Kasautii Zindagii Kay (2001 TV series)
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Kasautii Zindagii Kay (The Trials of Life) is an Indian television series created by Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Telefilms for Star Plus. The show ran for seven years and starred Shweta Tiwari, Cezzane Khan, Ronit Roy and Urvashi Dholakia, who portrayed Prerna Sharma, Anurag Basu, Rishabh Bajaj and Komolika Majumdar. The show explored the story of Anurag and Prerna who were meant to fall in love yet separated throughout their lives and achieved union only after death.
|Kasautii Zindagii Kay|
|Theme music composer|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||1,423|
|Executive producer(s)||Niel Singh|
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Original network||Star Plus|
|Original release||29 October 2001 –|
28 February 2008
|Related shows||Kasautii Zindagii Kay (2018 TV series)|
Kasautii Zindagii Kay became the third longest running Indian television series after Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii— all three of which were produced by Balaji Telefilms. The show recorded one of the highest TRPs and introduced many popular faces like Shweta Tiwari, Cezanne Khan, Urvashi Dholakia, Ronit Roy and Geetanjali Tikekar.
Star crossed lovers Anurag and Prerna fall in love with each other, only for fate to time and again separate them. Komolika Basu and Rishabh Bajaj are vital catalysts in the story. Over a span of eighty years in the show, the story revolves around Anurag and Prerna their children Prem and Sneha eventually their granddaughters.
Kasautii Zindagii Kay was based on following chapters in its storyline. Below are the highlights.
- Chapter 1 (Episode 1–26) | Prerna and Anurag are in love. Mohini, Anurag's mom wants him to marry Komolika.
- Chapter 2 (Episode 27–67) | Anurag marries Komolika due to his mom's emotional blackmail; Prerna pregnant with his child.
- Chapter 3 (Episode 67–108) | Moloy recovers from coma and comes to know about Anurag and Komolika's marriage.
- Chapter 4 (Episode 109–164) | Komolika and Anurag's divorce.
- Chapter 5 (Episode 165–210) | Prerna marries Rishabh Bajaj to protect the assets of Basu family, as Bajaj forces her.
- Chapter 6 (Episode 211–276) | Bajaj's wife Menaka poses problems for Bajaj. As they are not divorced yet.
- Chapter 7 (Episode 277–330) | Bajaj disappears after his accident. Prerna and Anurag get engaged and married.
- Chapter 8 (Episode 331–374) | Bajaj creates trouble in Anurag and Prerna's paradise. He clicks intimate photos with Prerna by making her unconscious in Pune, after that he used this photos to blackmail Prerna with the help of Mr. Patel who also kidnaps Prem.
- Chapter 9 (Episode 375–402) | Prerna and Anurag's son Prem is abducted and dies due to irresponsible behaviour of Prerna, as she is more concerned about kukki.
- Chapter 10 (Episode 403–441) | Anurag is suspicious about Prerna, he marries Aparna.
- Chapter 11 (Episode 442–472) | Prerna is mad for Anurag and moves to Panchmeshwar with her daughter Sneha.
- Chapter 12 (Episode 473–511) | After 8 years, Sneha visits Anurag's house. In Under pressure situation, Prerna decides to get engaged to Bajaj.
- Chapter 13 (Episode 512–572) | Sneha fights leukaemia, Anurag and Prerna come closer due to her.
- Chapter 14 (Episode 573–623) | Aparna's plot to murder Anurag.
- Chapter 15 (Episode 624–646) | Prerna accused of Aparna's murder.
- Chapter 16 (Episode 647–685) | Bajaj doesn't accept his relationship with Madhvi even he doesn't accept his unborn child with Madhvi. Prerna marries Bajaj to pay for what Bajaj did for Sneha. Komolika kidnaps Prem.
- Chapter 17 (Episode 686–757) | Generation Leap: Shravan avenges his mother Aparna's death.
- Chapter 18 (Episode 758–781) | Bajaj's extra marital affair comes out. Is Tanisha, Mr Bajaj's daughter?
- Chapter 19 (Episode 782–833) | Anurag and Prerna meet with a fatal accident
- Chapter 20 (Episode 834–873) | Yudi is actually Prem
- Chapter 21 (Episode 874–928) | Yudi's transformation
- Chapter 22 (Episode 929–993) | Mukti and Yudi grow closer. Sharad assaults Mukti.
- Chapter 23 (Episode 994 –1022) | An attempt to take Prerna's life.
- Chapter 24 (Episode 1023–1048) | Anurag marries Sampada, Prerna takes the blame for Sneha's offence.
- Chapter 25 (Episode 1049–1069) | After 5 years: Anurag-Sampada live happily and take Prem and Sneha's responsibility. Prerna returns from jail.
- Chapter 26 (Episode 1070–1101) | Prem is shattered by Mukti's death
- Chapter 27 (Episode 1102–1163) | Prem is taken to Panchameshwar for treatment.
- Chapter 28 (Episode 1164–1202) | Aparna's attempt to murder Prerna.
- Chapter 29 (Episode 1203–1250) | Prerna shoots Anurag.
- Chapter 30 (Episode 1251–1300) | Twenty years later, Prerna's granddaughter Prerna is the protagonist. Anurag returns as Pratham Mitthal.
- Chapter 31 (Episode 1301–1358) | Sampada confesses her crime. Prerna apologies to Anurag.
- Chapter 32 (Episode 1359–1394) | Anurag exposes Komolika's plan
- Chapter 33 (Episode 1395–1423) | Komolika points the gun at Anurag, but Prerna takes the bullet and Anurag and Prerna both die in each other's arm. Komolika falls off the cliff and dies. Prerna and Anurag unite in death. Prem writes a book: Kasautii Zindagii Kay on Anurag and Prerna's life. Mr Bajaj reminisces Prerna.
The Kasautii Zindagii Kay soundtrack is from the Indian soap opera that has recorded more than fifty (50) tracks during its airing from 2001 to 2008 and won several awards.
The show had recorded more than a hundred tracks including some versions of Bollywood hit songs Kya Pyaar Karoge Mujhse, Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh, Hum Bewafa Hargiz Na Thay, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Jiyen To Jiyen Kaisy  and Do Ajnabi Kidar Ja Rahy Hain.
Original serial versions
|1.||"Chahat Kay Safar Mein" (title track)||1:20|
|2.||"Milti Hai Nigahein"||1:30|
|3.||"Chahat Kay Safar Mein" (sad version)||1:23|
|4.||"Zindagii Kay Safar Mein"||1:54|
|5.||"Zindagi Kya Hai Jaisy"||1:29|
|6.||"Mujse Rootho Na Aisy"||1:45|
|7.||"Pyaar Ke Mor Per"||1:23|
|8.||"Jab Se Tum Milay Ho"||1:36|
|9.||"Teri Meri Yeh Yaari"||1:24|
|10.||"Meri Ankhon Ke Taaray"||1:32|
|11.||"Aega Wo Ek Din"||1:26|
|12.||"Jaany Anjaany Mein"||1:28|
|13.||"Kya Chaha Tha Mein Na"||2:34|
|14.||"Kabhi Aisa Bhi Hota Hai"||1:59|
|15.||"Koi Jab Mujse Kehta Hai"||1:46|
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