Kumkum – Ek Pyara Sa Bandhan
Kumkum – Ek Pyara Sa Bandhan (Hindustani pronunciation: [ˈkʊmkʊm]; transl. A lovely bond) is an Indian television series that aired on Star Plus from 15 July 2002 to 13 March 2009 in the afternoon slot. Hussain Kuwajerwala and Juhi Parmar played the lead roles Sumit and Kumkum. It was produced under the company BAG films.
|Kumkum – Ek Pyara Sa Bandhan|
|Written by||Mayah Basle|
R M Joshi
|Directed by||Aashish Patil|
Anil V. Kumar
|Opening theme||"Kumkum" by Sonu Nigam and Pamela Jain|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||1,449|
|Running time||21 minutes|
|Production company||BAG Films|
|Original network||Star Plus|
|Original release||July 15, 2002 –|
March 13, 2009
The soap opera tells the tale of the Wadhwa family and its daughter-in-law, Kumkum. She is happily married to Jatin. However, he dies of a brain tumor while she is expecting their first child. The Wadhwas decide to get their young daughter-in-law remarried and find an eligible young man named Vishal. However, when obstacles arise leading and the marriage is called off on the last day, Jatin's younger brother Sumit impulsively marries Kumkum in order to save her from societal disgrace. Sumit is plagued by guilt for marrying Kumkum against her will, but she eventually falls in deep love with him while trying to expose Renuka (Sumit's ex girlfriend). The crux of the story evolves as a blossoming romance between Sumit and Kumkum leads them to realise that they are soulmates and how Kumkum being the ideal daughter-in-law of the Wadhwa family protects Sumit's family despite the adverse circumstances facing them. Manik (an impostor bearing Jatin's face) creates havoc in their lives, but Kumkum exposes his fake identity and unites with Sumit. Kumkum gives birth to Sharman and Aashka (Sumit and Kumkum's progeny).
20 Years LaterEdit
Sumit and Kumkum's story continues with their grown-up kids Dhruv, Sharman and Aashka and Kumkum's role of establishing harmony in the Wadhwa family. Dhruv's wife Antara plans an elaborate ruse to usurp the Wadhwa property and house to herself, but her plans are foiled after Sumit and Kumkum unveil her truth to Dhruv. Sharman who is in deep love with Neeti gets engaged to her, but when Dhruv refuses to accept Siya on the day of the wedding owing to his feelings for Antara, Sharman impulsively marries Siya. Siya is disappointed and vents her frustration at the Wadhwa family, but she eventually forgives Sharman and confesses her love for him and Sumit-Kumkum are finally happy to see the Wadhwa family happily settled. Unfortunately both Kumkum and Sumit die before they complete a ritual that would enable them to be soulmates by Pulkit (Kumkum's ex-stalker) who conspires to kill Sumit after trailing Kumkum secretly for several days. The shot misses Sumit, but Kumkum is shot dead and Sumit punishes Pulkit but still kills himself, unable to bear the separation.
20 Years Later, Sumit & Kumkum are ReincarnatedEdit
Sumit and Kumkum are reborn as prophesied again without any memory of their past life. In the new life Sumit and Kumkum initially hate each other, but fall in deep love all over again owing to unusual circumstances, prompting them to be a false husband and wife in front of their family members. When they finally realise their love for each other, they are separated due to a misunderstanding between the Raichand and Mishra families and later by a series of new obstacles but eventually reunite in the end. Sumit marries Kumkum and Harshvardhan and Rajeshwari Wadhwa accompany them to the sacred pilgrimage site where their lives ended in the previous birth. The show ends with memories of the idealistic couple who demonstrated that love finds a way back and is undying and immortal. Sumit and Kumkum complete the sacred ritual at this place, finally uniting together forever.
- Juhi Parmar as Kumkum Jatin Wadhwa / Kumkum Sumit Wadhwa / Kumkum Mishra / Kumkum Sumit Raichand / Chanda (lookalike)
- Hussain Kuwajerwala as Sumit Wadhwa / Sumit Raichand
- Arun Bali as Harshvardhan Wadhwa
- Jyotsna Karyekar / Rita Bhaduri as Rajeshwari Harshvardhan Wadhwa
- Paritosh Sand as Kulbhushan Wadhwa
- Prabha Sinha as Veena Kulbhushan Wadhwa
- Vivan Bhatena / Vishal Vatwani as Dhruv Wadhwa
- Sonia Singh as Advocate Antara Dhruv Wadhwa, Jatin and Kumkum's son
- Karishma Mehta / Nikita Thukral / Snigdha Srivastava as Siya Garewal / Siya Sharman Wadhwa
- Gaurav Khanna / Amit Khanna / Gagan Malik as Sharman Wadhwa
- Megha Gupta / Iira Soni as Neeti Damani
- Niyati Joshi as Aashka Wadhwa / Aashka Vikram Kapoor
- Sayantani Ghosh as Advocate Antara Dhruv Wadhwa
- Chahatt Khanna as Aashka Wadhwa / Aashka Vikram Kapoor
- Prabhat Bhattacharya as Rahul Wadhwa
- Shishir Sharma as Brijbhushan Wadhwa
- Alka Kaushal as Sukanya Wadhwa
- Ikhlaq Khan as Hemant, Sukanya's husband
- Mukul Dev as Pulkit / Dev
- Soni Singh as Kajal, Pulkit's adopted daughter
- Mihir Mishra as Dr. Vikram Kapoor
- Shweta Kawatra as Nivedita Mittal
- Buddhaditya Mohanty as Akshay Saluja
- Tasneem Sheikh as Renuka Bajaj / Renuka Brijbhushan Wadhwa
- Abhimanyu Singh as Vishal Malhotra
- Anuj Saxena as Jatin Wadhwa / Karan Kapoor / Manik
- Aman Verma as Abhay Chauhan
- Kabir Sadanand as Salil Patel
- Samir Soni as Advocate Yash Thakur
- Vikas Bhalla / Vijay Bhatia / Subhasish Chakraborty as Uday, Abhay's assistant
- Kuljeet Randhawa as Simi, Kumkum's sister
- Smita Malhotra as Preeti Wadhwa
- Aparna Bhatnagar as Aarti Wadhwa
- Vikas Bhalla / Kuldeep Dubey as Ashutosh, Preeti's husband
- Malini Kapoor as Malini (Malli)
- Nattasha Singh as Nalini (Nalli)
- Pragati Mehra as Ramola Raichand
- Hasan Zaidi as Ratan Raichand
- Addite Shirwaikar as Mini Mishra
- Surendra Pal as Chandumal Mishra
- Mohini Sharma as Omprakash Raichand's mother
- Priya Ahuja as Pam Wadhwa
- Harsh Vashisht as Rahul Wadhwa
- Hemant Choudhary as Inspector Bhupendra Singh
- Yusuf Hussain / Jitendra Trehan as Kumkum's father
- Rajiv Kumar as Raj
- Radha Krishna Dutt as Mr. Bajaj
- Eva Grover as Simi, Kumkum's sister
- Imran Khan as Professor Naren / Rajeev Oberoi
- Raman Trikha as Vishal Malhotra
- Akhil Mishra as Vrinda's father
- Puneet Vashisht as Virendra (Veeru) Sachdev
- Kavita Kaushik as Naina Kulkarni / Naina Rahul Wadhwa
- Rajesh Kumar as Sushant, Naina's ex-husband
- Ami Trivedi as Vrinda
- Abir Goswami as Asit Sengupta
- Surbhi Tiwari as Abha Chauhan
- Shalini Khanna as Malini (Malli)
- Tarana Raja as Nalini (Nalli)
- Gautam Chaturvedi as Akash Patel
- Rushad Rana as Dr. Rohit
- Shagufta Ali as Gul
- Pankit Thakker as Krishnakant (Krish) Wadhwa
- Dimple Inamdar as Kamya Verma
- Anang Desai as Advocate Ashwin Vanjera
- Nimai Bali as Inspector Satyadev Tipple
- Falguni Parekh as Neeti's Aunt
- Rohit Bakshi as Sanjay
- Sonia Kapoor as Inspector Revati
- Akshita Garud as Roshni
- Aashish Kaul as Shatru Mishra
- Varun Shukla as Child Sumit Raichand
- Richa Mukherjee as Child Kumkum Mishra
- Hemant Thatte as Ashwin
- Faisal Raza Khan as Sarjan Singh
- Ajay Chaudhary as Ustaad
- Gauri Pradhan Tejwani as Aditi
- Rajesh Khattar as Kishan Katara
- Hiten Tejwani as Ranveer Singh
- Jayant Rawal as Aditi's father
- Prithvi Zutshi as Rakeshnath Kapoor / Pakiya
- Roma Bali as Aditi's paternal aunt
- Sai Ballal as Mr. Mittal, Nivedita's father
- Anand Suryavanshi as Rakesh
- Meghna Malik as Sushma Akash Patel
- Kapil Soni as Sanket Patel
- Nupur Joshi as Mishri
- Sachin Verma as Rakesh / Mahesh
- Meenakshi Verma as Dulari
- Pratichi Mishra as Manno Chandumal Mishra
- Mahru Shaikh as Rukmani Malhotra
- Mehul Buch as Mr. Malhotra, Vishal's father
- Indraneel Bhattacharya as Omprakash Raichand
- Utkarsha Naik as Yashodhara Omprakash Raichand
- Jaya Bhattacharya as Devyani
- Pratap Sachdev as Tara's father
- Simple Kaul as Dr. Chanchal
- Gurmeet Choudhary as Ballu
- Iqbal Azad as Aditya Garewal
- Dinesh Kaushik as Acharya
- Manasvi Vyas as Sudha
- Purbi Joshi as Amandeep
- Sanjeet Bedi as Mohit, Neeti's ex-fiancé
- Monaz Mevawala as Pinky Rai
- Ahmed Khan as Seth Dhanpat Rai
- Aadesh Chaudhary as Avinash Wadhwa
- Manini Mishra as Anita
- Raj Arjun as Jagannath
- Bhumika Seth as Chandni
- Sulabha Deshpande as Viju Tai
- Abhay Shankar Jha as Gangster
- Smit Seth as Kirtan, Rahul's son
- Rajeev Anand as Babulal
- Poonam Gulati
- Renuka Bondre
- Shweta Tiwari as Prerna
- Sakshi Tanwar as Parvati
- Aamna Sharif as Kashish
- Anita Hassanandani as Anjali
- Eijaz Khan as Kavya
- Pallavi Subhash as Gauri
- Panchi Bora as Prachi
- Jay Bhanushali as Neev
- Sara Khan as Sadhna
- Parul Chauhan as Ragini
- Shubhangi Atre as Kasturi
- Harshad Chopra as Prem
- Additi Gupta as Heer
- Anjali Abrol as Rani
- Sanaya Irani as Gunjan
- Rati Pandey as Nupur
- Mohit Sehgal as Samrat
- Arjun Bijlani as Mayank
- Hina Khan as Akshara
- Jennifer Winget as Ganga
After 780 episodes, on 10 April 2006, the storyline of the series took a leap of 20 years. Then it took another leap of 20 years in 2008 where the leads were shown reincarnated with a new family.
On February 2009, the channel informed the production house to terminate the series by 13 March 2009. As per the channel's instructions the series ended on that day.
It received the highest ratings in the afternoon slot and is regarded as one of the longest ran Indian soap during afternoons.
After a time change from 3:30 pm to 1:00pm (IST) in November 2002, it started receiving ratings ranging 6 to 7 TVR in March 2003, becoming the most viewed afternoon show, overcoming the other highest rated afternoon shows like Bhabhi and Shagun. On 25 March 2004, it received the highest ever afternoon rating of 13.12 TVR, overtaking some prime time soaps.
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