Intertitle of "Kesar"
|Format||Indian Soap Opera|
|Created by||Balaji Telefilms|
|Written by||Story & Screenplay
Mahesh Pandey, Salil Sand, Bharvi Shah, Kalpesh Modi, Sonali Jaffar, Jainesh Ejardar & Gauri Kodimala
|Directed by||Hemant Prabhu, Yash Chauhan, Arvind Babbal , Rajesh Sethi, Sanotsh Kohle, Jasbir Bhatti, Garry Bhinder & Manish Singhania|
|Creative director(s)||Nivedita Basu & Bharvi Shah|
|Opening theme||"Kesar" by Shreya Ghoshal|
|Country of origin||India|
|Original language(s)||Punjabi & Hindi|
|No. of episodes||Total 650|
|Producer(s)||Ekta Kapoor & Shobha Kapoor|
|Editor(s)||Vikas Sharma, Nishit Shah & Mohd Salim|
|Cinematography||Ravi Naidu, Sudesh Kotnis & Suhas Rao|
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Original channel||STAR Plus|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV),|
|Original run||April 19, 2004 – May 31, 2007|
Kesar is an Indian television serial that aired on STAR Plus, based on the life of a young girl from rural Punjab named Kesar. Kesar concluded on May 31, 2007 but is currently being repeated from the beginning on the TV Asia channel in USA.
Kesar (Nandini Singh) is a traditional Punjabi girl living with her large extended family in a village. She gets an offer of marriage from the wealthy Mallya family, living in a big city. Kesar marries Rudra (Nikhil Arya), the son of the Mallyas. She tries her best to cope with the sophisticated urban lifestyle of her new family. But soon she finds herself trapped in a web of deceit. It is revealed that Rudra and his mother Pam have conspired against the innocent Kesar for the sake of some valuable inheritance. Kesar's life goes through a great deal of turmoil. She finds support from Rudra's friend Abhi, who loves her selflessly. But Abhi dies a tragic and early death. His heart is transplanted into the body of Harman (Yash Tonk), who begins to experience the same feelings of love for Kesar. Meanwhile, Kesar has given birth to Rudra's daughter Muskaan. Rudra dies in a bomb blast. After many more troubles, Kesar decides to marry Harman. However, they are separated by adverse circumstances.
Going through these vicissitudes, Kesar gets a new face and identity as Kavita (played by Prachi Shah). She marries Police Commissioner Arjun Gill and brings up Abhimanyu, his son from his first marriage, as her own. She continues to miss her daughter Muskaan and her adopted son Krish. Later on, Kesar is reunited with her daughter Muskaan. The secret that Kesar and Kavita are the same person comes out before everyone. Kesar continues to live with Arjun and Muskaan. Krish lives with Harman. Harman is married to Nupur but remains good friends with Kesar.
Nupur becomes jealous of Harman and Kesar's relationship. Nupur tries to kill Kesar, but instead hurts Harman and he became blind. The only person to know this is Nupur and Harman's daughter Khwaish. Krish meets Khushali, and they fall in love. Muskaan and Rohan meet and fall in love too. On their engagement night, Kesar finds out Rohan's real name is Ajay and he was married before. Krish and Khushali get engaged but Muskaan and Rohan do not. Rohan leaves the house but tells everyone that he had already informed Muskaan about this truth in a CD. However, Muskaan never managed to watch it. Later, the misunderstanding is cleared up. Muskaan decides to get back with Rohan, but on her engagement night, she is almost strangled to death. The person who wants to kill Muskaan is Naina, her wedding planner. Naina has loved Rohan for a long time but he does not love her. On Muskaan and Rohan's wedding day, police arrest him for killing his first wife. Naina is actually the one who has killed Rohan's first wife. She gathers evidence against Rohan and shows it to the police, so that his marriage will be delayed. Kesar and Arjun support Rohan. They compel Naina to admit that she killed Rohan's first wife. Naina then commits suicide.
Muskaan and Rohan get together. Then, on the day of their marriage, Muskaan refuses to marry Rohan. Abhimanyu is in love with Muskaan and has confessed his love for her. Then he rapes her. This matter is taken to court. Meanwhile, Nupur tells Harman that she is the reason behind his going blind. Nupur gets shot and dies. Then, one day, Arjun tries to kill Harman. The reason is that Arjun is jealous of Hrman's friendship with Kesar. However, Harman tells Arjun that his eyes have healed and he can see. Arjun is shocked to hear this. Kesar then brings the police and they arrest Arjun. Meanwhile, Muskaan and Rohan have got married. But Rohan beats up Muskaan, because he thinks that she and Abhimanyu are having an affair. When Rohan realises that it is not so, he apologises to Muskaan, but she doesn't forgive him. Muskaan and Kesar then move in with Harman, Krish, Khushali and Khwaish. They all live happily in Harman's house.
|Nandini Singh / Prachi Shah||Kesar Rudra Mallya||Female Lead|
|Eijaz Khan / Hiten Tejwani||Abhi||Male Lead|
|Yash Tonk||Harman||Second Male Lead|
|Nikhil Arya||Rudra Mallya||Parallel Male Lead and Antagonist|
|Sandiip Sikcand / Shakti Singh||Parmeet||(Kesar's father)|
|Indira Krishnan||Teji||(Kesar's mother)|
|Siddharth Malhotra||Shammi||(Kesar's younger brother)|
|Madan Joshi||Dharam Mallya|
|Surekha Sikri||Saroj||(Dharam's wife)|
|Kitu Gidwani / Natasha Rana||Pam Mallya|
|Rocky Verma||Inspector Yashwant Patil|
|Krishna Kohli||Nitika||(Rudra's real sister)|
|Nisha Rawal||Binita||(Rudra's cousin)|
|Aleeza Khan / Ashita Dhawan||Neha||(Rudra's cousin)|
|Gunjan Walia||Riya||(Rudra's cousin)|
|Shubhangi Gokhle||Harman's Bhua|
|Ashish Kumar||abhimanyu||(Muskaan's ex-fiance)|
Kesar got replaced by the show Karam Apna Apna