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Dollar Bahu is a Hindi-language television series that aired on Zee TV channel in 2001. The series is based on a popular novel, "Dollar Sose" (Dollar daughter-in-law), written by the popular Indian philanthropist & columnist, Sudha Murthy.[1] Due to the popularity, the novel was converted into a television series. The story portrays the struggle of a middle-class family to graduate into an upper-class one through their son in the USA. Besides, as the title refers, the series was shot in both India as well as in the United States.[2] In addition, when the serial's shooting began in the USA, the 11 September incident occurred, leaving the entire team of 'Dollar Bahu' devastated.[3]

Dollar Bahu
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Created byCinemaya Media Limited
Written bySudha Murthy
Directed byAjai Sinha & Ravi Kemmu
Starringsee below
Opening theme"Dollar Bahu" by
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodesTotal 40
Producer(s)Sunil Hali
Running timeapprox. 25 minutes
Original networkZee TV
Picture format480i (SDTV),
Original release1 September 2001 –
1 June 2002



The story is about two daughters-in-law of a family, one from America and the other one from India. Now, how their mother-in-law treats them (Rupees and Dollar) is uncovered. The story is more of the mother-in-law who thinks that her American daughter-in-law (dollar bahu) is better than her counterpart in India, since she lives in the land of dreams, USA. Henceforth, she desires to live with her son in America. However, when she lives a year or so in America, she realises that the Indians living there face the same problems and challenges as those of living in India. Now she realise that "grass always looks greener on the other side". And when she comes back to India, she shows immense love to the daughter in law whom she felt to be a trash and her grandson. Finally after getting a slap on feelings by her dollar bahu, Gouramma understands the fact that, may be dollar can remove the poverty from one's life. But family is much more important than that of dollars.



  1. ^ "Sudha Murthy's 'Dollar Bahu' on Zee". India FM. 2001. Archived from the original on 4 April 2008.
  2. ^ "The million-dollar name behind Dollar Bahu". Tribune India. 30 September 2001.
  3. ^ "Dollar Bahu survives WTC attack". Screen India. 21 September 2001.

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