Bhabhi (TV series)
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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|
|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 run||March 18, 2002 – May 23, 2008|
Bhabhi (Sister-in-Law) is an Indian Hindi language soap opera that premiered on March 18, 2002 on STAR Plus. 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".
- Neha Mehta/Dolly Sohi ... Saroj/Pushpa (the main lead, protagonist)
- Joy Sen Gupta/Manish Goel/Mukul Dev/Manish Goel ... Tilak (Pushpa's husband)
- Rucha Gujarati/Kanchi Kaul/Rucha Gujarati ... Suhana saroj daughter main lead)
- Bhanujeet Sudan ... Nihal
- Tejal Shah ... Guddo
- Vishal Singh... Dev
- Sanya Sukhwinder ... Sushmita/Sush
- Pooja Bhatia ... Rishika
- Pariva Pranati ... Alpa
- Shoma Anand ... Reshma
- Darmesh Vyas ... Kuku (Tilak's uncle)
- Shilpa Shinde ... Manju (Saroj's cousin sister)
- Rahil Azam ... Rakesh (Tilak's brother)
- Pulkit Nanavati ... Dapinder
- Monty Patel ... Vicky
- Nadiya Rashid ... Sushma
- Manmeet Chopra ... Raju
- Shivshakti Sachdev...Mehak
- Vidya Sinha- Savitri
- Gurdeep Kohli - Gitanjali
- Nellu Kohli - Nanda Chachi
- Sunny Moza - Rahul
- Rita - Tilak's aunty
- "Afternoon soap 'Bhabhi' launches on Star Plus Monday". Indiantelevision.com. March 14, 2002.