Balika Vadhu

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Balika Vadhu
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Balika Vadhu Title card
Also known as Balika Vadhu – Kachchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte
Balika Vadhu – Lamhe Pyaar Ke
Genre Indian soap opera
Drama
Entertainment
Created by Sphereorigins Multivision Private Limited
Written by Purnendu Shekhar
Gajra Kottary
Rajesh Dubey
Usha Dixit
Raghuvir Shekhawat
Directed by Sidharth Sengupta
Pradeep Yadav
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
English
Rajasthani
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 2248[1]
Production
Executive producer(s) Zakir Shaikh
Sachin Chavan
Fuzel Khan
Producer(s) Sunjoy Waddhwa
Comall Sunjoy W.
Location(s) Jaitsar
Udaipur
Cinematography Sanjay K. Memane
Anil Katke
Editor(s) Santosh Singh
Janak Chauhan
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 20 minutes
Production company(s) Sphere Origins Multivision Pvt Ltd
Release
Original network Colors TV, Raj TV, Antv
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 21 July 2008 (2008-07-21) – 31 July 2016 (2016-07-31)
External links
Website

Balika Vadhu (English: Child Bride, Child Marriage) was an Indian soap opera that aired on Colors TV. It began airing on Colors TV from 21 July 2008 and had its final episode on 31 July 2016, thus ending a long 8 years saga on Indian television. The story which is set in rural Rajasthan traced the arduous journey of a child bride from the brink of childhood to womanhood. First season focuses on the life journey of Anandi and Jagdish, who were married in childhood. The second season reflects the lives of Anandi's daughter Dr. Nandini who was also a child bride. Balika Vadhu very sensitively portrays the plight of children who are unwittingly forced into marriage, in the name of tradition, and have to bear the repercussions for the rest of their lives[2] 

It has been credited as the first Indian fiction show to complete 2000 episodes.[3]

The show had two seasons titled Balika Vadhu – Kachchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte (English: Child Bride — Strong Relationships of Tender Age, Child Marriage — Strong Relationship of Tender Age) and Balika Vadhu — Lamhe Pyaar Ke (English: Child Bride — Moments of Love, Child Marriage — Moments of Love).[4]

Balika Vadhu has also been dubbed in Telugu as Chinnari Pellikuthuru on MAA TV being aired from Monday to Saturday at 7:00 PM and Tamil as Mann Vasanai on Raj TV and being telecast from Monday to Saturday at 7.30 pm IST.

Plot summary[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Balika Vadhu - Kachchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte traced the life journey of Anandi and Jagdish, who were married in childhood. Anandi at the age of eight had to accept and accustom herself to a new family of strangers and accept her roles as a friend, lover, wife and a daughter-in-law during childhood itself. When they grew up, Anandi fell in love with Jagdish, but Jagdish at the other hand fell in love with his college mate named Gauri. He divorced Anandi and married Gauri. Jagdish's family strictly followed the child marriage custom and refused to accept Jagdish's marriage with Gauri. Because of the rejection from her in law's Gauri became vengeful towards them which created problems in their marital life. Anandi on the other hand faced new challenges as she tried to carve out her own identity in the world. She met district Collector Shivraj Shekhar, whom Jagdish's family wanted her to get married to. Jagdish divorced Gauri after realising his mistake and wanted to return back to his family and Anandi. But as he returned back, he got the biggest shock of his life by getting the news of Anandi and Shivraj's marriage. After getting married with Shivraj, Anandi finally forgave Jagdish and they remained as good friends. After some time Jagdish met an girl named Ganga, who was also a victim of child marriage during childhood, and domestic violence by her in-laws. Jagdish helped her becoming free from her in-laws, supported her so she could fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse and eventually married her after realizing his love for her. He accepted her son Mahendra as his own and later became the father of her child named Abhimanyu. Meanwhile, Anandi and Shivraj adopted an orphan and gave him the love and affection of real parents. After two years of a happy married life, Shivraj died while trying to save Udaipur from a terrorist attack and Anandi shortly after that incident gave birth to their twins - Shivam and Nandini. Ganga furthered her studies to becomes a doctor with the help of Jagdish. Nandini later got kidnapped by a man named Akhiraj Singh who eventually married her to his son, Kundan. After twelve years of searching, Jagdish finally found Nandini and reunited her with her mother. Anandi and Jagdish got Akhiraj arrested but he later on ran away from the jail only to get his revenge against Anandi. The story of Anandi and Jagdish ended by Anandi getting shot to death by Akhiraj, and Jagdish getting justice to her by shooting Akhiraj. Anandi's death led to the next season reflecting the life of her daughter Nandini.

Season 2[edit]

Balika Vadhu - Lamhe Pyaar Ke traced the life journey of Dr. Nandini after the death of her mother Anandi. After a series of incident which eventually led to the separation between her and her brother Shivam, Nandini ended up getting adopted by Mr. Shekawat, who raised her and let her dream come true about becoming a doctor after fifteen years. Nandini made a promise to her deceased mother that she would fullfill her wish about opening medical treatments in every corner of Rajasthan, that Nandini herself wanted to name Anandi memorial. She got a big support by her mentor Dr. Amit Naresh Goel who had feelings for her.Shivam Becomes a Gangster and hideout from Nandini. Nandini later met a guy named Krish who tried to win her heart and he eventually succeeded as she started developing great feelings for him. Nandini later married Krish, only to get the surprise that the stepfather of Krish Abhayram was none other than her ex-husband Kundan who wanted exact revenge against her for being responsible for his father's death.Kundan beats Shivam badly and he loses his memory.After that he helps Sudha from her in-laws and slowly for her.At the end everyone including Krish and his mother Karuna got to know that the man claiming himself to be Abhayram's true intentions and that he was one behind Nandini's traumatic past. Nandini together with her family stopped Kundan which eventually led to his death by the hand of the police when he was trying to kill her. Nandini later got to know that the man whom she wanted her adopted sister Sudha to marry was none other than her own biological brother Shivam due to them growing together, and the children's of Anandi finally got reunited. The story of Balika Vadhu ended with Nandini summarizing the whole story through her mother Anandi's childhood to her present life, which she wrote down in a book by the same name.

The End...

Cast[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Main Cast[edit]

Recurring Cast[edit]

Season 2[edit]

Main Cast[edit]

  • Mahhi Vij as Dr. Nandini Krish Malhotra/Dr. Nandini Shekhawat/Nandini Shivraj Shekhar (2016)
  • Ruslaan Mumtaz as Krish Malhotra (2016)

Recurring Cast[edit]

Distribution[edit]

Dubbed versions[edit]

A dubbed version of the serial is being telecasted in Tamil as Mann Vasanai on Raj TV @ 7.30 pm every Monday to Saturday

A dubbed version of the serial is being telecasted in Telugu language as Chinnari Pellikuthuru on MAA TV @ 7.00 pm every Monday to Saturday

International broadcast[edit]

  • Croatia In Croatia, it began airing on Doma TV from Monday to Friday at 08:10 am (Central European time) under the title Mala nevjesta (Little bride).
  • Bulgaria In Bulgaria, it began airing on Nova TV from Monday to Friday at 04:30 pm (Central European time) under the title Малката булка (Little bride).
  • Romania In Romania, it began airing on TV National under the title Mica mireasa (Little bride).
  • Serbia In Serbia, it began airing on RTV Pink from Monday to Friday at 04:00 pm (Central European time) under the title Мала невеста (Little bride).
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina In Bosnia and Herzegovina, it aired on Pink BH under the title Mala nevjesta (Little bride).
  • Republic of Macedonia In Macedonia, it aired on Sitel TV under the title Малечката невеста (Little bride).
  • Montenegro In Montenegro, it began airing on Pink M under the title Mala nevjesta (Little bride).
  • Indonesia In Indonesia, it began airing on ANTV from 15 March 2016 under the title Anandhi but was airing from Monday to Friday at 4:00 pm (Indonesia Western Time) and Saturday to Sunday at 4:30 pm (Indonesia Western Time).[5]
  • Kyrgyzstan In Kyrgyzstan, it began airing on KTRK under the title Келин (Bride).
  • Kazakhstan In Kazakhstan, it airs under the title Келін (Bride) and broadcast on TV channel, Kazakhstan.[6]
  • Vietnam In Vietnam, the drama began airing under the title, Cô Dâu 8 Tuổi on TodayTV in 11 November 2014. The drama has enjoyed immense popularity in Vietnam and has been the number one show in the country since its premiere.[7] The show's popularity resulted in the show's actress, Avika Gor, receiving an award from the channel head of TodayTV.[8] Gor also visited Vietnam on a two-day trip to the country due to the success of the show; other cast members including Avinash Mukherjee and Smita Bansal also visited the country.[9] The show was the ninth most searched item in 2015 in Vietnam on Google as confirmed by the annual Google Trends end-of-year report.[10] The popularity of Balika Vadhu is part of a wider appeal towards Asian dramas in Vietnam, which experts say have a "cultural edge over their Western counterparts" due to cultural similarities that are found in soap operas imported from South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia.[11] Cast members, Siddharth Shukla, Avinash Mukherjee, Roop Durgapal and Aasiya Kazi visited Vietnam on a 7-day trip, from 13 to 19 July 2016.[12][13][14] Avika Gor visited Vietnam again from 23 to 25 June 2016, donating US$30,000 to Chợ Rẫy Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Sri Lanka In Sri Lanka, it began airing on TV 1 from Monday to Friday at 07:00 pm on 15 August 2016 under the title Punchi Manaali (Little bride).[15]

Awards[edit]

Winner

Year Award Category Recipient(s)
2008 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Drama Series (Jury) Sphere Origins
Best Director Siddharth Sen Gupta
Pradeep Yadav
Best Actress Drama Series (Jury) Avika Gor
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Sadiya Siddiqui
Best Actress in a Negative Role Surekha Sikri
Best Child Artist Avika Gor
Best Title Track Lalit Sen
Best Teleplay Purnendu Shekhar
Rajesh Duby
Gajra Kotheri
Best Dialogue Raghuver Shekhawat
Best Videography Sanjay Memane
2009 Best Drama Series (Jury) Sphere Origins
Best Director Siddharth Sen Gupta
Pradeep Yadav
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Smita Bansal
Best Actress in a Negative Role Surekha Sikri
Best Child Artist Avika Gor
Best Dialogue Usha Dixit
Best Teleplay Purnendu Shekhar
Rajesh Duby
Gajra Kotheri
Best Title Track Lalit Sen
Best Videography Sanjay Memane
Anil Katke
2010 Best Actress Drama (Jury) Surekha Sikri
Best Child Artist Avika Gor
Best Dialogue Usha Dixit
Best Teleplay Raghuvir Shekhawat
Rajesh Duby
Gajra Kotheri
Best Costume Designer Winnie Malhotra
Neelu Shroff
2011 Best Actress Drama (Jury) Surekha Sikri
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Anup Soni
2012 Best Title Track Lalit Sen
Best Costume Designer Winnie Malhotra
Neelu Shroff
Best Dialogue Usha Dixit
Best Videography Sanjay Memane
2013 Gr8! Performer of the Year Siddharth Shukla
2014 Best Actress Drama (Jury) Surekha Sikri
Best Story Purnendu Shekhar
Gajra Kotheri
2015 Special Recognition Aasiya Kazi, Gracy Goswami
Siddharth Sen Gupta
2008 Indian Telly Awards Best Child Artist Avika Gor
Best Actress in a Supporting role Smita Bansal
Best Actress in a Negative Role Surekha Sikri
Best Fresh New Face (female) Avika Gor
Best Programming on Social Issue Sphere Origins
2009 Best Popular Drama Series Sphere Origins
Best Child Artist (male) Avinash Mukherjee
Avika Gor
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Anup Soni
Best Title Track Lalit Sen
2010 Best Title Track Lalit Sen
Best Actress Drama Series (Jury) Avika Gor
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jury) Anup Soni
Satyajit Sharma
2012 Best Actor in a Supporting Role Anup Soni
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Surekha Sikri
Best Drama Series Sphere Origins
2013 Best Actress Surekha Sikri
2014 Best Story Purnendu Shekhar
Gajra Kotheri
Best Continuing TV Programme Sphere Origins

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Balika Vadhu Series Finale: Nandini Emerges Victorious". Voot TV. 31 July 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Colors TV Show/Serial - episodes, videos online on Colors". aapkacolors.com. Retrieved 2016-04-24. 
  3. ^ "'Balika Vadhu' becomes the longest running daily show on Indian TV". mid-day. Retrieved 2016-04-24. 
  4. ^ "A Pinch of Love; A Blend of Emotions…A Prescription for Happiness Balika Vadhu…Lamhe Pyaar Ke | Cine Speaks". cinespeaks.com. Retrieved 2016-04-24. 
  5. ^ "'Anandhi', Serial Terpanjang di India Segera Tayang di ANTV". Iyaa.com. 3 March 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Келін (келин) индийский сериал 2014, все серии, последняя серия, үнді киносы қазақша тілде көру соңғы серия". Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Outpouring of grief in Vietnam for 'Balika Vadhu' - Questions over actress's death in Mumbai, shock in Hanoi where serial tops television charts". The Telegraph. 3 April 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Tellychakkar Team (18 December 2014). "Vietnam calling for Avika Gor". Tellychakkar.com. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Indian teenage actress Avika Gor visits Vietnam". Thanh Nien Daily. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  10. ^ Alex Millson (19 December 2015). "Google's Top Search Terms of 2015 Reveal Asia's Differing Web Tastes". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "In Vietnam, The Soap Operas Are Diplomats". OZY Media. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  12. ^ dan-sao-phim-co-dau-8-tuoi-se-tro-lai-viet-nam-vao-thang-7-20160613100617875.htm
  13. ^ bon-dien-vien-phim-co-dau-8-tuoi-den-viet-nam-3418729.html
  14. ^ dan-dien-vien-co-dau-8-tuoi-ram-ro-sang-viet-nam-712928.html
  15. ^ https://www.facebook.com/tv1lk/photos/a.1253182168044845.1073741828.1135931999769863/1411430005553393/?type=3&theater

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