Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai (transl. What is this relationship called?) is an Indian Hindi-language television soap opera that airs on Star Plus and streams on Hotstar. It premiered on 12 January 2009 and is the second longest running Indian television soap opera.[6][7] Produced by Rajan Shahi under Director's Kut Productions, it initially starred Hina Khan, Karan Mehra, Shivangi Joshi, Mohsin Khan.[8]

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
Yeh Rishta Kya Kehkata HaiTitle Screen.jpg
GenreSoap opera
Written by
Directed by
  • Romesh Kalra
  • Rishi Mandial
  • Ram Pandey
Creative directorVivek Bahl
Starring
Opening themeYeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes3554
Production
Executive producerVivek Jain
ProducerRajan Shahi
CinematographyArjuni Rao
EditorSameer Gandhi
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time20–22 minutes
Production companyDirector's Kut Productions[5]
Release
Original networkStar Plus
Picture format576i
HDTV 1080i
Original release12 January 2009 (2009-01-12) –
present
Chronology
Related showsYeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke
External links
Hotstar
Director's Kut Production

The series began with the story of 2 young individuals, Akshara Maheshwari and Naitik Singhania. Both belong to Marwari joint families and marry after the family's spiritual advisor recommends their alliance. In an arranged marriage, Akshara and Naitik gradually fall in love with each other, and keeps the family together in all times. The show also shows the stories of their relatives including cousins, parents, and extended family. In 2016, The story shifted to the marital life of Akshara and Naitik's daughter, Naira and Kartik Goenka. Their story is about how the two meet, time and again, which leads to their relationship progressing further with each encounter and keeps the family together in all times. In 2021, After's Naira death, A new character named Sirat comes into Kartik's life and eventually fall in love with each other. In October 2021, The story shifted to Naira and Kartik's children, Akshara and Kairav, and Kartik and Sirat's daughter, Aarohi

In March 2019, a spin-off, Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke, starring Rhea Sharma and Shaheer Sheikh was launched. The series foucsed on Naira's cousin, Mishti and Abir's love story. The series ended in October 2020 completing 355 episodes.[9][10]

Summary

Akshara and Naitik, both from a large Marwari joint family based in Udaipur, have an arranged marriage. After marriage, they struggle to know each other and gradually begin to understand, support and love each other. They soon give birth to a son, Naksh. Naitik falls into a coma due to an accident.

Parallel stories include Akshara's elder brother, Shaurya's love story with her best friend Varsha who marry and give birth to a daughter, Ananya. Naitik's sister, Nandini marries Mohit Agarwal and adopts Yash and Rashmi marries Nikhil.

Four years later

Akshara starts working in the family business. On Naksh's birthday, Naitik recovers from the coma. He struggles to bond with mischievous Naksh. The entire family goes to their ancestral temple to celebrate Akshara and Naitik's wedding anniversary. Soon, the family has to face Gayatri's death after which, Rashmi gives birth to a daughter whom she names Gayatri after her mother.

One year Later

Rajshekhar was married to a divorcée Devyani who has two children, Naman and Muskaan. Despite Naksh suffering from diabetes, he wins in a football match. Anshuman and Jasmeet as well as Naman and Karishma get married. Nikhil divorces Rashmi whereas Nandini gives birth to Anmol. Akshara is revealed to be pregnant.

7 months Later

Akshara and Naitik have a daughter, Naira. Naksh loves his sister Naira so much that he also bunks his school for her. Soon, Muskaan and Alok marry while Mahendra Pratap dies and Kaveri blames Akshara for the same and banishes her. Naitik and Akshara along with their children move out.

Ten years later

They relocate to Cape Town in South Africa and have been living there since. Naksh returns to Udaipur and convinces Kaveri to forgive an innocent Akshara, and thus the family return and reunite. Rashmi marries Sameer and her daughter Gayatri accepts him.

Naksh falls in love with Tara. Due to her brother Sangram, Akshara falls into a pond and is saved by Naitik, but is temporarily blinded.[11] It is revealed that Kuhu is the daughter of Shaurya and Sneha, Naitik's employee, due to an earlier extramarital affair. The family disowns Shaurya but later accepts him. Then, Ananya and Ranveer marry. Naksh breaks his wedding because of Tara's prenup. On the other hand, fearing being wrongly blamed for her friend Sukanya's death, even by Akshara and scared of imprisonment, Naira flees from Udaipur.

A few years later

Naira lives in an orphanage in Rishikesh and has grown up as headstrong but insecure and arrogant where she meets Kartik Goenka, a young and positive man. Akshara reaches there to fund the orphanage and finds Naira there. She brings her back on the pretext of saving her orphanage. Naira begins to accept her family except Akshara. Kartik arrives in Udaipur as Naitik's employee where a love triangle is formed between him, Gayatri and Naira. Kartik realises his love for Naira while Gayatri for Kartik. Yash and Rose marry and at a dance competition, Naira accepts Akshara and reconcile with each other .

Akshara, Kartik, Naira and Gayatri save Naitik who was kidnapped and attempted to be killed by Naman. Later, Kartik confesses his love for Naira but she runs away. Soon, Naman's misdeed is revealed to the family except Mishti and everyone disowns him and hands him to the police.

Naira is confused about her love but later realises her love for Kartik and confesses it as Gayatri sacrifices her love for her. The entire Singhanina family is shocked on hearing that Kartik is none other than the business tycoon, Manish Goenka's son. Akshara is killed in a sudden car crash caused by Kartik's cousin Mansi for which Kartik is blamed. The Singhanias and Maheshwaris disown Kartik but soon they realise that he is not at fault and bails him.

Six months Later

Kartik and Naira marry in a grand ceremony. Kartik hates his father Manish and his stepmother Suvarna as he remarried her after his mother's death and in fact believes he was responsible for the same. Everyone soon learns that Mansi is the cause of Akshara's death but with a heavy heart Naksh-Naira takes the case back and the families reconcile. Later, the family have Naksh and Keerti married after Aditya's misdeeds come to light. Initially marrying for Naira's sake, he begins to love Keerti. It is also revealed that Shubham is Suvarna and Manish's son. Kartik reconciles with Manish and accepts Swarna as his mother. Naira fulfills her parents dream of opening a dance academy. Shubham dies of a drug overdose and Naira is blamed for hiding his drug addiction. Naira leaves as Kartik and Suvarna do not trust her. Thus, Kartik and Naira get separated.

Two years later

Naira along with Naitik lives in Mumbai. Coincidentally, Kartik becomes professor for the same class which Naira signs up. Eventually, Anmol and Mansi marry as Kartik and Naira divorce. But soon both as well as Suvarna realise their mistakes and reunite.

Naira soon undergoes a surgery for a brain clot and remarries Kartik. Keerti and Naira are later both revealed to be pregnant. They meet with an accident when Keerti slips into coma. Both undergo delivery while Naira's baby girl is informed dead after which Kartik swaps the babies. As Keerti wakes up from the coma, the family finds it out and confronts him. Naira ultimately loses her memory in an accident and she is kept away from Kartik by Naksh. During Holi gathering,Naira regains memory and they reunite.

Further, Samarth, Suhasini's nephew, falls for a pregnant Gayatri and marries her after Vivaan's death. Naira now enters the family business after Manish's heart attack. Kartik feels insecure of Naira's busy routine. Naira finds out she is pregnant. On his misunderstanding and questions about her relation with Mihir, Naira rebukes him and storms out of the house without informing him of her pregnancy and meets with an accident and is presumed to be dead by the family.

Five years later

Naira lives in Goa with their son Kairav, while Kartik has found solace in his nephew Vansh. Eventually, as Kartik marries Vedika, everyone learns that Naira is alive and Kairav is their son. Despite trying to get away from each other, Kartik and Naira become closer, which irks Vedika. Soon they realise their love and reunite and Vedika prepares for a divorce from Kartik. After all her attempts to take Naira's place, she realises her mistakes and leaves the family. Luv, Kush and Abhishek's misdeed of molesting Trisha is revealed and they are arrested. Soon, Kartik learns that his and Naira's daughter is alive, who was earlier thought dead soon after the birth, and searches for her, but fails to find her.

Three months later (after COVID-19 lockdown)

Goenkas experiences financial difficulty due to COVID-19 Lockdown and they need a loan to save their business. Akhilesh and Manish tell everyone that mortgaging the house is the last option for them. Suhasini says she does not want to mortgage the house as it is last sign of their father, then they learn about Sita Chaudhary, who lends on the basis of official documents.

The Goenkas invited her to visit their house then she sees Naira. Soon, she agrees and gives the loan to the Goenkas. Gayu tells everyone that she is pregnant with Samarth's child, after hearing this news everyone is happy. Manish has to go out for some work, so Naira accompanies him in car. They meet with an accident due to Chhori afterwards Manish's memory is lost and he only remembers Kittu (Kartik). Kartik blames Naira for the accident and he does not talk with her for few days. Kartik realizes his mistake and they reconcile. Naira take Chhori to Goenka's house.

Suhasini does not like Chhori and their fight continues. Keerti comes to surprise everyone on Rakshabandhan. Manish wants a new book so he fights with Kartik, then Naira gives the family album to him. As soon as he saw the album he remembers Kartik and Naira's dance. Suhasini tells them to perform the same dance on Janmashtami. On hearing the news from Naira that she is sending her to Ashram, Chhori runs away from the house. Soon the Goenkas sent Chhori aka Krishna to new parents who are revealed to be goons. Naira is pregnant with Kartik's child.

Six months later

Goenkas celebrate Naira's baby shower in their ancestral mansion. Krishna calls Kartik who is revealed to be in trouble. Kartik goes to save her. Naira thinks he is not fine then she calls him but no one answers. She herself goes to find him and Krishna but don't tell the family. Soon she finds Krishna and they save Kartik from the goons. They returned home and Naira gives birth to a daughter. Here Naksh and Keerti signed divorce papers as they do not want to live together. Manish's memory also returns and family celebrate it. On the naming ceremony day, Vansh and Kairav returned from Rama's house. Naira names her daughter Akshara after her mother, on hearing the name family get emotional. Later, Keerti and Naksh realize their mistake and family celebrate it. Vansh accidentally falls from balcony and the doctor says that his legs will never function again, Kairav is behind him so Naira thinks Kairav pushed Vansh but he didn't. Still Naira asks him if he pushed Vansh, Kartik, annoying him and he asks Naira to distance herself from Kairav. Gayu tells everyone that her children are not important for anyone, Surekha also supports her. They said that the family loves only Naira and Kartik's children not ours. Kartik listens to it and tells Gayu that we are leaving this house and they move out with their children leaving everyone heartbroken. They shift to Mumbai.

Three months later

Kartik and Naira are living in Mumbai but in different flats due to Kairav not wanting to see Naira. Meanwhile, Suhasini's health worsens as she wants Kartik and Naira back in the house. A psychiatrist, Dr Riddhima is healing Kairav as she see her son Arjun in him. Soon, she becomes so attached to him that she kidnapped Kairav but he is saved by Kartik and Naira. Kairav accepts Naira and apologises to her for the misdeeds. They return to see Suhasini and she tells them to promise to never leave home again. Soon, Kartik and Naira plans a family picnic and a visit to their ancestral temple . Naira bids goodbye to her house and records a message for Kairav and Akshara, as she feels that something will happen to her. Due to a freak accident, the bus gets hung off a cliff but Kartik, Manish and Naksh manage to save everyone except Naira, whose foot is stuck under the seat of the bus. Later, Karthik saves Naira, but after that she falls off the cliff and dies. Kartik is heartbroken after seeing Naira's photos and memories around him. In anger he locks himself in his room and blames himself for Naira's incident. Prayer ceremony for Naira is organized by the Goenkas.

Some days later

The Goenkas celebrate Makar Sankranti and Kartik pretends to be happy and caring towards his children. But Kairav decides to move to a boarding school as he feels that Kartik is doing too much for him. Everyone worries about his decision, but eventually understand. At the boarding school, Kairav sees fierce and fiery Sirat, practicing boxing. She looks exactly like Naira, which makes Kairav think that his mother has returned. Sirat is the daughter of Sheela, who left her and her first husband eight years earlier and married someone else. Karthik too encounters Sirat and they have a misunderstanding. Soon, after several demands from Kairav, Karthik brings Sirat and her Mauri from Jaisalmer to the Goenka villa, contrary to the Goenkas' wishes. After being called a gold-digger by Manish, Sirat decides to return to her city. But after seeing Kairav's deteriorating health, she returns to the Goenka villa. After returning, Manish confronts Kartik and questions his relationship with her and Kartik realises that he has to give their relationship a name and thus, he decides to marry Sirat, only for Kairav's sake.

The Goenkas decide to go to a resort for Kartik and Sirat's engagement. A day before the engagement, Sirat reveals to Kartik about how her earlier lover, Ranveer Chauhan, who left her alone in the 'mandap' on her wedding day. Karthik tells Sirat to move on and tells her that she has to leave her past. On the engagement day, Ranveer witnesses Sirat's engagement and is left heartbroken. Kartik soon realises that Sirat and Ranveer had a huge misunderstanding, caused by Ranveer's selfish father and thus, he reunites the pair. After Kairav hears about Ranveer and Sirat's relationship, he is left shell-shocked but after Kartik explains it, he realises that Sirat's love is more important than Kairav's happiness. The Geonkas too accept Sirat and Kartik's decision. The family also decides that Sirat and Ranveer's marriage will happen from the Goenkas' side in the resort itself. On Sirat and Ranveer's marriage day, Narendranth Chauhan, Ranveer's father decides to break the alliance and he hatches a wicked plan as he doesn't want Ranveer to marry a middle-class girl like Sirat. Even after Narendranath’s plotting, Ranveer and Sirat tie the knot.

Over time, Sirat starts to realise that she has fallen in love with Kartik and she starts feeling helpless. She tries to stop thinking of Kartik, but gets reminded of his good-deeds and care for her, which makes her love for him grow. Kartik too starts realising a different essence in Sirat’s behaviour.

Ranveer realises that Sirat loves Kartik and is angry at her and falls unconscious. Ranveer tells Kartik that he is suffering from a terminal disease and tells him not to tell Sirat. One day Ranveer falls seriously ill and has a very little time to live. The doctor tells Sirat the entire truth which Ranveer told to Kartik. Ranveer, on his death bed, tells Kartik to take care of Sirat and dies. Ranveer's family holds Sirat responsible for his death and throws her out. Narendranath files an complaint against Sirat and Police comes and arrests her. On the other hand, Sirat's grandmother passes away. Kartik bails her out and tells her to do the final rites. Kartik takes her to a hotel. After some time Sirat goes away from Kartik and telling him not to find her.

Six months later

Sirat changes her name to Simran and settles in Dalhousie with an elderly couple. Kartik lives in London away from his family. One day Kartik decides to return back to India to find out where Sirat is. Kartik finds out that Sirat is in Dalhousie. Kartik convinces Sirat to return to Udaipur. Both of them find out that Narendranath has hidden Ranveer's death certificate. They find out the death certificate and Sirat is acquitted of all charges. Kartik and Sirat confess their love to each other and get married in a big ceremony. Manish and Surekha does not like Sirat because of her roots and upbringing . Sirat is revealed to be pregnant but hides this from Kartik. Kartik gets to know and stops her from aborting the child. They decide to welcome the child and raise it.

Six months later

Goenka's celebrate Sirat's baby shower. Manish is worried about the child and wants to raise it like the other Goenka children. Suddenly, Kartik is called for an urgent meeting with a client and tells Kairav to take care of Sirat and Akshu. Rest of the ladies of the family go to the temple. Sirat goes into labour pain. Kairav takes Sirat and Akshu and reaches the hospital. The doctor tells that if the situation is worse, she needs to undergo ceasarian delivery. The entire family reaches the hospital. Sirat gives birth to a baby girl but the girl is in a critical condition.But doctors save the girl child.

One Month Later

Sirat returns home with the child and names her as Aarohi. Sirat resumes her boxing training for a championship neglecting the kids. Sirat's coach, Mukesh ,who is her stepfather, becomes a obstacle between Sirat and championshp. He pushes Kartik away and runs away. Doctor tells Kartik needs to do an urgent surgery as there is excessive internal bleeding. Sirat goes to compete a mtach to be qualified for a championship. Doctor tells Manish that Kartik requires blood due to excessive blood loss but his blood group is very rare. Hearing about Kartik's Surgery, Sirat left the match and rushed to Kartik and donated her blood. Kartik's surgery became a success and returned to home. Sirat's coach informs Kartik that Sirat is qualified for the Asian Championship. Everybody congralutes Sirat. Reporters take interview of Sirat and find out about Luv and Kush. The news reporter finds out about them molesting a girl few years ago , They make this interview viral. Luv and Kush gets a bad name in hostel and society. Surekha blames Sirat for this mistake of hers. The entire family goes to a resort. Sirat is accused of taking drugs which is prohibited, She is scared as she will be banned from participating in the event. Everyone suspected Surekha for buying the drug. it was revealed that Mukesh had changed Sirat's medicine. The entire family starts the preparations of Karwa Chauth. Kartik tells Sirat that there will be a match and tells her to break her fast. Sirat refuses to break her fast and goes for the match. Sirat faints in the match. Kartik tells her to wake up. Sirat fights the match and wins the championship. Surekha finally accepts Sirat. The entire family goes out to the garden. Kairav and Vansh takes Aarohi to the lawn. A lady accidentally takes Aarohi away instead of her daughter. Kartik, Sirat and entire family gets shocked on learning that Aarohi was switched with another girl.

8 Years Later

Akshara had a nightmare of losing Aarohi. Sirat, Suhasini and Swarna rushes to her. she tells that she is scared of losing Aarohi and tells them that Kairav told her that Aarohi was lost. Sirat tells Akshara that Kartik checked Hotel's CCTV Footage. Later The couple enters and apologised for taking Aarohi and gave Aarohi back to them. The family thanks them. Sirat decides to reveal the truth that Naira is Akshara's biological mother. Aarohi and Akshara wait for Kartik's call. Later Sheela calls Sirat and insists on meeting Aarohi. Sirat refuses and tells her that she is mother of 2 daughters. Sheela tells that she is the stepmother of Akshara. Akshara accidentally hears this and she is shocked and wants to know about her real mother.

10 Years Later

Cast

Main

  • Hina Khan as Akshara Maheshwari/ Singhania: Naitik's wife, Naksh and Naira's mother, Vishambharnath and Rajshri's daughter, Shaurya's younger sister. (2009-2016)(deceased)
  • Karan Mehra/Vishal Singh as Naitik Singhania: Akshara's husband, Naksh and Naira's father, Raj Shekhar and Gayatri's son, Rashmi's elder brother. (2009-2016)/(2016-2018)
  • Shivangi Joshi in a dual role as:
    • Naira Singhania/ Goenka:[12] Akshara and Naitik's daughter, Naksh's younger sister, Kartik's wife, Kairav and Akshara's mother (named after her late mother)(2016-2021)(deceased)
    • Sirat Shekhawat/ Goenka( formerly Chauhan):[13] Sheela's daughter, Ranveer's widow, Kartik's wife, Kairav and Akshara's stepmother, Aarohi's mother (2021)
  • Mohsin Khan[14] as Kartik Goenka: Manish and Soumya's son, Swarna's stepson, Keerti's Brother, Naira's widower, Sirat's husband, Kairav, Akshara and Aarohi's father (2016-2021)

Recurring

Maheshwari Family

  • Lata Sabharwal as Rajshri Maheshwari:Ratan's sister; Vishambharnath's wife; Shaurya and Akshara's mother. (2009-2019)
  • Sanjeev Seth as Vishambharnath Maheshwari:Bhairavi's elder son; Omkarnath's elder brother; Rajshri's husband; Shaurya and Akshara's father.(2009-2017,2018)
  • Vineeta Malik as Bhairavi Maheshwari: Vishambharnath and Omkarnath's mother.(2009-2017,2018)
  • Neelima Taddepalli as Sunaina Maheshwari: Omkarnath's wife; Anshuman's mother.(2009–2017, 2018)
  • Manu Malik as Omkarnath Maheshwari: Bhairavi's younger son; Vishambharnath's younger brother; Sunaina's husband; Anshuman's father.(2009-2016,2018)
  • Ather Habib/Yash Gera as Shaurya Maheshwari:Vishambharnath and Rajshri's son; Akshara's elder brother; Varsha's husband; Ananya and Kuhu's father.(2009-2013)/(2013-2017)
  • Aman Sharma/Dheeraj Gumbar as Anshuman Maheshwari:Omkarnath and Sunaina's son: Jasmeet's husband; Nannu's father.(2009-2015)/(2015-2016)
  • Pooja Joshi Arora as Varsha Maheshwari:Sulekha's daughter; Shaurya's wife; Akshara's best friend turned sister-in-law; Ananya's mother, Kuhu's adoptive mother.(2009-2019,2020)
  • Zarina Roshan Khan as Gopi:Bhairavi's friend and maid.(2009-2014)
  • Shirin Sewani as Jasmeet Maheshwari: Sukhwinder and Pammi's daughter; Anshuman's wife; Nannu's mother.
  • Sunita Rajwar as Dhaniya Singh:Bhajinder's wife, Maheshwari's servant.(2009-2012)
  • Anand Mani as Bhajinder "Bhola" Singh :Maheshwari's servant, Dhaniya's husband.(2009-2012)
  • Amardeep Jha as Shankari:Maheshwari's match maker.(2009-2016,2018)
  • Bhuvan Chopra as Ratan Goyal:Rajshri's brother; Shaurya and Akshara's maternal uncle.(2009)
  • Akshaya Naik as Ananya Maheshwari/ Sharma:Varsha and Shaurya's daughter; Kuhu's step elder sister; Ranveer's wife.(2015-2017,2018)
    • Nairtiya Chandola as Young Ananya(2012-2015)
  • Ruma Sengupta as Rajshri and Ratan's mother.(2009-2011)
  • Arjun Kohli as Ranveer Sharma:Ananya's husband.(2016-2018)
  • Anmol Jyotir as Nishant "Nannu" Maheshwari:Anshuman and Jasmeet's son.
    • Khushmeet Gill as Young Nannu(2015-2016)
  • Kaveri Priyam as Kuhu Maheshwari/ Rajvansh:Sneha and Shaurya's biological daughter; Varsha's adoptive daughter; Kunal's wife; Amish's surrogate mother.(2019)
    • Harbandna Kaur/Yamini Makwana as Young Kuhu (2016)/(2016-2017)
  • Charu Asopa as Sneha: Naitik's employee; Kuhu's biological mother.(2010)

Singhania Family

  • Medha Jambotakar as Kaveri Singhania: Mahendra Pratap's wife, Raj Shekhar's sister-in-law, Nandini's mother, Naitik and Rashmi's elder aunt.(2009-2021)
  • Sanjai Gandhi/Abhijeet Lahiri as Mahendra Pratap Singhania:Raj Shekhar's elder brother; Kaveri's husband; Nandini's father.(2009-2011)/(2011-2015)(deceased)
  • Sandeep Mehta as Raj Shekhar Singhania: Mahendra Pratap's younger brother; Late Gayatri's husband; Devyani's husband; Naitik and Rashmi's father, Muskaan and Naman's stepfather
  • Sonali Verma as Gayatri Singhania:Raj Shekhar's first wife; Naitik and Rashmi's mother.(2009-2013)(deceased)
  • Kshitee Jog[15] as Devyani Singhania( formerly Agrawal):Raj Shekhar's second wife; Naitik and Rashmi's step mother; Suresh Agarwal's ex-wife; Naman and Muskaan's mother. She is an Ayurvedic doctor. When she was medicating Rajshekhar after Gayatri's death, Singhanias get her married with him on seeing his loneliness.(2014-2021)
  • Zarina Roshan Khan as Muskaan Agrawal/ Awasthi:Suresh and Devyani's daughter, Raj Shekhar's step daughter, Naman's younger sister; Alok's wife.(2014-2015)
  • Amit Dolawat as Alok Awasthi:Akshara's college-mate and former admirer, Muskaan's husband.(2009,2014-2015)
  • Anshul Pandey[16][17] as Naman Agrawal:Suresh and Devyani's son; Raj Shekhar's step son; Muskaan's elder brother; Karishma's ex-husband; Mishti's father.(2014-2016)
  • Pooran Kiri as Suresh Agrawal: Devyani's first husband; Naman and Muskaan's father.(2014-2015)
  • Priyanka Udhwani as Karishma Agrawal:Naman's ex-wife; Mishti's mother.(2014-2017)
  • Rhea Sharma as Mishti Agrawal/Rajvansh:Naman and Karishma's daughter; Abeer's wife, Amish's biological mother.(2019)
    • Aarna Sharma as Young and Teenage Mishti.(2016-2017,2019)
  • Rohan Mehra/Rishi Dev/Shehzad Shaikh as Naksh Singhania:Akshara and Naitik's son; Naira's elder brother; Keerti's husband; Krish's father.(2015-2016)/(2016-2018)/(2018-2021)
    • Shivansh Kotia as Young Naksh(2012-2015)
      • Harsh/Bani as Baby Naksh(2011)/(2011-2012)
  • Mohena Singh/Harsha Khandeparkar: Keerti Goenka/ Singhania:Manish and Soumya's daughter; Suvarna's step daughter; Kartik's sister; Shubam's step sister; Aditya's ex-wife, Naksh's wife; Krish's mother.(2016-2019)/(2020-2021)
  • Saksham Vasu as Krish Singhania:Naksh and Keerti's son(2020-2021)
    • Dwiti Gajera as Young Krish(2019)
  • Neha Saroopa as Rashmi Singhania/ Desai (formerly Deora):Gayatri and Raj Shekhar's daughter; Naitik's younger sister; Nikhil and Sameer's wife; Gayatri's mother.
  • Mazher Sayed as Sameer Desai:Rashmi's second husband, Gayatri's step-father.
  • Shravani Goswami as Rama Deora: Rajendra's wife; Nikhil's mother; Despite her son cheating and divorcing Rashmi, she supports her and takes care of her and her granddaughter Gayatri.(2011-2016,2018-2020)
  • Nidhi Uttam as Nandini Singhania/ Agrawal:Kaveri and Mahendra Pratap's daughter; Mohit's wife; Yash's adoptive mother, Anmol's mother.(2009-2019)
  • Ayush Agarwal/Shamik Abbas as Mohit Agrawal:Rukmini's son; Koyel's elder brother; Nandini's husband; Yash's adoptive father; Anmol's father.(2009-2016)/(2016-2019)
  • Sanchit Sharma as Yash Agrawal:Nandini and Mohit's adopted son; Anmol's adoptive elder brother; Rose's husband.(2015-2017)
    • Ansh Kaul as Young Yash
  • Sippora Zoutewelle as Rose Agrawal:Yash's wife, Martha's daughter.(2016)
  • Karan Pahwa as Anmol Agrawal:Nandini and Mohit's son; Yash's step younger brother; Mansi's husband.(2016,2018-2019)
  • Shreya Sharma/Vaishnavi Rao as Mansi Goenka/Agrawal:Akhilesh and Surekha's daughter; Luv and Kush's elder sister; Anmol's wife.(2017)/(2018-2019)
  • Urmila Sharma/Sunitha Rao as Rukmini Agrawal:[18] Mohit and Koyel's mother(2009-2012)/(2012-2021)
  • Rakesh Deewana as Maharaj: Singhania's chef.(2009-2014)
  • Divya Bhatnagar as Gulabo: Singhania's maid.(2009-2011)
  • Unknown as Chitti Maharaj:A south Indian Tamil person who becomes Singhania's chef.(2014-17,2018)
  • Ali Merchant as Rituraj Singhania:Naitik's cousin brother.(2009,2011-12)
  • Preeti Sharma as Bindiya Singhania:Rituraj's wife; Naitik's sister-in-law.(2009,2011-12)
  • Kirti Sually as Parvati Singhania:Mahendra Pratap and Raj Shekhar's sister; Nandini, Naitik and Rashmi's paternal aunt.(2010-2019)
  • Nea Srivastav as Girija:Singhania's maid.(2011–2016)
  • Ashish Kapoor as Nikhil Deora:Rashmi's ex-husband; Rajendra and Rama Deora's son; Gayatri's father.(2011-2013)
  • Manoj Jaiswal as Rajendra Deora:Rama's husband; Nikhil's father.(2011-2013)
  • Navika Kotia as Prerna "Chikki" Singhania:Singhania's adopt her when young when her parents tortures her.(2013-2014)
  • Umang Jain as Tara Singh Shekhawat:Naksh's ex-fiancée.(2015-2016)

Goenka Family

  • Parul Chauhan[19]/Niyati Joshi[20] as Swarna "Arpita" Goenka: Manish's second wife; Shubham's mother, Keerti and Kartik's step mother.(2016-2019)/(2019-present)
  • Sachin Tyagi[21] as Manish Goenka: Suhasini's elder son; Akhilesh's elder brother; Soumya and Suvarna's husband; Keerti,Kartik and Shubham's father.(2016-present)
  • Ali Hassan as Akhilesh Goenka: Suhasini's younger son; Manish's younger brother; Surekha's husband; Mansi, Luv and Kush's father.(2016-present)
  • Shilpa Raizada as Surekha Goenka: Akhilesh's wife, Suhasini's younger daughter-in-law; Mansi, Luv and Kush's mother.(2016-present)
  • Swati Chitnis as Suhasini "Triveni" Goenka: Manish and Akhilesh's mother; Samarth's elder aunt; Tejasvini and Purushottam's sister.(2016-present)
  • Tiya Gandwani as Priyanka: Soumya's younger sister; Manish's sister-in-law; Keerti and Kartik's maternal aunt.(2017-18,2019)
  • Anmol Jyotir as Luv Goenka: One of Akhilesh and Surekha's twin sons, Mansi's younger brother(2020-2021)
    • Shreshth Saxena as Young Luv(2016-2019)
  • Apoorv Jyotir as Kush Goenka: One of Akhilesh and Surekha's twin sons, Mansi's younger brother.(2020-2021)
    • Shubh Saxena as Young Kush(2016-2019)
  • Anita Kanwal as Tejasvini: Suhasini's elder sister.(2018)
  • Gaurav Wadhwa as Shubham Goenka alias Aryan: Manish and Swarna's son; Keerti and Kartik's half-brother.(deceased)(2017-2018)
  • Samir Onkar as Samarth Goenka: Suhasini's younger brother-in-law's son i.e. her nephew, Manish and Akhilesh's younger cousin; Gayatri's former husband; Vansh's adoptive father; Vatsal's father(2018-2020)
  • Kanchi Singh/Deblina Chatterjee/Simran Khanna as Gayatri "Gayu" Desai/ Goenka: Rashmi and Nikhil's daughter; Vivaan ex-girlfriend and the bearer of his child; Samarth's former wife; Vansh and Vatsal's mother.(2016-2017)/(2018-2019)/(2019-present)
    • Payal Bhojwani as Teenage Gayu(2015-2016)
  • Maaz Champ/Siddharth Dubey as Vansh Goenka: Young Vansh, Gayatri and Vivaan's son; Samarth's step son; Vatsal's half-brother (2019-2020)/(2020-2021)
  • Rituraj Singh as Purushottam "Puru" Ajmera : Suhasini's younger brother; Manish and Akhilesh's maternal uncle, Ila's father.(2019)
  • Aleya Ghosh as Ila Ajmera: Purushottam's daughter; Suhasini's niece, Manish and Akhilesh's younger maternal cousin sister.(2019)
  • Shaurya Shah/Tanmay Rishi Shah/Aarambh Trehan Sehgal as Kairav Goenka: Kartik and Naira's son; Sirat's stepson ; Akshara's elder brother; Aarohi's half-brother (2019)/(2019-2020)/(2020-2021)
    • Krishiv Mutha as Baby Kairav(2019)
  • Pankhuri Awasthy as Vedika: Kartik's friend turned ex-fiancé.(2019-2020)
  • Tejaswanee Bhadane as Krishna (Chhori): Kartik and Naira's adoptive daughter. (2020-2021)
  • Kairav Waghela as Akshara "Akshu" Goenka: Naira and Kartik's daughter; Sirat's stepdaughter; Kairav's younger sister; Aarohi's half-sister. (2020-2021)
  • Priyamvada Kant as Rhea: Surekha's niece (2021)

Sirat's Family

  • Ashita Dhawan as Sheela Rathore: Sirat and Sonu's mother; Mukesh's wife.(2021)
  • Hrishikesh Pandey as Mukesh Rathore: Sonu's father; Sheela's second husband.(2021)
  • Krishang Bhanushali as Sonu Rathore: Sheela and Mukesh's son.(2021)
  • Amita Khopkar as Kaushalya "Mauri" Shekhawat: Sirat and Sonu's maternal grandmother; Sheela's mother.(2021)(deceased)
  • Karan Kundra as Ranveer Chauhan: Sirat's late husband(2021)(Deceased)
  • Shahbaz Khan as Narendranath Chauhan: Ranveer's Father(2021)

Others

Guest appearances

Year Actor(s) Appearance
2009 Shubhangi Atre as Kasturi from Kasturi
2009 Puja Banerjee as Vrinda from Tujh Sang Preet Lagai Sajna
2009 Shweta Tiwari as Prerna from Kasautii Zindagii Kay
2009 Sara Khan as Sadhna from Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai
2009 Angad Hasija as Alekh from Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai
2009 Kinshuk Mahajan as Ranvir from Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai
2010 Anupriya Kapoor as Taani from Tere Liye
2010 Neha Sargam as Nivedita from Chand Chupa Badal Mein
2010 Pooja Gor as Pratigya from Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya
2011 Sanaya Irani as Khushi from Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?
2011 Soumya Seth as Navya from Navya..Naye Dhadkan Naye Sawaal
2011 Krystle D'Souza as Jeevika from Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai
2011 Nia Sharma as Maanvi from Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai
2011 Karan Tacker as Viren from Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai
2012 Anas Rashid as Sooraj from Diya Aur Baati Hum
2012, 2016 Deepika Singh as Sandhya from Diya Aur Baati Hum
2012 Neelu Vaghela as Santosh from Diya Aur Baati Hum
2012 Kanika Maheshwari as Meenakshi from Diya Aur Baati Hum
2012 Aamir Khan To promote Satyamev Jayate
2014 Preeti & Pinky
2015 Hiba Nawab as Amaya from Tere Sheher Mein
2017 Badshah[22] for Dance Performance at Kartik and Naira's "Sangeet"
2017 Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma To promote their film Jab Harry Met Sejal[23]
2017 Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar and Sana Khan[24] To promote their film Toilet: Ek Prem Katha
2017 Alka Yagnik[25] Special performance for a tribute to Akshara on Naksh-Keerti's "Sangeet"
2018 Adaa Khan[26] for special dance performance on Valentine's Day
2018 Supriya Pathak to promote her show Khichdi
2019 Namit Khanna to promote his show Sanjivani[27]
2019 Gurdeep Kolhi to promote her show Sanjivani[27]
2021 Pooja Gor as Pratigya from Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya 2[28]

Spin-off

In 2019, On Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai's completion of 10 years, a spin-off series, "Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke", premiered on 18 March 2019 starring Rhea Sharma and Shaheer Sheikh.[29] The series portrayed the life of Naman and Karishma's daughter and Naira's younger step cousin Mishti, portrayed by Sharma alongside Abir portrayed by Sheikh.[30]

Production

Development

The shooting of the show began on 11 September 2008.[31] It was launched at Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan.[32] In January 2009, the series was mainly promoted through a campaign at six main cities by Star Plus along with Jagran Solutions.[33] A contest was held in the country among over 1000 married couples out of which fifty of them were selected through events like quizzes and on air test on radios. They were made to remarry with the rituals along with the games and events held in Rambagh Palace.[34]

In January 2010, a sequence was shot without any dialogue, with only background music used during dramatic scenes when the Singhania family learn that the character Akshara motivates the love between her sister in law Nandhini and Naitik's friend Mohit, against them.[35]

In January 2013, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai was sent notice by channel for its ending due to decreasing ratings. However it received extension till June 2013 while the ratings rose and the decision of ending was dropped.[36] Besides, twice again it received notice for ending but soon when the ratings increased after it, the plan was dropped and the series continued.[37]

During November 2014 end, lead Hina Khan could not be able to attend her shooting for few days due to her other work schedules and the track was altered for her absence.[38] In December 2014, a scene where characters Naman and Karishma kiss was cut from the broadcast to avoid offending the show's audience.[39]

The show took its first leap of 4 years on 30 November 2012 post the car accident of Naitik as he slips into coma.[40] It then took a leap of 10 years on 30 March 2015 after Kaveri banishing Akshara from the house owing to Mahendra Pratap's death.[41] Then a leap of some years was taken on 16 May 2016 post teenage Naira running away from her home fearing imprisonment.[42][43] Another leap of 2 years was taken on 21 May 2018 after Shubam's death as Suvarna ousts her.[44] It took a leap of 5 years on 7 June 2019 after Naira leaves the Goenka house on Kartik's misconception about her.[45] On 18 October 2021, The show took an leap of 8 years where Sirat will be a Single mother to Aarohi and Akshara. Later a generation leap will be taken Kartik and Sirat dies and the story will be focussing on Kairav, Akshara and Aarohi

The 10 year leap in March 2015 was slightly delayed as the casting of adult Naksh was not finalised. Producers auditioned over 200 people before choosing Rohan Mehra.[46] In April 2016, both Hina Khan and Karan Mehra refused to play the role as in-laws after the on-going wedding track of their onscreen son Naksh and Tara. Thus, the track was altered such that the wedding was called off.[47]

During January 2017, at the filming of pre wedding sequences of the lead characters Naira and Kartik, fire broke out on the sets due to a short circuit.[48] Common people were auditioned at Delhi during 4 and 5 February 2017 and cast for Baraathi in Naira and Kartik's weeding.[49]

In August 2017, the weeding dress of the character Keerti, for her and Naksh's marriage sequence, was designed by Bollywood fashion designer Neeta Lulla.[50]

Pankhuri Awasthy was cast in June 2019 as Vedika, whose role was supposed to be for three months.[51] However, with the increased ratings, becoming most watched Hindi GEC for few weeks in urban, her role was extended with her exit in January 2020 while in between she took a break in October and re-entered in November 2019.[51][52]

Speaking about Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai's success producer Rajan Shahi said, "Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai doing well is something we have to strive for each and every day. When a show completes this number of episodes, it becomes a challenge as to how to sustain the show. There are so many topics to choose from and there are so many relationships, so that becomes a major challenge, to keep the freshness alive. Drama, intrigue, etc is just a part of storytelling but to still keep the essence alive that is the challenge, it is always a day to day battle."[53] He also quoted that the elaborate festival celebrations shown is the strength of the series.[54]

Speaking about the introduction of transition in the story from Akshara and Naitik to Naira and Kartik, Shahi said, "We were losing out on the young audience when things were going sweet between (original protagonists) Akshara and Naitik. With the introduction of Kartik and Naira -- a couple that is imperfect, makes mistake and learns from the mistakes -- the audience again found a connection with the on-screen characters. That is how our show has stood strong against the test of time."[55] In May 2017 Shahi stated: "With due respect to both the actors, it is a fact that after Karan left, we could consolidate our position and the TRPs actually increased. After Hina’s exit too, the show has grown. This is not to say that they did not contribute to the show, but we were not able to shoot when those two were a part of the show as they had so much baggage. There were just two-three hours of shooting with the lead actors. Now, even if we are given a choice, the writers wouldn’t want Akshara back."[56] For his above statement both Khan and Mehra expressed their displeasure where Khan stated: "During that time, he went on record to praise both of us for our dedication and professionalism. And honestly, we were probably the only lead pair on television who continued to be with the show for eight consecutive years. Despite the work pressure, disagreements and other work opportunities, we continued to stay loyal to the show and supported the producer. But now that we are not doing the show, he’s very conveniently contradicting his own statements." and Mehra stated: "If he is saying that I worked for two-three hours, he is referring to someone else because my attendance register is the proof. Also, I gave my notice period in advance. I don’t know who he has a grudge against and why is he saying it now? I was thanked by the channel and Rajan sir when I quit, so I don’t understand how this has emerged now."[56]

Casting

Hina Khan was selected to play the role of Akshara, making her acting debut.[57][58] Khan stated that she knew nothing about acting while signing the series quoting, "I didn't learn acting from anywhere. I think it's because of luck that I landed up in TV. Even after that I had to do a lot of hard work. It was more difficult for me when I began acting and straight away I had to perform. I never got to learn."[59] Karan Tacker was initially roped for the role of Naitik, but was replaced by Karan Mehra a day away the promo shoot as Tacker became skeptical who also makes his acting debut.[60] Speaking about it producer Rajan Shahi said, "Karan (Tacker) refused to be a part of the show a day and a half prior to shooting the promo. I needed to hunt for a new face on immediate basis. I accidentally met Karan Mehra, a real life replica of my fictitious character Naitik."[61]

In June 2016, Mehra quit the show, because of health issues.[62] Two sequences were shot before his exit: one was his death track and other was his kidnap track and decision was made to take the story with the kidnapping track.[63] Then, he was replaced by Vishal Singh in August 2019, making his entry with the Kidnap sequence in Switzerland.[64][65] Soon, in November 2016, Hina Khan quit as her character became monotonous for her and she was shown killed in a car accident.[66] Then, parallel lead Shivangi Joshi playing Naira and recurring one Mohsin Khan playing Kartik, who entered in May 2016, became the leads of the show and the character Naitik became a recurring one since.[8]

In 2012, Sanjay Gandhi playing Mahendra quit due to the issues between him and his co-actors Sonali Verma and Sandeep Mehta who was then replaced by Abhijit Lahiri.[67] The latter also quit after the death of his character in March 2015.[68] In 2012, Urmila Sharma was replaced by Sunitha Rao as Rukmini.[69][70] In December 2013, Sonali Verma quit her role as Gayathri Singhania, because Verma planned to get married and move to the United States. Her character was shown dead after a fall from a cliff.[71]

In December 2014, Ather Habib playing Shaurya quit as he felt nothing more was there to explore in his character and was replaced by Yash Gera.[72] Gera also quit in 2017 due to the same reason as that of Habib.[73] He was replaced by Sameer Sharma in the spin-off series during March 2019.[74]

In 2015, Aman Sharma playing Anshuman quit as he wanted to search for better opportunities and was replaced by Dheeraj Gumbar who also quit in mid 2016.[75]

In 2015, Ayush Agarwal quit due to personal reasons and was replaced by Shamik Abbas. In May 2016, Umang Jain playing Tara and her on-screen family members quit as the story started to focus on other tracks after the cancellation of her and Naksh's (Rohan Mehra) wedding in the show as Hina Khan playing Akshara refused playing the role of a mother in law.[76]

In September 2016, Rohan Mehra playing Naksh quit to participate in Bigg Boss and was replaced by Rishi Dev.[77] Dev also quit in December 2018 as he wished to focus on his YouTube channel and was replaced by Shehzad Shaikh.[78][79] In September 2017, Kanchi Singh playing Gayatri Deora quit as her character was sidelined and was replaced by Deblina Chatterjee in November 2018.[80][81]

Anshul Pandey playing Naman quit in October 2016 who was replaced by Jay Pathak in the spin-off series during March 2019.[82] In January 2018, Priyanka Udhwani playing Karishma quit as nothing was left for her character.[83] In July 2018, Vaishnavi Rao was cast as Manasi which was earlier played by Shreya Sharma as the makers considered the former better for the role.[84] Shirin Sewani who was last seen in November 2018 playing Jasmeet in this series was replaced by Soniya Kaur in the spin-off series in March 2019.[85]

Parul Chauhan quit in April 2019 as she did not want to play a grandmother and was soon replaced by Niyati Joshi as Suvarna.[86][87] As the story was about to take a leap, in May 2019, Mohena Kumari Singh playing Keerti quit after getting married, and was replaced by Harsha Khandeparkar in August 2020.[88][89] Deblina Chatterjee playing Gayatri soon quit as she was not interested in playing a mother and was replaced by Simran Khanna.[90][91] Sreshth Saxena and Shubh Saxena were made to quit due to the leap.[92] Shaurya Shah, who entered in June 2019 as Kairav, quit the following month due to health issues, and was immediately replaced by Tanmay Rishi.[93][94]

In January 2020, Anmol Jyotir who played teenage Nishanth Maheshwari till 2017 was cast along with Apoorva Jyotir to play teenage Kush and Luv.[95] As a result of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, actors younger than ten years of age were prohibited from performing on set, so when shooting resumed in June 2020, Tanmay Rishi Shah and Maaz Champ shot their sequences from home.[96] However, with the requirement of characters Kairav and Vansh on the sets, they were replaced by Aarambh Trehan Sehgal and Siddharth Dubey in October 2020.[97][98]

In October 2021, [Mohsin Khan (actor)|Mohsin Khan]] playing Kartik left the show and The child actors Aarambh Trehan Sehgal and Siddharth Dubey playing Kairav and Vansh also left the show.

Filming

The series is mainly filmed in the Film City at Goregaon in Mumbai.[99][100] As it based on the families in Udaipur of Rajasthan, some scenes were also filmed there.[101][102] In December 2013, a sequence was shot at Wai.[103] Some sequences were also filmed in Rishikesh during 2016 and March 2018.[104][105] In March 2017, the wedding track of Kartik and Naira was filmed in a grand manner in Bikaner, Rajasthan.[106]

Besides, it was also filmed in various foreign locations including Bangkok in 2014, Cape Town in 2015, Hong Kong in 2015, Switzerland in 2016 and Greece in 2017.[107][108][109][110][111]

On 13 April 2021, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray announced a sudden curfew due to increased Covid cases, while the production halted from 14 April 2021 and the production and filming location was soon shifted temporarily from Mumbai to Silvassa along with other shows Anupamaa,Aai Kuthe Kay Karte and Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya 2 of the same production house.[112] After two months of shooting in Silvassa, the team shifted back to Film City, Mumbai on 10 June 2021.[113]

Crossover

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai has had several crossover episodes with various shows. On 28 December 2009, the show had a crossover with Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai. On 24 August 2012, the show had a crossover episode with Diya Aur Baati Hum.[114] On 3 March 2016, actress Deepika Singh as Sandhya from Diya Aur Baati Hum made an entry during Naira's kidnap sequence.[115]

Broadcast

The series initially aired from Monday to Thursdays during the prime time slot of 9:30 pm (IST) and was later extended to Friday. In October 2009, it aired throughout the week owing good ratings until November 2009.[116][117] During 2014, it was extended until Saturday and soon reduced back to Friday again.[118] Sometimes, some of the episodes were aired as special episodes for an hour during Saturdays.[119]

The series which was in a continuous production since its premiere was halted indefinitely in March 2020.[120] Owing COVID-19 outbreak in India, the filming of the television series and films were halted on 19 March 2020, expected to resume the works from 1 April 2020 and the series airing was halted on 25 March 2020 after the bank episodes got over.[121][122] However, later on imposing the nationwide lockdown, which was extending with the increasing cases, filming could not be resumed since March end.[123] After three months, the shooting of the series resumed on 26 June 2020 and airing resumed from 13 July 2020.[124][125] The production once again halted on 24 August 2020 when the cast Sachin Tyagi, Swati Chitnis and Samir Onkar along with four crew members were tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and resumed with others on 28 August 2020.[126][127][128]

Dubbed versions

From 2011 to 2015, the show was dubbed as Uravugal Thorarkadhai in Tamil on Star Vijay and as Pellante Noorella Panta in Telugu on Star Maa, both being discontinued after airing more than 1000 episodes.[129][130][131] In 2017, the show was dubbed in Malayalam under the title Akkareyanente Maanasam 2 on Asianet Plus[132] and also in Tamil as Uravugal Thodarkadhai 2 on Star Vijay Super[133] from episode 2075, but were discontinued within few months.

The series airs internationally as Not Without My Family on Star Life.[134] It airs in ANTV as Yeh Rishta in Indonesia.[135] In Pakistan it aired in Urdu 1 channel. However it was terminated after the airing of Indian series were banned there.[136]

Television special

A special segment named Rishton Ka Utsav[137][138] aired from 26 November 2018 to 5 December 2018 where Kartik and Naira organize a unique festival which brings all generations with most of the family members of the show through all these years come together and celebrate their reunion.[139] This segment also marked the entry of Deblina Chatterjee as Gayatri Deora replacing Kanchi Singh who quit the show in 2017.[81]

Reception

Impact

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai was touted as the biggest weekday prime time fiction launch in past three years during 2009.[140]

This longest running Hindi soap is the fourth longest-running Indian television soap opera and is still one of the top rated shows.[141][142] It was the first Hindi show to cross 2,500 episodes.[143] It completed 3,000 episodes on 11 September 2019 creating a history in the Indian television.[144]On 1st September 2021, It completed 3500 episodes.[citation needed]

Hina Khan participated in the 'Power of 49' campaign, in which soap opera actors used their influence to urge women to vote.[145]

Khan was paid with ₹1to 1.25 Lacks per episode as of in 2015 and 2016 making her one of the highest paid Indian television actress.[146][147]

In 2020, it became the third most tweeted Indian television show on Twitter.[148]

Critics

Shoma Munshi in their book Prime Time Soap Operas on Indian Television said the show has "simplicity and highly emotional content" and was noted for placing female characters in the historical tradition of a large joint family.[149]

The Indian Express stated, "Simple story, simple treatment, easy pace, small tiffs, grouse, grief, happiness, sadness, celebrations, rituals, customs but no melodrama and no scheming and plotting….that's every day life beautifully captured and which pleases eyes, ears and other senses. Not that it has not resorted to TRP gimmicks like misunderstanding, pregnancy and miscarriage to come out of its lows, but the show has chronicled post-marriage journey of an arranged married couple quite well."[150] They also quoted, "There is a sense of positivity and reality in the show, that no other serial offers on the small screen."[144]

Praising the two shows Bidaii and Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai of Rajan Shahi's Director's Kut Production as game changers of Starplus which do not have excessive camera moves and mother in law - daughter in law melodramas unlike previously aired dramas, The Times of India stated, "The shows adequately highlighted the quintessential emotions with loads of romanticism and simplicity in story-telling."[151]

Speaking on the success of the series, The New Indian Express said, "Like most successful television series in our country, "Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai" has always banked heavily on the great Indian family. However, the show, along with its cast, has changed over the decade, to accommodate changing times. Perhaps that is where the winning formula lies—in retaining its old core values in an ever-changing set-up."[152]

Ratings

It scored a good rating of 7.9 TVR in its launch episode with more than 14 million viewers and garnered about 30 million viewership in the opening week, averaging 6.1 TVR in that week.[153][154] Owing to this, it was acclaimed as the best primetime fiction launch during that time.[155] Since its inception, Yeh Rishta mostly maintained its position being one of the top Hindi shows.[155][156][151] In 2009 and 2010, it garnered ratings mostly averaging between 6 and 7 TVR while the following two years between 4 and 5 TVR, maintaining its position in one of the top rated Hindi GECs.[157]

In the week 8 of 2009, it garnered 5.75 TVR.[158] In week 10 of 2009, it garnered 6.4 TVR becoming the most watched.[159][160] When the nine year dominant number one position of StarPlus channel was beaten by Colors TV channel in week 14 of 2009, Sapna Babul Ka... Bidaai and Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai were the top watched Hindi shows with 7.4 and 7 TVR.[161] In early June it was the most watched Hindi GEC with 5.88 TVR.[162] It averaged 5.3 TVR between May end and June end occupying second position in Hindi GEC.[163] In third week of July 2009, it remained the most watched with 7.22 TVR.[164] The marriage episode of Akshara and Naitik during July 2009 garnered the highest rating point for the series with 8.1 TVR being the most watched Hindi GEC and the fifth highest TVR garnered in the year while the highest being 10.2 TVR by Colors TV's Balika Vadhu.[165][166] In week 36 2009, it topped the list with 7.2 TVR.[167] In the week ending 31 October 2009, it was at fourth position in Hindi GEC with 5 TVR.[168] In 2009, the series averaged 6.1 TVR with the average time of 16.9 minutes spent per episode with an overall reach of 86.6 million viewership in the year overall.[169] In early 2009, during the IPL match broadcast in, the series was still one of the most watched Indian television program than the IPL averaging more than about 5 TVR while IPL averaged more than about 4 TVR.[170]

In week 6, 2010, it occupied fourth position with 6.5 TVR.[171] In week 8, it jumped to the top position with 7.3 TVR.[172] But, before IPL match was about to broadcast, it garnered 6.8 TVR while however decreased during IPL airing to 5.3 TVR in April 2010 with IPL being most watched.[173] In week ending 26 June 2010, it garnered a peak of 6.99 TVR while it averaged 6.2 TVR in that week with the special episode aired on Saturday getting 4.2 TVR.[174] In week 26 of 2010, it occupied second position with 7 TVR.[175] During week ending 25 September 2010, it occupied fourth position with about 5 TVR.[176] As in October 2010, it averaged 3.7 to 4.5 TVR, occupying third position.[155]

In second week of 2011, it dropped to seven position with 4.26 TVR.[177] In third week of May 2011, it was at top position with 5.14 TVR.[178] Overall, it became the second most watched Indian Hindi television show of 2011.[179]

In the first week of the 2012, it was at eight position with 4.4 TVR.[180] In the last week of the month, it occupied first position while in early February, it was beaten by Saath Nibhana Saathiya with 0.1 TVR difference.[181] During IPL premiere in week 14 of 2012, it garnered 3.13 TVR, being pushed down to tenth position with the top positions occupied by the matches.[182] In week 22, during IPL finale broadcast, it garnered 3.7 TVR with fourth position in top 10 Hindi GECs of the week.[183] In last two weeks of 2012, it occupied second position and third position with 4.6 TVR.[184][185] In 2012, the average overall rating of the series was 5.2 TVR.[186]

During first week in 2013, it was in the second position with 4.6 TVR.[187] In week 7 2013, it was second most watched Hindi GEC with 4.3 TVR.[188] During last week of April 2013, it occupied sixth position with a trp of 2.6.[189] In September 2013, it occupied sixth position with 6587 TVTs (Television Viewership In Thousands) (6.5 million viewership).[190] In 2013, it was the third most watched Indian Hindi television show overall with an average of 7 million viewership and a peak viewership of 8.9 million.[191] In week 23 and 24 2013, it garnered 3.1 and 3.5 TVR.[192] As in August 2013, it was in fifth position with a trp of 3.0 and 6749 TVTs.[193][194] In week 50, 2013 it occupied the fifth position in most watched Hindi GEC with a TRP of 3.9.[195]

In week 24 2015, it occupied fourth position with 3.40 TVR and the following week, it occupied third position with 4.04 TVR.[196][197]

In the week ending 19 August 2016, it was occupying fifth position in Hindi GEC with 8.096 million impressions.[198] After the death of the character Akshara in November 2016, the ratings of the show which went down since few months, started to revive. During September to November 2016, it had a viewership averaged 4.9 million and was even out of top ten shows in urban. Post Akshara's death track, when the story started focussing on Naira and Kartik, the viewership increased gradually again, entering the top three shows back during March 2017 while it averaged 7 million viewership in urban.[199]

In week 24 of 2018, with the leap of two years, the ratings of the series increased, occupying third position while the following week it went down to sixth position and to eighth position in the next week in urban.[200][201][202] The following week (week 27), it increased to fourth position with 6.2 million impressions in urban.[203] In August 2018, the ratings of the show spiked becoming the second most watched Hindi show in urban averaging 8 million impressions during Naira and Kartik's divorce track.[204] In week 38, it was in third position with 6.4 million impressions in urban, beating its rival show on Zee TV Kundali Bhagya which airs at the same time of Yeh Rishta.[205] In week 40, it was in fourth position with 7.3 million impressions in urban.[206] In week 51, it was at sixth spot with 6.3 million impressions in urban.[207]

In first week of 2019, it occupied seventeenth position garnering 7.9 million impressions overall top 20 list (urban+rural).[208] In week 3 of 2019, it occupied third position garnering 6.6 million impressions, beating its rival show Kundali Bhagya in urban.[209] Following the five years leap in June 2019, the series which was out of top five Hindi GEC before made its entry back occupying second position.[210] Pankhuri Awasthi who entered as Vedika in June 2019 received many hatred from the audience due to her gray character[211] who was shown as hurdle between the reunion of the lead characters Kartik (Mohsin Khan) and Naira (Shivangi Joshi).[212][213] Hashtag #RIPdirectorskutproduction started to trend in social medias after Kartik and Vedika's marriage track.[214] Despite these, the show maintained the top spot in its urban viewership during this track and remained in top three Hindi GEC overall (urban+rural).[215][216][217] During which in week 28 it was at third position with 10.6 million impressions in urban+rural ratings with 7.2 million impressions in urban only.[218] In week 34, it garnered its peak rating of that year with 9.1 million impressions in urban being most watched there and 13+ million impressions overall, occupying second position.[219] However, its number one position held for many weeks was taken back by Kundali Bhagya during September 2019 pushing it to second garnering 8.1 million impressions in urban.[220] In week 45 2019, it occupied fourth position with 6.4 million impressions in urban.[221] In week 47, it was at third position with 6.78 million impressions.[222] In week 48, it occupied second position with 6.6 million impressions and the following week at sixth position with 6.1 million impressions in urban.[223][224] In week 52 and 53, it occupied seventh and tenth positions in Hindi GEC urban.[225]

It became the most watched Indian Hindi show on the digital platform Hotstar during 2019.[226]

During first week of 2020, it occupied tenth position in urban with 6.2 million impressions and jumped to fourth position with 7 million impressions the following week.[227][228] In week 6, it occupied second position with 6.9 million impressions while the previous week it was at seventh position.[229] In week 24 of 2020, the rerun of the series of the sequences after the four year leap in Star Utsav became the fifth most watched Hindi GEC in urban areas with 4.3 million impressions.[230] The following week, the rerun became the fifth most Hindi GEC overall (urban + rural) with 7.5 million impressions.[231] Post a week when the series resumed airing on StarPlus after a three months break owing COVID-19, in week 29, it was at sixth position in Hindi GEC urban with 4.793 million impressions.[232]

The series which could not enter top 5 Hindi GEC in urban post COVID-19 break since July 2020 made an entry on the first week of 2021 with 6.984 million impressions occupying fifth position with the death track of Naira.[233] While it dropped the following week, in week 4, it re-entered fifth position with 6.553 million impressions.[234][235] In week 6, it garnered 6.774 and 9.628 million impressions in urban and overall Hindi GEC occupying fifth and sixth positions.[236][237] The following week it maintained the position with 6.599 and 9.314 million impressions.[238][239] The following week the viewership increased to 7.185 and 9.907 million impressions maintaining its previous position.[240][241] The following week it increased to 7.45 million impressions in urban occupying fourth position.[242][243] In week 10, it garnered 6.901 and 9.560 million impressions in urban and overall Hindi GEC at fourth and sixth positions.[244][245]

Awards

Note: Only notable awards are listed below.

Indian Television Academy Awards

Year Category Recipient Reference
2009 Best Actress - Popular Hina Khan [246]
Best Actor -Popular Karan Mehra
Best Serial - Popular Rajan Shahi
Best Costumes Ritu Deora
2010 Best Direction Neeraj Baliyan [247]
ITA Scroll Honour 'Yeh Rishta & Bidaai'
2011 Best Direction' Neeraj Baliyan [246]
GR8! Ensemblance Cast Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
2012 Best Direction Neeraj Baliyan
2013 Best Actress in Supporting Role (Drama) Sonali Verma
Best Child Artist Shivansh Kotia
Best Music Composer Naveen
Best Dialogues Raghuvir Shekhawat
2014 Best Teleplay Rensil D'Silva,

Bhavani Iyer,

Priya Pinto,

2015 Best Actress Popular Hina Khan [246]
Best Actor Popular Karan Mehra
Best Show Popular Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
ITA scroll honor Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
2016 ITA scroll honor Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
2017 ITA Laurel For Longlasting Popularity Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai [248]
2019 Best Continuing Serial Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai [249]
2019 Best actresses Popular Shivangi Joshi [250]
2019 ITA award for longest running show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai [250]

Indian Telly Awards

Year Category Recipient Reference
2009 Best Fresh Face (Popular) Hina Khan [251]
Most Popular Ensemblance Cast Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
Most Popular Drama Series Rajan Shahi
Best Costumes Ritu Deora
2010 Most Popular Actress in a Lead Role Hina Khan [251]
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Drama (Jury) Sanjeev Seth
Most Popular Daily Series Rajan Shahi
Most Popular Ensemblance Cast Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
Best Direction Jai Kalra & Ram Panday
2012 Most Popular Continuing TV Series Rajan Shahi [252]
Best Direction Jai Kalra
2013 Best Onscreen Couple (Critics) Hina Khan & Karan Mehra [251]
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Drama (Critics) Abhijeet Lahiri
Best Television Show of the Year Rajan Shahi
Most Popular Show with Social Message
Most Popular Continuing TV Show
Most Popular Child Artist Shivansh Kotia
2014 Most Popular Child Artist Shivansh Kotia [251][253]
Most Popular Drama Series Rajan Shahi
Most Popular Continuing TV Programme
2015 Best Ensemblance Cast Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai [254]
2019 Best Continuing TV programme (Jury) Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai [255]

Star Guild Awards

Year Category Recipient Reference
2009 Best TV Storyline (Fiction) Saba Mumtaz [256]
2010 Best TV Programme of the Year Rajan Shahi [256]
2013 Best Direction Jai Kalra & Ram Panday [256]
2015 Best TV Storyline (Fiction) Saba Mumtaz [256]
Best Ongoing TV Program of the Year Rajan Shahi
Best TV Actress Hina Khan
2015 Best Writer Bhavna Vyas and Munisha Rajpal [257]
2016 Best Ongoing TV Program of the Year Rajan Shahi [256]

BIG Star Entertainment Awards

Year Category Recipient Reference
2010 BIG Star Most Entertaining Fiction Show Rajan Shahi [258]
2013 BIG Star Most Entertaining TV Actor (Male) Shivansh Kotia [258]
2014 BIG Star Most Entertaining Fiction Show Rajan Shahi [258]

Gold Awards

Year Category Recipient Reference
2018 Best Show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehata Hai [259]
Best Jodi Shivangi Joshi and Mohsin Khan [259]
Best Supporting Actor and Actress Sachin Tyagi and Parul Chauhan [259]
2019 Best Actress Female Shivangi Joshi [260]
2019 Best Actor Male (popular) Mohsin Khan [261]
2019 Best TV Show Fiction Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai [260]
2019 Longest Running Show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai [260]

See also

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