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
  • Sidharth Sengupta
  • Pradeep Yadav
Creative director(s)Siddhartha Vankar
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes2,245
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Zakir Shaikh
  • Sachin Chavan
  • Fuzel Khan
Producer(s)
  • Sunjoy Waddhwa
  • Comall Sunjoy W.
Production location(s)
Cinematography
  • Sanjay K. Memane
  • Anil Katke
Editor(s)
  • Santosh Singh
  • Janak Chauhan
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time20 minutes
Production company(s)Sphere Origins
Release
Original networkColors TV
Picture format
Original release21 July 2008 (2008-07-21) –
31 July 2016 (2016-07-31)
Chronology
Related showsChhoti Anandi
External links
Website

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.[2]

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).[3]

Series overview[edit]

Season No. of episodes Originally broadcast (India)
Series premiere Series finale
1 2,165 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)

Balika Vadhu: Kacchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte[edit]

It traces two young children, Anandi and Jagdish, who get married in childhood. The 8 year-old Anandi faces difficulties to accept and accustom herself to a new family of strangers as well as her roles as a friend, lover, wife and daughter-in-law during childhood.

Some years later[edit]

Anandi and Jagdish have grown up. She is in love with him, but he considers her only to be his best friend. Jagdish goes to Mumbai for his college education. In meantime, he falls in love with his colleague Gauri. Jagdish marries Gauri thinking that his marriage with Anandi was not valid as they were married in childhood, and he comes back home with Gauri where whole family refuses to accept their marriage except Anandi. Bhairav asks Anandi to file case against Jagdish by claiming that she is his legally wedded wife as according to the law if you are married in childhood and continue your marriage even after teenage then your marriage is considered legal. But Anandi refuses to do so and allow Jagdish to live with Gauri by thinking marriage should be believed by heart not forcefully. One day Anandi decides to move on by giving divorce to Jagdish, soon she sends divorce papers to Jagdish which makes Jagdish furious and he asks for his share in property in spite the divorce because of Gauri's attempt of brainwashing him. But Anandi refuses to do so by saying if he will not divorce her with out asking any share then she will file complain against him for illegally marrying Gauri. By hearing this Gauri steps back and asks him to sign the divorce papers without asking for anything.

Because of the rejection from her in-laws, Gauri becomes vengeful towards them creating problems in her marital life with Jagdish. Anandi faces new challenges trying to carve her identity out in the world. She starts an NGO to educate girls, fights against child marriage, becomes the "Sarpanch Bitiya" of Jaitsar and meets district collector Shivraj Shekhar, who is impressed with her.

Jagdish's family wants Anandi to marry Shivraj. Jagdish divorces Gauri and realizes his mistakes, vowing to unite with Anandi, but is shocked learning about her wedding. Anandi marries Shivraj and forgives Jagdish but they remain good friends.

Jagdish meets Ganga, another victim of child marriage and domestic violence and helps her in fulfilling her dream of being educated. Eventually, Ganga becomes a nurse and Jagdish marries her having fallen for her and accepts her son Mahendra. She later gives birth to their own son Abhimanyu.

Anandi and Shivraj adopt an orphan named Amol who suffers from osteoarthritis giving him love and affection. Basant meets with an accident and dies. Shivraj and Anandi help Amol regain his ability to walk. Amol is found by his real parents who had never abandoned him but lost him thinking he was dead and take him to Dubai.

Shivraj dies while trying to save Udaipur from a terrorist attack. Shortly after his death, Anandi gives birth to their children, Nandini and Shivam, but Akhiraj Singh kidnaps Nandini who is renamed Nimboli and made a slave by marrying his son Kundan as he wants to avenge Anandi for preventing Kundan's wedding with a child bride.

Eleven years later[edit]

Nandini faces hardships of child marriage and domestic violence. Kundan is cruel towards her and grows up as a result of the wrong precedent set by the society around him. Anandi and Jagdish are searching for Nandini. Jagdish finally finds Nandini and reunites her with Anandi.

Akhiraj is arrested but manages to escape from jail to avenge Anandi. He tries to kill Anandi, Jagdish, Nandini and Shivam but fails and then kidnaps Ganga, wanting to exchange her life for those of Jagdish, Anandi, Nandini and Kalyani in the first place.

Akhiraj succeeds in killing Anandi who protects Nandini and Shivam. In the ensuing action, Jagdish shoots Akhiraj to death. Nandini and Shivam fall into a river together with Anandi (whose death is shown through a flashback scene in Lamhe Pyaar Ke) elsewhere Jagdish and Ganga presume them dead.

Balika Vadhu: Lamhe Pyaar Ke[edit]

Fifteen years later[edit]

Nandini has become a physician after Anandi's death and was adopted by a man named Naren Shekhawat, who raised her. She recalls her past where she and Shivam were put in orphanage; few days later, Shivam was arrested for murdering a man who was trying to rape Nandini and hence they got separated.

Nandini made a promise to the deceasing Anandi that she would fulfill her wish about opening medical treatments in every corner of Rajasthan and name it as Anandi Memorial. She gets a great support by her mentor and another physician Amit Goel, who later falls in love with her.

Shivam, now a gangster is mad because Nandini asked him to leave after the rape at orphanage. Nandini meets medical student Krish Malhotra. They fall in love and marry. Nandini finds out that Krish's stepfather is actually Kundan and the groom she chose for Naren's daughter Sudha is actually Shivam.

Nandini reunites with Shivam. The police kills Kundan after he kidnaps Nandini to forcefully remarry her while threatening Sudha's life and good prevails evil. In the epilogue, Nandini summarizes the whole story through her Anandi's childhood to her present and writes it down in a book named Balika Vadhu.

Cast[edit]

Balika Vadhu: Kacchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte[edit]

Balika Vadhu: Lamhe Pyaar Ke[edit]

  • Mahhi Vij as Dr. Nandini Shivraj Shekhar/Nandini Krish Malhotra (2016)
  • Ruslaan Mumtaz as Krish Malhotra (2016)
  • Vineet Kumar Chaudhary as Kundan Akhiraj Singh/Abhayram (2016)
  • Dishank Arora as Shivam Shivraj Shekhar/Shankar Singh (2016)
  • Yukti Kapoor as Sudha Naren Shekhawat/Sudha Premal Singh (2016)
  • Sonia Shah as Karuna Malhotra (2016)
  • Nimisha Vakharia as Triveni (2016)
  • Avinash Sachdev as Dr. Amit Naresh Goel (2016)
  • Smriti Khanna as Dr. Vandana Mittal (2016)
  • Shahab Khan as Naren Shekhawat (2016)
  • Neetu Pandey as Jamuna Naren Shekhawat (2016)
  • Ayush Anand as Premal Singh (2016)
  • Hetal Yadav as Mrs. Pavitra Singh (2016)
  • Prithvi Sankhala as Dr. Naresh Goel (2016)

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
10 13 June 2016 Ishq Ka Rang Safed Sasural Simar Ka Balika Vadhu

Distribution[edit]

Dubbed versions and remakes[edit]

A dubbed version of the serial is telecast in Tamil language as Mann Vasanai on Raj TV.(8.00 p.m. IST)A dubbed version of the serial is telecast in Telugu language as Chinnari Pellikuthuru on MAA TV.

A dubbed version of the serial is telecast in Malayalam language as Balika Vadhu on Surya TV.

It is remade in Kannada Language as Putta Gowri Maduve on Colors Kannada.

International broadcast[edit]

  • Turkey In Turkey, it began airing on Kanal 7 from Sept 2018 everyday at 16:10 (Turkish Time) under the title Ikimizin Yerine.
  • Nepal In Nepal, it began airing from 2018 on DH Ramailo TV under the title; Aanandi. It broadcast every Monday to Friday at 8:30 PM NST, but after 17 August 2018 it was broadcast at 9:00 PM.
  • 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 mireasă (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).
  • North Macedonia In North 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).[4]
  • 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.[5]
  • 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 during its run had been the number one show in the country since its premiere.[6] The show's popularity resulted in the show's actress, Avika Gor, receiving an award from the channel head of TodayTV.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] The popularity of Balika Vadhu is part of a wider interest in 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.[10]
  • 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 1:00 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: Հարսիկը (Harsike) (Little Bride).
  • Azerbaijan In Azerbaijan On Dalga TV Balika Vadhu.On Name Small Bride
  • Japan In Japan On Nittele Plus & LaLa TV, the series is dubbed in Japan is called "子供の花嫁"
  • South Korea In South Korea On DRAMACube and BtvN, the series is dubbed in South Korea is called "아이 신부"
  • Thailand In Thailand, it began airing on 5 HD1 from 2 January 2019 - 2019 Every Monday to Friday at 14:05 - 15:00 (Thai Time) under the title นันทินี ม่านรัก ม่านประเพณี.

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.[11] The animation was provided by HopMotion animation studio.[12]

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 writer on how to get a break in TV". Rediff.com.
  2. ^ "Colors TV Show/Serial - episodes, videos online on Colors". aapkacolors.com. Archived from the original on 8 May 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  3. ^ "A Pinch of Love; A Blend of Emotions…A Prescription for Happiness Balika Vadhu…Lamhe Pyaar Ke | Cine Speaks". cinespeaks.com. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  4. ^ "'Anandhi', Serial Terpanjang di India Segera Tayang di ANTV". Iyaa.com. 3 March 2016. Archived from the original on 12 March 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Келін (келин) индийский сериал 2014, все серии, последняя серия, үнді киносы қазақша тілде көру соңғы серия". Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ Tellychakkar Team (18 December 2014). "Vietnam calling for Avika Gor". Tellychakkar.com. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Indian teenage actress Avika Gor visits Vietnam". Thanh Nien Daily. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  9. ^ Alex Millson (19 December 2015). "Google's Top Search Terms of 2015 Reveal Asia's Differing Web Tastes". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  10. ^ "In Vietnam, The Soap Operas Are Diplomats". OZY Media. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  11. ^ "'Chhoti Anandi' to enter small screen world soon". The Times of India. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Colors TV to launch Chhoti Anandi". Retrieved 20 May 2017.

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