Kasautii Zindagii Kay
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|Kasautii Zindagii Kay|
|Created by||Balaji Telefilms|
|Theme music composer|
|Opening theme||"Kasautii Zindagii Ki"|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of episodes||1,423|
|Executive producer(s)||Niel Singh|
|Running time||20 minutes|
|Original network||Star Plus|
|Original release||29 October 2001– 28 February 2008|
|Related shows||Kasautii Zindagii Kay (2018 TV series)|
Kasautii Zindagii Kay (English: The trials of life) also known 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.
Two lovers Prerna and Anurag want to get married to each other but the couple gets separated when Anurag is forced to get married to Komolika because of emotional blackmail of his mother, Mohini. Devastated and heart-broken Prerna who finds herself pregnant with Anurag's child, now hates Anurag for what he has done to her. Anurag, on the other hand, feels terrible for Prerna and secretly helps her to establish her career. Komolika married Anurag for the sake of his wealth. Anurag comes to know all this and also about the existence of his child Prem with Prerna, a secret she had kept hidden. He divorces Komolika and wishes to marry Prerna but Prerna has to marry an arrogant middle-aged business tycoon Rishabh Bajaj who has blackmailed her. Prerna married Mr. Bajaj to save Anurag's wealth and property.
After a series of twists and turns including the return of Rishab Bajaj's ex-wife Menaka, Anurag and Prerna marry. Anurag and Prerna's son Prem gets kidnapped and it creates a distance between them. Their marriage ends in a bitter divorce due to misunderstandings following Prem's disappearance and apparent death, and their faith in each other crumbles. Prerna is pregnant again but no one believes that it is Anurag's child and everyone accuses her of having illicit relations with Rishab Bajaj. During this time Prerna is supported by Mr. Bajaj who changes into a positive character on seeing her plight. Anurag marries another woman Aparna and Prerna, unable to see him with someone else, leaves the city.
Years later Anurag and Prerna's daughter Sneha has turned 8 and after the hiatus, Prerna returns to Mumbai. Time has changed Anurag and Prerna from lovers to bitter enemies who keep warring with one another owing to the misunderstandings created by the different people around them especially Komolika who is now married to Anurag's cousin Subroto. Meanwhile, Sneha is diagnosed with Leukemia and would need a bone-marrow transplant to save her life. Prerna requests Anurag to take the Bone marrow test as he is Sneha's biological father. Anurag rudely refutes Prerna's claim stating that Sneha is Rishab Bajaj's and her daughter. Later on Aparna's intervention, he agrees to take the Bone Marrow test along with a DNA test. Although the Bone Marrow's don't match but the DNA report proves that Sneha is indeed Anurag's daughter and Prerna had never been unfaithful to him. Anurag's family also comes to know that Sneha is indeed Anurag's daughter. They all repent but Prerna refuses to forgive them especially Anurag. Since Sneha's life is in danger a bone marrow is required to save her life. The doctors suggest for Anurag and Prerna to have another child as the bone marrow of siblings are always a match. Prerna and Anurag come together to have another child with the approval of Mr. Bajaj and Aparna. While Prerna is pregnant, Aparna's past comes to light and her old lover Debu comes into the picture. Prerna then marries Mr. Bajaj. Prerna gives birth to a son who is named Prem. Komolika kidnaps the child and runs away soon after Sneha's successful bone marrow transplant. Prerna blames Anurag for Prem's kidnapping and leaves the city.
After 20 years, Sneha grows up to consider Mr. Bajaj and Prerna as her parents. Mr. Bajaj and Prerna have a daughter named Kasak. A new character named Yudi enters Anurag and Prerna's life. Soon they find out that Yudi no one else, but their son Prem. But he is a spoiled brat who does not care for anyone but himself. Mukti enters his life and tries to change him for the better. Mukti falls in love with Prem and goes the extra step with him. Sneha gets married to Sharad, but he turns out to be a bad guy and rapes Mukti. Prem reveals he does not love Mukti, but only acted as he did. Soon Sneha finds out about Sharad and instead falls in love with Omi and Prem falls in love with Mukti.
Another generation leap happens, in which Sneha and Omi's daughter, Prerna (P2) becomes the main character. She marries Nihal Garewal. Various twists and turns happen with the introduction of several new characters after time leaps including the grown-up children of Anurag and Prerna, especially Kasak. The story finally concludes with the death of Anurag-Prerna and their souls uniting forever while Mr. Bajaj reflects the everlasting love of Anurag-Prerna that never dies.
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 recover from Coma, and comes to know about Anurag - Komolika's 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, As Bajaj forces her to marry
- Chapter 6 (Episode 211 - 276) - Mr. Bajaj's ex-wife Menaka poses problems for Bajaj
- Chapter 7 (Episode 277 - 330) - Mr Bajaj's disappearance after his accident. Prerna-Anurag are engaged and get married
- Chapter 8 (Episode 331 - 374) - Bajaj creates trouble in Anurag and Prerna's paradise
- Chapter 9 (Episode 375 - 402) - Prerna and Anurag's son Prem abducted, meanwhile Bajaj blackmails Prerna with the help of Mr. Patel
- 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 unhappily decide to engage with Bajaj
- Chapter 13 (Episode 512 - 572) - Sneha fights leukaemia, Anurag - Prerna become closer for Sneha, they realize how they love each other
- Chapter 14 (Episode 573 - 623) - Aparna's plot to murder Anurag
- Chapter 15 (Episode 624 - 646) - Prerna accused of Aparna's murder
- Chapter 16 (Episode 647 - 685) - Anurag refuse to accept Prerna, as she unhappily marries Mr Bajaj
- Chapter 17 (Episode 686 - 757) - Generation Leap: Shravan to avenge his mother Aparna's death
- Chapter 18 (Episode 758 - 781) - Bajaj's extramarital affairs out, Is Tanisha, Mr Bajaj's daughter?
- Chapter 19 (Episode 782 - 833) - Anurag 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) - Anurag marries Sampada, Prerna takes the blame for Sneha's offence
- Chapter 25 (Episode 1049 - 1069) - After 5 years: Anurag-Sampada leave happily and take all responsibilities of Sneha & Prem. Prerna returns from jail
- Chapter 26 (Episode 1070 - 1101) - Prem shattered by Mukti's death
- Chapter 27 (Episode 1102 - 1163) - Anurag-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. Anurag-Prerna about to marry but Mr Bajaj is found to be alive and they have to live without each other again
- Chapter 32 (Episode 1359 - 1394) - Anurag exposes Komolika's plan
- Chapter 33 (Episode 1395 - 1423) - Komolika points the gun on A Anurag, but Prerna comes between them. And Komolika falls of the cliff and dies. Prerna - Anurag unite in death. Prem writes a book: Kasauti Zindagii Kay on Anurag and Prerna's life. Mr Bajaj reminisces Prerna.
The Kasautii Zindagii Kay soundtrack is from the Indian Soap Opera that has recorded more than fifty (50) tracks during its airing from 2001 to 2008 and won several awards.
The show had recorded more than a hundred tracks including some versions of Bollywood hit songs Kya Pyaar Karoge Mujhse, Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh, Hum Bewafa Hargiz Na Thay, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Jiyen To Jiyen Kaisy  and Do Ajnabi Kidar Ja Rahy Hain.
Original serial versions
|1.||"Chahat Kay Safar Mein" (title track)||1:20|
|2.||"Milti Hai Nigahein"||1:30|
|3.||"Chahat Kay Safar Mein" (sad version)||1:23|
|4.||"Zindagii Kay Safar Mein"||1:54|
|5.||"Zindagi Kya Hai Jaisy"||1:29|
|6.||"Mujse Rootho Na Aisy"||1:45|
|7.||"Pyaar Ke Mor Per"||1:23|
|8.||"Jab Se Tum Milay Ho"||1:36|
|9.||"Teri Meri Yeh Yaari"||1:24|
|10.||"Meri Ankhon Ke Taaray"||1:32|
|11.||"Aega Wo Ek Din"||1:26|
|12.||"Jaany Anjaany Mein"||1:28|
|13.||"Kya Chaha Tha Mein Na"||2:34|
|14.||"Kabhi Aisa Bhi Hota Hai"||1:59|
|15.||"Koi Jab Mujse Kehta Hai"||1:46|
|2002||Indian Television Academy Awards||Best Music Composer||Lalit Sen||Won |
|2002||Indian Telly Awards||Best Singer||Babul Supriyo||Nominated|
|2002||Indian Telly Awards||Best Music||Lalit Sen||Nominated|
|2003||Kalakar Awards||Best Singer||Babul Supriyo||Won|
|2003||Kalakar Awards||Best Music||Lalit Sen||Won|
|2003||Indian Telly Awards||Best Singer||Babul Supriyo||Nominated|
|2004||Indian Telly Awards||Best Music Composer||Lalit Sen||Won |
|2005||Indian Telly Awards||Best Singer||Babul Supriyo||Nominated|
|2006||Indian Telly Awards||Best Singer||Babul Supriyo||Nominated|
|2006||Indian Television Academy Awards||Best Singer||Babul Supriyo||Nominated|
|2006||Indian Television Academy Awards||Best Music||Lalit Sen||Nominated|
|2007||Indian Television Academy Awards||Best Singer||Babul Supriyo||Nominated|
|2007||Indian Telly Awards||Best Singer||Babul Supriyo||Nominated|
|2007||Zee Gold Awards||Best Singer||Babul Supriyo||Won|
|2007||Zee Gold Awards||Best Music||Lalit Sen||Nominated|
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