Diya Aur Baati Hum

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Diya Aur Baati Hum
Diya Aur Baati Hum Title Card on Star Utsav.jpg
GenreSoap opera
Created byShashi Sumeet Productions
Written by
Directed by
Creative director(s)Aayush Agrawal
Opening theme"Diya Aur Baati Hum"
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes1,487
  • Jay B Ghadiali
  • Saurabh Khanna
Running time20–23 minutes
Production company(s)Shashi Sumeet Productions[1]
Original networkStarPlus
Original release29 August 2011 (2011-08-29) –
10 September 2016 (2016-09-10)
Followed byTu Sooraj Main Saanjh, Piyaji
External links

Diya Aur Baati Hum (transl. You are the lamp and I am the wick) is an Indian television soap opera that aired on Star Plus from 29 August 2011 to 10 September 2016 with a total of 1,487 episodes. It starred Anas Rashid and Deepika Singh.

Set against the backdrop of Rajasthan, Diya Aur Baati Hum, which was aimed at breaking the stereotypical image of women in rural India, showcased the inspirational journey of Sandhya Rathi (played by Deepika Singh) who along with the help of her husband Sooraj Rathi (Anas Rashid) goes against all odds to become an IPS officer.

A sequel series, Tu Sooraj Main Saanjh, Piyaji Starring Rhea Sharma and Avinesh Rekhi began airing on 3 April 2017 and ended on 1 June 2018.[2]


The story narrates the journey of a young woman who has to find a way to her dreams and who unexpectedly finds a constant companion in the person she least expected it from: her traditional husband and his family.

Sandhya Kothari (Deepika Singh) is an ambitious, educated young woman, who pursues her dream of becoming an IPS officer for her father. Sooraj Rathi (Anas Rashid) is a partially-educated, simple young master-confectioner, who's also the perfect son of the middle-class Rathi Family.

Sandhya's dreams and aspirations are destroyed when she loses her parents Arvind Kothari (Rakesh Kukreti) and Kanchan Kothari (Surbhi Tiwari) in a terrorist attack and her elder brother Ankur Kothari (Varun Khandelwal), planning to move abroad, fixes her marriage to Sooraj, a person, raised in a completely different environment and with different manners.

But Sooraj's strict and conservative mother, Santosh Rathi aka Bhabho (Neelu Vaghela) wants Sooraj's spouse and her daughter-in-law to be simple, not well-educated, with the excellent skills of a housewife. As it is not accepted for a woman to live alone in Indian society, Ankur has to lie about Sandhya's education level to ensure her settlement.

Sandhya has to give her college education and dreams of personal growth and independence up and accustom herself to a whole new family of strangers, while accepting her roles as a wife and a daughter-in-law of a traditional provincial Rajasthani joint family.

After Sandhya's truth of being educated and not knowing how to cook is revealed, Bhabho banishes her. However, Sooraj stands up for his wife and vows to teach her everything she has to know to establish herself as the daughter-in-law that Bhabho expects her to be.

Sandhya also starts caring for Sooraj and helps him in various situations, including an international confection competition in Singapore. Later, he helps her complete her studies and eventually convinces his mother to accept Sandhya for who she is and turns her into one of Sandhya's greatest supporters.

Sandhya faces great challenges in the IPS Academy, including a terrorist occupation, but with the help of the rest of the students, manages to stop the criminals, establishing herself as an extraordinary police officer. The story then focuses on Sandhya's career as a police officer, as she fights various criminals, including terrorist leader Rajkumar (Gaurav Sharma), while in the meantime, solving her various family problems as she struggles to balance between her professional duties and domestic responsibilities.

Together with Sooraj, she forms a deep relationship with underlying love, until a misunderstanding tears the couple apart. Sandhya moves to the United Kingdom to live with Ankur and his family, but with Bhabho's help, the misunderstanding is cleared up between her and Sooraj and they get back together.

Ankur also returns to India with his wife Ankita Kothari (Urmila Nimbalkar/Shubha Uplopwar) and little daughter, Bulbul Kothari, who is greatly eager of having a sibling. Ankita is pregnant for a 2nd time but suffers a miscarriage and is unable to conceive again. Sandhya and Sooraj, who are expecting twins, decide to give 1 baby away to Ankita but are hesitant.

Sandhya delivers twin sons, named Ved and Vansh. The infants are kidnapped in order to be sold out of Rajasthan. In the ensuing rescue actions, Ved is saved but Vansh succumbs to his death, leaving everybody shattered.

7 years later[edit]

Sandhya and Sooraj are living happily with their son Ved Rathi (Devyansh Tapuriah). After some twists and turns, the Rathis find out that Sandhya and Sooraj's other twin son Vansh Rathi (Ricky Patel) never died, but was raised by Ankur, who plotted the whole kidnapping fiasco, and Ankita. Sandhya cuts all ties with her brother, but lets him keep the child for the sake of her son Vansh's happiness.

Sandhya is appointed for an extremely jepardious mission, titled Mahabhali, to track a dangerous terrorist and defeat him on his own territory. Therefore, she has to leave her family and enact her own death in a train accident for the sake of the country's safety.

3 months later[edit]

Everybody in the family believe that Sandhya is dead. Sooraj (who was present at Sandhya's accident) has lost his mental stability due to the shock of witnessing his wife's death and refuses to believe she's gone. Bhabho now hates Sandhya as she holds her responsible for Sooraj's condition.

Now, Bhabho wants Sooraj to remarry to a girl, named Laalima Agarwal (Shefali Sharma), for whom she believes, is able to help him get better. Meanwhile, Sandhya is shown to be alive, struggling with the difficulties of Mahabhali Mission in an outlying Bengali village, under the name of Sagarika Dass.

Later, Sandhya discovers that the terrorists are planning to force the government to capitulate, using nuclear weapons. She eventually manages to sabotage their plan but her true identity is exposed and the terrorists capture and almost torture her to death.

By the accident, Sooraj finds out Sandhya is indeed alive which restores his sanity. After lots of insisting, the police agrees to send Sooraj on the mision and help Sandhya. After many challenges, he rescues her, the leader of the terrorists is killed and the others arrested, and after successfully completing the mission, Sandhya and Sooraj return home safe and sound. However, Bhabho refuses to forgive Sandhya, who also faces a stiff competition in the face of Laalima, who falls in love with Sooraj, but Sooraj and Sandhya's love wins and Bhabho forgives her.

Later, Sooraj's youngest brother Mohit Rathi (Varun Jain) is shot to death after attempting to molest Laalima. The police suspect Laalima's brother Lokesh Agarwal (Akshay Batchu) but Bhabho confesses to the crime. With the help of women's rights activists, Sandhya bails her out which strengthens their mother-in-law and daughter-in-law bond.

The story later focuses on the latest addition to the Rathi Family: a Pakistani girl named Arzoo Khan (Prachi Tehlan). Bhabho hates Pakistan because of a tragic accident on the border which took her younger brother's life when they were children.

Not knowing Arzoo is from Pakistan, Bhabho fixes her alliance with her foster son, Aryan Rathi aka Chotu (Randeep Rai/Kunal Khosla). Initially, Sandhya suspects Arzoo of being a terrorist but later not only saves her from the terrible misunderstanding, but also helps her get accepted by Bhabho as her daughter-in-law.

Sooraj meets with an accident and is stuck in a wheelchair. Thus, he is unable to run his confectionary shop anymore and Sandhya decides to take it over, leaving her dreamed and hardly-achieved job in the police aside, much to Sooraj and the family's displeasure. She gets to know about her 2nd pregnancy and delivers a daughter. Overjoyed Sooraj overcomes his disability and is able to walk and run his shop again. The daughter is named Kanak which means "gold". Sandhya gets a proposal from the commissioner and decides to join the police again. There she meets IPS Arpita Khanna (Rishina Kandhari), who considers Sandhya as her rival at first, but later becomes one of her best allies.

After many theme changes in the show as well as challenges and adventures of Sandhya and her family, the story finally comes to the long-expected denouement. Vansh discovers the truth of his birth parents but hates them for giving him away.

Four terrorists kill Ankur and Ankita and also take the residents of the Rathis' neighbourhood hostage, including them. Sandhya and Sooraj bravely rescue the civilians. Upon seeing his parents' selflesness and courage, Vansh forgives them and the family is reunited, but not for long. Sandhya and Sooraj unsuccessfully try to set a trap for the terrorists and to punish them, they kidnap Ved and Kanak.

The terrorist's leader makes Sandhya and Sooraj eat bomb pills to save Kanak. Eventually, the terrorists are arrested by Arpita, the police and the army but Sandhya and Sooraj are informed that the pills cannot be removed from their bodies and that they have 30 minutes before they explode.

They bid their farewell to their family and jump into the river before exploding. The show ends with Sandhya's mangalsutra and Sooraj's chain becoming entangled in the water before the setting Sun, highlighting that even death cannot separate them.




Guest stars[edit]



Anas Rashid was cast[5] as Sooraj as lead protagonist of the show, Deepika Singh opposite Rashid was cast as Sandhya while Kanika Maheshwari[6] was cast as the Main Antagonist of the show. Recently (December 2012), according to the Producers of the show, there will be a new cast member, Kiran Bhargava[7] entering in the show with a reprise roles, the story will be focusing on Sandhya's Dream where she decides to fulfill her dream and joins a Night College where the situation will be worse for her. Sooraj and his family is unaware about Sandhya's decision and Kiran[7] is the owner of the Night College.

Critical reception[edit]

Diya aur baati hum maintained its no 1 position on the ratings charts from the beginning till it completed 1000 episodes.[8] It became the no 1 show in India with 14.5 TVM, considered to be extremely good at that time.[9] It also became the only fiction show to have a rating of 6.6 on a Saturday.[10] In UK Diya Aur Baati Hum is one of the most watched shows and also got a record viewership of 383,700 viewers .[11] Diya Aur Baati Hum is also known as one of the most popular teledrama in South Asia.


In 24 August 2012, the show had a crossover episode with Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai. In 3 March 2016, Diya Aur Baati Hum's lead actress Deepika Singh as Sandhya made an entry in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai.[12]In January 2016, Diya aur Baati Hum and Saath Nibhana Saathiya had a connection.[13]

Broadcast and remakes[edit]

National and international broadcast[edit]

Due to popular demand from viewers, the show is on rerun for 1 hour and 30 minutes (3 episodes) at 8:00 pm on Star Utsav from 22 April 2019.

It was dubbed in Telugu on Star MAA as Eetharam Illalu. In the Tamil it was dubbed under the title, En Kanavan En Thozhan on Star Vijay. However both Telugu and Tamil dubbed versions were discontinued by their respective channels after airing 1203 and 1077 episodes.

Internationally it airs in Sri Lanka dubbed into Sinhala as Swapna on Sirasa TV and in Vietnam dubbed in Vietnamese as Vợ tôi là cảnh sát on VTVCab 5 Echannel, although the ending was altered with the family celebrating.[14][15] It also airs in Afghanistan in Pashto on Lmar TV as د مینې ډيوه.[16] On 2 January 2017 Diya Aur Baati Hum started airing also in Slovakia as Sandhya - svetlo môjho života. It also began airing on CVM Television in Jamaica on 1 May 2017, as Made For Each Other. It also began airing on TV1 in Lithuania as "Mano gyvenimo šviesa" In Indonesia, the series is dubbed in Indonesian under the title Sandya, and airs on Indosiar.[citation needed]

It also airs successfully in Romania as'Destine Implinite', Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Bulgaria as 'Svetlinata Na moya jivot', Macedonia, Russia as 'Svet tvoey lyubvi', Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Thailand as 'Likhit rak ni pheux thex', Vietnam, Uganda, Nigeria, Lithuania, Georgia as 'Dinastia', Cambodia as 'Veasna kon brosa srey',Indonesia and Pakistan and is watched by more than 148 Million viewers worldwide.[17]


The series was remade in other languages throughout India in

However the Bengali and Marathi versions were stopped after 992 and 377 episodes, while the Malayalam version has completed 1,524 episodes which was more than the original version on Asianet. It was one of the top rated serial on Malayalam Television and receives lot of Awards and Appriciation.

Sequel series[edit]

The creators of the show launched a sequel series named Tu Sooraj Main Saanjh, Piyaji with the Anas Rashid and Deepika Singh not being part of it. In the new series Rhea Sharma played Kanak, the grown up daughter of Sooraj and Sandhya; Avinesh Rekhi played Uma Shankar. Neelu Vaghela and some characters among others reprised their role from first season. It begun airing from 3 April 2017 and ended on 1 June 2018.[18]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Zee Gold Awards
Year Category Recipient Result
2012 Best Actress In A Supporting Role(Critics) Neelu Vaghela Won[19]
Best Actress In A Negative Role(Popular) Kanika Maheshwari
Gold Debut In A Lead Role(Female) Deepika Singh
Best Television Show(Fiction) Diya Aur Baati Hum
Best Actor In A Lead Role(Male) Anas Rashid Nominated[19]
Best Actor In A Supporting Role(Popular) Ashok Lokhande
Best Actress In A Supporting Role(Popular) Neelu Vaghela
Best Actor In A Negative Role(Popular) Gautam Gulati
Best Celebrity Jodi Anas Rashid & Deepika Singh
Best TV Show For A Social Change Diya Aur Baati Hum
2013 Best Actress (Popular) Deepika Singh Won[20]
Best Supporting Actress (Popular) Neelu Vaghela
Best Negative Actress (Popular) Kanika Maheshwari
Best TV Show (Fiction) Shashi Sumeet Productions
Best Comic Actor (Popular) Gautam Gulati Nominated[20]
Best Supporting Actor (Popular) Ashok Lokhande
Best Actor Male Anas Rashid
2014 Best Actress (Popular) Deepika Singh Won[21]
Best Supporting Actress (Popular) Neelu Vaghela
Best TV Show (Fiction) Shashi Sumeet Productions
Best Negative Actor (Popular) Gautam Gulati Nominated[21]
Best Actor (Male) Anas Rashid
Best Supporting Actor (Popular) Ashok Lokhande
Best Celebrity Jodi Anas Rashid & Deepika Singh
2015 Best Actor (Female) Deepika Singh Nominated[22]
Best Actor (Male) Anas Rashid
Best Supporting Actor (Female) Neelu Vaghela
Best Television Show (Fiction) Shashi Sumeet Productions
2016 Best Actress Deepika Singh Nominated[23]
Best Supporting Actor (Male) Ashok Lokhande
Best Supporting Actor (Female) Neelu Vaghela
Indian Telly Awards
Year Category Recipient Result
2012 Best Title Singer for a TV Show Shubha Mudgal & Kailash Kher Won[24]
Best Daily Serial Shashi Sumeet Productions
Best Actress in a Negative Role Kanika Maheshwari
Best Makeup Artist Krishna Gopal Rajput Nominated[24]
Best Programme with a Social Message Shashi Sumeet Productions
Best Fresh New Face (Female) Deepika Singh
Best Child Actor Aryan Sharma
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Neelu Vaghela
Best Actor in a Lead Role Anas Rashid
Best Onscreen Couple Anas Rashid & Deepika Singh
2013 Best Actress in a Lead Role Deepika Singh Won[25]
Best Actor in a Lead Role Anas Rashid
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jury) Neelu Vaghela
Best Daily Serial Shashi Sumeet Productions
Best Makeup Artist Krishna Gopal Rajput
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Popular) Neelu Vaghela Nominated[25]
Best Actress in a Comic Role (Popular) Kanika Maheshwari
Best Actress in a Comic Role (Jury)
Best Actress in a Negative Role
Best Drama Series Shashi Sumeet Productions
Best Onscreen Couple Anas Rashid & Deepika Singh
Best Programme with a Social Message Shashi Sumeet Productions
Indian Telly Award for Best Ensemble Shashi Sumeet Productions
Indian Telly Jury Award for Best Story Writer Shashi Mittal & Seema Mantri
2014 Best Daily Serial Shashi Sumeet Productions Won[26]
Best Actress in a Lead Role Deepika Singh Nominated[26]
Best Actor in a Lead Role Anas Rashid
Indian Telly Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama) Neelu Vaghela
Indian Telly Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Comedy) Gautam Gulati
Indian Telly Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Comedy) Kanika Maheshwari
2015 Best Actress in a Lead Role Deepika Singh Nominated[27]
Best Actor in a Lead Role Anas Rashid
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jury) Neelu Vaghela
Best Onscreen Couple Anas Rashid & Deepika Singh
Best Programme with a Social Message Shashi Sumeet Productions
Best Daily Serial
Indian Television Academy Awards
Year Category Recipient Result
2012 Best Singer Shubha Mudgal & Kailash Kher Won
Best Serial (Popular) Shashi Sumeet Productions
Best Actor (Jury) Anas Rashid Nominated
Best Title Song Adil
2013 Best Actor (Drama) Anas Rashid Won
Best Supporting Actress Neelu Vaghela
Best Dialogues Raghuvir Shekhawat
Best Teleplay Seema Mantri
Best Director (Drama) Rohit Raj Goyal
2014 Best Actress (Popular) Deepika Singh Won
Best Supporting Actress Neelu Vaghela
Best Serial Shashi Sumeet Productions
Best Drama Actress Deepika Singh Nominated
Best Drama Actor Anas Rashid
Desh Ka Sitara - Best Actor (Popular) Anas Rashid
Best Serial Shashi Sumeet Productions
Best Dialogues Raghuvir Shekhawat
2016 Best Actress Deepika Singh Nominated
Best Serial Shashi Sumeet Productions
Lion Gold Awards
2012 Best onscreen couple Anas and Deepika Won[28]
2014 Best TV show Diya aur baati hum Won
2016 Most popular Bahu Deepika Singh Won[29]
Hira Manek Awards
2013 Best Actress Deepika Singh Won


Guild awards
2015 Best actress Deepika Singh Won
Best Drama Series Diya aur baati hum Won[31]
GR8 Woman Awards
2013 Best TV Actress Deepika Singh Won[32]
Impact Awards at Elevate
2015 Best TV series Diya aur Baati hum Won[33]
Big Star young entertainer award 2012
Super hit TV star Deepika Singh Won[34]
Kalakar Awards 2013
Best TV serial Diya aur baati hum Won [35]
Guild Awards 2013
Best Drama Series Diya aur baati hum Won [36]
Big Star Entertainment Awards
Best TV Show 2013 Diya aur baati Hum Won [37]
Best TV Show 2014 Diya aur Baati hum Won [38]
Zee Rishtay Awards 2014
Most Watched Show Diya aur Baati Hum Won [39]
Cinemascapes Awards
Best General Entertainment TV Show Diya aur Baati hum Won [40]
Awarded by UP Government
Achievement in Acting Profession Anas Rashid Won [41]
Gold Awards 2016
Best Actress in Comedy Role Kanika Maheswari Won [42]
E24 Viewers Choice Awards
2012 Best Son Anas Rashid Won
2013 Best Son Anas Rashid Won [43]
2014 Best Daughterinlaw Deepika Singh Won [44]
2014 Best MotherinLaw Neelu Vaghela Won [45]
Garv Indian TV Awards
2014 Best Title Song Diya aur baati hum Won
2014 Gr8 Face Female Deepika Singh Won
2014 SPL Mention Diya aur baati hum Won
2015 Best Editing Sameer Gandhi for Diya aur Baati hum Won
2015 Votice Show choice With Social Message Diya aur Baati hum Won [46]
Indian Iconic Awards 2017
Best TV Actor Anas Rashid Won [47]


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