Kasautii Zindagii Kay
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|Kasautii Zindagii Ki|
|Hindi||कसौटी ज़िंदगी के|
|Created by||Ekta Kapoor|
|Starring||See Cast section|
|Theme music composer||
|Opening theme||"Kasautii Zindagii Ki"|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of episodes||1,423|
|Running time||20 minutes|
|Original network||STAR Plus|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV),|
|Original release||29 October 2001– 28 February 2008|
Kasautii Zindagii Kay (English: The trials and tribulations of life), often abbreviated as KZK, is an Indian soap opera created by Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Telefilms for the channel STAR Plus. The show ran for seven long years and starred Shweta Tiwari, Cezzane Khan (who was later replaced by Hiten Tejwani), and Ronit Roy in lead roles; Urvashi Dholakia and Geetanjali Tikekar as the main antagonists. The show explores the story of Anurag and Prerna who fall for each other but they never unite because of Komolika who plots against them and the conspiracies made against them. It describes Anurag and Prerna—lovers who were separated throughout their lives but achieved union in death.
Kasautii Zindagii Kay became the third longest running Indian series after Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii— all three were also produced by Balaji Telefilms. The show recorded one of the highest TRPs and introduced many popular faces like Shweta Tiwari, Cezzane Khan, Urvashi Dholakia, Ronit Roy and Geetanjali Tikekar.
Kasautii Zindagii Kay was based on following chapters in its storyline. Below are the highlights.
- Chapter 1 (Episode 1 - 26) - Prerna and Anurag are in love. Mohini, Anurag's mom wants him to marry Komolika.
- Chapter 2 (Episode 27 - 67) - Anurag marries Komolika under pressure by his mom's emotional blackmail; Prerna pregnant with his child
- Chapter 3 (Episode 67 - 108) - Moloy unhappy about the Anurag-Komolika marriage
- Chapter 4 (Episode 109 - 164) - Komolika and Anurag's divorce
- Chapter 5 (Episode 165 - 210) - Prerna marries Rishabh Bajaj to protect the Basu family assets
- Chapter 6 (Episode 211 - 276) - Mr. Bajaj's ex-wife Menaka poses problems for Prerna
- Chapter 7 (Episode 277 - 330) - Mr Bajaj's disappearance after his accident. Prerna-Anurag are engaged and get married
- Chapter 8 (Episode 331 - 374) - Trouble in Anurag and Prerna's paradise
- Chapter 9 (Episode 375 - 402) - Prerna and Anurag's son Prem abducted
- Chapter 10 (Episode 403 - 441) - Anurag suspicious about Prerna and Mr Bajaj. Anurag marries Aparna
- Chapter 11 (Episode 442 - 472) - Prerna moves to Panchmeshwar with her daughter Sneha
- Chapter 12 (Episode 473 - 511) - After 8 years: Sneha visits Anurag's house. Prerna and Mr Bajaj get engaged
- Chapter 13 (Episode 512 - 572) - Sneha fights leukemia
- Chapter 14 (Episode 573 - 623) - Aparna and Debo's plot to murder Anurag
- Chapter 15 (Episode 624 - 646) - Prerna accused of Aparna's murder
- Chapter 16 (Episode 647 - 685) - Prerna marries Mr Bajaj
- Chapter 17 (Episode 686 - 757) - Generation Leap: Shravan to avenge his mother Aparna's death
- Chapter 18 (Episode 758 - 781) - Is Tanisha, Mr Bajaj's daughter?
- Chapter 19 (Episode 782 - 833) - Mr Bajaj and Prerna meet with a fatal accident
- Chapter 20 (Episode 834 - 873) - Yudi is Prerna and Anurag's son Prem
- Chapter 21 (Episode 874 - 928) - Yudi's transformation
- Chapter 22 (Episode 929 - 993) - Mukti and Yudi grow closer. Sharad assaults Mukti.
- Chapter 23 (Episode 994 - 1022) - An attempt on Prerna's life
- Chapter 24 (Episode 1023 - 1048) - Prerna takes the blame for Sneha's offence
- Chapter 25 (Episode 1049 - 1069) - After 5 years: Prerna returns from jail
- Chapter 26 (Episode 1070 - 1101) - Prem shattered by Mukti's death
- Chapter 27 (Episode 1102 - 1163) - Prerna takes Prem to Panchameshwar for treatment
- Chapter 28 (Episode 1164 - 1202) - Aparna's attempt to murder Prerna
- Chapter 29 (Episode 1203 - 1250) - Prerna shoots Anurag
- Chapter 30 (Episode 1251 - 1300) - Leap Twenty years: Prerna's grand daughter Prerna (P2) Love story. Anurag returns as Pratham Mittal
- Chapter 31 (Episode 1301 - 1358) - Sampada confesses her crime. Mr Bajaj is found to be alive
- Chapter 32 (Episode 1359 - 1394) - Prerna exposes Komolika's plan
- Chapter 33 (Episode 1395 - 1423) - Komolika shoots Mr Bajaj. Prerna - Anurag unite in death. Prem writes a book: 'Kasauti Zindagii Kay'.
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- Aamna Sharif
- Sakshi Tanwar
- Smriti Zubin Irani
- Shahrukh Khan
- Tushar Kapoor
- Ekta Kapoor
- Salman Khan
- Preeti Zinta
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