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
Production
Executive producers
  • Zakir Shaikh
  • Sachin Chavan
  • Fuzel Khan
Producers
  • Sunjoy Waddhwa
  • Comall Sunjoy W.
Production locationsJaitsar
Jodhpur
Mumbai
Udaipur
Srinagar
Jaipur
Naigaon
New Delhi
Cinematography
  • Sanjay K. Memane
  • Anil Katke
Editors
  • Santosh Singh
  • Janak Chauhan
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time20 minutes
Production companySphere Origins
Release
Original networkColors TV
Picture format
Original release21 July 2008 (2008-07-21) –
31 July 2016 (2016-07-31)
Chronology
Related showsBalika Vadhu 2
Chhoti Anandi
External links
Website

Balika Vadhu (transl.Child Bride) is an Indian soap opera that aired on Colors TV between 21 July 2008 and 31 July 2016 and ran for 2,248 episodes on Colors TV. The story is set in rural Rajasthan and revolves around the life of a child bride transitioning from her childhood to womanhood. The soap opera was divided into two parts titled Balika Vadhu – Kacchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte (English: Child Bride – Strong Relationships of Tender Age), and Balika Vadhu – Lamhe Pyaar Ke (English: Child Bride – Moments of Love).[2]

The first part focused on Anandi and Jagdish, who were married in childhood. The second part reflected on the life of Anandi's daughter, Dr. "Nimboli" Nandini who was also a child bride.[3]

In 2021, Colors TV announced a reboot of the series for a second season, although it remains unclear if any of the cast or story-line will remain same.

Plot[edit]

Part 1 : Kacchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte[edit]

An 8-year-old girl, Anandi is married to Jagdish "Jagya" Singh. Jagya's widowed sister Sugna faces difficulty remarrying as she is pregnant. Though a local, Shyam asks Sugna's hand in marriage, Jagya doesn't approve of it and switches his exam results with Anandi's. Anandi confronts Jagya but is shot. Later, Jagya's grandmother gets him married to a girl named Gauri, while still being married to Anandi; the panchayat declares it illegal. Since both Jagya and Anandi are going through changes, their families decide that they should stay away from each other until they're both adults.

The show skips 5 years into the future.

Jagya is motivated to become a doctor when he is unable to find a doctor for an injured Anandi, and goes to Mumbai to study. He meets Gauri again and decides to leave Anandi to marry her. They get married; Gauri believing that his child marriage is invalid. Meanwhile, Anandi educates village girls, campaigns against child marriage, and becomes the Sarpanch Bitiya of Jaitsar. She sends divorce papers to Jagya, which he angrily signs. Jagya and Anandi get divorced and Anandi tries to move on. Meanwhile, Jagya gets to know how Gauri had separated him from his family and divorces her for cheating and vows to reunite with Anandi. However, Anandi having moved on, marries Shivraj and moves to Udaipur.

Sanchi, Shivraj's sister, develops a crush on Jagya. She however tries to create trouble in his family by creating misunderstandings and manipulating people. They get engaged and he returns to Mumbai to study. Six months later, he realizes that she only wants to marry him out of spite and calls-off the wedding. He marries Ganga–a girl he had helped earlier, causing conflict with the family. Meanwhile, Jagya runs for political office and becomes the Vidhya of Jaitsar.

Shivraj dies while trying to stop a terrorist attack as Anandi delivers twins Nandini and Shivam. Akhiraj, a goon, kidnaps Nandini and renames her Nimboli for marriage to his son Kundan. 11 years later, Jagya traces Nandini, and Akhiraj is arrested but escapes custody and kills Anandi as she protects her children. Jagya fatally shoots him, but the twins fall into a river and presumably die. They however survive and are put into an orphanage. They are separated when Shivam is arrested for murdering a man who tried to rape Nandini.

Part 2: Lamhe Pyaar Ke[edit]

The second part is set 15 years after the end of Part 1. Nandini is a physician, driven by a promise to her dying mother to provide medical treatment throughout Rajasthan. She marries medical student Krish Malhotra, who she later learns is the stepson of Kundan. She also finds that the groom she approved for her adoptive sister Sudha is actually Shivam, who has become a gangster. She reunites with him. Kundan kidnaps her to force her to remarry him, but is killed by the police.

In the epilogue, she summarizes her family history from Anandi's childhood to her present in a book titled Balika Vadhu.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  : Anandi Shiv Shekhar: Khajaan and Bhagwati's daughter, Jagya's ex-wife, Shiv's wife, Amol's adoptive mother, Nandini and Shivam's mother (2010–13, 2013–16) 
    • Avika Gor as young Anandi Jagdish Singh (2008–10)
  • Shashank Vyas/Shakti Anand as Dr. Jagdish "Jagya" Singh: Bhairon and Sumitra's son, Sugna's brother, Anandi's ex-husband, Ganga's husband, Mannu's step-father, Abhimanyu's father (2010–2015, 2015–16)
  • Sidharth Shukla as Shivraj "Shiv" Shekhar: Anoop and Meenakshi's son, Sanchi's and Mahi's brother, Anandi's second husband, Amol's adoptive father, Nandini and Shivam's father (2012–15)
  • Mahhi Vij as Dr. Nandini Shekar/Malhotra: Anandi and Shiv's daughter, Naren and Jamuna's adopted daughter, Shivam's 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 wife, Bhairon and Basant's mother, Jagya and Sugna's grandmother (2008–16)
  • Sriti Jha/Sargun Mehta/Aasiya Kazi as Dr. Ganga Singh: Ratan's former wife, Jagya's second wife, Mannu and Abhimanyu's mother (2013, 2013–14, 2014–16)
  • Anjum Farooki/Deblina Chatterjee as Dr. Gauri Singh: Jagya's ex-girlfriend (2010–12, 2014)
  • Anup Soni as Bhairon Singh: Dharamveer and Kalyani's son, Basant's brothe, Sumitra's husband, Jagya and Sugna's father (2008–14)
  • Smita Bansal as Sumitra Singh: Bhairon's wife, Jagya and Sugna's mother (2008–14)
  • Chetanya Adib as Khajaan Singh: Bhagwati's husband, Anandi's father (2008–15)
  • Bhairavi Raichura as Bhagwati Singh: Khajaan's wife, Anandi's mother (2008–12)

Recurring[edit]

  • Dishank Arora as Shivam Shekhar: Anandi and Shivraj's son (2016)
    • Viren Vazirani as young Shivam (2015–16)
  • Vineet Kumar Chaudhary as Kundan Singh: Akhiraj and Harki's son (2016)
    • Sparsh Srivastav/Karan Pahwa as young Kundan (2015–16)
  • Roop Durgapal as Sanchi Kabra: Alok and Iravati's daughter (2012–15)
  • Jaineeraj Rajpurohit as Alok Shekhar: Premkishore's son, Iravati's husband (2012–15)
  • Sonal Jha as Iravati Shekhar: Alok's wife, Sanchi's mother (2012–15)
  • Avinash Wadhawan/Akshay Anand as Anoop Shekhar: Premkishore's son, Meenakshi's husband (2013–2014, 2014–2015)
  • Anita Kulkarni as Meenakshi Shekhar: Anoop's wife, Shivraj and Mahi's mother (2012–15)
  • Shubham Jha as Amol Shekhar: Shivraj and Anandi's adopted son (2014–2015)
  • Satyajit Sharma as Basant Singh: Jamuna's husband, Gehna's ex-husband (2008–2014)
  • Neha Marda/Sheetal Khandal as Gehna Singh: Basant's ex-wife (2008–2012, 2012–2015)
  • Sanjay Basak as Nandkishore "Nandu" Singh: Basant and Gehna's son (2012–2015)
  • Rahul Lohani as Niranjan Singh: Gehna's second husband (2009–2010, 2014–2015)
  • Sunil Singh as Akhiraj Singh: Harki's husband (2015–2016)
  • Rudrakshi Gupta as Harki Singh: Akhiraj's wife (2015–16)
  • Farah Hussain as Kamli Singh: Akhiraj and Harki's daughter, Pushkar's wife (2015–16)
  • Tisha Kapoor as Urmila Singh: Kundan's ex-wife (2015–16)
  • Sudhir Pandey as Premkishore Shekhar: Alok and Anoop's father (2012–2015)
  • Sushmita Mukherjee as Subhadra, Hardik grandmother (2014–15)
  • Nidhi Jha/Sonam Lamba as Gulli: Hardik's wife, Champa's daughter (2011–2013, 2014)
  • Vimarsh Roshan as Advocate Vivek Kabra: Sanchi's husband (2013–2015)
  • Sonal Handa as Saurabh Kabra (2013–2014)
  • Shalini Arora as Suman Kabra (2014–2015)
  • Abhishek Tiwari as Mahi Shekhar (2012–2014)
  • Reena Aggarwal as Ashima (2012–2013)
  • Chandresh Singh as Ratan Singh (2013–2015)
  • Vibha Anand/Janvi Chheda as Sugna Singh: Shyam's wife (2008–2010, 2011–2013)
  • Vikrant Massey/Sachin Shroff as Shyam Singh: Sugna's husband (2009–2010, 2011–2013)
  • Rudra Soni as Varun Singh: Pratap and Sugna's son (2011–2013)
  • Amar Sharma as Madan Singh: Shyam's father (2008–2014)
  • Abhijeet Lahiri as Ramcharan Singh (2009–2010)
  • Asmita Sharma as Radha Singh: Shyam's wife (2008–2010)
  • Neha Gosain as Asha Kumar (née Singh) (2011–2013)
  • Ankit Gupta as Dr. Abhishek Kumar (2012–2013)
  • Rajeshwari Sachdev as Mangaladevi Singh née Disa (2015–2016)
  • Rajendra Gupta as Mahaveer Singh (2009–2012)
  • Mrudula Sathe as Rani (2008)[4]
  • Parichay Sharma as Pushkar Singh: Kamli's husband (2015–2016)
  • Hiten Tejwani as Dr. Anant: Nidhi's father (2015–2016)
  • Vidhi Pandya as Nidhi: Anant's daughter (2015–16)
  • Farida Jalal as Vasundhara Devi (2009, 2012)
  • Faiza Faiz/Mamta Chaturya as Phooli Singh: Anandi's childhood friend (2008–2010) (2010–2012)
  • Arpit Joshi as Lal Singh (2010–2012)
  • Nivedita Bhattacharya as Shivani Rajadhyaksha (2011, 2014)
  • Sadiya Siddiqui as Sandhya (2008–2013)
  • Jehangir Vakil as Pratap Singh: Sugna's ex husband (2008–2009)
  • Geetanjali Mishra as Sona/Kusum (2014–2015)
  • Harsh Mehta as Mahendra "Mannu" Singh: Ganga and Ratan's son (2015–2016)
    • Dhairya Ashani as young Mannu

Crossover episodes[edit]

No. Air Date Crossover operas
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

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Balika Vadhu's premiere had a very low rating of 0.7 target rating point (TRP) initially.[5] Five weeks after launch, it entered the top 5 list under "Hindi General Entertainment Channels (GEC)" [6] and the became the most-watched program of Colors TV.[5] This helped the newly launched channel to gain first position in the TRP chart, breaking the nine-year run of Star Plus.[7][8] Balika Vadhu often held top position on the ratings charts through its first 1,400 episodes.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Balika Vadhu opened to mixed reviews from critics. While some appreciated the series for portraying the issues of child marriage, which had not been shown before on Indian television, others criticized it for glorifying child marriage and exploiting it.[5][9][10]

In 2009, the series was criticized in the Indian Parliament, prompting the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to suspend its telecast and condemn the series for portraying child marriage in contravention of Indian law.[11][12][13]

Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient(s)
Indian Television Academy Awards[14][failed verification]
2008 Best Serial Drama Sphere Origin
Best Director Drama Siddharth Sen Gupta, Pradeep Yadav
Best Actress Drama Avika Gor
Best Child Artist
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Sadia Siddiqui
Best Actress in a Negative Role Surekha Sikri
Best Title Track Lalit Sen
Best Teleplay Purnendu Shekhar, Gajra Kottary, Rajesh Dubey
Best Dialogue Raghuvir Shekhawat
Best Videography Sanjay Memane
2009 Best Serial Drama Sphere Origin
Best Director Drama Siddharth Sen Gupta, Pradeep Yadav
Best Child Artist Avika Gor
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Smita Bansal
Best Actress in a Negative Role Surekha Sikri
Best Title Track Lalit Sen
Best Teleplay Purnendu Shekhar, Gajra Kottary, Rajesh Dubey
Best Dialogue Usha Dixit
Best Videography Sanjay Memane, Anil Katke
2010 Best Actress Drama Surekha Sikri
Best Child Artist Avika Gor
Gr8! Laurel For Ensemble Acting Balika Vadhu
Best Teleplay Purnendu Shekhar, Gajra Kottary, Rajesh Dubey
Best Dialogue Usha Dixit
Best Costumes Winnie Malhotra, Neelu Shroff
Best Audiography Suhas Rane
2011 Best Actress Drama Surekha Sikri
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Anup Soni
2012 Best Actor in a Supporting Role Anup Soni
Best Title Track Lalit Sen
Best Dialogue Usha Dixit
Best Costumes Winnie Malhotra, Neelu Shroff
Best Videography Sanjay Memane
2013 GR8! Face of the Year – Male Siddharth Shukla
2014 Best Actress Drama Surekha Sikri
Best Teleplay Purnendu Shekhar, Gajra Kottary, Rajesh Dubey
2015 Special Recognition Siddharth Sen Gupta, Aasiya Kazi, Gracy Goswami
2021 ITA Milestone Award Balika Vadhu

Spin-off[edit]

An animated series, Chhoti Anandi, was launched in 2016 and 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.[15]

Reboot series[edit]

A reboot of the series was announced in early 2021.[16] The first teaser of the series was released officially on 27 June 2021.[17] The series premiered on 9 August 2021 on Colors TV with Shreya Patel & Vansh Sayani in lead roles of Anandi & Jigar respectively.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Balika Vadhu writer on how to get a break in TV". Rediff.com.
  2. ^ "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.[better source needed]
  3. ^ "Colors TV Show/Serial - episodes, videos online on Colors". aapkacolors.com. Archived from the original on 8 May 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Mrudula Sathe of Balika Vadhu fame makes her M'wood debut as Prithvi's wife - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d "Telly's top 10". The Telegraph.
  6. ^ "Balika Vadhu slides to No 3". The Indian Express.
  7. ^ "Balika Vadhu"s TRP journey". India Today.
  8. ^ "Girl child woos viewers on Indian television". Reuters.
  9. ^ "Life after death". India Today.
  10. ^ "Child bride show attracts viewers, critics". CNN.
  11. ^ "Ambika Soni promises inquiry into 'Balika Vadhu' | India News - Times of India". The Times of India.
  12. ^ "Balika Vadhu, storms into Lok Sabha". Hindustan Times. 14 July 2009.
  13. ^ Hebbar, Nistula (23 July 2009). "TV truth comes under scrutiny in parliament". DNA India.
  14. ^ "ITA Awards".
  15. ^ "'Chhoti Anandi' to enter small screen world soon". The Times of India. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  16. ^ "Balika Vadhu set for a reboot". The Tribune. Archived from the original on 20 July 2021.
  17. ^ "Balika Vadhu 2 Coming Soon on Colors TV". Colors TV. 27 June 2021. Retrieved 27 June 2021.
  18. ^ "Balika Vadhu 2 trailer: New Anandi enters the frame in Color's show, begins August 9". The Indian Express.

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