Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan

Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan (How Is This Friendship) is an Indian television series that aired on MTV India from 21 July 2014 to 31 December 2015.[1] A third season premiered on Voot on 15 May 2018.[2]

MTV Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan
Screenplay byRicha Yamini
Directed by
  • Lalit Mohan
  • Ashima Chibber
  • Vikas Gupta
  • Rajeev Raj
  • Shashank Bhardwaj
StarringSee below
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes350
  • Neeraj Dhingra
  • Swati Saha
  • Kamaal R Khan
CinematographyMangesh Mahadik
Camera setupMulti-camera
Production companyBBC Worldwide
Original network
Picture format576i
Original release21 July 2014 (2014-07-21) –
7 June 2018 (2018-06-07)
External links


The core of the show lies in highlighting the importance of friendship along with other relationships, be it romance or family relations.

The show is split into three seasons; the first one is on how love becomes important over friendship in Manik's life through Nandini changing his life. The second season is more of an epilogue of the first, on how each person lives start to change and evolve.

Nandini decides to move to Mumbai for the treatment of her younger brother, Rishabh and for her to study in a reputed science college. She believes her fireflies only light up when there is true love. She accidentally collides with Manik Malhotra, and unknown to Manik, he saves her jar filled with fireflies and they light up when they both touch the jar at the same time. It is then believed that there is true love between Manik and Nandini though they are both unaware of this and thus begins their story.

Season 1Edit

Nandini Murthy (Niti Taylor) and her friend Navya Naveli (Veebha Anand) team up to save Shahid (Pulkit Bangia), who was bullied by FAB5, at S.P.A.C.E Academy from committing suicide. In order to protect the college's reputation, Nyonika Malhotra (Manik's mother and the Head of S.P.A.C.E) (Kishwer Merchant) offers Nandini and Navya a full scholarship. This leads to Nandini and Navya becoming the targets of the academy's most famous band "FAB5", a group of rich spoiled kids – Manik Malhotra, the leader (Parth Samthaan), Cabir (Ayaz Ahmed), Mukti (Charlie Chauhan), Dhruv (Utkarsh Gupta) and Alya (Krissann Barretto).

Nandini becomes the main target for Manik after she punches him in front of the entire college for his misbehaviour. Due to unfortunate circumstances, Nandini ends up being Manik's slave/spot where he continues on troubling her until his girlfriend Alya intervenes and asks him to leave Nandini alone as she feels he is becoming too involved with her. Alya's insecurity about Manik and Nandini causes her to hire goons to teach Nandini a lesson however Dhruv and Manik manage to save her. When Manik discovers that the goons were hired by Alya, he breaks up with her due to her mistrust.

Manik and Nandini's petty fights and constant bickerings bring them closer and they become attracted to each other. Manik realises that no one affects him the way Nandini does, which is why he is always drawn to her. Initially he fights the attraction but eventually gives in. Nandini begins to understand Manik a little more after he begins to open up to her and she realises that he is not the "Monster Manik" she deemed him to be and becomes aware of her growing attraction towards him, previously misunderstanding the racing of her heart around Manik to be hatred for him.

The night before the college talent show, Musicana, Manik confesses to Nandini how he feels and they kiss. On the same night, Manik finds out that his best friend Dhruv also has feelings for Nandini, mistaking their friendship for something more. Manik decides to sacrifice his love for his best friend. As Dhruv had saved his life when they were younger, he always felt Dhruv was better than him thus a better suitor for Nandini. On the night of Musicana, Manik, with a heavy heart, lies to Nandini by humiliating her and telling her it was all just a game for him and he has wanted to take his revenge on her ever since she punched him. Manik effectively ends his relationship with Nandini.

Meanwhile, Nandini's best friend, Navya, falls for Harshad, who is Alya's brother and Mukti’s former lover and spends most of his time plotting against FAB5. After FAB5 win Musicana, Harshad plays a video in front of the entire school which shows an intimate moment between Cabir and his teacher Raghav which leads to everyone finding out about the pairs homosexuality. As Nandini realises that Harshad is not the person who she and Navya thought him to be, she teams up with FAB5 and cooks up a plan to make Navya realise Harshad's true colors. Dhruv tells Nandini he is in love with her however she rejects his proposal and tells him that she only sees him as a friend which angers Manik.

Harshad sleeps with Navya and she gets pregnant, but he doesn't take responsibility for his actions. Hurt and betrayed, Navya vows to Harshad that she would change her persona and become stronger. Cabir allows Navya to become his roommate and the two start growing close. When Navya's mother gets hysterical about Navya handling a baby alone, Cabir promises to give the baby his name and raise it like his own.

In midst of FAB5's plan to expose Harshad, Nandini begins to doubt Manik's reasons for breaking up with her as his behaviour starts contradicting his words. She confronts him and in a moment of weakness, he admits that he would have never have broken up with if it was not for Dhruv. This angers Nandini and she accuses Manik of being selfish for not considering her feelings and tells him that she wants nothing more to do with him whilst he apologises and begs for her forgiveness after realising what he did to her was wrong.

Nandini along with FAB5 succeed in their plan to oust Harshad and they trap him into confessing his wrongdoings on camera and is later arrested for attacking Cabir and Raghav on the night of Musicana. At a celebration for ousting Harshad, FAB5 and Nandini play a game which allows Manik to confirm that Dhruv has moved on from Nandini. The love triangle soon comes to an end as Alya and Dhruv start to get closer when Nandini tells Dhruv that she only sees him as a friend and always will. While Nandini is unwilling to forgive Manik because she feels he will always choose his friends over her, Manik goes to extreme length to prove himself to her.

When Soha Khurana (Jasmine Avasia) enters as the obsessed fan of Manik, Nandini becomes close to Manik again, as she couldn't stand the thought of anyone else being with him. They decide to be friends and get to know one another. Soon they become more than friends and on their first date, the fireflies light up, indicating to Nandini that Manik is indeed her true love. Due to a misunderstanding led by Soha's father, Nandini believes that Manik will be better off without her and will be able to focus on his dreams of becoming a singer. Soha's obsession with Manik reaches a dangerous level and she attempts to kill Nandini in a fire but she is saved by Manik. However, when Nandini finds out that Soha has died in the fire (a ploy set up by Nyonika and Soha's father), and that too perhaps because of Manik, she remains silent in court when she is asked if Manik had anything to do with Soha's death. A shocked Manik stops talking to her. Although it is proved that Manik is innocent, and despite Nandini's efforts to get back with him, he makes her suffer, as he felt Nandini didn't trust him enough and felt she betrayed him. However, realising that he can't let her go, he sets a hope vs hate challenge between them and if Nandini manages to sing with him on the night of the Fusion Concert, there is a chance of them getting back together again.

Meanwhile, Mukti falls for Abhimanyu (Zain Imam), who is a cancer patient, as he teaches her to smile at all times and be happy. After his departure, she suffers greatly but her friends support her. On the other hand, Dhruv and Alya's relationship crumbles as a result of Dhruv's inferiority complex. This leads to Dhruv leaving FAB5. Manik clashes with Nandini's teacher, Pandit Trilok Chaurasya (Dishank Arora), for the Fusion Concert. Manik believes that the Pandit has the wrong intentions for Nandini while she brushes them off thinking Manik is jealous and overreacting.

On the day of the Fusion concert, Manik and Nandini sing together and all misunderstandings between Dhruv and FAB5 are cleared and Dhruv attempts to mend his broken friendship with the group. After the concert, Manik tells Nandini he loves her. Their happiness is short lived when the Pandit kidnaps Nandini. Although she is saved, she suffers from great shock and pushes everyone, including Manik, away from her. Nandini decides to take a break and goes to Mangalore with her brother but Manik goes after her. With the help of Nandini's grandmother, Ams, Manik succeeds in bringing Nandini out of her shock a day before her 18th birthday. On her birthday, Nandini tells Manik that she loves him and they become an official couple.

Meanwhile, Aryaman (Karan Jotwani) enters the scene (brother of Soha and friend of Harshad). His initial motive is to seek revenge for his sister's death believing it is all Manik's fault. While others only suspect him, Nandini finds out the truth and asks for a chance to prove Manik's innocence. On the other hand, Alya, begins to suffer from an eating disorder and depression as a result of her failed relationships and loneliness. On Friendship's Day, she announces that she wants to leave FAB5 and begin a fresh life which angers Dhruv who blames Manik claiming that he is their over shadower. While Alya and Dhruv claim that Manik has always been absent from their lives, Mukti and Cabir take the initiative of getting FAB5 back together.

During the Talent Hunt competition at S.P.A.C.E, FAB5 sing together and manage to mend their broken friendship. On the other hand, Aryaman's misunderstanding is cleared and he apologises to FAB5, Navya and Nandini. After FAB5 win the Talent Hunt, Manik and Nandini consummate their relationship. Aryaman decides to throw a dinner party and invites FAB5, Nandini and Navya. While Nandini waits at home for Manik and Cabir to pick her up and the rest of FAB5 wait for them to arrive at the party, Manik and Cabir face a car accident (plotted by Nyonika, Manik's mother, which was intended for Nandini). This marks the end of Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan Season 1.

Season 2Edit

(Shows life 4 months after the car blast) Starts with Nandini excited for Manik's birthday and when they are throwing a party Cabir and Manik are not there when Nandini throws a party. Nandini misses Manik a lot. Aryamaan always supports her when she's sad. Navya becomes a RJ and takes care of her and Harshad’s new born baby Abeer with Mukti trying to move on in life. Alya and Dhruv move on in life in their different paths but are just friends. A spoilt brat with voice of Manik enters the plot i.e., Madhyam Singhania (Maddy). Nandini hates him and he hates Nandini and stands for election against Nandini and Harshad. Soon thereafter, Nandini starts digging up the truth behind Manik's disappearance and eventually the fact comes out of Nyonika being involved. Nandini is always worried about Manik, misses him badly and wants to know what has happened. Her heart knows he is alive and well somewhere.

Manik then comes back and reveals that he was saved by his father and that he had been in Pune all this while. He is hurt because of a misunderstanding that his friends and Nandini have moved on and created a new Fab 5. But Nandini convinces Manik and clears his misunderstanding. She also tells him about Nyonika's involvement in the blast. Manik tells Fab 5 that he couldn't save Cabir and is distraught when he remembers him when he plays the drums in his memory. Nandini, Dhruv, Mukti and Alya console him on that. Then Nandini, Navya and FAB4 reunite and they go to a hotel for celebrating. On the other hand, Maddy is thrown out of his house but Arayaman helps him and takes him to his place. Aaryaman arrives at the party and Manik doesn't like it at all. Aaryaman soon starts feeling out of place and used by fab5 and Harshad continues to play dirty tricks on each of them, trying to break them apart...

Manik then steals Nandini away from the rest of them and the two spend the night together after being happily drunk under stars. Nandini feels finally content in her love's arms and Manik lovingly handles her, smiling. MaNan, written by the stars and celebrated by the fireflies, finally are happy. Manik wants to complete Nandini's bucket list so we see a series of interesting things that MaNan do, from stealing beer bottles to playing with water bottles. Maddy and Manik have a hard corner for each other and become rivals & Manik challenges him to perform the song created by fab5 for which Maddy dared to signed the contract but...soon by hook or by crook fab5 perform together winning over Maddy!!! Meanwhile, Dhruv is insecure about Alya and Manik advises him to be alone for sometime and Dhruv says to Alya that she is more happy with Varun (Alya's boss in fashion design) than him. He says goodbye to Manik and Alya separately and leaves to start a new chapter in his life. Manik breaks down and is diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Manik discovers that Nandini's memories only are getting erased. Nandini cries finding out the truth. Nandini, Aryaman and Navya qualify for Musicana. But Nandini decides to go with Manik to Denmark for his treatment. Manik accepts Aryaman as Nandini's friend. The show ends with Manik and Nandini reaffirming their love for one another and will be together Humesha (Forever) with Mukti/Alya/Manik jamming together for one last time and ask Aryaman to come and sit on the drums, joining them. Manik while playing, remembers the beautiful memories that they had with Fab5 and his love, Nandini. Navya and Nandini are standing aside and smiling on seeing them together. They make a beautiful tempo with the band and after that celebrate New Year and all coming into a group hug and raising their glasses together, standing together as friends forever, with MaNan in the centre.

MaNan leave for Denmark the next day to start the next chapter of their lives, leaving behind beautiful memories and cherishing each other forever. Navya considers a gay couple to adopt her son and continues as a RJ. Mukti leaves to join an international music house to go solo and Alya takes a contract for fashion design. Harshad is made President at SPACE after Maddy leaves the city. Finally, Aryaman wishes Nandini well with Manik. Manik realises that although friendship is important, love stays with you forever and promises to cherish Nandini forever. This marks the end of Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan Season 2.

Season 3Edit

(Shows life after 4 years) Nandini and Manik have been together for 6 years now. They have moved back to Mumbai however, Rishabh is still in a university in Denmark. Manik is a Rockstar and Nandini is an astrophysicist in a prestigious government organization. Mukti runs a cafe and she is to be married to Zubin. Zubin is a cuddler but people know him to be an unemployed person. In the first episode, Nandini proposes marriage to Manik who refuses to accept her proposal. This angers Nandini and by the advice of Mukti, she decides that she needs a break from their relationship and wants to date other people. Mukti believes that if Manik sees Nandini with other guys, they will reconcile due to his jealousy. Things get out of hand when Inaya, Manik's co-star who constantly flirts with him kisses him in front of the media. Finally, just when Manik is about to move out of Nandini's house she asks him to get back together. Manik refuses to say that she was right and they aren't good for each other anymore. Despite breaking up, Manik and Nandini can't seem to stay away from each other and clearly are still in love.

Nandini meets Smaran, who she gets to know in one of her failed dating attempts. After a romantic night together Manik discloses the real reason he doesn't want to be with Nandini anymore. Nyonika his mom, has him convinced that he will mess up at some point and hurt Nandini. He doesn't want Nandini to be damaged and lose faith in love like Nyonika. Nyonika was also a middle-class girl madly in love with Manik's dad who abruptly left her with no explanation. Manik thinks that he isn't right for Nandini and she deserves better. Smaran, demotivated by knowing Nandini's relationship with Manik asks for Inaya's help to impress Nandini. But they end up sleeping together. It is later revealed that Smaran is a guy from the matrimony site chosen for Nandini by her uncle and aunt. Zubin's sister Jeff has a crush on Mukti. In an attempt to break Mukti's marriage, she reveals to Mukti that Zubin is an escort and not a cuddler. He lied to Mukti because of his fear of losing her. Nandini talks about Manik's state of mind to Manik's father and says that he has completely destroyed Manik's life by abandoning him when he needed him the most. Soon, Mr. Malhotra and Nyonika seem to have patched up making Manik feel that things can be alright between him and Nandini.

Mukti calls off her wedding and Zubin goes missing. Nandini and Manik search for him and land up at a lady's house who mistook them for her children. They get closer to each other and realize they can't live without each other. Later in order to get back Zubin, They all hatch a plan and announce in the media that Mukti's getting married anticipating that hearing this Zubin's gonna return. Meanwhile, Nyonika spills the beans on her growing closeness with Mr Malhotra and tells Nandini that its all her plan and she's getting paid for this feigning. Nandini is shattered and reveals this to Manik, who confronts his parents and realizes he can be his own person without the influence of his family on him. On the day of Mukti's wedding, Manik proposes to Nandini which she doesn't accept. But still, they decide to stay together forever and love each other without any expectations.


  • Parth Samthaan as Manik Malhotra, leader of FAB5, Shrikant & Nyonika’s son, Alya's ex boyfriend and Nandini’s love interest[3]
  • Niti Taylor as Nandini Murthy, former member of NH3, Rishabh’s elder sister and Manik’s love interest[4]
  • Ayaz Ahmed as Cabir Dhawan, gay member of FAB5; Raghav's exboyfriend; Navya's roommate; Abeer's adoptive father[5]
  • Veebha Anand as Navya Naveli, former member of NH3; Harshad's exgirlfriend; Cabir's roommate/ almost love interest; Abeer’s mother[6]
  • Utkarsh Gupta as Dhruv Vedant, member of FAB5 and Manik's best friend, was in love with Nandini; Alya's on again/ off again boyfriend [7]
  • Krissann Barretto as Alya Saxena, member of FAB5, Harshad’s sister and Manik’s ex girlfriend ; Dhruv's on again/ off again girlfriend[8]
  • Charlie Chauhan as Mukti Vardhan, member of FAB5; Harshad's exgirlfriend; Abhimanyu's former love interest (till his death); Zubin's fiance and later wife.
  • Abhishek Malik as Harshad Saxena, former leader of NH3 and Alya’s brother; Mukti's exboyfriend; Navya's exboyfriend; Abeer's biological father[9]
  • Kishwer Merchant as Nyonika Malhotra, Manik’s mother and head of S.P.A.C.E. Academy[10]
  • Karan Jotwani as Aaryamaan Khurana;Soha's brother, one-sided lover of Nandini. [11]
  • Yuvraj Thakur as Madhyam 'Maddy' Singhania
  • Steve as Rishabh Murthy, Nandini’s younger brother
  • Mehul Nissar as Venkatesh Murthy, Nandini’s uncle
  • Ritu Vasishta as Shannoo Murthy, Nandini’s aunt
  • Dishank Arora as Pandit Trilok Chaurasya, Nandini’s tutor who is obsessed with her[12]
  • Rushad Rana as Professor Raghav, teacher at S.P.A.C.E. Academy and Cabir’s former lover
  • Zain Imam as Abhimanyu Thakkar; Mukti's love interest; Nandini's friend
  • Jasmine Avasia as Soha Khurana; Aryamaan's sister and obsessive fan of Manik
  • Ruma Sharma as Riddhima
  • Kabeer Khan as Rocky
  • Dhiraj Totlani as Sunny Sharma
  • Pulkit Bangia as Shahid, member of NH3
  • Scarlett Rose as Rose, Cabir’s pretend girlfriend
  • Aakash Talwar as Varun
  • Rinku Karmarkar as Cabir's mother
  • Neha Bam as Navya's mother
  • Mallika Nayak as Mukti’s mother
  • Micky Makhija as Avinash Khurana;father of Aryamaan and Soha
  • Pranay Pachauri Singh as Zubin; Mukti's fiance later husband.
  • Barkha Singh as Jeffrina alias Jeff; Zubin's sister
  • Radhika Bhangia as Inaaya
  • Meherzan Mazda as Smaran
  • Ayaz Khan as Shrikant Malhotra; Manik's father

Series OverviewEdit

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 265 21 July 2014 27 August 2015
2 72 31 August 2015 31 December 2015
3 13 15 May 2018 7 June 2018

Guest appearancesEdit


  1. ^ Mulla, Zainab (17 December 2015). "Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan actor Parth Samthaan and Charlie bids adieu in Dilwale style (Video)". India.com.
  2. ^ "Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan to be back with a brand new season; Parth Samthaan shares the good news!". India Today. 16 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan: Know all about the star cast". The Times of India. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  4. ^ "'Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan': Niti Taylor Pleads Viewers to Give Season 2 a Chance". India West.
  5. ^ "Kaisi Hai Yaariyan's Ayaz Ahmed to return from the dead". mid-day. 3 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Veebha Anand: I have moved on after my breakup". The Times of India.
  7. ^ "'Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan': Utkarsh Gupta aka Dhruv Quits, Alya gets New Boyfriend". India West.
  8. ^ "'Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan': Will Dhruv and Alya Get Back Together?". India West.
  9. ^ "Abhishek Malik returns to Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan". The Times of India.
  10. ^ "Kishwer S Merchantt: I can't do mythological shows, their hindi is quite tough". The Times of India.
  11. ^ "New entries spice up prime time shows". The Times of India.
  12. ^ "'Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan': Pandit Kidnaps Nandini". India West.
  13. ^ "Mr X stars Emraan Hashmi, Amyra Dastur hits small screen to woo youth".

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