Bhabhi (TV series)

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Not to be confused with Meri Bhabhi.
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A promotional logo image for Bhabhi.
Created by UTV Software Communications
Written by Rajesh Beri & R M Joshi
Opening theme "Bhabhi" by Udit Narayan & Indira Menon
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
No. of episodes Total 1328
Producer(s) Ronnie Screwvala & Zarina Mehta
Running time approximately 23 minutes
Original channel STAR Plus
Picture format 576i (SDTV),
Original release 18 March 2002 – 23 May 2008

Bhabhi (Sister-in-Law) is an Indian Hindi language soap opera that premiered on 18 March 2002 on STAR Plus.[1] The series was produced by one of India's popular production house, UTV Software Communications, also known as UTV. It has ended on STAR Plus but is currently re-aired on TV Asia channel in USA. It ran for six years for a total of 1328 episodes, making it one of the longest running shows on Hindi television.


Bhabhi is the story of Saroj, a bride who finds her life changing drastically the minute she lifts her bridal veil. The newly married Saroj, her face hidden beneath her ghunghat, sets out with her husband, Dr. Prakash, to his place. Accompanying her is her sole blood relation — her elder brother. An unfortunate accident with another vehicle carrying a marriage party renders her unconscious. Hours later, as she recuperates in the warmth of her husband's home, she realises that the man she is with is not her husband. There is no trace of her Dr. Prakash and her brother. Saroj learns that the family she has come to — including her "husband" — have never met their bride face to face. She is mistaken for Pushpa — the girl who everyone thinks Tilak has married. When Saroj reveals her identity to Tilak, he is aghast. He realises that at the accident site,having never seen Pushpa's face,

As the two decide to reveal the case of mistaken identity, a crisis arises. Unable to accept the death of her husband in the accident, Tilak's mother falls ill. Tilak pleads with Saroj not to tell his family right away that she is not his bride.

Saroj is forced to assume the mantle of the daughter-in-law and give solace to Tilak's mother. She manages to save her life but is devastated at her loss. The adulation, love and total acceptance from each member of the family numbs her so completely that she decides, for the moment, to accept her position as "Pushpa bhabhi".



  1. ^ "Afternoon soap 'Bhabhi' launches on Star Plus Monday". 14 March 2002. 

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