Bandini (TV series)
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Bandini (English: Female) was an Indian soap opera produced by Ekta Kapoor of Balaji Telefilms. The show aired Monday to Friday evenings. The show is the longest running program of Imagine TV at 520 episodes. It starred Ronit Roy and Aasiya Kazi and was set against the backdrop of Gujarat in Dharampur a village near Surat in Gujarat. The show premiered on 19 January 2009 on NDTV Imagine.    
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Santu Waghela (Aasiya Kazi) is a poor village girl, who lives in the village of Dharampur with her two sisters, Khemi (Leena Jumani) and Mongi(Akshita Rajput). The sisters stay with their maternal grandfather, Madhav Solanki, an experienced diamond cutter.
Middle-aged diamond merchant Dharamraj Mahiyavanshi (Ronit Roy) is the most powerful man in Dharampur. Dharamraj is facing problems at his diamond factory. In order to make sure that Madhav Solanki, his best worker, does not leave his employment, Dharamraj offers to arrange and sponsor Khemi's marriage to a worker named Mahesh. However, since Khemi's horoscope shows some inauspicious stars, unfavourable to marriage, it is decided that Mahesh will get married to Santu. Hours before the wedding, Mahesh is bribed by Dharamraj's rivals and flees Dharampur. The villagers protest. To calm them, Dharamraj, a widower, comes forward to marry Santu. The spiritual advisor to Dharamraj studies Santu's horoscope and predicts that her auspicious presence will solve all the problems affecting the Mahiyavanshis.
Dharamraj is still in love with his dead wife Subhadra, who has left him with 5 children: Hiten (Mrunal Jain), Kadambari (Prerna Wanvari), Maulik (Shardul Pandit), Birwa (Kimberly Jain) and Suraj. For Dharamraj, the decision to marry Santu is purely a business calculation. Once home, he ignores his wife Santu, and she is constantly abused by his older sister, Tarulata (Taru) Mahiyavanshi (Rasika Joshi). After a long time, however, Dharamraj and all his family members, except Taru and Maulik, accept Santu as a member of the Mahiyavanshi family. It is then revealed that Maulik is actually Taru's son, the result of her secret marriage to village outlaw Kanji Waghela.
Khemi and Hiten fall in love but are unable to get married to each other. Kadambari gets married to Shashank. Hiten eventually marries Toral and lives happily with her. Khemi gets married to Arjan, who is later discovered to be Dharamraj's long-lost son. Khemi and Arjan come to stay with the Mahiyavanshis . Arjan discovers Khemi's past relationship with Hiten. Furious, Arjan wants to kill Hiten but instead assaults Dharamraj. Birwa, trying to save her father, accidentally kills Arjan. To save Birwa, Santu takes the blame for the murder and goes to jail.
After 10 years
After 10 years Santu returns from prison. The Mahiyavanshis don't want her. Everyone in the Mahiyavanshi house is pretending to live happily. But Santu forces her way into the house, takes charge and starts many quarrels among family members. This brings many hidden problems to light. Dharamraj has shut himself away in a room and stopped mixing with people. Hiten is in charge of the business and household. Santu discovers that Toral, who has suffered many miscarriages, is being given drugs to induce abortion. Santu catches the culprit: Khemi. But Khemi repents and Toral forgives her. Later, Toral gives birth to healthy twin babies. Kadambari has separated from Shashank and married another man, who is quite evil, though she doesn't realize it. Shashank and Kadambari's daughter Nandini is torn between her parents. Maulik is involved in many crimes. Sarang, who is Birwa's fiance, seduces Mongi. In order to save Mongi from his clutches, Birwa marries Sarang. A doctor named Megha saves Nandini from certain death. Megha has a son, Vishal, and she claims that Dharamraj is the father of this boy. To everyone's surprise, medical tests prove that Vishal is Dharamraj's son. However, Dharamraj denies having an affair with Megha. Then Santu discovers that Vishal is her own son, who was born in prison and declared dead. In reality, Megha had stolen Vishal from the jail hospital. Vishal comes to stay with Dharamraj and Santu, but Megha kidnaps him again. Maulik, who had become involved in a child-kidnapping racket, is shot dead by his own mother, Tarulata. Mongi kills Sarang when she discovers how evil he is. Kadambari discovers that her second husband is quite evil. She leaves him and reconciles with her first husband Shashank.
After 16 years
After 16 years, Dharamraj's grandchildren have grown up. Tarulata has finally accepted Santu. Kadambari and Shashank are not on good terms with the Mahiyavanshi family owing to business-related conflicts. Kadambari has two sons Parth and Danish who are associated with their father Shashank and want to take over the Mahiyavanshi business . Santu is still waiting for her son Vishal to come home. After an extensive search, Vishal is found. He seems to be a very good person, but this is just a mask. Megha has poisoned his mind. He wants to destroy the Mahiyavanshi family by trying to separate Dharamraj and Santu. Dharamraj and Hiten, on finding out the truth, chase Vishal out of the house, leaving Santu shocked and ill. Dharamraj is forced to take Santu to Vishal's house. But Hiten and Kadambari team up with Triveni , a documentary film maker, to unmask Vishal in front of Santu. They show Santu some film clips that expose Vishal's true colours. Disillusioned, Santu comes back to the Mahiyavanshi house. Then Megha reappears. She uses Vishal to get back at the Mahiyavanshi family. Seeking revenge for his unmasking, Vishal drugs Triveni and takes advantage of her. She gets pregnant. Santu and Dharamraj ask Vishal to marry Triveni. In return, he asks Dharamraj and Santu to leave the house. They go and live in Mumbai where Dharamraj starts a new diamond business. After some time, they return to Dharampur. Meanwhile, Vishal has changed for the better. He apologises for hurting Triveni and his parents. He realizes that Megha has used him as a pawn. Santu and Dharamraj forgive Vishal when they see that his remorse is genuine. Santu finds out that she is pregnant once again. The whole Mahiyavanshi family is happy together.
- Ronit Roy ... Dharamraj Shakti Singh Mahiyavanshi(DM)
- Aasiya Kazi... Santu Dharamraj Mahiyavanshi
- Sameer Kakkar ... Saurabh Bhai(Bapuji)
- Tarla Joshi ... Vasudha Ben(Baa),
- Rasika Joshi ... Tarulata Kanji Waghela
- Kunal Thakkur ... Arjan Dharamraj Mahiyavanshi
- Leena Jumani ... Khemi Arjan Mahiyavanshi
- Mrunal Jain ... Hiten Dharamraj Mahiyavanshi
- Shardul Pandit ... Maulik Kanji Waghela
- Prerna Wanvari ... Kadambari Shashank Mehta
- Bharat Chawda ... Shashank Rasik Mehta
- Jatin Shah ... Sarang Vanraj Gohil
- Yash Dasgupta ... Suraj Dharamraj Mahiyavanshi
- Monika Singh ... Meghna Rasik Mehta
- Avinash Sahijwani ... Rasik Mehta
- Surendra Rajan ...Madhav Solanki
- Sarita Shivaskar ... Champakali
- Prashant Narayanan ... Kanji Waghela
- Chhavi Mittal ... Subhadra Dharamraj Mahiyavanshi / Anamika Desai
- Firdaus Dadi ... Megha Mehra
- Akshay Anand ... Manish Sabharwal
- Sumeet Sachdev ... Rudra
- Karan Sharma ... Krishna Arjan Mahiyavanshi
- Mohit Raina ... Rishabh Hiten Mahiyavanshi
- Yash Choudhary ... Nakul Hiten Mahiyavanshi
- Ashish Kapoor ... Vikram Suraj Mahiyavanshi
- Megha Israni... Nandini Shashank Mehta
- Mickie Dudaaney... Danish Shashank Mehta
- Rithvik Dhanjani ... Parth Shashank Mehta
- Jia Mustafa ... Triveni Vishal Mahiyavanshi
- Dharmesh Vyas ... Virat Sanghavi
- Maya Alagh ... Surekha Virat Sanghavi
|2009||9th Indian Telly Awards||Best Ensemble Cast||
|Best Actor (Male)||Ronit Roy||Dharamraj Mahyavanshi|
|Indian Television Academy Awards||Best Actor (Jury)||Ronit Roy||Dharamraj Mahyavanshi|
|New Talent Awards||Best New Actress in Negative Role||Rasika Joshi||Tarulata Mahyavanshi|
|2010||3rd Boroplus Gold Awards||Best Actor (Critics)||Ronit Roy||Dharamraj Mahyavanshi|
|Best Serial (Critics)||
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