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
Genre Indian soap opera
Drama
Entertainment
Created by Sphere Origins
Written by Purnendu Shekhar
Gajra Kottary
Rajesh Dubey
Usha Dixit
Raghuvir Tomagola
Manisha Singh
Kovid Gupta
Raman Manaktala
Directed by Sidharth Sengupta
Pradeep Yadav
Starring Avika Gor/Pratyusha Banerjee/Toral Rasputra as Anandi (Season 1)
Avinash Mukherjee/Shashank Vyas/Shakti Anand as Jagdish (Season 1)
Surekha Sikrias Grandma Kalyani (Season 1)
Gracy Goswami as Nandini/Nimboli (Season 1)/Mahhi Vij as Nandini (Season 2)
Ruslaan Mumtaz as Krish (Season 2)
Vineet Kumar Chaudhary as Abhayram/Kundan
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 2,245
Production
Executive producer(s) Zakir Shaikh
Sachin Chavan
Fuzel Khan
Producer(s) Sunjoy Waddhwa
Comall Sunjoy W.
Location(s) Jaitsar
Jodhpur
Mumbai
Udaipur
Srinagar
Jaipur
Naigaon
Jhalara
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
Release
Original network Colors TV
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 21 July 2008 (2008-07-21) – 31 July 2016 (2016-07-31)
External links
Website colors.in.com/mena/shows/balika-vadhu-kacchi-umar-ke-pakke-rishte-12.html

Balika Vadhu (English: Child Bride) is an Indian soap opera that aired on Colors TV. It aired between 21 July 2008 and 31 July 2016 with 2,245 episodes. The story which is set in rural Rajasthan revolved around the life of a child bride from childhood to womanhood. The first season focused on 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. [1]

It has been credited as the first Indian fiction show to complete 2,000 episodes.

The show had two seasons titled Balika Vadhu—Kacchi 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).[2]

Series overview[edit]

Season No. of episodes Originally broadcast (India)
Series premiere Series finale
1 2165 21 July 2008 (2008-07-21) 22 April 2016 (2016-04-22)
2 80 25 April 2016 (2016-04-25) 31 July 2016 (2016-07-31)

Plot summary[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Balika Vadhu 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'. As they grew up, Anandi fell in love with Jagdish. Jagdiah, too, considered her as his best friend and wife until he went to the city for college education and 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-laws, Gauri became vengeful towards them which created problems in their marital life. Anandi, on the other hand face,d new challenges as she tried to carve out her own identity in the world — starting an NGO to educate girls and fighting against child marriage. She meets the new district collector Shivraj Shekhar, who is impressed with her. Jagdish's family now want her marry Shiv and move on.

Jagdish divorces Gauri, realising his mistake, and wants to return to his family and Anandi. But as he returned, he got the biggest shock of his life by getting the news of Anandi and Shivraj's marriage. After getting married to Shivraj, Anandi forgives Jagdish and they remain good friends. After some time Jagdish met an woman named Ganga, who was also a victim of child marriage and domestic violence by her in-laws. Jagdish helped her become free from her in-laws, supported her so she could fulfill her dream of being educated, and she becomes a nurse. He eventually married her after realizing his love for her. He accepted her son Mahendra as his own and later the two had a child named Abhimanyu.

Anandi and Shivraj adopted an orphan and gave him the love and affection of 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 become a doctor with the help of Jagdish. Nandini who is 1 years old later got kidnapped by a man named Akhiraj Singh who names her Nimboli and eventually traps her into slavery by getting married her to his son, Kundan.

Twelve years later we see Nandini facing hardships of child marriage, but she is quite street smart and manages. We are also shown how Kundan becomes more and more cruel towards his wife while he grows up as a result of the wrong precedent set by the society around him. All these years the search for Nandini continues. Jagdish finally finds Nandini and reunites 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.

After several unsuccessful attempts to kill Jagdish, Anandi, Nimboli/Nandini and his other "enemies" he kidnaps Ganga and wants to exchange her life for those of Jagdish, Anandi, Nimboli/Nandini and her aunt. He tries to kill Anandi, Shivam and Nandini but only succeeds in killing Anandi as she protects her children. In the ensuing action Jagdish shoots Akhiraj to death.

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 incidents 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 fulfill her wish about opening medical treatments in every corner of Rajasthan, that Nandini 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 man named Krish who tried to win her heart. 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 hands of the police when he was trying to kill her. Nandini later learned 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 of Anandi are 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.

Cast[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Season 2[edit]

Crossover episodes[edit]

Trishakti[edit]

Tri means three and shakti means power, thus trishakti means Power of Three. In each Trishakti, three serials were broke down into parts and were shown one by one.

Trishakti episodes[edit]

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

Distribution[edit]

Dubbed versions[edit]

A dubbed version of the serial is being telecast in Tamil language as Mann Vasanai on Raj TV at 7:30 pm every Monday to Saturday

A dubbed version of the serial is being telecast in Telugu language as Chinnari Pellikuthuru on MAA TV at 6:30 pm every Monday to Saturday

A dubbed version of the serial is being telecast in Malayalam language as Balika Vadhu on Surya TV at 4:30 pm every Monday to Friday

International broadcast[edit]

  • Croatia In Croatia, it began airing on Doma TV from Monday to Friday at 8:10 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 4:30 pm (Central European time) under the title Малката булка (Little bride).
  • Romania In Romania, it began airing on National TV under the title Mica mireasa (Little bride).
  • Serbia In Serbia, it began airing on RTV Pink from Monday to Friday at 4 pm (Central European time) under the title Mala nevesta (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 pm (Indonesia Western Time) and Saturday to Sunday at 4:30 pm (Indonesia Western Time).[3]
  • 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.[4]
  • Vietnam In Vietnam, the drama began airing under the title Cô Dâu 8 Tuổi (8-Year-Old Bride) on TodayTV from 11 November 2014 and ended on 11 February 2017. The drama has enjoyed immense popularity in Vietnam and has been the number one show in the country since its premiere.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]
  • Sri Lanka In Sri Lanka, it began airing on TV 1 from Monday to Friday at 7 pm on 15 August 2016 under the title Punchi Manaali (Little bride).
  • Lithuania In Lithuania, the drama began airing under the title "Pažadėtoji" (The promised) on TV3 Lietuva in 28 December 2016. The drama started show after finishing other Indian drama Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai (Mažoji nuotaka (Little bride)). The drama show from Monday to Friday 2:30 pm and 3 pm.
  • United Kingdom In the UK, The series is translated into English as Child Bride and airs on Colors TV and Rishtey (TV Channel).
  • South Africa In South Africa, the series is dubbed in English is called Young Love and airs on Glow TV (DStv 167).
  • Armenia In Armenia, On Shant TV the series began in 2017 (every day at 8 pm) and is dubbed in Armenian: Harsike (Bride).

Chhoti Anandi[edit]

An animated series,Chhoti Anandi, was launched in 2016. The show focuses on the adventures of 8-year-old Anandi and her friends. It was simulcasted on Colors TV and Rishtey from January to April 2016.[8] The animation was provided by HopMotion animation studio.[9]

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

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