Kasautii Zindagii Kay (2001 TV series)

Kasautii Zindagii Kay (The Trials of Life) is an Indian television series created by Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Telefilms on Star Plus.[3][4] The show starred Shweta Tiwari, Cezzane Khan later replaced by Hiten Tejwani, Urvashi Dholakia who portrayed Prerna Sharma, Anurag Basu, Komolika Majumdar[5] The show explored the story of the star crossed lovers Anurag and Prerna. The various stages of their love and life as well as the lives of their children,grandchildren and at the end, great-grandchildren. And how, despite being in love with each other they were constantly separated throughout their lives and achieved union only after death.

Kasautii Zindagii Kay
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Directed by
  • Santram Varma
  • Gautam Sobti
  • Qaeed Kuwajerwala
  • Ravindra Gautam[1] Santosh Bhatt
  • Yash Chauhan
  • Raminder Singh Suri
  • Sushen Bhatnagar
  • Rajeev Bhatia
  • Jitendra K Basantt
  • Rohit Malhotra
  • Sangeeta Rao
  • Deepak Chavan
  • Jignesh Vaishnav
  • Arvind Babbal
  • Rishi Tyagi
  • Hitesh Tejwani
  • Shankar Verma
  • Anoop Chaudhary, V.G Roy
Creative director(s)
  • Monisha Singh
  • Nivedita Basu
  • Doris Dey
  • Shipra Arora
  • Shiwangi Singh Chauhan
  • Riti Chopra
StarringShweta Tiwari
Cezanne Khan
Urvashi Dholakia
Hiten Tejwani
Theme music composer
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes1,423
Production
Executive producer(s)Niel Singh
Producer(s)Ekta Kapoor
Shobha Kapoor
Cinematography
  • Santosh Suryavanshi
  • Deepak Malwankar
  • Rajesh Naag
Editor(s)
  • Dharmesh Shah
  • Sanjeev Shukla
  • Uday Raj
  • Achintya Ghosh
  • Vikas Sharma
  • Sandeep Bhatt
Camera setupMulti-Camera
Running time24 minutes
Release
Original networkStar Plus
Picture format576i
Original release29 October 2001 (2001-10-29)[2] –
28 February 2008 (2008-02-28)
Chronology
Related shows Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2
External links
Website
Production website

PlotEdit

Star crossed lovers Anurag and Prerna fall in love with each other, only for fate to time and again separate them. Komolika 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 and eventually their granddaughters.

ChaptersEdit

Kasautii Zindagii Kay was based on following chapters in its storyline. Below are the highlights.[6]

  • Chapter 1 (Episode 1–26) | Prerna and Anurag are in love. Mohini, Anurag's mother wants him to marry Komolika.
  • Chapter 2 (Episode 27–67) | Anurag marries Komolika due to his mother'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 these 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 behavior of Prerna, as she is more concerned about kukki.
  • Chapter 10 (Episode 403–441) | Anurag and Prerna's marriage fell apart due to misunderstandings. Due to pressure from his mother, Anurag 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 eight years, Sneha visits Anurag's house. Feeling pressured, Prerna becomes engaged to Bajaj.
  • Chapter 13 (Episode 512–572) | Sneha fights leukemia, Anurag and Prerna become 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 because she had 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 extramarital affair comes out. Is Tanisha, Mr Bajaj's daughter?
  • Chapter 19 (Episode 782–833) | Anurag and Prerna meet with the 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 five 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 apologizes 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 die in each other's arms. 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.

CastEdit

MainEdit

  • Cezanne Khan/Hiten Tejwani as Anurag Basu: Mohini and Moloy's son; Nivedita, Rakhi and Tapur's brother; Prerna's husband; Komolika's former husband; Prem and Sneha's father (2001–2007)/(2007–2008)
  • Shweta Tiwari as Prerna Basu (née Sharma): Veena and Rajesh's daughter; Shekhar, Shivani, Mitali and Mahesh's sister; Anurag's wife; Prem and Sneha's mother (2001–2008)


RecurringEdit

  • Deepak Qazir as Moloy Basu: Mohini's husband; Rakhi, Nivedita, Anurag and Tapur's father; Mohini's husband (2001–2005)
  • Kannu Gill as Mohini Basu: Moloy's wife; Rakhi, Nivedita, Anurag, and Tapur's mother (2001–2008)
  • Naveen Saini as Sanjay Basu: Anurag's uncle and Geeta's husband, Samay and Shulabh's father (2001-2005)
  • Monica Pradhan / Jayati Bhatia as Geeta Basu: Anurag's aunt, Sanjay's wife, Samay and Shulabh's mother. (2001-2003)/(2003-2006)
  • Poonam Narula / Smita Bansal as Nivedita Basu: Anurag's sister and Anupam's wife (2001-2003) / (2006)
  • Prachi Thakker as Rakhi Basu: Anurag's sister and Praveen's wife (2001-2007)
  • Aparna Jaywant as Tapur Basu: Anurag's sister (2001-2002)
  • Manish Goel / Hiten Paintal as Anupam Sengupta: Anurag's brother-in-law and Nivedita's husband (2001-2003) / (2006)
  • Manav Gohil / Tarun Khanna as Praveen Sengupta: Anurag's brother-in-law and Rakhi's husband (2001-2003)/(2003-2004)
  • Ankur Nayyar / Pracheen Chauhan / Vishal Puri as Subroto Basu: Anurag's cousin; Shivani's former husband; Komolika's husband (2001-2002) / (2002-2005) / (2005)
  • Tasneem Sheikh / Prerna Shah as Kajol Basu: Prerna's sister-in-law and Anurag's cousin (2003)
  • Rushad Rana as Anirudh basu : Anurag's cousin Subroto and Kajols brother (2002)
  • Hitesh Kriplani as Samay: Anurag's cousin (2001-2005)
  • Om Bhanushali as Shulabh: Anurag's cousin (2001-2005)
  • Nandita Thakkar as Veena Sharma: Prerna's mother (2001-2008)
  • Manoj Pandey as Shekhar Sharma: Prerna's elder brother and Suman's husband (2001-2004)
  • Kusumit Sana as Shivani Sharma: Prerna's sister and Subroto's former wife (2001-2003)
  • Kishwer Merchant as Mitali Sharma: Prerna's sister (2001-2004)
  • Shivani Gosain as Suman Sharma: Prerna's sister-in-law (2001-2004)
  • Mahesh Pandey as Mahesh Sharma: Prerna's brother and Kajol's husband (2001-2004)
  • Urvashi Dholakia as Komolika Majumdar: Anurag's former wife, Subroto's wife (2001–2008)
  • Anand Suryavanshi / Vivek Mushran / Nasirr Khan as Vineet Khanna: Anurag's business partner and best friend; Madhvi's husband; Tanisha's adoptive father (2002-2003) / (2004-2005) / (2005-2006)
  • Poonam Joshi as Jyoti: Prerna's best friend (2001-2002)
  • Sikandar Kharbanda as Indraneel Sengupta: Anupam and Probin's brother and Komolika's spy (2002-2008)
  • Himani Shivpuri as Chaini Sengupta: Probin, Anupam and Indraneel's mother (2002-2003)
  • Mini Ribeiro as Uma Majumdar: Komolika's mother (2002)
  • Prashant Bhatt as Akash Das Gupta: Komolika's former husband (2002)
  • Ronit Roy as Rishabh Bajaj: Menaka's husband; Tushar, Vishakha, Kukki, Kasak and Tanisha's father (2002–2008).
  • Ruby Bhatia as Menaka Bose: Bajaj's wife; Tushar, Vishaka and Kukki's mother (2002-2003)
  • Vishal Sabnani as Tushar Bajaj: Bajaj and Menaka's son; (2002-2008)
  • Tarana Raja / Preeti Puri / Amita Chandekar as Vishakha Bajaj: Bajaj and Menaka's daughter (2002-2005) /(2005-2006) / (2007)
  • Swapnali Kulkarni / Mansi Parekh / Garima Bhatnagar as Kukki Bajaj: Bajaj and Menka's daughter (2002-2003) / (2005) / (2005-2007)
  • Rocky Verma - Kidnapper and shooter (2003)
  • Niyati Joshi as Yamini Basu: Subroto's mother; Komolika's mother-in-law (2002-2006)
  • Geetanjali Tikekar as Aparna Ghosh: Anurag's former wife; Shravan's mother (2003-2007)
  • Yash Tonk as Debo: Anurag's friend, Aparna's former husband; Shravan's father (2004-2005)
  • Sonal Sehgal / Vaishnavi Mahant as Advocate Madhavi Bose/Khanna: Menaka's sister, Vinit's wife and Tanisha's mother (2004)/(2004-2006)
  • Shriya Sharma / Jennifer Winget as Sneha Gill (née Basu): Anurag and Prerna's daughter; Omi's wife; Sharad's ex wife. (2004-2005) / (2005-2007)
  • Karanvir Bohra / Vikas Sethi as Yudi/Prem Basu: Anurag and Prerna's son; Mukti and Palchin's husband (2005-2007)/(2007-2008)
  • Barkha Bisht as Diya Sengupta: Rakhi and Praveen's daughter; (2005)
  • Abhinav Kapoor / Pradeep Kharab / Puneet Sachdev as Shravan Basu - Aparna and Debo's son; Anurag's adoptive son; Tanisha's husband; kritika's father (2005) / (2005) / (2005-2007)
  • Rakshanda Khan as Advocate Dorasti - Lawyer (2005)
  • Salil Acharya as Rahul: Diya's husband (2005)
  • Moon Banerrjee as Sampada Basu - Anurag's former wife (2005-2007)
  • Amar Upadhyay /Sanjeet Bedi as Advocate Mahesh Bajaj: Bajaj's brother (2005)/(2005-2007)
  • Tina Parekh as Mukti Deshmukh / Devki Basu: Prem's second wife (2005-2006) / (2006-2008)
  • Shubha Verma as Tanisha Khanna - Bajaj and Madhvi's daughter; Vinit's adoptive daughter; (2005-2007)
  • Karan Singh Grover as Sharad Gupta - Sneha's ex-husband (2005-2006)
  • Shubhangi Atre / Monika Singh / Shriya Bisht as Palchhin Basu: Prem's former wife (2007) / (2007) / (2007-2008)
  • Ravi Jhankal as Mr. Verma - Palchinn's father (2007)
  • Pratap Sachdev as Mr. Gupta - Rishabh's friend (2003-2007)
  • Anju Mahendru as Kamini Gupta - Sharad's mother and Sneha's first mother-in-law (2005-2006)
  • Amit Singh Thakur as Shailendra Gupta - Sharad's father and Sneha's first father-in-law (2005-2006)
  • Karan Patel as Karan (2005 -2006)
  • Sai Deodhar as Debonita - Komolika's niece (2006)
  • Jitendra Trehan as Baba - Sampada's father (2006-2007)
  • Ashfaque Hussain as Lucky - Yudi's friend (2006)
  • Shabbir Ahluwalia as Omi Gill - Sneha's second husband (2006-2007)
  • Navneet Nishan as Anahita Gill - Omi's aunt (2006-2007)
  • Ankita Bhargava Patel as Shipra - Omi's girlfriend (2006)
  • Kratika Sengar as Prerna Garewal (née Gill) (P2) - Omi and Sneha's daughter, Anurag and Prerna's grand-daughter (2007-2008)
  • Wasna Ahmed as Dhara Garewal (née Basu) - Prem and Palchhin's daughter (2007-2008)
  • Sunny Nijar as Saksham - P2 - Prerna's love interest (2007)
  • Naman Shaw as Nihal Garewal - 2nd Prerna's husband (2007-2008)
  • Mridul Sanghvi as Vardaan Garewal - Dhara's husband (2007-2008)
  • Deepak Bajaj as Rudraksh Basu - Prem and Devki's son (2007-2008)
  • Gazala Selmin as Kritika Basu - Sharavan and Tanisha's daughter, and Kasak is surrogate mother (2007-2008)
  • Sreejita De as Gargi Bajaj (2007-2008)
  • Pranitaa Pandit as Jwala Bajaj (2007-2008)
  • Nidhi Uttam as Tara Bajaj (2007-2008)
  • Rudrakshi Shetty as Kanishtha Bajaj (2007-2008)
  • Shriya Parekh as Taanvi - Visakha's daughter (2007-2008)
  • Jatin Shah as Yuvraj Bajaj - Mahesh Bajaj's son (2006)
  • Prachi Desai as Prachi Chauhan - Gurukul's student (2007)
  • Tuhina Vohra as Devyana Garewal - Nihal's mother (2007-2008)
  • Sandeep Baswana as Dr. Jatin - Devki's doctor (2007)
  • Sanjay Batra as Jeevan Deshmukh - Bajaj family's driver and Mukti's father (2005-2006)
  • Suzanne Bernert as Doris Bajaj - Tushar's wife (2006-2008)

Special appearancesEdit

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

Kapoor stated that Anurag was named after her director friend and Prerna was named after her father's friend Prem Chopra's daughter.[7]

The series was filmed at sets in Killick Nixon studio in Mumbai.[8] In early 2003, a sequence was filmed at Australia.[9]

In October 2003, the series had a crossover with Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand.[10][11]

In 2007, Khan was replaced by Hiten Tejwani in the series.[12]

CancellationEdit

In November 2007, Kasautii was confirmed going off air on January 2008.[13] However it ended on 28 February 2008 for which Kapoor stated, "I won't deny that the TRPs of Kasautii… had gone down quite a bit and moreover, I didn't have a story to tell."[14]

Reboot seriesEdit

A reboot of the show, also titled Kasautii Zindagii Kay, is currently on air in Star Plus from September 25 2018.[15] This reboot has been remade in Kannada language titled Premloka.[16]

AdaptationsEdit

Kasautii was dubbed in the local languages of Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Mauritius and was telecast there.[17]

ReceptionEdit

CriticsEdit

Rediff.com stated, "One nice thing about Kasauti... is that all characters in the serial are very strong. Be it the protagonists or antagonists, every character stands on firm ground."[18]

RatingsEdit

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.[19] The show recorded one of the highest TRPs.[20][21]

The crossover episode between Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand and Kasautii during October 2003 garnered 14+ TVR.[22]

Being one of the top-rated Indian television series maintaining its position in top 10 programs until 2006, it dropped to eleventh position in 2008 after which it was soon cancelled.[23]

SoundtrackEdit

The Kasautii Zindagii Kay soundtrack is from the Indian soap opera that has recorded more than fifty 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,[24] Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh,[25] Hum Bewafa Hargiz Na Thay,[26] Kal Ho Naa Ho, Jiyen To Jiyen Kaisy[27] and Do Ajnabi Kidar Ja Rahy Hain.

Original serial versionsEdit

Track listing
No.TitleLength
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
Total length:24:29

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  8. ^ "Kutte kya mean hai". Mumbai Mirror.
  9. ^ "'Kyunki...' storyline moving to Australia". Indian Television dot com. Archived from the original on 8 January 2009.
  10. ^ "Star Plus to marry 'Kasauti' and 'Des Mein' in special show". Indian Television dot com.
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  12. ^ "Kasauti Zindagi Kay 2: After playing Anurag, Hiten Tejwani to play Mr Bajaj? Here's the truth". India Today.
  13. ^ "Finally... the 'Kasautii' ends!". Daily News and Analysis.
  14. ^ "It's their loss if they don't understand the power of Balaji". Mumbai Mirror.
  15. ^ "Erica Fernandes begins shooting for Kasautii Zindagii Kay promo". 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 13 August 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  16. ^ "Vijay Suriya's 'Premaloka' to premiere on July 22 - Times of India". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 20 July 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  17. ^ "Channels focus on content syndication". Daily News and Analysis.
  18. ^ "Do soap stars watch their own shows?". Rediff.com.
  19. ^ "Ekta Kapoor gets nostalgic as Kasauti Zindagi Kay 2 premiere nears, thanks Shweta Tiwari, Cezanne Khan and Urvashi Dholakia". India Today.
  20. ^ "Crorepati Gone, Star To Slug It Out For 9-10 Pm Money". Business Standard.
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  22. ^ "Adding to the content". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 30 June 2020.
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  24. ^ "Kya Pyaar Karoge Mujhse (Dil Mera Pooch Raha Hai) - Kasauti Zindagi Kay - All Versions". youtube.com. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  25. ^ "Kasauti Zindagi Kay | Anurag & Prerna | Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh All Versions JUKE BOX". youtube.com. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  26. ^ "Kasauti zindagi ki (hum bewafaa hargish na the)". youtube.com. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  27. ^ "Jiyen To Jiyen kaise [Kasauti-Zindagi-ki] [Serial]". youtube.com. Retrieved 8 January 2015.

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