Chotti Bahu

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For the 1971 Hindi film, see Chhoti Bahu.
Chotti Bahu
छोटी बहू
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Intertitle of Chotti Bahu
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)
332 (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,starring Avinash Sachdev as Dev Raj Purohit and Rubina Dilaik as Radhika. The serial focuses on the youngest daughter-in-law, a great devotee of the Hindu god Krishna (often referred in the serial as "Kanha"). It also focuses on the vices of the Hindu caste system while glorifying the spirituality of the bonds of marriage.[2]

The show had two seasons titled Chotti Bahu – Sindoor Bin Suhagan and Chhoti Bahu - Sawar Ke Rang Rachi. Chotti Bahu season one was the pioneer of 7.30 time slot. This show not only created history by extending the prime time slot to early prime time 7:30 pm but it also delivered numbers which beat some of the best shows across GEC's in the prime time.[3][4] The second season was brought back on public demand after the abrupt ending of the previous season. However,it was not as successful as the first season.[5][6]

The series became very popular in countries like Mauritius, West Indies, Romania, USA, Trinidad, Malaysia, Thailand, Uganda and South Africa. Chotti Bahu season one currently reruns in Zee Anmol in India and Zee Lamhe in the UK. As from 2nd April 2015, the zee lamhe channel will be closing down, which will cease broadcasting of choti bahu in the UK. The return of the show is currently unknown at this point.

Dubbed version of the serial was telecast in Tamil language as Chinna Marumagal in Zee Tamil. It was remade in Telugu language as Chinna Kodalu which aired on Zee Telugu.

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

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.[7] The show ended on 17 September 2010. Chotti Bahu season one is the pioneer of 7.30 time slot. This show not only created history by extending the prime time slot to early prime time 7:30 pm but it also delivered numbers which beat some of the best shows across GEC's in the prime time.

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

It is a sequel of Chotti Bahu – Sindoor Bin Suhagan with a new plot and same lead actors. Although the season two was brought back on public demand, it was not as successful as the first season.[5][6]

Plot summary[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Set in Vrindavan, Choti Bahu focussed on the trials, tribulations[8] and sacrifices of Radhika, 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, and soon she get ready as bride and take the place of radhika and leave as bride.However on the first night Dev comes to know that he has married wrong person and told his mother so but she told him to keep silent. However Dev begins to meet Radhika and wants her as his wife. Here, Vishakha was not at all happy with rituals and responsibilities of purohits and so she wanted to leave for Delhi. Soon she leaves for Mumbai to be a heroin. After many pros and cons, Dev and Radhika finally marry. Vishakha becomes pregnant with Vikrams son, an old enemy of the purohits. Vikram goes to jail and Vishakha faces a miscariage because of Dev ,who take her to his home. Here at this point it is revealed to whole family that Radhika is the first wife of Dev. The whole family faces many examinations but finally Dev and Radhika prove innocent. A man named Shantanu proves to be Dev's elder brother. Now Shantanu, for the greed of becoming Rajpurohit, throws Dev down a mountain. Everyone believes Dev is dead but Radhika believes he is alive. After many pros and cons Dev returns.

Season 2[edit]

Radhika, is a Brahmin by birth, was adopted and brought up by a family of weavers in a small town. Twenty-three-year-old is a Purohit by birth. However, the truth is known only to Dadaji and Dai Maa. Dev visits the town where Radhika with his family, meets Radhika and become good friends. One day, while Radhika and Dev are playing in a temple, they reach a place where 50 couples are getting married. Dev rubs sindoor on Radhika's forehead, which she has gotten on her head by accident. This causes them to get married without their knowledge. When a priest who witnesses Dev and Radhika's "wedding" comes to Radhika's home and tells her parents that Radhika is married, Radhika tries to tell Dev about this, but is unable to meet him again.

After 12 years

Radhika is still waiting for Dev. Dev is completely unaware of the fact that he accidentally got married to his childhood friend Radhika. 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 can't 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 and characters[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Season 2[edit]


Season 1[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2009 New Talent Awards Best New Actor In Lead Role(Male) Avinash Sachdev as Dev Won
2009 Indian Telly Awards Fresh New Face(Male) Avinash Sachdev as Dev Won
2009 Indian Telly Awards Best New Actor In Lead Role(Male) Avinash Sachdev as Dev Nominated
2009 Zee Rishtey Awards Popular Male Face Of The Year Avinash Sachdev as Dev Won
2009 Zee Rishtey Awards Favorite Beti Rubina Dilaik as Radhika Won

Season 2[edit]

Awards Year Category Nominee Result
Zee Rishtey Awards 2011 Favourite Khalnayak Benaf Dadachandji as Barkha Won
Favourite Jodi Avinash Sachdev & Rubina Dilaik as Dev & Radhika Won


Season 1[edit]

The show fetched the TRPs above the range of 2.0- 5.0+ (4.2 - 10.5+ TVM ).

Season 2[edit]

The season 2 could not be as successful as season 1 it recorded 1.5-2.5 TRPs (3.0- 5.25+ TVM).


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  6. ^ a b "Dev and Radhika's Magic continues....". Zee TV. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "News Headlines > GECs threaten fresh programming blackout". 2008-11-01. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  8. ^ "Sitaron Ko Choona finale". 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 

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