj bravely rescue the civilians.

Upon seeing his parents' selflessness and courage, Vansh forgives them and the family is reunited, but not for long. Sandhya and Sooraj unsuccessfully try a trap for the terrorists and punish them. The leader kidnaps Kanak and makes Sandhya and Sooraj eat bomb pills.

Sandhya and Sooraj bid their farewell to family and others by jumping into the river before exploding. Sandhya's mangal sutra and Sooraj's chain becomes entangled in the water before the setting Sun, highlighting that even death cannot separate them.



  • Deepika Singh as IPS Sandhya Sooraj Rathi: Arvind and Kanchan's daughter; Ankur's younger sister; Arun and Santosh's daughter in law; Sooraj's wife; Ved, Vansh and Kanak's mother (2011-2016)
  • Anas Rashid as Sooraj Rathi: Arun and Santosh's elder son; Vikram, Mohit and Chavvi's elder brother; Sandhya's husband; Ved, Vansh and Kanak's father (2011-2016)


  • Neelu Vaghela as Santosh Rathi (Bhabo): Arun's wife; Sooraj, Vikram, Mohit and Chhavi's mother; Sandhya, Meenakshi and Emily's mother in law; Ved, Vansh, Kanak, Mishri, Golu and Pari's grandmother. (2011–2016)
  • Ashok Lokhande as Arun Rathi (Bhabasa): Santosh's husband; Sooraj, Vikram, Mohit and Chhavi's father; Sandhya, Meenakshi and Emily's father in law; Ved, Vansh, Kanak, Mishri, Golu and Pari's grandfather (2011–2016)
  • Rakesh Kukreti as Arvind Kothari: Ankur and Sandhya's father; Ankita and Sooraj's father in law; Bulbul, Ved, Vansh and Kanak's grandfather (2011)
  • Surbhi Tiwari as Kanchan Kothari: Ankur and Sandhya's mother; Ankita and Sooraj's mother in law; Bulbul, Ved, Vansh and Kanak's grandmother (2011)
  • Devyansh Tapuriah as Ved Rathi: Sooraj and Sandhya's son; Arun-Santosh and Arvind-Kanchan's grandson; Vansh and Kanak's brother (2015–2016)[8]
  • Ricky Patel as Vansh Rathi: Sooraj and Sandhya's son; Arun-Santosh and Arvind-Kanchan's grandson; Vikram, Mohit, Chhavi and Ankur's nephew; Ved and Kanak's brother (2015–2016)
  • Gautam Gulati / Karan Goddwani as Vikram Rathi: Santosh and Arun's second son; Sooraj, Mohit and Chhavi's brother; Meenakshi's husband; Mishri and Golu's father. (2011–2016)
  • Kanika Maheshwari as Meenakshi Rathi (Meena): Uma's daughter; Sudha's elder sister; Arun and Santosh's daughter in law; Vikram's wife; Mishri and Golu's mother (2011–2016)
  • Reem Sheikh as Mishri Rathi: Arun and Santosh's granddaughter; Uma's granddaughter; Vikram and Meenakshi's daughter; Golu's sister; Sooraj, Mohit, Chhavi and Sudha's niece (2015–2016)
  • Sadhil Kapoor / Kiran Mohnani as Golu Rathi: Arun and Santosh's grandson; Uma's grandson; Vikram and Meenakshi's son; Mishri's brother (2015–2016)
  • Varun Jain as Mohit Rathi: Santosh and Arun's youngest son; Sooraj, Vikram and Chhavi's brother; Emily's husband; Pari's father (2011–2015)
  • Pooja Singh as Emily Mohit Rathi: David and Angela's daughter; Mark's sister; Arun and Santosh's daughter in law; Mohit's former wife; Om's wife; Pari's mother; Sparsh's step-mother (2013–2016)
  • Drisha Kalyani as Pari Rathi: Mohit and Emily's daughter; Om's step-daughter (2015–2016)
  • Sehrish Ali as Chhavi Rathi: Santosh and Arun's daughter; Sooraj, Vikram, Mohit's sister; Dilip's ex-wife (2011–2016)
  • Randeep Rai / Kunal Khosla as Aryan Rathi (Chotu): Rathi's adoptive son; Arzoo's husband (2015–2016)
    • Aryan Sharma as Young Aryan Rathi (Chotu) (2011–2015)
  • Prachi Tehlan as Arzoo Aryan Rathi: Resham's granddaughter; Aryan's wife (2016)
  • Rashmi Pitre as Chaturi: Rathi family's household help (2011–2014, 2016)
  • Ragini Shah as Maa Sa: Bhabasa's mother; Santosh's mother in law; Suraj, Vikram, Om, Mohit and Chhavi's grandmother (2012, 2013, 2016)
  • Deepak Gheewala as Dado Sa: Bhabasa's father; Santosh's father in law; Suraj, Vikram, Om, Mohit and Chhavi's grandfather (2012–2013)
  • Abhinav Shukla as Om Rathi: Sooraj's cousin; Poorvi's ex-husband; Emiley's husband; Sparsh's father; Pari's step-father (2016)
  • Pooja Sharma as Poorvi Rathi: Om's ex-wife; Sparsh's mother (2016)
  • Varun Khandelwal as Ankur Kothari: Kanchan and Arvind's son; Sandhya's elder brother; Ankita's husband; Bulbul's father; Ved, Vansh and Kanak's uncle (2011–2016)
  • Urmila Nimbalkar / Shubha Uplopwar as Ankita Kothari: Ankur's wife; Bulbul's mother; Ved, Vansh and Kanak's aunt (2011–2016)
  • Shivshakti Sachdev as Bulbul Kothari: Ankur and Ankita's daughter; Sandhya's niece; Ved, Vansh and Kanak's cousin sister (2015)[9]
    • Lavneet Rajput as Young Bulbul Kothari (2014–2015)
  • Unknown as David D'Souza: Angela's husband; Emily and Mark's father; Mohit's father in law; Pari's maternal grandfather (2013–2014)
  • Pubali Sanyal as Angela D'Souza: David's wife; Emily and Mark's mother; Mohit's mother in law; Pari's maternal grandmother (2013–2015)
  • Lavin Gothi as Mark D'Souza: David and Angela's son; Emily's brother; Mohit's brother in law; Pari's maternal uncle (2013)
  • Urmila Sharma as Daisaa: Rathi's neighbour (2011–2016)
  • Kanishka Soni as Kavita: Daisaa's daughter-in-law (2011–2016)
  • Ruchi Savarn as Preeti: Sandhya's friend (2011)
  • Nupur Alankar as Kisna: Sooraj and Sandhya's matchmaker (2011)
  • Helly Shah as Shruti: Chhavi's friend (2011)
  • Kiran Bhargava as Malti Agarwal: Owner of the night college where Sandhya studied (2012)[10]
  • Gulfam Khan as Uma: Meenakshi and Sudha's mother; Vikram's mother in law; Mishri and Golu's maternal grandmother (2011–2012)
  • Sneha Verma as Sudha: Uma's daughter; Meenakshi's younger sister; Vikram's sister in law; Mishri and Golu's maternal aunt (2012–2014)
  • Gaurav Sharma as Rajkumar: Maya's brother; A terrorist (2012, 2014)
  • Satyam Seth as Dilip: Chhavi's ex-husband (2012–2015)
  • Pallavi Rao as Kajri (2013)
  • Eijaz Khan as Abhimanyu Singh (2013)
  • Preeti Chaudhary as Kavita Sharma (2013–2014)
  • Charu Asopa as Roma Reddy: Terrorist (2014)
  • Alan Kapoor as IPS Rahul Kapoor (2014)
  • Keith Sequeira as Officer Roy (2014)
  • Vindhya Tiwari as Prema: Terrorist (2014)
  • Jyoti Sharma as Disha: Terrorist (2014)
  • Gurdeep Kohli as Maya / Baijii: Rajkumar's sister; The terrorist leader who hijacks the plane. (2014)
  • Arjun Punj as IPS Arjun Chaudhary (2014)
  • Sonam Lamba as Shalu: One of the passengers in the hijacked plane (2014)
  • Manini Mishra as Officer Agrima Singh (2014–15)
  • Neil Bhatt as IPS Zakir Siddiqui: Sandhya's friend, Chhavi's ex lover (2014–2015)
  • Rituraj Singh as Mahendra Singh: Kabaddi Coach of Sooraj and his team (2015)
  • Ridhi Dogra as Kabaddi Coach Aditi: Sooraj's teacher (2015)
  • Jignesh Mehta as Avinash: One of the players in Sooraj's Kabbadi team (2015)
  • Vicky Arora as Ratan: One of the players in Sooraj's Kabaddi team (2015)
  • Banty Chopra as Lakhan: One of the players in Sooraj's Kabaddi team (2015)
  • Sandeep Nahar as Babban: One of the players in Sooraj's Kabaddi team (2015)
  • Arun Singh Rana as Prem: Sooraj's Kabaddi Team Captain (2015)
  • Aadesh Chaudhary as Chandrashekhar: Leader of terrorist group Garjana Sangh (Chandu) (2015)
  • Bharat Singh Jadon as Ashok (2015–2016)
  • Amit Dolawat as Himanshu Dubey: Manjari's son (2015)
  • Ekta Tiwari as Devi Narayani (2015)
  • Vaishali Thakkar as Manjari: Himanshu's mother (2015)
  • Shalini Arora as Yashoda (2015)
  • Shefali Sharma as Laalima Agarwal: Lokesh's sister (2015–2016)
  • Akshay Batchu as Lokesh Agarwal: Laalima's brother (2015–2016)
  • Sarwar Ahuja as IPS Satyadev Tripathi: Head investigator of Mohit's murder case (2015–2016)
  • Joyoshree Arora as Resham: Arzoo's grandmother (2016)
  • Rukhsar Rehman as Mehak (2016)
  • Deepraj Rana as Gul Mohammad (2016)
  • Anshul Trivedi as Amit (2016)
  • Vishal Jethwa as Chhota Packet: The leader of the terrorist group who subjugate Hanuman street (2016)
  • Rishina Kandhari as Arpita Khanna: Sandhya's co-officer (2016)
  • Akhil Kataria as PP (2016)
  • Ashish Chaudhary as Jimmy (2016)

Guest starsEdit



20 years back I read a story in a newspaper that talked about a common man – a panipuri seller helping his wife become a civil servant. I just based my show Diya Aur Baati Hum on this incident, which was still afresh in my memory.

— Sumeet Mittal during January 2012[18]

Speaking about the series before its premiere, Nitin Vaidya, the Business Head of StarPlus then said, "It's undeniable that in India, traditionally the women's role is seen as bride, wife or mother, within the geographical parameters of her home. This show aims at breaking that mold and raising public acceptance of women stepping out of their homes towards self-fulfillment. Diya Aur Bati Hum is another testimony of Star Plus' programming ethos – 'Rishta Wahi, Soch Nayi (Same relationship, different thinking)'."[19]

On 8 January 2013, the cast and crew went to Ajmer for shooting a sequence, expected to return to Mumbai on 11 January 2013. However, with the overcrowding of the fans of the series, they could not properly shoot within the estimated time, sometimes being a halt for a while owing to the rush of people there.[20]

In December 2014, the shoot was disrupted when an air cooler in the sets burst and two technicians were injured.[21] In the same month, it was announced that Bollywood singers Javed Ali and Shilpa Rao would record a song for an upcoming sequence.[22]

In September 2015, for the track of Mission Mahabali, six sets of each dress were made for the cast during the outdoor shoot owing unpredictable weather change and rains.[23]


Gautam Gulati quit the series in September 2014 for participating in Bigg Boss 8 and was replaced by Karan Goddwani as Vikram.[24] In December 2014, Neelu Vaghela playing Santosh decided quit the series owing health issues and her death sequence was also shot.[25] But the popular demand from both viewers and channel made her to continue and the track was altered.[26] In the same month, Shubha Uplopwar replaced Urmila Nimbalkar as Ankita.[27]

In May 2015, Jimmy Shergill was in talks for the role of the Kabaddi coach.[28] But, Shahbaz Khan was confirmed. However, Rituraj Singh got the role due to the creative differences with Khan.[29] In April 2015, Randeep Rai, who was cast for the role Adult Chotu, quit the series in few months and was replaced by Kunal Khosla in January 2016.[30][31] In November 2015, Varun Jain playing Mohit wished to opt out of the series unhappy with his role shaping up and thus his character was killed in the series.[32][33]

Cancellation and futureEdit

Due to its fluctuating ratings, it was reported to go off air on 15 August 2016.[34] But, it received an extension for about a month and ended on 10 September 2016.[35] However, before the series was about to end, it was reported to come back with a sequel series owing its popularity.[36] Within seven months, the sequel titled as Tu Sooraj Main Saanjh, Piyaji premiered and aired from 3 April 2017 to 1 June 2018 for 365 episodes.[37]


The series is based on the backdrop of Pushkar, Rajasthan.[38][39] The series is mainly filmed on the sets created in Mira road, Mumbai.[40][41] Some of the scenes were filmed in Rajasthan including Pushkar, Ajmer and Bikaner.[42] The final scene of the series was filmed in Udaipur.[43] In June 2012, the sequence of lead character Sooraj's cooking competition was filmed in Singapore for 10 days.[44] For that, the upcoming episodes were shot well in advance before going there such that shooting did not happen for 12 days after it in India.[45]

From December 2013 for a few months, the main IPS training sequence of lead character Sandhya was shot at Haryana Police Commando Complex in Newal, Karnal and the initial promo of the sequence being shot in a ground at Matunga.[46][47][41] During which, in April 2014 the sequence of a training in Jungle was shot at Ghodbunder road, Thane, Maharashtra.[48]

In March 2015, the storyline took a five years leap.[49] Soon, in the same year, in July, it took a three years leap.[50]

In 2016, the sequences of the character Arzoo in Pakistan was shot at Bhopal which was shown in the series as Pakistan.[51]

Singh and Rashid continuously ran for about 12 hours for filming the last sequence for 2 days.[52]


On 24 August 2012, the show had a crossover episode with Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai. On 3 March 2016, Diya Aur Baati Hum's lead actress Deepika Singh as Sandhya made an entry in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai.[11] In January 2016, Diya Aur Baati Hum and Saath Nibhana Saathiya had a connection where Devoleena Bhattacharjee as Gopi from Saathiya entered the series.[53]


CriticsEdit quoted the series as simple and fresh.[54]

Hindustan Times quoted that the series portrayed women in better light.[55]

The Indian Express rated two and a half stars and stated, "The lead actors are impressive. Anas Rashid as maa ka laadla (mother's favorite) Sooraj is likable and Deepika Singh as Sandhya is raw but earnest."[56]



Diya aur baati hum maintained its number one position mostly on the ratings charts from the beginning till it completed 1000 episodes.[57][58] It became the no 1 show in India with 14.5 TVM (Television Viewership in Millions), considered to be extremely good at that time.[59] It also became the only fiction show to have a rating of 6.6 on a Saturday.[60] Diya Aur Baati Hum is also known as one of the most popular Indian teledrama for Star Plus.[61]

The series opened with a low rating of 1.9 TVR in its debut week, but however soon increased and entered top ten Hindi GECs.[62] In week 33 of 2011, it garnered 3.81 TVR being seventh most watched Hindi GEC while the following week, it was the tenth most watched Hindi GEC with 3.11 TVR.[63][64] In week 42, it was at tenth position garnering 3.65 TVR.[65] In week 50 and 51, it became the second most watched Hindi GEC after Saath Nibhana Saathiya garnering 5.7 and 5.87 TVR.[66][67]

In first week of 2012, it garnered 5.98 TVR.[68] On week ending 21 January 2012, it garnered 5.88 TVR being most watched Hindi GEC.[69] In week ending 2 May 2012 and the following week it maintained its top position with 5 and 4.7 TVR.[70] In May 2012, during the ongoing IPL broadcast during prime time remained the most watched television program. After three weeks of its premiere being most watched programme, in Week 17 2012, Dance India Dance along with Diya Aur Baati Hum beat them scoring 4.5 and 4.48 TVR for position number one and two being the only two GECs to top the list.[71] In week 22 during IPL finale, it was the most watched Hindi GEC with 5.1 TVR.[72] During 15 to 21 July 2012 and previous week, it maintained its top position with 5.8 and 5.9 TVR.[73] During 1 to 15 August 2012, it maintained its top position with 5.8 TVR.[74] In week 51, it was at second position with 4.8 TVR.[75] In the year, the track of Sooraj's international cooking competition topped the Hindi GEC ratings list while the following track of terrorist Rajkumar reached a 6.9 TVR.[76][77]

In week 5 of 2013, it was the most watched Hindi GEC with 4.3 TVR while it was pushed to second by Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke garnering 4.2 TVR.[78] In week 9, it was in the top spot with 7.1 TVR.[79] The following week it maintained its position with 5.7 TVR.[80] In week 16 and 17 it maintained its top position with 3.7 and 4 TVR.[81] In week 23, it once again was at the top with a trp of 3.7.[82] In first week of August, it was the top rated with 4.5 TVR.[83] During week 30 and 31 of 2013, it maintained its top position garnering 9.1 and 10.3 million viewership.[84] In week 48 of 2013 it was the most watched Hindi GEC with 11.4 million TVTs.[85] Overall, It secured number one among the top ten shows in India of 2013, with an average viewership of 9.3 million and a peak viewership of 12.3 million in October 2013.[86] In week 47, it remained the top rated with more than about 12 million impressions.[87][88]

In first week of 2014, it was at the top position with 6 TVR.[89] In week 3, it maintained its position with 6.4 TVR.[90] In week 5 also it was at top with 5.7 TVR.[91] The series had a tough fight with Kumkum Bhagya for the top spot which aired at the rival channel Zee TV during same time slot after it premiered in April 2014.[92] When Kumkum Bhagya premiered, Diya Aur Baati Hum, the top show in its time slot saw a decrease of 22% of its viewership in that week, after which Kumkum's viewership started increasing gradually and soon beat Diya Aur Baati Hum for number one pushing it to second.[93] Since then, both had a tough fight for number one position for a long time alternatively. In week 27 of 2014, it shared the top spot with Saath Nibhana Saathiya garnering 4.4 TVR.[94] In week ending 23 August 2014, it had 7.3 million viewership occupying fourth position while the previous week it was at top position with 7.6 million.[95] In third week of September 2014, it was at top with 3.8 TVR.[96] In second week of November 2014, it maintained its top position with 5.5 TVR.[97] In week 52, it continued to maintain its top position.[98] Overall, In 2014, it maintained its position in top three most watched Hindi shows.[99]

In January 2015, it remained the most watched Hindi show followed by Kumkum Bhagya.[100] In first two weeks of May 2015, it dropped to tenth position garnering 4 and 4.1 TVR.[101] In week 40 of 2015, it was at top position with 4.31 TVR.[102] In week 42 of 2015, Diya Aur Baati Hum was at fourth position with a TRP of 3.[103]

In week 11 of 2016, it garnered a trp of 2.3 while the following week, it occupied seventh position garnering a trp of 2.6.[104][105] In week 14, it garnered a trp of 2 slipping down to seventh position.[106] In first week of June 2016, it garnered 1.6 trp moving out of top ten.[107] However, it was ended by the channel in September 2016 due to its decreased ratings since past few months.[108]


In UK, Diya Aur Baati Hum was consistently one of the most watched top Indian television show with more than 200 K viewership.[109] It garnered its first peak rating of 315.100 K viewership in October 2013 and got a record viewership of 383,700 viewers in April 2014.[109][110]


The story is based on a fictional family in Pushkar of Rajasthan who lives in the fictional street named Hanuman Gali. Owing to Diya Aur Baati Hum's huge popularity, Municipal Corporation and Government of Rajasthan renamed a lane in Pushkar as Hanuman Gali.[111] The event was attended by the cast and crew which was held during December 2015.[112] Speaking about it actress Neelu Vaghela who played Santosh said, "Apparently, the show has a great viewership and tourists who visited Pushkar often used to go searching for Hanuman Galli and ask for Sooraj and his jalebi shop. Since this has led to increasing in tourists, I guess the ministry must have come up with this plan. We are excited and the whole team will be going for this event."[113] Lead Deepika Singh stated, "There was a day when I had to run through all the streets in Pushkar for the opening scene of the show. Nobody did recognize me then. But now, as I stood at the same place, the whole crowd present over there was cheering for me and their reactions made me feel so special,"[112]

The poster of the series and the main leads are found in the shops in the areas of Pushkar and Jaipur owing its popularity.[114]

Broadcast and remakesEdit

The series has spawned several national remakes and national and international dubbed versions.[115]

National and international broadcastEdit

It was dubbed in Telugu on Star MAA as Eetharam Illalu.[116] In the Tamil it was dubbed under the title, En Kanavan En Thozhan on Star Vijay.[117] However both the versions were discontinued by the respective channels after airing 1,203 and 1,077 episodes.

Internationally it aired in Sri Lanka dubbed into Sinhala as Swapna on Sirasa TV[118] and in Vietnam dubbed in Vietnamese as Vợ tôi là cảnh sát on VTVCab 5 Echannel, although the show's broadcasting was delayed to due the producers in India not being able to keep up with the speed in which Echannel broadcasts 4 episodes daily. The show then resumed in 2019.[119][120] It also airs in Afghanistan in Pashto on Lmar TV as د مینې ډيوه(Lamp of Love).[121] On 2 January 2017 Diya Aur Baati Hum started airing also in Slovakia as Sandhya – svetlo môjho života.[122] It also began airing on CVM Television in Jamaica on 1 May 2017, as Made For Each Other. It also began airing on TV1 in Lithuania as "Mano gyvenimo šviesa".[123] In Indonesia, the series is dubbed in Indonesian under the title Sandya, and aired on Indosiar.[124]

It also aired in Romania as Destine Implinite,[125] Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Bulgaria as Svetlinata Na Moya Jivot, in Estonia as Hingesugulased Macedonia, Russia as Svet Tvoey Lyubvi, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Thailand as Likhit rak ni pheux thex, Vietnam, Uganda, Nigeria, Lithuania, Georgia as Dinastia, Cambodia as Veasna Kon Brosa Srey, Indonesia and Pakistan and was watched by more than 148 million viewers worldwide.[126]


Sr. No. Language Title Original release Network(s) Episodes
1 Malayalam Parasparam[127] 22 July 2013 - 31 August 2018 Asianet 1525
2 Marathi Manasicha Chitrakar Toh[128] 25 November 2013- 4 February 2015 Star Pravah 377
3 Bengali Tomay Amay Mile[129] 11 March 2013 - 20 March 2016 Star Jalsha 992
4 Kannada Akashadeepa[130] 2012 - 2014 Star Suvarna 675
5 Marathi Phulala Sugandh Matichaa[131] 2 September 2020 – present Star Pravah Ongoing
6 Tamil Raja Rani (season 2)[132] 12 October 2020 – present Star Vijay Ongoing
7 Telugu Janaki Kalaganaledu[133] 22 March 2021 – present Star Maa Ongoing
8 Kannada Radhe Shyama 6 September 2021 -


Star Suvarna Ongoing

However, the Bengali, first Marathi and Kannada versions were stopped after 992, 377 and 675 episodes, while the Malayalam version has completed 1,524 episodes which was more than the original version on Asianet. It was one of the top-rated and longest ran serially on Malayalam Television and received a lot of Awards and appreciation.

Sequel seriesEdit

Owing its popularity, the creators of the show launched a sequel series named Tu Sooraj Main Saanjh, Piyaji with the leads Anas Rashid and Deepika Singh not being part of it.[134] It starred Rhea Sharma as Kanak, the grown up daughter of Sooraj and Sandhya and Avinesh Rekhi as Uma Shankar.[135] It begun airing from 3 April 2017 and ended on 1 June 2018 completing 365 episodes.[136]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Zee Gold Awards
Year Category Recipient Result
2012 Best Actress In A Supporting Role(Critics) Neelu Vaghela Won[137]
Best Actress In A Negative Role(Popular) Kanika Maheshwari
Gold Debut In A Lead Role(Female) Deepika Singh
Best Television Show(Fiction) Diya Aur Baati Hum
Best Actor In A Lead Role(Male) Anas Rashid Nominated[137]
Best Actor In A Supporting Role(Popular) Ashok Lokhande
Best Actress In A Supporting Role(Popular) Neelu Vaghela
Best Actor In A Negative Role(Popular) Gautam Gulati
Best Celebrity Jodi Anas Rashid & Deepika Singh
Best TV Show For A Social Change Diya Aur Baati Hum
2013 Best Actress (Popular) Deepika Singh Won[138]
Best Supporting Actress (Popular) Neelu Vaghela
Best Negative Actress (Popular) Kanika Maheshwari
Best TV Show (Fiction) Shashi Sumeet Productions
Best Comic Actor (Popular) Gautam Gulati Nominated[138]
Best Supporting Actor (Popular) Ashok Lokhande
Best Actor Male Anas Rashid
2014 Best Actress (Popular) Deepika Singh Won[139]
Best Supporting Actress (Popular) Neelu Vaghela
Best TV Show (Fiction) Shashi Sumeet Productions
Best Negative Actor (Popular) Gautam Gulati Nominated[139]
Best Actor (Male) Anas Rashid
Best Supporting Actor (Popular) Ashok Lokhande
Best Celebrity Jodi Anas Rashid & Deepika Singh
2015 Best Actor (Female) Deepika Singh Nominated[140]
Best Actor (Male) Anas Rashid
Best Supporting Actor (Female) Neelu Vaghela
Best Television Show (Fiction) Shashi Sumeet Productions
2016 Best Actress Deepika Singh Nominated[141]
Best Supporting Actor (Male) Ashok Lokhande
Best Supporting Actor (Female) Neelu Vaghela
Indian Telly Awards
Year Category Recipient Result
2012 Best Title Singer for a TV Show Shubha Mudgal & Kailash Kher Won[142]
Best Daily Serial Shashi Sumeet Productions
Best Actress in a Negative Role Kanika Maheshwari
Best Makeup Artist Krishna Gopal Rajput Nominated[142]
Best Programme with a Social Message Shashi Sumeet Productions
Best Fresh New Face (Female) Deepika Singh
Best Child Actor Aryan Sharma
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Neelu Vaghela
Best Actor in a Lead Role Anas Rashid
Best Onscreen Couple Anas Rashid & Deepika Singh
2013 Best Actress in a Lead Role Deepika Singh Won[143]
Best Actor in a Lead Role Anas Rashid
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jury) Neelu Vaghela
Best Daily Serial Shashi Sumeet Productions
Best Makeup Artist Krishna Gopal Rajput
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Popular) Neelu Vaghela Nominated[143]
Best Actress in a Comic Role (Popular) Kanika Maheshwari
Best Actress in a Comic Role (Jury)
Best Actress in a Negative Role
Best Drama Series Shashi Sumeet Productions
Best Onscreen Couple Anas Rashid & Deepika Singh
Best Programme with a Social Message Shashi Sumeet Productions
Indian Telly Award for Best Ensemble Shashi Sumeet Productions
Indian Telly Jury Award for Best Story Writer Shashi Mittal & Seema Mantri
2014 Best Daily Serial Shashi Sumeet Productions Won[144]
Best Actress in a Lead Role Deepika Singh Nominated[144]
Best Actor in a Lead Role Anas Rashid
Indian Telly Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama) Neelu Vaghela
Indian Telly Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Comedy) Gautam Gulati
Indian Telly Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Comedy) Kanika Maheshwari
2015 Best Actress in a Lead Role Deepika Singh Nominated[145]
Best Actor in a Lead Role Anas Rashid
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jury) Neelu Vaghela
Best Onscreen Couple Anas Rashid & Deepika Singh
Best Programme with a Social Message Shashi Sumeet Productions
Best Daily Serial
Indian Television Academy Awards
Year Category Recipient Result
2012 Best Singer Shubha Mudgal & Kailash Kher Won
Best Serial (Popular) Shashi Sumeet Productions
Best Actor (Jury) Anas Rashid Nominated
Best Title Song Adil
2013 Best Actor (Drama) Anas Rashid Won
Best Supporting Actress Neelu Vaghela
Best Dialogues Raghuvir Shekhawat
Best Teleplay Seema Mantri
Best Director (Drama) Rohit Raj Goyal
2014 Best Actress (Popular) Deepika Singh Won
Best Supporting Actress Neelu Vaghela
Best Serial Shashi Sumeet Productions
Best Drama Actress Deepika Singh Nominated
Best Drama Actor Anas Rashid
Desh Ka Sitara – Best Actor (Popular) Anas Rashid
Best Serial Shashi Sumeet Productions
Best Dialogues Raghuvir Shekhawat
2016 Best Actress Deepika Singh Nominated
Best Serial Shashi Sumeet Productions
Big Star Entertainment Awards
Year Category Recipient Result
2013 Best TV Show Diya Aur Baati Hum Won[146]
2014 Best TV Show Diya Aur Baati Hum Won[147]
Awarded by UP Government
Category Recipient Result
Achievement in Acting Profession Anas Rashid Won[148]
Gold Awards 2016
Year Category Recipient Result
2016 Best Actress in Comedy Role Kanika Maheswari Won[149]


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