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
Created by Purnendu Shekhar
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
No. of seasons 02
No. of episodes 2245[1]
Executive producer(s) Zakir Shaikh
Sachin Chavan
Fuzel Khan
Producer(s) Sunjoy Waddhwa
Comal Sunjoy W.
Editor(s) Santosh Singh
Janak Chauhan
Location(s) Jaitsar
Cinematography Sanjay K. Memane
Anil Katke
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 20 minutes
Production company(s) Sphere Origins
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)
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Balika Vadhu (English: Child Bride, Child Marriage) is an Indian soap opera that aired on Colors TV. It began airing on colors TV from 21 July 2008 and will have its final episode on 31 July 2016 and thus ending a long 8 years saga on Indian television. The story which is set in rural Rajasthan traces 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 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 and Tamil as Mann Vasanai on Raj TV and being telecast from Monday to Saturday at 7.30 pm IST.

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 - 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 dreams 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 become an 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 Jagdsih 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 traces the life journey of Dr. Nandini after the death of her mother Anandi. After a series of incident which eventually leads to the separation between her and her brother Shivam, Nandini ends up getting adopted by Mr. Shekawat, who raises her and let her dream come true about becoming a doctor after fifteen years. Nandini makes a promise to her deceased mother that she fullfill her wish about opening medical treatments in every corner of Rajasthan, that Nandini herself wants to name Anandi memorial. She get big support by her mentor Dr. Amit Naresh Goel who have feelings for her. Nandini meets a guy named Krish who tries to win her heart and he eventually succeeds as she starts developing great feelings for him. Nandini later marries Krish (son of the Phooli, Anandi's childhood friend), only to get the surprise that the stepfather of Krish is none other than her ex-husband Kundan who wants exact revenge against her for being responsible of his father's death. Nandini meet again Shivam, Jagdish, and with Phooli to meet Khajaan Singh in Bilaria, childhood home of the Anandi. Khajaan and Phooli recite existence of Anandi, used footage, music of episode 1.


Season 1[edit]

Season 2[edit]

  • Mahhi Vij as Dr. Nandini Krish / Dr. Nandini Shekhawat / Nandini Shivraj Shekhar / Nimboli Kundan Singh (1-84; 2166–2249)
  • Ruslaan Mumtaz as Krish; (1-84; 2166–2249)
  • Vineet Kumar as Abhayram / Kundan Akhiraj Singh (18-84; 2183-2249) dead
  • Dishank Arora as Shivam Shivraj Shekhar / Shankar Singh (3-84; 2168-2249)
  • Yukti Kapoor as Sudha Premal Singh / Sudha Shekhawat (1-84; 2166-2249)
  • Sonia Shah as Karuna; Krish's mother & Abhayram's wife (24-84; 2189-2249)
  • Nimisha Vakharia as Triveni, Karuna's sister (41-84; 2206-2249)
  • Avinash Sachdev as Dr. Amit Naresh Goel (1-69; 2166-2234)
  • Smriti Khanna as Vandana Amit Goel / Vandana Mittal (29-58; 2194-2223)
  • Shahab Khan as Mr. Shekhawat (1-54; 2166-2219)
  • Neetu Pandey as Jamuna Shekhawat (1-54; 2166-2219)
  • Ayush Anand as Premal Singh (2-83; 2167-2248)
  • Hetal Yadav as Premal's mother (2-79; 2167-2244)
  • Prithvi Sankhala as Dr. Naresh Goel (1-35 / 58; 2166-2200 / 2223)


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 (it will be aired later again) on Pink BH under the title Mala nevjesta (Little bride).
  • Republic of Macedonia In Macedonia, it aired (it is canceled because of the poor ratings) 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 5:00 pm (Indonesia Western Time) and Saturday to Sunday at 3:00 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 for 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 will visit Vietnam on a 7-day trip, from 13 to 19 July 2016.[12][13][14] Earlier, Avika Gor was visited Vietnam from 23 to 25 June 2016. She was donated US$30,000 to Chợ Rẫy Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, in 24 June 2016.



Indian Television Academy Awards
  • 2008 Best Drama Series (Jury) - Sphere Origins
  • 2008 Best Director - Siddharth Sen Gupta & Pradeep Yadav
  • 2008 Best Actress Drama Series (Jury) - Avika Gor
  • 2008 Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Sadiya Siddiqui
  • 2008 Best Actress in a Negative Role - Surekha Sikri
  • 2008 Best Child Artist - Avika Gor
  • 2008 Best Title Track - Lalit Sen
  • 2008 Best Teleplay - Purnendu Shekhar, Rajesh Duby & Gajra Kotheri
  • 2008 Best Dialogue - Raghuver Shekhawat
  • 2008 Best Videography - Sanjay Memane
  • 2009 Best Drama Series (Jury) - Sphere Origins
  • 2009 Best Director - Siddharth Sen Gupta & Pradeep Yadav
  • 2009 Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Smita Bansal
  • 2009 Best Actress in a Negative Role - Surekha Sikri
  • 2009 Best Child Artist - Avika Gor
  • 2009 Best Dialogue - Usha Dixit
  • 2009 Best Teleplay - Purnendu Shekhar, Rajesh Duby & Gajra Kotheri
  • 2009 Best Title Track - Lalit Sen
  • 2009 Best Videography - Sanjay Memane & Anil Katke
  • 2010 Best Actress Drama (Jury) - Surekha Sikri
  • 2010 Best Child Artist - Avika Gor
  • 2010 Best Dialogue - Usha Dixit
  • 2010 Best Teleplay - Raghuvir Shekhawat, Rajesh Duby & Gajra Kotheri
  • 2010 Best Costume Designer - Winnie Malhotra & Neelu Shroff
  • 2011 Best Actress Drama (Jury) - Surekha Sikri
  • 2011 Best Actor in a Supporting Role Anup Soni
  • 2012 Best Title Track - Lalit Sen
  • 2012 Best Costume Designer - Winnie Malhotra & Neelu Shroff
  • 2012 Best Dialogue - Usha Dixit
  • 2012 Best Videography - Sanjay Memane
  • 2013 Gr8! Performer of the Year - Siddharth Shukla
  • 2014 Best Actress Drama (Jury) - Surekha Sikri
  • 2014 Best Story - Purnendu Shekhar & Gajra Kotheri
  • 2015 Special Recognition - Aasiya Kazi, Gracy Goswami & Siddharth Sen Gupta
Indian Telly Awards


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  6. ^ "Келін (келин) индийский сериал 2014, все серии, последняя серия, үнді киносы қазақша тілде көру соңғы серия". Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
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