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For the 1971 Hindi film, see Chhoti Bahu.
Chotti Bahu
छोटी बहू
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Intertitle of Chotti Bahu
Format Drama
Created by DJ's Creative Unit
Written by Sanjay Kumar, Damini K Shetty, Raaj Shetty, Dilip Jha & Archita Biswas Jha & S Mansavi
Starring see below
Opening theme "Baavre Naina" by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
"Har Raah Tere" by Ali Aslam (Season 2)
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
No. of episodes 469 (Season 1)
333 (Season 2)
Producer(s) Tony Singh & Deeya Singh
Running time 20 minutes
Original channel Zee TV
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original run Season 1: December 8, 2008 – September 17, 2010
Season 2: February 15, 2011- May 18, 2012

Chotti Bahu is an Indian television soap opera that aired on Zee TV between 2008 and 2012. The show had two seasons titled Chotti Bahu – Sindoor Bin Suhagan and Chhoti Bahu - Sawar Ke Rang Rachi.

Chotti Bahu – Sindoor Bin Suhagan (Season 1)[edit]

Choti Bahu - Sinduur Bin Suhagan (Hindi: छोटी बहू - सिंदूर बिन सुहागन) is an Indian television drama-series that aired on Zee TV channel and focuses on the youngest daughter-in-law, a great devotee of the Hindu god Krishna (often referred in the serial as "Kanha"). The serial also focuses on the vices of the Hindu caste system while glorifying the spirituality of the bonds of marriage.[1] The series was scheduled to premiere on November 10, 2008, but was delayed until December 8, 2008 due to the "Indian Television Strike" that began on November 9, 2008.[2] The show ended on 17 September 2010.


Set in Vrindavan, Choti Bahu focussed on the trials, tribulations[3] and sacrifices of Rhadika, the youngest daughter-in-law of the Purohit family and the adopted daughter of a priest. As a baby, Rhadika was found abandoned on the steps of a temple in the town of Vrindavan. She was adopted by Brij Mohan Shastri, a saintly priest, and his meek wife Devaki. Radhika grew up with Shastri's daughter, Vishakha. Both the girls were of the same age. Shastri's aged mother resented Rhadika and always treated her badly while indulging Vishakha. As a result, Vishakha grew up into a wilful, selfish and pampered brat. Radhika was a great devotee of Lord Krishna. Yet, because her true parentage was unknown, the orthodox people of Vrindavan did not permit her to enter temples. She was dutiful and patient. Vishakha often took advantage of Radhika's good nature to cover up her mistakes.

The Purohit family was a wealthy and powerful clan based in Delhi. The head of the family was the hereditary priest of a large and influential religious organization. Dev was the youngest son of the incumbent priest and a favourite with nearly everyone in the family, especially his grandmother. The Purohit family visited Vrindavan and here Dev saw Radhika for the first time. He fell in love with her at first sight. Owing to some confusion, he got the impression that her name was Vishakha. The Purohit family visited Shastri's house and asked for Vishakha's hand in marriage. Dev and Vishakha were engaged but, true to the traditions of their families, they did not meet face-to-face. Meanwhile, Vishakha found an opportunity to audition for a film role, which was a dream come true for her. On the day of her wedding, Vishakha went away for the audition and asked Radhika to cover up her absence till her return. Because of some unforeseen circumstances, Vishakha could not return in time. Therefore, it was Radhika who went through the wedding rituals with Dev. Radhika's face was veiled in keeping with tradition. The truth was only known to Shastri's mother and Devaki. Vishakha returned after the conclusion of all the rituals.

Chhoti Bahu - Sawar Ke Rang Rachi (Season 2)[edit]

Chhoti Bahu - Sawar Ke Rang Rachi (Hindi: छोटी बहू) is the second season of an Indian television dramas series The series premiered on February 15, 2011 and currently airs every Mon-Fri 7:30 pm. on Zee TV channel. It focuses on the lives of Radhika and Dev and is a different story than the first season. It has a different storyline and even some characters except for Dev and Radhika which are played by Avinash Sachdev and Rubina Dilaik respectively. However, this season of the show didn't became as popular as the first one and ended due to very low ratings.[4]


Radhika, a Brahmin by birth, was adopted and brought up by a family of weavers in a small town. Dev visited the town with his family, met Radhika and became good friends. One day, while Radhika and Dev playing in a temple, they reached a place where 50 couples were getting married. Dev rubbed sindoor on Radhika's forehead, which she had gotten on her head by accident. This caused them to get married without their knowledge. When a priest who witnessed Dev and Radhika's "wedding" comes to Radhika's home and tells her parents that Radhika is married, Radhika tries to tell Dev this but is unable to meet him again.

After 12 years

One night after college, Radhika meets Dev. Radhika feels bad that she is attracted to someone else. Later on, she finds out that Dev is the one she had married as a child and tells him the truth. Under obligations, he tells her to marry Rohan. He refuses.

A fire starts and Rohan gets badly burned. Dev meets Radhika in the hospital and asks her what caused the fire. She tells him that Rohan knows that she loves someone else. Radhika decides to get into their house as the choti bahu and wife of Dev.

The family accepts Dev and Radhika's relationship. However, everyone calls Radhikha an unchaste woman. To end this problem, Dadaji calls off Dev's marriage with Radikha and fixes it with Barkha. On the eve of Barkha and Dev's wedding, Barkha lies to Radikha that she has told Dadaji about what happened 12 years ago. Radhika therefore dresses up in Barkha's wedding dress and takes the wedding vows with Dev.

Radhika obediently performs all the duties of a choti bahu. Barkha puts sleeping powder in Dev's juice, causing him to become unconscious. Barkha then reveals that she loves Dev and Radhika overhears everything. Barkha murders Radhika. In a twist, Radhika returns after a month, but this time is different — she has become confident and fearless. This is because Kanha, the god Radhika is devoted to, has disguised himself as Radhika to put an end to Barkha's crimes, as Dev is made only for Radhika.

The rest of the story tells how Kanha teaches Barkha her lesson. One day, when Kanha is at home as Radhika, Dev asks her if she's alright. Radhikha asks why, and Dev tells her he saw her outside the temple begging for help. This is actually the real Radhika, who was reborn after Barkha tried to suffocate her. Dev is later poisoned by a juice that Barkha got originally for Radhika, and the family believes Radhika did it. Barkha repeatedly tries to get Radhika out of the house.

Then the real Radhika comes in the house. However, Kahna helps Radhika throughout everything. Barkha tries to murder Radhika again, but Dev stops her. The entire family then appears and disgraces Barkha, finally knowing her true nature. However, as Radhika faints, Barkha flees and successfully escapes. Later in the day, while Radhika and Dev go into the forest, Barkha tries to kill both of them, thinking that if she can't have Dev, no one can. However, everyone thinks she dies instead. The monastery was being taken by the bharawaj family which was however Radhikas real family. Ruby wants to kill Radhika even though she is her twin sister and that is the reason why she wants to kill her. Radhika and Dev both go to Mumbai to radhika's house but Dev feels uncomfortable when they get an unwelcoming welcome from Ruby. Ruby and Jolly (Rubys brother who loves her so much) try to make a plan to throw Dev and radhika out of the house. When everyone comes to the party and Radhika finds out that everyone was using her to get the monastery land and humiliate her husband she severs all ties with them and try to find krishnas idol and leave but kanha comes and tell Radhika she has to stay back alone because of the battle against right and wrong. Radika stays back but Dev and her in laws get mad at her and Radhika s family think that she did that for money and she became greedy. In the morning Radikha was doing a puja without an idol and ruby comes but she is not her self but an evil spirit comes and possessed her body and "Ruby" strangles Radhika but doesn't succeed. Radhika thinks that there is a bad omen when the mirror shatters and the curtains flow when the windows are closed. In the middle of the night Ruby suddenly enters the purohit house in Dev and Radhika s room. The spirit ruby faints after seeing kanha's photo. Dev is confused and the family.the next morning Ruby s family come to pick her up but the spirit comes in her and she says that she wants to stay and says that the monastery will stay with her. Then after a few incidents Radhika and Dev find out that Ruby is possessed by an evil spirit and the priest says that either Ruby or Radhika have to live but to take away the evil spirit radhika must go to a cave that leads to the world of death. she has to get an antidote that will take the evil spirit out of ruby's body. Radhika faces snakes and poisonous plants. She survives by praying to Kanha . At home sonia (Radhika's step-mother aunt), Rb (Radhika and Ruby s father), and Jolly think Dev is talking rubbish when he tells them that ruby is possessed by an evil spirit and she cant get out of the house. Sonia thinks that this is an opportunity to get the bharadwaj property and ruby would die. Jolly tells Ruby who is suffering that Dev is talking rubbish and takes off Kanha's locket to protect ruby then the spirit comes in ruby and kicks Jolly out. Jolly is shocked and so is the family. Radhika gets the antidote and tries to give it to ruby but the spirit flies and Tries to kill ruby radhika saves ruby .

Cast & Characters[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Season 2[edit]

Radhika was adopted by Mansaram after her mother's death. An ardent follower of Krishna, Radhika was married off to Dev in her childhood. Radhika is selected as the bride for Rohan and after marriage becomes the Choti Bahu of the Purohit family. Radhika is unaware of the fact the Dev, the Purohit's domestic help, is her real husband. She feels a spiritual connect with Dev at their first meeting. Radhika discovers the fact that Dev is her first husband but is unable to reveal it to him. Later on, Barka buries Radhika alive to get her true love, but since Radhika was an ardent devoteee of lord Kanha, kanha promises Radhika to take good care of the family while he is imposting her. Radhika finds out her real dad and sister and finds out the truth that her mother took her there for a festival and died in an accident.

Twenty-three-year-old Dev is a Purohit by birth. However, the truth is known only to Dadaji and Dai Maa. Principled and upright, Dev got married to Radhika when both were children. Dev completely forgets about his marriage and Radhika as he grows into an adult. However, destiny helps him meet Radhika when she is selected as the bride for Rohan.

Dev's guardian is the protagonist and she loves Dev and Radhika the most out of the whole family. She works for the purohits but they treat her like a mother. Dai Maa has a very strong heart and believes in Khana whole-heartedly. Dai Maa treated and still treat Dev like her son when no one knew who his real parents were but since they found out that paad maa is his mother but she loves him like his mother.

Radhika's friend and main female antagonist, now dead. But sources say that she will return to the show in the guise of a bride and trouble Radhika and Dev, ultimately killing Dev and bringing him into the other world.[citation needed]

Eldest daughter-in-law.

Padma's son. He and Dev used to friends and was intended to get married to Radhika. But when he found out Dev and Radhika love each other, he pretended to be mad and many times tried to kill Dev. When Rohan exposed himself as sane to Dev and Radhika, he forcefully tried to get Radhika accepted as his wife and tried to kill Dev when he intervened (Dev's friend and half-brother, antagonist).

Maheshwari's son

Second daughter-in-law

Dev's dead grandfather. He is the former head priest. He always knew who Dev's real parents were. Dadaji fell off the stairs when Mareshwari pushed him off to become head priestess. Dadaji died in a heart attack when he found out that Dev married Radhika instead of Barkha.

Mohini is Virat's wife and loves shopping and makeup and dressing up. Mohini is a talker and whenever there's a problems she makes a joke. Mohini doesn't like to work in the kitchen.

  • Gopaldas Purohit (Chayan Trivedi)

Virat's father. Gopaldas is a protagonist and he likes to recite riddles and jokes. He loves his family and doesn't like to see them hurt even when his wife and son try to hurt them.

Radhika's father

Radhika's brother

Lord Krishna

Male antagonist now dead. Radhika killed him and is a devil that Barkha hired to kill fake radhika.

Radhika's sister and was antagonist and is now protagonist who now loves Radhika she is a twin sister of her.

Radhika's and Ruby's biological father.

Ruby's stepmother, Jolly's mother and RB's second wife

Lord Krishna's partner and Rohan's fake wife


–===Season 1=== Zee Rishtey Awards 2009

Favourite Beti - Radhika

Popular Male Face Of The Year - Dev

2009 9th Indian Telly Awards

Popular Fresh New Face (Male) - Dev

2009 New Talent Awards

Best New Actor In Lead Role (Male) - Avinash Sachdev as Dev

Season 2[edit]

Awards Year Category Nominee Result
Zee Rishtey Awards 2011 Favourite Khalnayak Barkha (Benaf Dadachandji) Won[citation needed]
Favourite Jodi Dev & Radhika (Avinash Sachdev & Rubina Dilaik) Won[citation needed]


  • SEASON 1

The show fetched the TRPs above the range of 2.0-4.5+and gave stiff competition to Sasural Genda Phool .

  • SEASON 2

The season 2 could not be as successful as season 1 it recorded 1.5-2.0 TRPs.


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  2. ^ "News Headlines > GECs threaten fresh programming blackout". 2008-11-01. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
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