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|Created by||Balaji Telefilms|
|Written by||Story & Screenplay|
|Directed by||Anil V Kumar|
Anoop Chaudhary, V.G Roy
|Creative director(s)||Doris Dey|
|Opening theme||"Kayamath" by Babul Supriyo & Priya Bhattacharya|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of episodes||411|
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Original network||STAR Plus|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV),|
|Original release||19 February 2007 –|
12 March 2009
Kayamath is an Indian soap opera that aired on STAR Plus. The show started airing on 19 February 2007 and ended on 12 March 2009.This show gained much popularity.
Kayamath emphasizes how relationships change over the course of time, with the concept of everlasting love as the underlying theme of the show. It is the story of Prachi, an ordinary young woman who faces many extraordinary situations in life.
The story begins with the introduction of two pairs of best friends living completely different lifestyles — Prachi/Neev and Milind/Ayesha.
Brought up in the lap of luxury, Neev Shergill and Prachi Shah are oblivious to the harsh realities that people often face in life. They are the children of close friends and business partners - Pranay Shergill and Inder Shah. Neev and Prachi are simple, straightforward characters. Their childhood friendship blossoms into love as they grow up.
On the other hand, Milind Mishra and Ayesha Mehra have lived in poverty all their lives. They have learn't to stand up for themselves and know how to deal with challenging situations. They too have been in love since they were kids.
Eventually, Prachi and Ayesha meet and become close friends within a short time. Neev and Milind are unhappy with this as they can't stand their friendship. Milind believes that Prachi is too much of a spoiled little princess, while Neev sees Ayesha as an ill-mannered, disrespectful brat. Meanwhile, Prachi's brother Alaap starts a relationship with Milind's sister Sukriti. Things turn ugly between Prachi and Milind's families when Alaap humiliates Sukriti and dumps her after a one-night stand.
Prachi was about to marry a man named Varun . He turns out to be a fraud. After many problems neev and prachi are about to get married when a shocking secret comes to light on the day Prachi's father dies, which brings Ayesha and Prachi's friendship to a halt. They discover that they are paternal half-sisters. Their father Inder once had an extramarital affair with Amrita (Ayesha's mother) while he was married to Premlata (Prachi's mother). Inder abandoned Amrita and went back to Premlata for the sake of the newborn Prachi. He was unaware that Amrita was pregnant with his child, Ayesha. Amrita became mentally unstable out of misery. Inder came to know of Ayesha's existence after her birth but didn't have the courage to face Amrita again. As a result, Ayesha was raised without either of her parents being actively involved in her life.
Ayesha begins to resent Prachi, holding her responsible for the way her life turned out and for Amrita's condition. A misunderstanding created by Alaap makes Ayesha's resentment turn into hatred. She decides to make Prachi pay. She takes over the Shah family's business empire and warns Prachi that she would hurt her by making sure she and Neev don't stay together. Prachi breaks up with Neev as she had promised her dead father that she'd always look out for Ayesha's best interests. Soon, Ayesha blackmails Neev into marrying her. Shortly after they get married, Prachi finds out that her father didn't die in an accident ; he was murdered.
Milind, who had moved to Turkey to make money, re-enters the story as a millionaire. Now powerful and wealthy, he wants revenge against the Shahs for what they put him, Sukriti and Ayesha through. However, he is shattered when he finds out that Ayesha has married Neev. To teach Ayesha a lesson as well as to make Prachi pay for Alaap's misdeeds, he presents Prachi with a deal: He will help her find out who killed her father if she agrees to get into a marriage of convenience with him. Prachi accepts.
Milind and Prachi's marriage leaves Neev and Ayesha devastated. Milind uses Prachi to make Ayesha jealous, but when he's alone with Prachi he mistreats and humiliates her. However, she fulfills all the duties of a wife without hesitation and quietly puts up with Milind's misbehaviour. Slowly, Milind starts respecting and caring for Prachi. Ayesha constantly attempts to create misunderstandings between the two by making Milind believe that Prachi couldn't care less about him or their marriage. She also implies that Prachi is cheating on him with Neev. Eventually, Neev comes to know that Ayesha was the reason why Prachi ended her relationship with him. He confronts her, declaring his love while she apologizes. Milind witnesses this, which further instigates his suspicions. One situation leads to another and Milind/Prachi have a heated confrontation one night. The misunderstandings are cleared; Milind pulls Prachi into a kiss and they consummate their marriage.
Milind and Prachi's relationship continues to grow stronger. Prachi comes to know about Sukriti and Alaap's illegitimate son, Ritvik, whom Sukriti has kept a secret. Prachi brings the child home and pretends to be his mother after Ayesha claims that he is the product of Prachi's extramarital affair with Neev. This infuriates Milind and he takes the matter to court. The two nearly get divorced, but the truth comes out just in time — much to Ayesha's displeasure. She decides to get Prachi out of Milind's life once and for all, by murdering her. Her plan backfires: Milind is the one who gets hit by her car. This causes him to have partial amnesia, where he doesn't remember his life beyond his return from Turkey. Ayesha seizes this opportunity to the fullest by encouraging Milind to avenge the Shahs through Prachi. Meanwhile, Neev ends his marriage with Ayesha, who forces him and Prachi to marry so that Milind could be hers. A date is set for the Neev/Prachi and Milind/Ayesha weddings. In spite of his seething hatred towards Prachi, Milind finds himself drawn towards her. A mutual confession follows between Milind/Prachi, after which Milind leaves Ayesha at the altar. His memory returns after Ayesha unintentionally tells him about the memories of him and Prachi which he has forgotten. Seeing that Milind/Prachi have reunited in spite of all the hurdles she created, Ayesha gives up on her quest to tear them apart.
Mallika, a businesswoman, enters the story. She is instantly smitten by Milind and thus plots to get Prachi out of the picture. Ayesha gets wind of her true intentions and warns her to stay away from Milind/Prachi. One night Mallika brings Milind to her uncle's farmhouse and tampers with his drink, making him pass out. Before she could take advantage of the situation, Ayesha shows up. The two get into a scuffle, during which Mallika stabs and kills Ayesha. Prachi learns that she is pregnant but, before she can tell Milind, she finds out that Ayesha has been murdered and Milind is arrested for it.
Mallika forces Prachi to leave Milind on the condition that she'll stand as witness and help Milind to get rid of the false accusations. After a lot of hesitation, Prachi agrees and leaves Milind to catch a train. In the meanwhile, Milind is released. Prachi humiliates him over the phone but cannot keep herself away when she comes to know that Milind has gone to visit Mallika. Milind figures out that Mallika is responsible for Prachi's sudden decision to leave him. He tries to stop Prachi but in vain. Prachi gets into a train to Kolkata. She meets a Bengali couple - Proteek Dasgupta and his wife Panchi, who are travelling with their infant. Panchi hears out Prachi's story and urges Proteek to convince her to stay with them at their house. Milind drives off to the station where Prachi's train is supposed to arrive. Upon reaching there, he and the Shahs come to know that there has been a blast in the Kolkata express. They find Prachi's belongings and assume she's dead.
Five years later
The scene shifts to five years later, where Prachi is shown to be living with Proteek and his family. Through flashbacks it is revealed that Panchi had died in the bomb blast. Proteek honoured her last wish by inviting Prachi to stay with him and his family. Prachi accepted his offer seeing as she had nowhere else to go. When they arrived at the Dasgupta household, Prachi was assumed to be Panchi as nobody had met the real Panchi before. Proteek requested Prachi to pretend to be his wife as his ailing father wouldn't be able to bear the shock of his daughter-in-law's death. Back to the present, Proteek and Prachi have been pretending to be a couple for the last five years. They're raising two children, Suprateek (Proteek and Panchi's son) and Sumonto (Milind and Prachi's son). Proteek has fallen in love with Prachi and hopes that she'll reciprocate his feelings someday.
On Sumonto's birthday, Prachi gives him a gold chain she had made for Milind. Sumonto, being his usual naughty self, is chased by Tanushree Dasgupta, Proteek's elder sister-in-law. Sumonto falls from the terrace and hurts himself badly. He has to be hospitalized. Prachi fails to arrange blood for Sumonto. When she reaches the hospital, Proteek tells her that a stranger has donated blood to Sumonto. Prachi wants to thank the stranger personally and goes to his room. Although she cannot find the person, she finds a locket with Milind's and her picture. Prachi is convinced that Milind saved their child's life and runs after him to meet him. But she remembers Mallika's warning and stops herself.
The nurse from the hospital calls Prachi up and says that the man who donated blood to Sumonto is at the hospital and wants his locket back. Prachi rushes there but misses him. She finds out that he left with a social worker named Sushmita Chatterjee. Later on, she meets Sushmita, who reveals that she runs a rehabilitation center for people who are alone and distressed. A completely shattered Milind is shown sitting on the floor of a room in the rehab center, clutching Prachi's picture. His appearance is extremely shaggy and unkempt.
Prachi reaches the rehab center to meet Milind only to find out he has left already. Meanwhile, Proteek has an accident on his way from Bhuvaneshwar to Kolkata. Milind saves him and brings him back to Kolkata. Prachi sees Milind but hides from him as she is in a dilemma about which to choose between her love Milind and her responsibility to the Dasguptas. During his stay, Milind begins to bond with Sumonto. After he comes face to face with Prachi, she explains why she's living with the Dasguptas and that Sumonto is his son. She urges him to keep their relationship a secret, but he vows to get his wife and son back. On the day Prachi and Proteek are to marry, the latter stops the wedding and says that he knows the truth about Milind. Milind and Prachi reunite and return to the Shah house with Sumonto.
Alaap, though married to Sukriti, is having an affair with a woman called Kamya. He tries to keep this from the family but they come to know about it. Meanwhile, it appears that Ayesha has come back with a different name, Gayatri. She is Sumonto's school teacher. Prachi is very confused because she thinks that Gayatri is Ayesha, but Gayatri says she is not. On the other hand, Alaap creates some problem because of which Milind is expected to give ₹ 120 crores to some creditors. Milind is very tense. He goes to the creditors and asks for some time. They give him six months to pay the amount. He is asked to sign papers agreeing to give his house as a guarantee to the creditors. They say that they have to wait for their boss to come and sign the papers; it is revealed that the boss is Kamya.
The Shah household is having lots of financial problems. Gayatri gets a job for Prachi; she is very happy. Prachi gets a Ganesha statue and goes to Gayatri's house to give it to her out of gratitude. When Gayatri sees the statue she becomes very tense and cannot bear to look at it. On Prachi and Milind's wedding anniversary, the whole family gives them a surprise party. Gayarti also comes to the party. Prachi brings her to meet Milind. But when Prachi turns towards Gayatri she is surprised to see no one there. Then Gayatri reveals that she is Ayesha's spirit, whom no one but Prachi can see. The spirit tells Prachi that she will get into her body and live as Milind's wife. Prachi begs Ayesha not to do so, but the spirit is adamant.
Ayesha's first target in the family is Prachi's grandmother, who is nearly killed. Then the spirit makes Prachi befriend Kamya, which upsets Sukriti. Ayesha's spirit is ruining Prachi's life. Meanwhile, Alaap begins to change for the better. Sukriti decides to kill herself because of everything that has happened, but she is saved by her friend Raghav. Alaap feels jealous because of Sukriti and Raghav's close friendship.
An elderly female relative, called Bua by everyone, visits Milind and Prachi. She is a very religious person. She keeps getting a feeling that something is wrong with Prachi. So she tells Milind to take Prachi away from the family for a few days. Milind tells Prachi that he wants to take her out for dinner and she agrees. By the time Milind arrives to pick up Prachi, Ayesha's ghost has entered her body. Prachi, with Ayesha's ghost inside her, behaves suspiciously. Milind takes her out to Shimla on a holiday. Meanwhile, Bua figures out that someone is hypnotizing Prachi, causing the odd behaviour. Finally, it turns out that Neev's father Pranay Shergill is the culprit. Pranay had earlier killed Inder Shah. Now he is hypnotizing Prachi with the help of black magic because he wants to have Milind killed at her hands. However, with Bua's help, Milind foils Pranay's plans. Pranay gets sentenced in the court, while Milind and Prachi live happily.
|Shabbir Ahluwalia||Milind Mishra||Main Male Lead (Prachi's Husband), (Sumonto's father), (Ayesha's ex-boyfriend)|
|Panchi Bora||Prachi Milind Mishra||Main Female Lead (Milind's Wife), (Sumonto's Mother), (Neev's best friend and ex-girlfriend), (Alaap, Saumya and Bobby's sister) (Ayesha's half sister)|
|Jay Bhanushali||Neev Shergill||Parallel Male Lead (Prachi's best friend and ex-boyfriend), (Ayesha's ex-husband)|
|Sanjeeda Sheikh||Ayesha Mehra / Gayatri||Parallel Female Lead / Main Antagonist (Milind's ex-girlfriend), (Neev's ex-wife), (Prachi, Alaap, Saumya and Bobby's half-sister)|
|Mohnish Behl / Ronit Roy||Inder Shah||(Father of Prachi, Alaap, Saumya, Bobby and Ayesha)|
|Prachi Shah||Premlata Inder Shah||(Mother of Prachi, Alaap, Saumya and Bobby)|
|Neena Kulkarni||Mrs Shah / Dadi||(Inder's mother), (Premlata's Mother in law), (Prachi, Alaap, Saumya, Bobby and Ayesha's Grandmother)|
|Churni Ganguly||Amrita Mehra||(Ayesha's mother), (Inder's ex-girlfriend)|
|Sooraj Thapar||Pranay Shergill||(Neev, Saket and Purvi's Father), (Antagonist)|
|Sajni Srivastav||Niharika Shergill||(Neev, Saket and Purvi's Mother), (Antagonist)|
|S M Zaheer||Baba Mishraji||(Milind & Sukriti's Father), (Prachi and Alaap's Father-In-Law)|
|Bharat Arora||Alaap Inder Shah||(Prachi, Saumya and Bobby's brother), (Ayesha's half brother), (Sukriti's Husband), (Antagonist turned Protagonist)|
|Vimmi Bhatt||Purvi Shergill||(Neev and Saket's sister)|
|Anu Sinha||Saumya Inder Shah||(Prachi, Alaap and Bobby's sister), (Ayesha's half sister), (Saket's ex-girlfriend)|
|Anu Sinha||Priyanka||(Neev's ex-girlfriend)|
|Ayushmann Khurrana / Alok Narula||Saket Shergill||(Saumya's ex-boyfriend), (Sukriti's ex-husband)|
|Gaurav Gupta||Bobby Inder Shah||(Prachi, Alaap and Saumya's brother), (Ayesha's half brother), (Milind and Sukriti's Brother-In-Law)|
|Azaan Shah||Sumonto Milind Mishra||(Milind and Prachi's son)|
|Vinisha Dugar||Sukriti Mishra / Saket Shergill / Alaap Shah||(Alaap's wife)|
|Prinal Oberoi||Nayantara Ashok Mehta||(Ashok Mehta's daughter), (Prachi,Alaap, Saumya and Bobby's cousin)|
|Ashok Lokhande||Ashok Mehta||(Nayantara's father), (Premlata's brother) - (Antagonist)|
|Gaurav Chaudhary||Proteek Dasgupta||Panchi Dasgupta's Husband|
|Anita Hassanandani||Swati Varun Bhatia/Preeti||(Varun's wife)|
|Eijaz Khan||Varun Bhatia||Antagonist (was to marry Prachi but cheated on her, Swati's husband)|
- Smriti Irani as Tulsi (from Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi)
- Sakshi Tanwar as Parvati (from Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii)
- Hina Khan as Akshara (To promote Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai)
- Sara Khan as Sadhna (from Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai)
- Parul Chauhan as Ragini (from Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai)
- Additi Gupta as Heer (from Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil)
- Harshad Chopra as Prem (from Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil)
- Puja Banerjee as Vrinda (from Tujh Sang Preet Lagai Sajna)
- Kayamath replaced Kahiin To Hoga when it ended on 15 February 2007.