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Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? (Translation: What name shall I give this love?) is an Indian daily Hindi-language soap opera that aired weekdays on Star Plus from 6 June 2011 to 30 November 2012. The show starred Barun Sobti and Sanaya Irani. [1] The series is translated into Panamericana as "Duele Amar" and it began airing from 19 March 2018 onwards.The series is dubbed in English in South Africa and aired on Glow TV as Unforseen Love and airs now on Starlife since 10 December 2018 as Forbidden love.

Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?
IPKKND logo -
Romantic Comedy
Written by
  • Aakash Pandey
  • Ved Raj
  • Sudhir Kumar
  • Gautam Hegde
  • Janaki VV
  • Barry Dhillon
  • Hitesh Kewalya
  • Ritesh Shah
  • Jainesh Ejardar
  • Shilpa D'Mello
  • Shweta Bhardwaj
Directed by
  • Nissar Parvez
  • Maan Singh
  • Arshad Khan
  • Lalit Mohan
Creative director(s)
  • Madhura Rapsang
  • Megha S. Kumar
  • Shivangi V Chauhan Babbar
  • Richa Singh Gautam
Theme music composerRaju Singh
Opening theme"Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?" By Sadhana Sargam and Javed Ali
Ending themeRabba ve
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes398
CinematographyHrishikesh Gandhi
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time20 minutes
Production company(s)4 Lions Films
Original networkStar Plus
Picture format576i
1080i (HDTV)
Original release6 June 2011 (2011-06-06) –
30 November 2012 (2012-11-30)
External links

A sequel series titled Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?...Ek Baar Phir (English: "What Shall This Love Be Named?: Once Again") premiered on 26 August 2013 and starred Avinash Sachdev and Shrenu Parikh.[2][3][4][5][6]

On 24 November 2015, Hotstar launched a finite titled Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon - Ek Jashn web series of eight extended episodes to extend the Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? story line through 15 December 2015. Barun Sobti and Sanaya Irani reprised their respective roles as Arnav and Khushi.[7][8] Ek Jashn gives a proper closure on Arnav and Khushi's married life after 3 years as the show was ended abruptly with Sobti's exit in 2012.



The story follows the lives of Khushi Kumari Gupta, middle-class girl from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, and Arnav Singh Raizada, a wealthy business tycoon rendered cold and ruthless after losing his mother and father to suicide. They first meet at a botched fashion show of the latter's, where he mistakenly thinks Khushi as having been sent to sabotage his event. Inclined to ruin her reputation, he creates rumors of a false affair brewing between them, putting the Guptas (Khushi's adoptive family) in a situation where they are left with no choice but to move away to Delhi to live with the girl's aunt, Bua ji.

After a series of misunderstandings, Khushi finds herself hired by Arnav's sister Anjali as an ethics instructor for his then live-in girlfriend, Lavanya Kashyap. In the process, and much to his chagrin, Khushi bravely challenges Arnav's stubborn ideologies on god, love, death and marriage.

With much of her time being spent in proximity with the Raizada family, hatred soon begins to turn into attraction between the two. Trying to ignore their feelings for one another, Arnav announces his engagement to Lavanya and Khushi's family gets her engaged to a paying guest living with them. It turns out that the paying guest is actually Shyam Jha, Arnav's brother-in-law, who is already married and has been lying to Khushi and her family.

Khushi is asked to organize Lavanya & Arnav's engagement party. A series of events lead Lavanya to realise that Arnav is in love with Khushi & she breaks off her engagement. Khushi's sister, Payal, gets engaged to Arnav's cousin brother, Akash. The Guptas soon learn that Shyam is the son-in-law of the Raizada family & kick him out of their house. They keep this from the Raizadas as they don't want Payal's wedding to stop. Shyam's true intentions are revealed as he repeatedly tries to kill his wife Anjali so he can be with Khushi. Khushi makes friends with NK (short for Nanda Kishore), Arnav's cousin brother from Australia. Khushi and Arnav keep challenging each other during the rituals of the marriage. The both of them slowly start realising their feelings for each other. Nani, and Arnav's sister, Anjali, see that something is going on in between them and try to play matchmaker for Khushi & Arnav.

When finally Arnav realizes his feelings, a misconception leads Arnav to believe that Shyam & Khushi have been having an affair and Khushi is the one trapping Shyam. At Akash & Payal's wedding, Arnav blackmails Khushi to marry him for six months to make Shyam think that she moved on and keep him from divorcing his sister. At the end of the wedding celebration, both their families find out that they got married without their consent & Khushi's family disowns her.

Khushi has a terrible start to her married life: everyone is angry with her & Arnav tells her to sleep outside the room. She is later forgiven at the Holi festival by the family and Arnav all but confesses his feelings under influence of bhang to an unconscious Khushi. He has also started feeling that she wasn't really involved with Shyam and there's more he doesn't know. Shyam is furious and arranges Arnav's abduction but Khushi rescues him. After coming home they reveal Shyam's true face but Anjali refuses to believe them. Shyam is thrown out of the house but Anjali continues meeting him secretly.

Arnav's paternal grandmother enters the scene. She is instantly disapproving of Khushi. Arnav is totally in love with Khushi and wants to take their relationship to the next level. The family discovers that no rituals were performed when Arnav and Khushi eloped and they refuse to recognise them as married. Khushi returns to her parents' home and their wedding preparations begin. It is revealed that Arnav's father committed suicide because his affair with Khushi's adoptive mother was discovered by his wife. Arnav's grandmother tries to convince him to break off his relationship with Khushi but Arnav anyway marries her forgetting his past and moving on. Arnav and Khushi start making plans to make Anjali realise that Shyam was the one who initiated her miscarriage. They find proof on his computer and enact a play to bring out the reality. After know the truth, Anjali slaps Shyam and the police arrest him and take him away.

Then a boy named Aarav enters the Raizadas' home followed by Arnav's old friend Sheetal. Khushi observes similarities between him and Arnav, and Sheetal tells her he is Arnav's son. After a series of events, Arnav and Khushi find that Aarav was an orphan being used by Sheetal to get Arnav and his property. The couple happily adopt Aarav as their son.

After a few days leap, Khushi expresses her wish to be independently successful and decides to participate in the Mrs. India beauty pageant. She ends up winning the competition despite several odds and the family is shown happily together.

Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon - Ek JashnEdit

This is a web series that was created by Hotstar, and is a sequel to the original story. It is set 3 years after the events of IPKKND, and shows how every character from the original show is in the future. The show ends with an anniversary party hosted by Arnav to show his love for Khushi.



  • Barun Sobti as Arnav Singh Raizada, Khushi's husband, Anjali's brother (2011–12 and 2015)[9]
  • Sanaya Irani as Khushi Kumari Gupta Raizada/Khushi Arnav Singh Raizada, Arnav's wife, Payal's younger sister (2011–12 and 2015)[10]


  • Dalljiet Kaur as Anjali Singh Raizada, Arnav's sister, Shyam's ex-wife (2011–12 and 2015)[11]
  • Abhaas Mehta as Shyam Jha, Anjali's ex-husband (2011–12)[12]
  • Akshay Dogra as Akash Singh Raizada, Manorama & Manohar's son, Arnav & Anjali's cousin, Payal's husband (2011–12 and 2015)[13]
  • Deepali Pansare as Payal Kumari Gupta Raizada, Khushi's elder sister, Akash's wife (2011–12)[14]
  • Jayshree T. as Devyani Singh Raizada, Arnav & Anjali's Nani, Akash's Dadi, Manohar's Mother (2011–12)
  • Sanjay Batra as Shashi Gupta, Khushi & Payal's father, Garima's husband (2011–12)
  • Tuhinaa Vohra/Pyumori Mehta as Garima Gupta, Khushi & Payal's mother, Shashi's wife (2011–12)
  • Abha Parmar as Madhumati Gupta, Khushi & Payal's Bua, Shashi's sister (2011–12)
  • Utkarsha Naik as Manorama Singh Raizada, Akash's mother, Arnav & Anjali's Mami, Manohar's wife (2011–12 and 2015)[15]
  • Rajesh Jais as Manohar Singh Raizada, Akash's father, Arnav & Anjali's Mama, Manorama's husband (2011–12)
  • Karan Goddwani as Nand Kishore, Arnav, Anjali & Akash's cousin (2011–12)[16]
  • Sana Makbul as Lavanya Kashyap, Arnav's ex-girlfriend (2011)
  • Roshni Rastogi as Khushi's friend (2011)
  • Bobby Darling as Kam (2011)
  • Swati Chitnis as Subhadra Devi, Arnav & Anjali's Dadi (2012)[17]
  • Dhriti Bhatia as Bubbly (2012)
  • Dinesh Nag as Hari Prasad (H.P) (2012)
  • Vishesh Bansal as Aarav Singh Raizada, Arnav & Khushi's adopted son (2012)
  • Madhura Naik as Sheetal Kapoor, Arnav's ex-girlfriend and Aarav's fake mother (2012)[18]
  • Zuber Khan as Sangeet Judge (2012)

Guest appearancesEdit


The show has been produced and directed by Gul Khan under the banner of 4 Lions Films. Barun Sobti was cast as Arnav Singh Raizada after the original choice, Karan Singh Grover, opted out of the role to focus on his film career; and Sanaya Irani replaced Shraddha Arya who had originally been cast as the female lead.[19][20] Daljeet Kaur, Deepali Pansare & Akshay Dogra got finalised to play supporting roles to the main leads. Other supporting cast include Jayshree T., Tuhina Vohra, Abha Parmar, Utkarsha Naik, Sanjay Batra and many other actors. Abhaas Mehta and Sana Makbul entered the show as antagonists of the show. Sana later quit the show in December 2011.[21]

International broadcastEdit

The series premiered on 6 June 2011 on Star Plus airing a 20-minute episode Mondays to Fridays. After completing approximately 398 episodes, the series went off air on 30 November 2012. The series was part of the channels worldwide broadcast and aired in more than 50 countries under the transmission of Star India.It has been dubbed and adapted into multiple languages.

Remakes and further distributionEdit

The series inspired several international remakes, which include Bojhena Se Bojhena in Bengali on Star Jalsha and as Arangini in Kannada on Suvarna channel. The series were rerunned including, but not limited to in English and Urdu as Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon in Pakistan on Urdu 1 and another free to air channel, Tamil as Idhu Kadhala on Star Vijay, Telugu as Chuppulu Kalisina Shubhavela on Star Maa, Malayalam as Mounam Sammatham on Asianet,Asianet plus ,Kazakh as Kak Nazvat Bul Lyubov?, Arabic as '"Men Nazra Thanya,[22],Vietnamese as Mối Tình Kì Lạon HTV3,[23], French as La Promesse on Reunion 1ere. [24]. Turkish as Bir Garip Ask,[25],Indonesian as Khushi on Indosiar, Bulgarian as Diema Family, Georgian as Mojadoebulebi, Lithuanian as Neklausk Meiles Vardo, Russian as How Do I Call This Love, and Armenian as Inchpes Kochel Ays Sere, aired in Jamaica as Unforeseen Love on one of the two free-to-air channels in the country which is CVM Television and airs in Namibia into NBC3 as Strange Love.[26].[27]. On 19 March 2018, the series dubbed in Spanish as Duele Amar and telecasted on Panamericana Televisión. IPKKND will be rerunning in Thai as Phaen Rak Lwng Ci on Thai channel 8 from 27 June 2018.

In 2013, there was a spin-off, Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?...Ek Baar Phir (English: What Do I Call This Love?... Once Again) with a brand new plot, starring Avinash Sachdev (Shlok Agnihotri) and Shrenu Parikh (Aastha Shlok Agnihotri).[28]

In 2015, Hotstar launched a finite web series of eight episodes titled Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? - Ek Jashn with the original cast and the characters. The story revolves around Arnav and Khushi's married life after three years.[29]


Fans of the series started referring to characters Arnav and Khushi by the portmanteau "ArShi".[30] The character of Arnav Singh Raizada was very popular and gave a huge fan following to Barun Sobti such that when Sobti announced his break from the show due to health problems, his fans made it sure that the show was shut down on a happy note rather than any replacement.[31] The onscreen chemistry between Sobti and Sanaya Irani resulted in several awards for best on-screen couple.[32]

Controversy after Sobti's exitEdit

In September 2012, show's lead actor Barun Sobti had made news after he decided to quit the show.[33] Due to this, fans of the show had said that they will not watch the show after his exit. This lead on to the channel and makers to decide to shut down the show. It aired its last on 30 November 2012.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2012 Gold Awards Face Of The Year Sanaya Irani Won
Best Actress (Popular) Nominated
Global Indian Film and Television Honours Best Actor (Popular) Barun Sobti Won[34]
Best Jodi Barun Sobti & Sanaya Irani Nominated[34]
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor (Popular) Barun Sobti Won[35]
Best Actress (Popular) Sanaya Irani Nominated[36]
Indian Telly Awards Best Actor In Negative Role Abhaas Mehta Nominated[37]
Personality Of The Year Barun Sobti
Best On Screen Couple Barun Sobti & Sanaya Irani Won[37]
People's Choice Awards India Favorite Actor (Drama) Barun Sobti Won[38]
Favorite On Screen Jodi Barun Sobti and Sanaya Irani
2013 Indian Telly Awards Best Actress Sanaya Irani Nominated
Best Actor In A Negative Role Abhaas Mehta
Best Actress In A Comic Role Utkarsha Naik
Best Actress In A Comic Role (Jury)


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