Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?

Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? (transl. What name should we give this love? International Title Forbidden Love is an Indian Hindi-language romantic drama television series that aired on Star Plus from 6 June 2011 to 30 November 2012. Produced by Gul Khan under 4 Lions Films, it starred Barun Sobti and Sanaya Irani.[1] It is the first installment of the Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? series.

Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?
IPKKND logo -
  • Drama
  • Romantic comedy
Written by
  • Aakash Pandey
  • Ved Raj
  • Sudhir Kumar
  • Gautam Hegde
  • Janaki VV
  • Barry Dhillon
  • Hitesh Kewalya
  • Ritesh Jainesh Ejardar
  • Shilpa D'Mello
  • Divy Nidhi Sharma(Dialogues)
  • Aparajita Sharma(Dialogues)
  • Shweta Bhardwaj
Directed by
  • Nissar Parvez
  • Maan Singh
  • Arshad Khan
  • Lalit Mohan
Creative directors
  • 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[clarification needed]
Ending themeRabba Ve
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes408
CinematographyHrishikesh Gandhi
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time20 minutes
Production company4 Lions Films
Original networkStar Plus
Picture format576i
HDTV 1080i
Original release6 June 2011 (2011-06-06) –
30 November 2012 (2012-11-30)
Related shows

On 24 November 2015, Hotstar launched an eight episode web series, Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? – Ek Jashn, to extend the Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? storyline. Barun Sobti and Sanaya Irani reprised their respective roles as Arnav and Khushi.[2][3]


The story revolves around a Delhi-based business tycoon, Arnav Singh Raizada(ASR), and a middle-class girl from Lucknow, Khushi Kumari Gupta.

Khushi stumbles into Arnav in Lucknow after mistakenly crashing one of his promotional fashion events. Arnav accuses Khushi of deliberately disrupting the show. Khushi pleads innocence. This delays her duties towards her sister Payal's wedding, which is canceled. Meanwhile, Khushi gets harassed by eve-teasers and is saved by Shyam Manohar Jha, a married man, who instantly gets attracted to her beauty and begins to pursue Khushi romantically. Rebuked by society, Khushi's adoptive parents decide to send Payal and Khushi to live with their paternal aunt in Delhi. Khushi is adopted as her parents had died in a car crash when she was young. Her maternal aunt and uncle had decided to take them in.

The two sisters arrive in Delhi to live with their aunt. Upon traveling on a scooter, she bumps into Arnav’s car. He challenges her to pay for the damage, and Khushi accepts. She goes on to sell Lucknow's indigenous Chikankaari sarees to pay for Arnav's broken car, and she ends up at his house, Shantivan, by mistake. She meets Arnav's sister, Anjali, and their maternal grandmother, Devyani Devi, fondly called Naani. Both of them take an instant liking to the lively and cheerful Khushi as she reminds them of their hometown Lucknow. She successfully sells her sarees and gets an even bigger order from them, only to be falsely framed by Arnav's aunt, Manorama, to have sold torn sarees. Thus, she loses the order and finds herself unable to gather the money to pay Arnav for the car damages.

Back at her aunt's, Shyam, who is Anjali's husband, reaches Khushi's place as a bachelor wanting to get engaged to Khushi. Khushi asks Shyam to help her get a job, and thus she reaches ASR's office. Khushi's clumsiness irritates Arnav, so he does not want her in his office. Khushi, not wanting to give up, taunts Arnav, and eventually, they sign a 15-day contract, which says if she quits before the end of the contract period, Khushi would have to pay ASR one lakh rupees. Khushi takes up the challenge only to find ASR going out of his way to make her quit the job somehow. He makes her miserable by assigning her humanely impossible tasks, but Khushi does them all in stride. In a particularly life-threatening situation, Arnav rescues Khushi and briefly regrets putting her in that predicament. Tired of these antics, Payal convinces Khushi to quit the job, and the two sisters decide to go back to Lucknow. However, inspiration hits Khushi, who believes that it is a sign from the goddess she has strong faith in (Devi Maiyya). They decide to stay and open a sweet shop and as luck would have it, they end up at the Raizada house to fulfill an order of sweets for Anjali's wedding anniversary celebrations.

At Shantivan, one thing leads to another, and Anjali hires Khushi to groom Arnav's girlfriend, Lavanya, to make her the perfect daughter-in-law of the Raizadas. Khushi's constant presence at his house initially irritates Arnav, but her funny antics and lively nature wins him over slowly. He refuses to admit this and frequently taunts Khushi about her social status, in an attempt to satisfy his own ego. During Diwali celebrations, Arnav and Khushi share an intimate moment that Arnav is in denial about. He then says he is willing to marry Lavanya, much to his own displeasure, and because he is not willing to come to terms that he is in fact in love with Khushi. Khushi is devastated when she hears this. On the other hand, Shyam is successful in getting engaged to Khushi. Arnav is terribly disappointed when he learns that Khushi is engaged to be married to another man and once again resorts to his old ways of making her miserable.

On a parallel, Arnav's cousin Akash falls in love with Payal and proposes marriage. As the wedding preparations begin, Khushi's adoptive father, Shashi, discovers Shyam's secret - that he is married to Anjali. When he tries to reveal this to the rest of the family, Shyam tortures him into partial paralysis, rendering him unable to speak. Shyam then cleverly manipulates Buaji under the pretext of taking up family responsibilities instead.

With the wedding rituals beginning in Raizada and Gupta household, it becomes increasingly difficult for Shyam to hide his secret, and eventually, Khushi finds out the truth and breaks the engagement, enraging Shyam. Arnav realizes that he is in love with Khushi and breaks off his engagement with Lavanya. He plans on professing his love to Khushi on Payal and Akash's wedding day, when he overhears Shyam professing his love to Khushi and pleading for her to marry him, and mistakes Khushi to be instigating Shyam to break off his marriage with Anjali. To save his now pregnant sister's marital life, Arnav blackmails Khushi into marrying him for six months, by keeping Payal's wedding at stake. A heartbroken and confused Khushi reluctantly agrees to this just so she can save Payal's wedding.

Khushi and Arnav begin a pretend marriage filled with love and hate. They constantly bicker and prank one another while also deeply caring for each other. Khushi brings Arnav to her aunt's house to irk him more but they bond in the time they spend together. She starts to wonder why Arnav married her. She suspects that Arnav is trying to kill her in order to marry Lavanya and decides to commit suicide instead. Arnav saves her and tells her that he knows the truth about her and Shyam. Enraged by this, Khushi explains the story in its entirety but Arnav refuses to believe her. On the other hand, Shyam, greedy for the Raizada estate and industries, plans to murder Arnav and arranges his abduction. Khushi manages to rescue him with the help of his NRI cousin - Nandkishore (NK) and Manorama. Arnav comes home, exposes Shyam, and throws him out, causing Anjali to fall into depression. Over the next few days, Anjali begins meeting Shyam secretly, who continues to deceive her with his manipulative ways. Meanwhile, Anjali and Arnav's paternal grandmother, Subhadra Devi (Dadi), arrives at Shantivan and takes an instant disliking towards Khushi, but Khushi receives support from Arnav and other family members. Subhadra Devi is also displeased to learn about Shyam and Anjali's separation and tries her best to bring Shyam back to Shantivan. During the Janamashtmi celebrations, Khushi realizes that her wedding ceremony lacked the rituals to bind her and Arnav in holy matrimony and thus insists that Arnav fulfill them. Subhadra Devi overhears this and insults Khushi for living with Arnav without being properly married. Arnav finally agrees to marry Khushi in an elaborate ceremony so as to make their relationship official. Subhadra Devi, however, is still displeased and tries to call off the wedding, suspecting a connection between Khushi's mother and Arnav's parents' death. Shyam gets a hint of this and plots to use it to his advantage in stopping Arnav and Khushi's wedding. It is revealed that Khushi's mother Garima had an extra-marital affair with Arnav's father, unaware of the fact that he was a married man. When Arnav's mother learns of this, she kills herself. This leads to Arnav's father taking his life, too, out of guilt. Subhadra Devi holds Garima responsible for the deaths of her son and daughter-in-law.

As the wedding preparations begin, unaware of Shyam's duplicity, Subhadra Devi encourages Anjali to meet and repair her relationship with him. Shyam, on the other hand, hatches a plan for Anjali's miscarriage, which he brings to fruition on her baby shower day. Anjali falls deeper into depression and adamantly asks Shyam to be allowed back in the house. Khushi notices that Anjali feels better in Shyam's presence and for the sake of Anjali's well-being decides to bring Shyam back to Shantivan, much to Arnav's displeasure. However, they sort out their differences, reassure each other of their love and trust, and consummate their relationship.

On the wedding day, Subhadra Devi reveals the truth to Arnav about his parents' suicide. Initially shattered, he realizes that Garima was unaware of his father's marriage, and punishing Khushi for something that she did not do would be unfair. Arnav marries her despite Subhadra Devi's opposition and makes it clear to her that his father was to be equally blamed for their family's sufferings and that holding Garima alone responsible would be wrong.

On their wedding night, Arnav and Khushi discover several cameras hidden in their room and all over the Raizada house and realize that they could be placed by Shyam. With some investigative work, they further discover that Shyam was responsible for Anjali's miscarriage. Arnav, Khushi, and NK together expose Shyam, who confesses to his misdeeds. Anjali finally sees him for who he truly is and throws him out of the house.

As Khushi and Arnav's relationship gets better, Arnav's college friend Sheetal drops in with Aarav, an orphan, disguising him as Arnav's "son" to inherit Arnav's property. Arnav exposes Sheetal’s plan to extort money from him, Arnav and Khushi decided to adopt Aarav, upon Khushi's request. Khushi later runs for a beauty pageant due to wanting to establish her own identity. With Arnav and his family’s motivation, she goes on to win it and they live happily ever after with their son Aarav.


In 2015, Hotstar released an extension of an eight-episode series. Arnav has forgotten their 3rd wedding anniversary, causing Khushi to leave for Lucknow. Throughout the series, it is revealed that Anjali is running an NGO, Payal is revealed to be pregnant, Mami Ji has started a business, and Khushi and Arnav are happily living together, celebrating their 3rd wedding anniversary. All is well that ends well.



  • Barun Sobti as Arnav Singh Raizada – Ratna and Arvind's son; Anjali's brother; Akash's cousin; Khushi's husband; Aarav's adoptive father (2011–2012)[4]
  • Sanaya Irani as Khushi Kumari Gupta Raizada – Gauri and Karan's daughter;Shashi's adopted daughter; Garima's niece and adopted daughter; Payal's adopted sister; Arnav's wife; Aarav's adoptive mother (2011–2012)[5]


  • Vishesh Bansal as Aarav Singh Raizada – Arnav Khushi's adopted son (2012)
  • Dalljiet Kaur as Anjali Malik/ Singh Raizada – Ratna and Arvind's daughter; Arnav's sister; Akash's cousin; Shyam's ex-wife; (2011–2012)[6]
  • Abhaas Mehta as Shyam Manohar Jha – Anjali's ex-husband; Khushi's former fiancé (2011–2012)[7]
  • Deepali Pansare as Payal Singh Raizada – Shashi's daughter and Garima's step daughter; Khushi's foster sister; Akash's wife (2011–2012)[8]
  • Akshay Dogra as Akash Singh Raizada – Manorama and Mahendra's son; Anjali, Arnav and NK's cousin; Payal's husband (2011–2012)[9]
  • Sanjay Batra as Shashi Gupta – Madhumati's brother; Garima and Sandhya's husband; Payal's father and Khushi's foster father (2011–2012)
  • Tuhinaa Vohra / Pyumori Mehta Ghosh as Garima Gupta – Gauri's sister; Shashi's second wife; Payal's step-mother; Khushi's aunt and adoptive mother (2011–2012)
  • Abha Parmar as Madhumati Gupta – Shashi's sister; Payal and Khushi's aunt (2011–2012)
  • Jayshree T. as Devyani Raizada – Ratna and Mahendra's mother; Subhadra's childhood friend; Anjali, Arnav and Akash's grandmother (2011–2012)
  • Utkarsha Naik as Manorama Raizada – Manohar's wife; Akash's mother; Anjali, Arnav and NK's aunt (2011–2012)[10]
  • Rajesh Jais as Mahendra Singh Raizada – Devyani's son; Ratna's brother; Manorama's husband; Akash's father, Anjali, Arnav and NK's uncle (2011–2012)
  • Karan Godhwani as Nandkishore "NK" Mittal– Manorama's nephew; Akash's cousin (2011–2012)[11]
  • Dinesh Nag as Hari Prakash "HP" Yadav (2011)
  • Sana Makbul as Lavanya Kashyap: Arnav's former girlfriend (2011)
  • Roshni Rastogi as Preetika aka Preeto (2011)
  • Zuber K. Khan as Rahim Mirza (2011)
  • Amit Dua as Vikrant Goel: Co-organizer of the Ms. India Contest (2012)
  • Gaurav Muskesh as reporter
  • Yogesh Tripathi as Kamlesh Khabari (2011)
  • Swati Chitnis as Subhadra Malik: Devyani's childhood friend; Anjali and Arnav's grandmother (2012)[12]
  • Dhriti Bhatia as Bubbly (2012)
  • Madhura Naik as Sheetal Kapoor (2012)[13]

Guest appearancesEdit


The show was 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.[14][15] Dalljiet Kaur, Deepali Pansare & Akshay Dogra were finalized 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.[16]


When Barun Sobti announced his break from the show due to health problems, fans of the series requested the production team to shut down the show on a happy note rather than any replacement.[17]


In week 15 to 21 of 2011, it entered top ten Hindi GEC list garnering 2.6 TVR occupying ninth position.[18]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2012 Gold Awards Face of the Year Sanaya Irani Won[citation needed]
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor (Popular) Barun Sobti Won[19]
Best Actress (Popular) Sanaya Irani Nominated[20]
Indian Telly Awards Best Actor in Negative Role Abhaas Mehta Nominated[21]
Personality of the Year Barun Sobti
Best on Screen Couple Barun Sobti & Sanaya Irani Won[21]
People's Choice Awards India Favorite Actor (Drama) Barun Sobti Won[22]
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 (Jury) Utkarsha Naik


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.[23]


Language Title Original release Network(s) Last aired Notes
Hindi Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?
इस प्यार को क्या नाम दूं?
6 June 2011 StarPlus 30 November 2012 Original
Kannada Aragini [24]
5 August 2013 Star Suvarna 17 April 2015 Remake
Bengali Bojhena Se Bojhena
বোঝেনা সে বোঝেনা
4 November 2013 Star Jalsha 18 June 2016
Malayalam Mounam Sammatham
മൗനം സമ്മതം
17 August 2015 Asianet Plus 22 October 2018
Telugu Nuvvu Nenu Prema [25]
నువ్వు నేను ప్రేమ
16 May 2022 Star Maa Ongoing
Odia Tu Kahibu Na Mu
ତୁ କହିବୁ ନା ମୁଁ
6 June 2022 Star Kiran Ongoing


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