Sasural Genda Phool

Sasural Genda Phool is an Indian television drama series that aired on StarPlus starring Ragini Khanna, and Jay Soni[1][2] It aired during weekday evenings from 1 March 2010 to 21 April 2012.[3] Its plot was written at the same time as Star Jalsha series Ogo Bodhu Sundori, and many people misinterpreted the series to be a remake while both were original series.[4] It is based on the backdrop of Old Delhi.[5]

Sasural Genda Phool
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Written by
Directed by
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes573
Production
Producers
Running time21-23 minutes
Production companyRavi Ojha Productions
Release
Original networkStarPlus
Picture format
Original release1 March 2010 (2010-03-01) –
21 April 2012 (2012-04-21)
Chronology
Followed bySasural Genda Phool 2
External links
Website

SeriesEdit

Season Episodes Original Broadcast Channel
First aired Last aired
1 573 1 March 2010 (2010-03-01) 21 April 2012 (2012-04-21) Star Plus
2 7 7 December 2021 (2021-12-07) present Star Bharat

PlotEdit

Suhana is Kamal Kishore Bajpai's gorgeous, energetic daughter, who lost her mother Vidisha when she was a child. Kamal, despite his best efforts, is unable to provide Suhana with sufficient time. Suhana has a legendary temper and a materialistic mentality as a result of being denied his attention and Vidisha's love. She accepts to marry anyone Kamal chooses for her in an act of spontaneous anger.

Ishaan Kashyap is an IT professional who grew up in a joint household and is polite, shy, and good-natured. Surprisingly, for someone with a promising career, he lacks a partner due to his introverted and awkward personality around women. He requests that his family members find him a bride. After being rejected by one girl after another, he gives up and resolves to marry whomever they determine to be a good match for him.

Kamal Kishore Bajpai and Ishaan meet by coincidence and thus he ends up at Kashyap House. After observing the family's love and kindness, Kamal Kishore Bajpai realises that this is the home that Suhana requires in her life. He requests Ishaan for Suhana's hand in marriage, which the Kashyaps accept. Suhana and Ishaan are now married.

However, the marriage gets off to a bad start. Suhana makes it clear to Ishaan that she is not in love with him, despite the fact that she is still suffering from a recent breakup. He decides to allow her time to heal her wounds because he is such a lovely guy. Suhana eventually begins to bond with the family, particularly with Badi Ma, Ishaan's aunt, whom she admires as the mother figure she has been lacking in her life. Suhana gradually begins to care for her spouse as a result of living together, doing things like picking out a shirt for him, packing his tiffin, and individually selecting the flowers Ishaan prefers. Suhana gradually learns more about the family she lives with.

The Kashyap family is not all giggles and laughter all the time. They have hidden pains and dark pasts. The darkest secret of the whole family is Bade Papa, Ishwar Kashyap, the ambitious husband of Badi Ma who deserted her and her children - Inder and Panna - for supposedly bright future in the USA. To make up for whose absence, his younger brother Alok whole-heartedly sacrificed all this dreams and ambitions to look after his family and cater to their needs. Another dark secret is related to Radha Bua, foster daughter to the head of the family, Ambernath Kashyap (Dadaji), who is still suffering from the pain of being a rape victim on her wedding night. What doesn't let her heal from her pain is that the child born out of that incident, Deepak, has an uncanny resemblance to the man who raped her. Ilesh, Ishan and Inder's cousin is perpetually unemployed and not interested in working. His wife Disha is struggling to conceive. So these are the sorrows make Suhana realise that life is much more than cars and shopping and money. It is accepting these sorrows and moving on with a smile.

Still Suhana doesn't find herself consciously in love with Ishaan, which is when she decides to leave the Kashyap house after dropping a note. When Badi Maa reads the note, she is shocked and falls ill. No one knows what has her so troubled, but Suhana takes up caring for her and Suhana finds herself wanting to live in the Kashyap house. Each time she mentions leaving the house, she doesn't realise she is hurting Ishaan very terribly. Finally, Badi Maa panics and expresses her fear to Dadaji that Suhana and Ishaan may be living an unwanted relationship.

Ishaan's childhood friend, Sonali, is invited over to make Suhana jealous and realize that she loves Ishaan. After many disasters, the plan works and Suhana confesses her love for Ishaan in front of everyone, and Sonali goes home. Ishaan and Suhana go to Goa for their honeymoon where they bare their souls to one another and come closer. Meanwhile, depressed after losing his job, Panna's husband Raunak leaves her and his family. He does this so that he can become stable and get a high paying job again. At this time, Deepak also comes to stay with his family, having settled things with his mother. As time passes in Raunak's absence, the fractured relationship between Panna and her mother-in-law is repaired, leading to the repair in relationship between the Kashyaps and the Sharmas. Ilesh gets job with a construction company and earns a lot of money, which raises suspicion in the minds of Ishaan and Inder.

When Holi comes up, Suhana faints. She starts getting head aches, and gets dizzy. The family begins to think she is pregnant. Badi Maa, Ishaan, Alok, and Inder go to the doctor, and Suhana is asked to run a few tests. After a week, they find out Suhana is not pregnant. She has a brain tumor. They are heartbroken, but don't tell anyone. Then, Ishaan tells Suhana and everyone else and they are completely shattered. After they get the biopsy results, they find it to be benign. The family is overjoyed. Suhana has her surgery and is completely healed. Mysterious love letters to an I. Kashyap arrive to Suhana and Rajni. They doubt Ishaan and Inder. They find that their neighbour, Jassi, was having an affair with a girl and was using I. Kashyap as his name, and when their mailbox broke, his game was ruined.

When the problem is solved, Suhana apologizes to Ishaan, and he wants to spend some time with her so he begs Suhana to let him stay home. When she refuses and says he should go to work, Ishaan goes and on his way back, he meets with an accident and hits his head. When he wakes up at the hospital, everyone realizes that he has forgotten the past 2 years of his life meaning he has forgotten his marital life and wedding with Suhana, so he doesn't remember Suhana at all. The doctor working on Ishaan's case tells the family that they can't remind Ishaan of his past and asks them to let him regain his memory naturally with the passage of time for his good health. Just so Suhana can be around Ishaan, she stays in the Kashyap house as Shashikala, Disha's friend. After being around "Shashikala", Ishaan starts feeling confused about his feelings for her because he is attracted to her and feels connected to her but cannot pursue her because she is married. After a few hilarious turns, Ishaan decides to marry Shashikala, come what may. At the wedding altar, he reveals that he has regained his memory, thanks to tripping over a bench that Suhana had overturned in a fit of anger.

During Ishaan's birthday celebrations, Dadi and Badi Maa are secretly aware of Ishwar Kashyap's return in their lives. Disha receives a report from the gynaecologist's declaring her inability to conceive. This depresses her and she lashes out at Suhana during Ishan's birthday celebrations. Rajni too adds fuel to the fire because of irritation at the constant attention being paid to Suhana. Suhana leaves the house to be alone with her thoughts and finds a baby in the park. She brings home the baby and tells Disha to adopt her. Everyone is surprised and touched with this gesture. Sanjana and Deepak come to know that they are related through Suhana and end their constant conflict. As the baby named Khushi by the family makes an impact on them, it starts affecting Suhana and Ishaan's married life as Suhana ignores Ishaan to attend to Khushi. But as fate could have it, troubles attack the Kashyap family, twofold - Ilesh is found guilty of bribery and money laundering. His company refuses to recognize him as an employee. Also, Khushi's birth parents turn up and the family tearfully hands over the baby to her parents.

Ishaan's expresses his happiness over his promotion and his transfer to Mumbai. Everyone is devastated over this news. But Badi Maa and Alok allow him to go to Mumbai. Ishaan is happy because this is his chance for him to prove himself, as he has been battling for his identity within the family. He is fed up of being treated as the baby and kept away from serious decisions of the family. The Kashyap family hosts a wedding of Dadi's sister's granddaughter. However, Suhana inadvertently overhears a conversation where the groom's parents hike up their dowry demands. Suhana confronts the groom and his parents and finally the wedding takes place without any dowry. Ishaan and Suhana move to Mumbai and get to know the Mumbai life. Ilesh is acquitted and found not guilty.

At Mumbai, Ishaan meets up with his old friend, Sona. Ishaan and Suhana find out that Sona has married to Abhishek, who is obsessive about her. Ishaan finds out that Sona is suffering an abuse because of this. Meanwhile, Ishwar has returned to the Kashyaps although no-one wants to accept him, but he is trying to be forceful on them to accept and forgive him. Panna is pregnant, but Ishwar ruins this joy as usual. Suhana accidentally finds out about Ishwar's return and feels the desperate need to connect to Badi Maa. She rushes to Delhi and finds out that Ishwar has conspired against the family to gain ownership of the house, because he wants to sell it. She exposes this to the entire family and they are shocked to the core. Finally Dadaji disowns Ishwar and the family gets closure. Ishaan is furious that everyone knew about Ishwar's return and his conspiracy, but is too busy hiding the truth about Sonali from Suhana.

Suhana then sees Sonali with Ishaan and starts to doubt him on having an affair with her. Then she leaves him and comes back to Delhi later. She brings Badi Maa and Alok to Mumbai who help her find out the truth that Abhishek was hitting Sona and apologises her and is back with Ishaan. Upon return to Delhi, Suhana declares to the family that she wishes to start working. And coincidentally receives an offer to star in a television show as the lead. Rano, her mother in law, is against it, but everyone else supports her. Ilesh accompanies Suhana to the shoot and later enjoys handling and managing her career as her agent. This leads to a disturbance in the family as Rano feels that Suhana is ignoring her wifely duties towards Ishaan, Disha feels that Ilesh is not getting his due respect from Suhana as her older brother-in-law because of being employed by her. At times Ishaan also gets egoistic over the fact that Suhana earns more than him and is a star. However, his father shatters those illusions for him and he realizes his mistake.

In midst of all this, Deepak and Sanjana fall in love with each other. Deepak tells the truth to Sanjana that he is a rape child and Sanjana accepts it. She assures him and Radha Bua of her acceptance. But she is reluctant to tell the truth to her father. Radha's husband, who sold her to the man who insulted her, makes a mockery of the engagement ceremony by revealing the truth in front of everyone. Kamal Kishore Bajpai rejects the alliance between Deepak and Sanjana, due to the fact that Deepak is illegitimate. The young generation of the Kashyaps decides to help Deepak and Sanjana elope, but Radha Bua stops the marriage. Everyone convinces Kamal Kishore Bajpai and he agrees and the two get married. Everyone lives happily ever after.

CastEdit

MainEdit

  • Ragini Khanna as Suhana Bajpai Kashyap: Vidisha and Kamal's daughter; Sanjana's sister; Ishaan's wife (2010–2012)[6]
  • Jay Soni as Ishaan Kashyap: Rano and Alok's son; Ishika's brother; Suhana's husband (2010–2012)
  • Supriya Pilgaonkar as Shailaja Kashyap: Ishwar's wife; Inder and Panna's mother; Meethi's grandmother (2010–2012)

RecurringEdit

  • Mahesh Thakur as Kamal Kishore Bajpai: Shanti's nephew; Vidisha's widower; Suhana and Sanjana's father (2010–2012)
  • Vaishnavi Mahant as Vidisha Bajpai: Kamal's wife; Suhana and Sanjana's mother (2010)
  • Sooraj Thapar as Alok Kashyap: Gayatri and Ambarnath's son, Ishwar, Urmi and Radha's brother; Rano's husband; Ishaan and Ishika's father (2010–2012)
  • Shruti Ulfat as Rano Kashyap: Alok's wife; Ishaan and Ishika's mother (2010–2012)
  • Sadiya Siddiqui as Radha Sharma: Gayatri and Ambarnath's daughter; Ishwar, Alok and Urmi's sister; Sudhir's ex-wife; Deepak's mother (2010–2012)
  • Sudhir Pandey as Ambarnath Kashyap: Gayatri's husband; Ishwar, Alok, Urmi and Radha's father; Inder, Panna, Ishaan, Ishika, Deepak and Ilesh's grandfather (2010–2012)
  • Anita Kanwal as Gayatri Kashyap: Ambarnath's wife; Ishwar, Alok, Urmi and Radha's mother; Inder, Panna, Ishaan, Ishika, Deepak and Ilesh's grandmother (2010–2012)
  • Sulabha Arya as Shanti Maasi: Kamal's aunt; Suhana and Sanjana's grandmother (2010–2012)
  • Indraneel Bhattacharya as Ishwar Kashyap: Ambarnath and Gayatri's son; Alok, Urmi and Radha's brother; Shailaja's husband; Inder and Panna's father; Meethi's grandfather (2010–2012)
  • Jiten Lalwani as Indrabhan "Inder" Kashyap: Shailaja and Ishwar's son; Panna's brother; Rajni's husband; Meethi's father (2010–2012)
  • Bhairavi Raichura as Rajni Kashyap: Inder's wife; Meethi's mother (2010–2012)
  • Muskaan Uppal as Meethi Kashyap: Rajni and Inder's daughter (2010–2012)
  • Moon Banerrjee as Panna Kashyap Sharma: Shailaja and Ishwar's daughter; Inder's sister; Raunak's wife (2010–2012)
  • Sailesh Gulabani as
    • Raunak Sharma: Kamini and Vishwanath's son; Panna's husband (2010–2011)
    • Anil Parihar: Raunak's lookalike; Piya's husband (2011)
  • Sham Mashalkar as Ilesh Bhardwaj: Urmi's son; Disha's husband (2010–2012)
  • Pooja Kanwal/Ridheema Tiwari as Disha Bhardwaj: Ilesh's wife (2010–2012)
  • Akshay Sethi as Deepak Sharma: Radha and Sudhir's son; Sanjana's husband (2010–2012)
  • Tapeshwari Sharma as Sanjana Bajpai Sharma: Vidisha and Kamal's daughter; Suhana's sister; Deepak's wife (2010–2012)
  • Neha Narang as Ishika Kashyap: Rano and Alok's daughter; Ishaan's sister (2010–2012)
  • Beena Bhatt as Meena: Househelp at Kashyap house (2010–2012)
  • Pradeep Kabra as Sudhir: Radha's former husband; Deepak's father (2010, 2012)
  • Saurabh Dubey as Vishwanath Sharma: Kamini's husband; Raunak's father (2010–2011)
  • Kanika Dang as Kamini Sharma: Vishwanath's wife; Raunak's mother (2010–2011)
  • Jayati Bhatia as Manjula "Manju" Saigal: Loud neighbour of Kashyaps (2010–2012)
  • Mohit Malhotra as Siddhant "Sid" Bhatnagar: Suhana's ex-boyfriend (2010)
  • Nishant Singh Malkani as Raj: Sanjana's friend (2010)
  • Karan Thakur as Mohit (2011)
  • Shruti Bapna as Piya Parihar: Anil's wife (2010–2011)
  • Hunar Hali as Sonali Abhishek Jhavre: Ishaan's friend; Abhishek's wife (2010–2012)
  • Mehak Manwani (cameo) (2011)
  • Sarika Nanda as Rachit: Khushi's relative (2011)
  • Rajiv Kumar as Mohit: Rano's friend (2011)
  • Amit Dolawat as Abhishek Jhavre: Sonali's husband (2012)
  • Suchita Trivedi as Savita (2012)
  • Armaan Tahil as Shekhar (2012)
  • Manasi Parekh as Gulaal (2011)
  • Sanaya Irani as Khushi Kumari Gupta Singh Raizada (2012)
  • Pooja Gor as Pratigya Saxena Singh (2011)

SequelEdit

A sequel of the series titled Sasural Genda Phool 2[7] aired from 7 December 2021 on Star Bharat starring Jay Soni and Shagun Sharma as the new leads.[8]

ReceptionEdit

CriticsEdit

The Hindu stated, "Sasural Genda Phool on Star Plus has proved to be a breath of fresh air from the stereotyped image of ‘saas-bahu (mother in law-daughter in law) serials. The performances of seasoned actors like Sudhir Pandey, Anita Kanwal, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Sooraj Thapar and Sadia Siddiqui provide the flavour of a real Indian joint family where, as Gaurav insists, there is a mix of all light-hearted emotions that will redefine the way viewers perceive our society through television."[9]

The Indian Express quoted the series as 'slice-of-life, light-hearted'.[10] It also stated: "It not only defied the formula of fiction but also proved that viewers are open to watching good stories where serious issues are tackled in a positive way with the right mix of emotions, drama, fun and humour."[11]

RatingsEdit

Initially, it was the slot leader ranging between 2.5 to 3 TVR. Soon, it also featured in top 10 Hindi GEC with its peak of 5+ TVR.[12] However, after May 2011, the ratings of the series started to decrease.[13]

On first week of January 2011, it was the second most watched Hindi GEC after Saath Nibhaana Saathiya, garnering 5.8 TVR.[14] In the third week of January 2011, it occupied third position with 5.49 TVR.[15]

AwardsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref
2010 Indian Telly Awards Most Popular Actor in a Supporting Role (Female) Supriya Pilgaonkar Won
Most Popular Actor (Female) Ragini Khanna
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Serial Sasural Genda Phool
Best Actor Drama (Critics) Jay Soni
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Supriya Pilgaonkar
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Best TV Entertainer Ragini Khanna
2011 Zee Gold Awards Best Actor Jay Soni
Find of the year Ragini Khanna
BIG Television Awards Garma Garam Jodi Jay Soni and Ragini Khanna
Laadla Parivaar Sasural Genda Phool
Dulara (Male) Jay Soni
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress In a Supporting Role Bhairavi Raichura [16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "GECS SCOUT FOR REGIONAL CONCEPTS AS 'REMAKE' GETS BIG". Indian Television.
  2. ^ "Sasural Genda Phool Team reunites; Ridheema Tiwari, Anita Kanwal, Shruti Ulfat have a blast together". Times of India.
  3. ^ "Why Ragini Khanna is blank, shocked, disappointed". Hindustan Times.
  4. ^ "From 'Bhutu' to 'Sreemoyee': Bengali shows which are remade in other languages". The Times of India.
  5. ^ "One for every state". The Indian Express.
  6. ^ "Ragini's not quitting 'Sasural Genda Phool'". The Times of India.
  7. ^ "Sasural Genda Phool to return with a second season; Jay Soni and Sooraj Thapar to reprise their roles". Times Of India. 17 September 2021.
  8. ^ "Not Ragini Khanna but Shagun Sharma to play the lead opposite Jay Soni in Sasural Genda Phool 2". The Times Of India.
  9. ^ "Family gets a make over". The Hindu.
  10. ^ "Regional tadka". The Indian Express.
  11. ^ "Who is the prime-time leader?". The Indian Express.
  12. ^ "Why Ragini Khanna is blank, shocked, disappointed". Hindustan Times.
  13. ^ "Sasural Genda Phool is dipping..." The Times of India.
  14. ^ "Top ten shows on tv this week". Hindustan Times.
  15. ^ "Top ten shows on TV this week". Hindustan Times.
  16. ^ "Amitabh, Dharmendra honoured at Indian Television Awards". Hindustan Times.

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