Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?

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Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?
IPKKND logo -
Logo of Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?
Genre Drama
Romantic Comedy
Written by Aakash Pandey
Ved Raj
Sudhir Kumar
Gautam Hegde
Janaki V
Hitesh Kewalya
Jainesh Ejardar
Directed by Arshad Khan
Lalit Mohan
Starring Barun Sobti
Sanaya Irani
For more listings see below
Theme music composer Raju Singh
Opening theme "Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?" By Sadhana Sargam and Javed Ali
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 406
Producer(s) Gul Khan
Nissar Parvez
Rajesh Chadha
Cinematography Hrishikesh Gandhi
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 20 minutes
Production company(s) 4 Lions Films
Original network Star Plus
Picture format 720i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release Television Series
6 June 2011 (2011-06-06) – 30 November 2012 (2012-11-30)
Online Series
24 November 2015 (2015-11-24) – 15 December 2015 (2015-12-15)
Followed by Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?...Ek Baar Phir (2013-2015)

Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? (English: What Name Do I Give To This Love?) is an Indian daily soap opera that aired weekdays on Star Plus from 6 June 2011 until 30 November 2012. The show got replaced by Kaali - Ek Punar Avatar. The show primarily focused on the love story of Arnav Singh Raizada (Barun Sobti) and Khushi Kumari Gupta (Sanaya Irani). It has been dubbed into Tamil as Idhu Kadhala, Telugu as Chuppulu Kalisina Shubhavela, Malayalam as Mounam Sammadham, Turkish as Bir Garip Ask , adapted in Bengali as Bojhena Se Bojhena on Star Jalsha, Arabic as Men Nazra Thanya and Vietnamese as Mối Tình Kì Lạ. The series inspired several international remakes.

The second season of the serial titled Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?...Ek Baar Phir (English: What Do I Call This Love?... Once Again) was premiered 26 August 2013, starring Avinash Sachdev (Shlok Agnihotri) and Shrenu Parikh (Aastha Shlok Agnihotri).[1] The show ran for 2 years and went off air on 13 June 2015.[2]

On 24 November 2015, Hotstar launched a finite web series of eight episodes to commemorate the original show. It is about their three years being together. The series was produced by Entertainment Mafia, with Barun Sobti and Sanaya Irani reprising their respective roles as Arnav and Khushi.[3] On February 3, reports stated because of the online series becoming a hit, the producers were going to create a 30-episode series with the original cast on Star Plus in March 2016.[4]


In Lucknow, Khushi Kumari Gupta (Sanaya Irani) meets arrogant business tycoon Arnav Singh Raizada (Barun Sobti) in Sheesh Mahal where she crashes a huge fashion show taking place. The next day, he broadcasts the entire fashion show on news channels to defame her, as revenge. She and her entire family leave Lucknow and travel to Delhi where Arnav actually lives.

Soon one of the antagonists, Shyam Jha (Abhaas Mehta) begins to lodge in Khushi's house and even gets engaged to her. It is revealed that he is Arnav's sister, Anjali's husband, but married her just for her wealth and lusts for Khushi.

Gradually, Khushi begins meeting Arnav at several places. She works for him in a secretarial job and also visits his house as a governess to make Lavanya (his girlfriend) more indian. often. These encounters manage to bring them closer. Meanwhile, Arnav's cousin, Aakash (Akshay Dogra) falls in love with Khushi's sister, Payal, and after much reluctance from his mother, finally their wedding preparations start. During these preparations, Arnav realises he's in love with Khushi and breaks up with his girlfriend, Lavanya.

During the wedding ceremony, Khushi, who dislikes Shyam, decides to meet him the last time to end his chapter, but is overheard by Arnav, who misinterprets Khushi meeting Shyam thinking that he was trying to woo Shyam knowing that he was married. He decides to keep her away from him to protect his sister's happiness as she announces she's pregnant. He marries Khushi abruptly for a 6-month period blackmailing her about destroying Payal's wedding. This demeans him and Khushi in everyone's eyes.

With time, everyone accepts their marriage and they too rekindle their lost romance. Arnav leaves for London but when Arnav mysteriously loses contact with his family, Khushi realizes something is fishy and discovers Arnav has been kidnapped and that too on Shyam's orders. She somehow finds Arnav where they profess their love for each other. Shyam, realizing he's caught, decides to kill Khushi who is saved by Arnav in the nick of time.

They finally return home to reveal Shyam's truth and he's thrown out, but Anjali does not believe it and strays herself away from Khushi who leaves the house but is brought back by Arnav. However, they realise that their contract is ending soon but as they are so in love with each other, they decide to remarry.

However, Subhadra Devi, Arnav and Anjali's grandmother, returns after 14 years, and seems to dislike Khushi. She later reveals to everyone (with the help of Shyam, who returns for Anjali's happiness when she loses her baby after tripping on the stairs) that Khushi's mother, Garima, was once Arnav's father's mistress, and his mother killed herself when she came to know about it. His father, unable to face anyone, had shot himself, after which Arnav and Anjali reconnected with their maternal grandmother, Devyani Raizada in Delhi in her house Shanti Vann. Garima pleads innocence by saying she did not know Arnav's father was married, but Subhadra does not listen to anything and breaks off Khushi and Arnav's alliance. Arnav refuses to agree with her, declares his love to Khushi, and they're properly married off.

One day, Arnav notices that there are cameras in the house. Teaming up with Khushi and his cousin Nandkishore (NK), they succeed in showing Anjali how Shyam was responsible for her miscarriage and has been using her all along. Shyam then gets kicked out by Anjali herself and is finally arrested by the police.

Khushi then comes across Aarav, a child who behaves like Arnav, and does not have a father. His mother, Sheetal, was Arnav's college friend and claims he slept with him earlier, making Khushi suspicious. Arnav soon finds out that she wants only Arnav's money and is using Aarav, an orphan, as a trump card, and gets her arrested, after which Arnav and Khushi adopt Aarav.

In the following track, Aakash and Payal bid farewell to all with tears as they leave to the US. Arnav also motivates Khushi to achieve something on her own, to prove her mettle. She races for the Mrs. India crown, and wins. Post this, the show ends with their three-member family, living with Naani, Anjali, Maami and Nk in Shanti Vann.

In November 2015, Hotstar launched an 8-episode long sequel named Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?... Ek Jashn, which showed Arnav and Khushi's happily married life on their third anniversary, when it's revealed that Payal is pregnant and Di runs an NGO, and everyone's fine.

Casting, production and distribution[edit]

The show has been produced and directed by Gul Khan under the banner of 4 Lions Films. Barun Sobti was cast as Arnav Singh Raizada after the original choice, Karan Singh Grover, opted out of the role to focus on his film career; and Sanaya Irani replaced Shraddha Arya who had originally been cast as the female lead.[5][6] Daljeet Kaur Bhanot, Deepali Pansare & Akshay Dogra got finalised to play supporting roles to the main leads. Other supporting cast include Jayshree T., Tuhina Vohra, Abha Parmar, Utkarsha Naik, Sanjay Batra and many other actos. Abhaas Mehta and Sana Makbul entered the show as antagonists of the show. Sana later quit the show in December 2011.[7]


Main cast
Additional cast


Year Award Category Recipient Result
2012 Star Parivaar Awards Favorite Naya Sadasya(Male) Barun Sobti Won[8]
Favourite Jodi Barun Sobti and Sanaya Irani
Favourite International Jod Barun Sobti and Sanaya Irani
Favourite Mazedar Sadasya Utkarsha Naik
Favourite Dushman Abhaas Mehta
Most Stylish Sadasya (Male) Barun Sobti
Favourite Naya Sadasya (Female) Sanaya Irani Nominated[9]
Favourite Behen Daljeet Kaur Bhanot
Favourite Pita Sanjay Batra
Favourite Beti Sanaya Irani
Zee Gold Awards Face of The Year Sanaya Irani Won
Best Actress - Popular Sanaya Irani Nominated
The Global Indian Film and TV Honours Best Actor (Popular) Barun Sobti Won[10]
Best Jodi Barun Sobti and Sanaya Irani Nominated[10]
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor Popular Barun Sobti Won[11]
Best Actress Popular Sanaya Irani Nominated[12]
Indian Telly Awards Best Actor In Negative Role Abhaas Mehta Nominated[13]
TV Personality Of The Year Barun Sobti
Best On-Screen Couple Barun Sobti & Sanaya Irani Won[13]
People's Choice Awards India Favorite TV Drama Actor Barun Sobti Won[14]
Favorite Most Good Looking On-Screen Jodi Barun Sobti and Sanaya Irani
2013 Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Sanaya Irani Nominated
Best Actor in a Negative Role Abhaas Mehta
Best Actress in a Comic Role Utkarsha Naik
Best Actress in a Comic Role (jury) Utkarsha Naik
2016 Garv Television Awards GARV Scroll Honours 4 Lions Films Won[15]


The background score "Rabba Ve" for Arnav and Khushi was highly appreciated in the audiences.[16] The background score "Rabba Ve" for Arnav and Khushi was highly appreciated in the audiences.[16] The character of Arnav Singh Raizada was very popular and gave a huge fan following to Barun Sobti such that when Sobti announced his break from the show his fans made it sure that the show was shut down rather than any replacement.[17] The onscreen chemistry of Sobti and Sanaya Irani was liked by everyone and they both received many awards of Best Couple.[18] The show also had very high TRPS.[19]


The series inspired several international remakes, which include Bohjena Se Bohjena (Bengali), and Aragini (Kannada). The show airs in Vietnam under the title Mối tình kỳ lạ on HTV3.[20] The show airs in Jamaica on one of the two free-to-air channels in the country, CVMTV, as Strange Love[21][22] and is dubbed in English. It airs also in Middle East and North Africa on MBC Bollywood dubbed in Arabic, under the title من النظرة الثانية (min annadra athāniya).


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