Balika Vadhu

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Balika Vadhu
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Also known as
  • Balika Vadhu – Kacchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte
  • Balika Vadhu – Lamhe Pyaar Ke
GenreSoap Opera
Written by
Directed by
Creative directorSiddhartha Vankar
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes2,248
Executive producers
  • Zakir Shaikh
  • Sachin Chavan
  • Fuzel Khan
  • Sunjoy Waddhwa
  • Comall Sunjoy W.
Production locations
  • Sanjay K. Memane
  • Anil Katke
  • Santosh Singh
  • Janak Chauhan
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time20 minutes
Production companySphere Origins
Original networkColors TV
Picture format
Original release21 July 2008 (2008-07-21) –
31 July 2016 (2016-07-31)
Chhoti Anandi
Balika Vadhu 2

Balika Vadhu (English: The Child Bride) is an Indian soap opera that was aired on Colors TV between 21 July 2008 and 31 July 2016 with 2,245 episodes. The story is set in rural Rajasthan and revolves around the life of a child bride from childhood to womanhood.[2]

The show consists of two parts. The first part, Balika Vadhu - Kacchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte (English: Child Bride - Strong Relationships of Tender Age) which ran for 2,164 episodes, focused on Anandi and Jagdish, who were married in childhood. The second part, Balika Vadhu - Lamhe Pyaar Ke (English: Child Bride - Moments of Love) which ran for 84 episodes, reflects the life of Anandi's daughter, Dr. Nandini, also known as Nimboli, who was also a child bride.[3] After airing for 8 years, the serial ended on 31 July 2016.


Balika Vadhu follows the lives of Anandi and Jagdish, who were married as children, and the challenges they and their families face over several decades.



  • Pratyusha Banerjee / Toral Rasputra as Anandi Shivraj Shekhar / Anandi Jagdish Singh..: Khajaan and Bhagwati's daughter; Jagdish's ex-wife; Shivraj's wife; Nandini and Shivam's mother; Amol's adoptive mother krish and sudha's mother-in-law (2010–2013) / (2013–2016)
    • Avika Gor as Child Anandi Singh (2008–2010)
  • Shashank Vyas / Shakti Anand as Dr. Jagdish "Jagya" Singh: Bhairon and Sumitra's son; Sugna's brother; Anandi and Gauri's ex-husband; Ganga's husband; Abhimanyu's father; Mannu's step-father. (2010–15) / (2015–16)
  • Sidharth Shukla as IAS Shivraj "Shiv" Shekhar: Anoop and Meenakshi's son; Mahi's brother; Sanchi's cousin; Anandi's second husband; Nandini and Shivam's father; Amol's adoptive father krish and sudha's father-in-law(2012–2015)
  • Mahhi Vij as Dr. Nandini Shekhar Malhotra: Anandi and Shivraj's daughter; Naren and Jamuna's foster daughter; Shivam's twin-sister; Sudha's foster sister; Kundan's ex-wife; Krish's wife. (2016)
  • Ruslaan Mumtaz as Dr. Krish Malhotra: Kundan's step-son; Nandini's husband. (2016)
  • Surekha Sikri as Kalyani Devi Singh: Dharamveer's widow; Bhairon's mother; Basant's foster mother; Jagdish and Sugna's grandmother; Nandu and Bhairavi's foster grandmother; Abhimanyu, Varun and Shagun's great-grand mother (2008–2016)
  • Sriti Jha / Sargun Mehta / Aasiya Kazi as Ganga Singh: Ratan's ex-wife; Jagdish's third wife; Mannu and Abhimanyu's mother (2013–2015) / (2015–2016)
  • Anjum Farooki/Deblina Chatterjee as Dr. Gauri Singh: Jagdish's ex-wife (2010–2012)/(2014)
  • Anup Soni as Bhairon Singh: Dharamveer and Kalyani's son; Sumitra's husband; Jagdish and Sugna's father; Abhimanyu, Varun and Shagun's grandfather (2008–2014)
  • Smita Bansal as Sumitra Bhairon Singh: Bhairon's wife; Jagdish and Sugna's mother, Abhimanyu, Varun and Shagun's grandmother (2008–14)


  • Dishank Arora as Shivam Shekhar: Anandi and Shivraj's son; Nandini's younger twin brother; Sudha's love interest. (2016)
    • Viren Vazirani as Child Shivam Shekhar (2015–2016)
  • Yukti Kapoor as Sudha Shekhawat: Naren and Jamuna's daughter; Nandini's younger foster sister; Premal's ex-wife; Shivam's love interest. (2016)
  • Vineet Kumar Chaudhary as Kundan Singh: Akhiraj and Harki's son; Kamali's younger brother; Urmila and Nandini's former husband; Krish's stepfather (2016)
    • Sparsh Srivastav / Karan Pahwa as Teenage Kundan Singh (2015–2016)
  • Shahab Khan as Naren Shekhawat: Jamuna's husband; Sudha's father; Nandini's foster father (2016)
  • Neetu Pandey as Jamuna Shekhawat: Naren's wife; Sudha's mother; Nandini's foster mother (2016)
  • Vibha Anand / Janvi Chheda as Sugna Singh: Bhairon and Sumitra's daughter; Jagdish's sister; Shyam's wife; Varun and Shagun's mother (2008–2010) / (2011–2013)
  • Vikrant Massey / Sachin Shroff as Shyam Singh: Madan's son; Sugna's husband; Varun's foster father; Shagun's father (2009–2010)/(2011–2013)
  • Shivansh Kotia / Rudra Soni as Varun Singh: Pratap and Sugna's son; Shyam's Foster-son and Shagun's Brother (2010)/(2011–2013)
  • Satyajit Sharma as Basant Dharamveer Singh / Mahaveer Singh: Jamuna and Gehna husband, Nandu and Bhairvi father (2008–2014)
  • Neha Marda / Sheetal Khandal as Gehna Basant Singh / Gehna Niranjan Singh: Basant former wife, Niranjan's wife,Nandu and Bhairvi mother (2008–12) (2012–15)
  • Roop Durgapal as Sanchi Kabra (ńee Shekhar): Alok and Iravati's daughter; Shivraj and Mahi's sister; Vivek's wife (2012–2015)
  • Jaineeraj Rajpurohit as Alok Shekhar: Premkishore's son; Anoop's brother; Iravati's husband; Sanchi's father, Shivraj and Mahi's uncle (2012–2015)
  • Sonal Jha as Iravati Shekhar: Alok's wife; Sanchi's mother, Shivraj and Mahi aunt (2012–2015)
  • Anita Kulkarni as Meenakshi Shekhar: Anoop's wife, Shivaraj and Mahi's mother, Sanchi's aunt,Shivam and Nandini's grand mother (2012–2015)
  • Avinash Wadhawan / Akshay Anand as Anoop Shekhar: Premkishore's son; Meenakshi's husband, Shivraj and Mahi's father,

Sanchi's uncle,Shivam and Nandini's grand father (2013–2014)/(2014–2015)

Crossover episodes[edit]


In each Trishakti cross-over, three serials were broken down into parts and aired successively.

Trishakti episodes[edit]

No. Air Date Serials
1 19 February 2016 Thapki Pyar Ki Sasural Simar Ka Ishq Ka Rang Safed
2 10 March 2016
3 17 March 2016 Thapki Pyar Ki Sasural Simar Ka Balika Vadhu
4 29 March 2016 Thapki Pyar Ki Sasural Simar Ka Udaan
5 8 April 2016
6 21 April 2016 Thapki Pyar Ki Sasural Simar Ka Ishq Ka Rang Safed
7 12 May 2016 Swaragini Sasural Simar Ka Udaan
8 20 May 2016 Thapki Pyar Ki Sasural Simar Ka Udaan
9 26 May 2016 Thapki Pyar Ki Sasural Simar Ka Balika Vadhu
10 13 June 2016 Ishq Ka Rang Safed Sasural Simar Ka Balika Vadhu


Language Title Original release Network(s) Last aired Notes
Kannada Putta Gowri Maduve
ಪುಟ್ಟ ಗೌರಿ ಮದುವೆ
12 March 2012 Colors Kannada 9 October 2022 Remake
Bengali Gouridaan
15 April 2014 Colors Bangla 19 September 2015
Malayalam Baalika Vadhu
ബാലിക വധു
04 February 2014 Surya Tv Final episode date unavailable Dubbing



Balika Vadhu became one of the most watched Hindi GEC in its runtime and is one of the shows which helped get newly launched channel Colors TV to the first position in Hindi GEC, beating the nine years top position maintained by Star Plus.[4][5]

Balika Vadhu opened to a mix of positive and negative responses. While some appreciated it for portraying the issues of child marriage, some criticised it for glorifying child marriage. It had a very low initial rating of 0.7 TVR, but by five weeks after launch, it had entered the top 5 most-watched Hindi GEC and had become Colors TV's top programme.[6][7][8]

In five weeks after launch, it entered the top 5 most-watched Hindi GEC.[9] Thus, Balika Vadhu helped Colors TV's top positioning a lot. Balika Vadhu often held top position mostly on the ratings charts from 2008 to till 2013.

In 11 week of 2009, it occupied third position with 5.9 TVR.[10] In week ending 13 June 2009, it was at fourth position with 5.3 TVR.[11]

In week 11 of 2010, it occupied top position and garnered 7.7 TVR.[12] In week 30 of 2010, it occupied with the top position with 6.9 TVR.[13]

In week ending 28 May 2011, it occupied the top position with 4.91 TVR.[14] In week 24 of 2011, it was at second position with 4.81 TVR.[15] In first two weeks of August 2011, it garnered 6.1 and 5.2 TVRs maintaining its top position.[16]

In the first week of 2012, it occupied the second position with 4.76 TVR.[17] In week 50 of 2012, it was at top position with 5.8 TVR.[18]

In last week of July 2013, it was at second position with 3.9 TVR.[19]


The series received a mix of both positive and negative responses. While some applauded the series for portraying the issues of child marriage, which had never before been shown on Indian television, others criticized the series glorifying child marriage.[20]

The series was also addressed in Indian Parliaments during 2009, prompting the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to stop its telecast, condemning it for portraying child marriage against the Indian constitutional law.[21][22][23]


A reboot of the show named Balika Vadhu 2, aired on the same channel from 9 August 2021 to 29 March 2022.


An animated series, Chhoti Anandi, was launched in 2016. The show focuses on the adventures of an 8 years old Anandi and her friends. It was simulcasted on Colors TV and Rishtey from January to April 2016.[24] The animation was provided by HopMotion animation studio.[25]


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