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Kasautii Zindagii Kay
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GenreDrama
Romance
Created byEkta Kapoor
Screenplay by
  • Anil Nagpal
  • Mrinal Tripathi
Story byAnil Nagpal
Directed byMuzammil Desai
Creative director(s)
  • Richa Ambolkar
  • Shivangi Babbar
Starring
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes395
Production
Producer(s)
CinematographyDeepak Malvankar
Editor(s)
  • Vikas Sharma
  • Vishal Sharma
  • Sandeep Bhatt
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Balaji Telefilms
DistributorStar India
Release
Original networkStar Plus
Picture format
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original release25 September 2018 (2018-09-25) –
present
Chronology
Related showsKasautii Zindagii Kay
External links
Website
Production website

Kasautii Zindagii Kay (transl.Trials of Life) is an Indian television series produced by Ekta Kapoor under Balaji Telefilms.[1] It premiered on 25 September 2018 on Star Plus.[2] It stars Parth Samthaan, Erica Fernandes, Hina Khan, Karan Singh Grover and Aamna Sharif.[3]

Plot

Anurag Basu and Prerna Sharma are two individuals meant to fall in love yet forced to go through several trials of life to be together.

Fate keeps pulling Anurag and Prerna towards each other. As they spend time together, they form a bond of trust, understanding and friendship. Prerna starts falling for Anurag. Meanwhile, Komolika Chaubey makes her entry. She is arrogant, evil and attracts male attention wherever she goes. While Anurag realises his feelings for Prerna, Komolika starts getting interested in him.

Anurag and Prerna confess their feelings, plan to marry each other and consummate their relationship. Seeing Prerna and Anurag plan a future together, Komolika decides to create misunderstandings between them. She asks Anurag to marry her in order to save Prerna's house. Compelled, Anurag agrees. Unaware of the truth, Prerna is left shocked. She gets hit by a car and is taken to the hospital where the doctor reveals her to be pregnant.

Hurt and rebellious, Prerna enters the Basu house, successfully exposes Komolika and gets her arrested. Komolika escapes and comes back to kill Prerna but instead falls down the terrace and goes missing. Anurag and Prerna reunite and get engaged.

Rishabh Bajaj, a ruthless selfish, arrogant and cunning businessman enters. He falsely frames Anurag and gets him jailed. Further, he asks Prerna to marry him in exchange of Anurag's freedom. Helpless, she agrees. Heartbroken and devastated, Anurag questions Prerna. She lies to him, hoping he moves on but Anurag remains adamant and refuses to give up on their love.

Bajaj starts falling for Prerna. Knowing that Prerna is still in love with Anurag, Bajaj tries to kill him. Kukki tries to stop bajaj but ends up getting hurt. Guilty, bajaj steps back while Anurag and Prerna unite.

Vengeful, Komolika makes a comeback. Prerna reveals to Anurag about her pregnancy and the two rejoice as they get ready to marry. Komolika causes Anurag's accident.

One month later

Anurag loses his memory. Komolika fakes an identity and misuses the opportunity to make Anurag and the Basu's believe that they got married. Prerna discovers Komolika's identity and decides to expose her but chooses to refrain in fear of affecting Anurag's brain and memory. Komolika tries to kill Prerna and her child multiple times but fails.

Prerna gives birth to Sneha and Anurag regains his memory. They rejoice and plan to marry. Komolika threatens to frame Prerna for murder by leaking footage of her pushing Viraj off the cliff. She further asks Anurag to accept her and leave Prerna. Helpless, Anurag pretends to betray Prerna and pushes her off a bridge, but she is saved by bajaj. Prerna reaches the orphanage where Komolika abandoned Sneha and is devastated to see it on fire. Reeling from shock and heartbreak, Prerna moves to London.

Eight years later

Prerna is a successful businesswoman in London while Anurag's business thrives in Kolkata. Prerna maintains a formal relationship with bajaj and Anurag hates Komolika. Prerna detests Anurag for his betrayal while he lives in guilt. Komolika has taken over the Basu house. Nivedita and Anupam have separated. Prerna leaves for Kolkata in order to seek revenge from Anurag. Kukki and Kaushik start off by disliking each other, constantly bickering everytime they meet.

Cast

Main

  • Parth Samthaan as Anurag Basu: Mohini and Moloy's son; Rakhi, Nivedita and Tapur's brother; Prerna's former husband; Komolika's husband; Sneha and Diya's father (2018–present)
  • Erica Fernandes as Prerna Sharma: Veena and Rajesh's daughter; Shekhar, Shivani and Mahesh's sister; Anurag's former wife; Sneha's mother (2018–present)
  • Hina Khan/Aamna Sharif as Komolika Chaubey: Siddhant's daughter; Mishka and Ronit's sister; Anurag's wife; Diya's mother (2018–2019)/(2019–present)
  • Karan Singh Grover as Rishabh Bajaj: Samira's former husband; Kukki's father (2019–present)

Recurring

  • Shubhaavi Choksey as Mohini Basu: Moloy's wife; Rakhi, Nivedita, Anurag and Tapur's mother (2018–present)
  • Uday Tikekar as Moloy Basu: Prosenjit's brother; Mohini's husband; Rakhi, Nivedita, Anurag and Tapur's father (2018–present)
  • Kanupriya Pandit as Veena Sharma: Rajesh's wife; Shekhar, Prerna, Shivani and Mahesh's mother (2018–present)
  • Kali Prasad Mukherjee as Rajesh Sharma: Veena's husband; Shekhar, Prerna, Shivani and Mahesh's father (2018–2019)
  • Pooja Banerjee as Nivedita Basu: Mohini and Moloy's daughter; Rakhi, Anurag and Tapur's sister; Anupam's former wife (2018–present)
  • Sahil Anand as Anupam Sengupta: Nivedita's former husband (2018–present)
  • Upasana Salunke/Priyal Mahajan/Aastha Abhay/Garima Parihar as Tapur Basu: Mohini and Moloy's daughter; Rakhi, Nivedita and Anurag's sister; Sahil's former fiance (2018)/(2018–2019)/(2019–2020)/(2020–present)
  • Karan Arora as Shekhar Sharma: Veena and Rajesh's son; Prerna, Shivani and Mahesh's brother; Suman's husband (2018–present)
  • Antara Banerjee/Ritu Chauhan as Suman Sharma: Shekhar's wife (2018–2019)/(2019–present)
  • Charvi Saraf as Shivani Sharma: Veena and Rajesh's daughter; Shekhar, Prerna and Mahesh's sister; Ronit's former girlfriend (2018–present)
  • Karan Bhanushali/Mridul Das as Mahesh Sharma: Veena and Rajesh's son; Shekhar, Prerna and Shivani's brother; Kajal's husband (2018–2020)/(2020–present)
  • Adi Irani as Siddhant Chaubey: Komolika, Mishka and Ronit's father (2018–2019)
  • Ariah Aggarwal as Mishka Chaubey: Siddhant's daughter; Komolika and Ronit's sister; Anurag's former girlfriend (2018–2019)
  • Tarun Mahilani as Ronit Chaubey: Siddhant's son; Komolika and Mishka's brother; Shivani's former boyfriend (2018–present)
  • Alka Amin as Sharda Bajaj: Rishabh's aunt; Tanvi's adoptive mother (2019)
  • Sonyaa Ayodhya as Tanvi Bajaj: Sharda's adoptive daughter; Rishabh's family friend (2019)
  • Namik Paul as Viraj Bhardwaj: Prerna's former fiance; Komolika's accomplice (2020)
  • Sanjay Swaraj as Naveen Chandra Chattopadhyay: Ronita and Madhuri's husband; Mohini's namesake brother; Prerna's former fiance (2018–2019)
  • Madhura Naik as Madhuri Chattopadhyay: Naveen's first wife (2018)
  • Piyali Munshi as Ronita Chattopadhyay: Naveen's second wife (2018)
  • Siddharth Banerjee as Sid: Anurag's best friend (2018)
  • Anju Jadhav/Michelle Shah as Anjali: Prerna's best friend (2018)
  • Monica Sharma as Kirti: Prerna and Anjali's best friend; Rohan's wife (2018)
  • Naveen Sharma as Rohan: Anurag, Sid, Prerna and Anjali's best friend; Kirti's husband (2018)
  • Rohit Sharma as Gaurav: Komolika's former boyfriend (2018)
  • Roopali Prakash as Manisha: Komolika's friend (2018)
  • Shahrukh Sadri as Prosenjit Basu: Moloy's brother; Kumud's husband; Mouli's father; Rakhi, Nivedita, Anurag and Tapur's uncle (2019)
  • Anjali Gupta as Kumud Basu: Prosenjit's wife; Mouli's mother; Rakhi, Nivedita, Anurag and Tapur's aunt (2019)
  • Coral Bhamra as Mouli Basu: Kumud and Prosenjit's daughter; Rakhi, Nivedita, Anurag and Tapur's cousin (2019)
  • Bhavya Sachdeva as Sahil Sinha: Vikrant's cousin; Tapur's former fiance (2019)
  • Siddharth Shivpuri as Vikrant Sinha: Sahil's cousin; Komolika's former boyfriend; Anurag's business rival (2019)
  • Jia Narigara as Young Kukki Bajaj: Samira and Rishabh's daughter (2019)
  • Kunal Madhiwalla as Rahil Das: Basu Industries' manager (2019)
  • Parull Chaudhry as Rakhi Basu: Mohini and Moloy's daughter; Nivedita, Anurag and Tapur's sister; Subodh's former wife; Tanisha and Kaushik's mother (2020–present)
  • Vidyut Aryan as Subodh Chakraborty: Rakhi's former husband; Tanisha and Kaushik's father (2020–present)
  • Urfi Javed as Tanisha Chakraborty: Rakhi and Subodh's daughter; Kaushik's sister (2020–present)
  • Kunal Thakur as Kaushik Chakraborty: Rakhi and Subodh's son; Tanisha's brother (2020–present)
  • Amit Raghuvanshi as Mohnish: Kaushik's friend (2020–present)
  • Minal Mogam as Kajal Sharma: Mahesh's wife (2020–present)
  • Aditi Sanwal as adult Kukki Bajaj: Samira and Rishabh's daughter (2020–present)
  • Shivika Rishi as Young Diya Basu: Anurag and Komolika's daughter (2020–present)
  • Sumaiya Khan as Young Sneha Basu: Prerna and Anurag's daughter (2020–present)
  • Neelu Dogra as Rondita: Mohini's friend (2020)

Guests

Production

Development and premiere

Kasautii Zindagii Kay is a reboot of the 2001 series of the same name, which also was produced by Ekta Kapoor under Balaji Telefilms for Star Plus.[4]

In February 2018, Ekta Kapoor revealed that she was creating a rebooted version of one of her old series stating,

With a piece of my broken heart I wrote in 2001, 17 years later I reboot it dipping in personal pain and lacing it with experiences of an older me! Bringing back my most successful love saga that ran for 9 years! Again, I’ll take my broken heart & make it into art!

On 4 July 2018, Kapoor had a meeting with Star Plus regarding the reboot.[6] However, in 21 July 2018, she revealed Kasautii Zindagii Kay as the reboot, sharing the first teaser of the series.[7][8]

In September 2018, Shah Rukh Khan introduced Parth Samthaan and Erica Fernandes as Anurag Basu and Prerna Sharma.[9] In the same month Kapoor revealed that Anurag was named after her director friend and Prerna was named after her father's friend Prem Chopra's daughter.[10]

Casting

Parth Samthaan was cast to play Anurag Basu, while Erica Fernandes was cast to play Prerna Sharma.[11][12]

I had a few personality traits in mind for Anurag and Prerna. Anurag had to be the kind of man who doesn't scream to get noticed, but once you notice him, he's unforgettable. For me, Parth was an obvious choice because he has unbelievable eyes. I have not seen a man whose eyes reflect that depth even in photographs. Prerna is someone who comes across as light-hearted, but has a lot of depth. When I saw the promo of Erica's show, Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi, I knew I wanted to cast her.

Uday Tikekar, Shubhaavi Choksey, Kali Prasad Mukherjee, Kanupriya Pandit, Pooja Banerjee and Sahil Anand were cast to play the prominent roles of Moloy Basu, Mohini Basu, Rajesh Sharma, Veena Sharma, Nivedita Basu and Anupam Sengupta.[14] In October 2018, Hina Khan was introduced as Komolika Chaubey.[15]

In June 2019, Karan Singh Grover was introduced as Rishabh Bajaj.[16] In May 2019, Hina Khan took a break from the series for a few months.[17][18] However, in September 2019, Khan confirmed quiting the show and was replaced by Aamna Sharif as Komolika Chaubey in October 2019.[19]

Namik Paul was supposed to enter the series in April 2019 as Vikrant Sinha.[20] However, he chose the lead role in Kavach: Maha Shivratri over Kasautii.[21] Siddharth Shivpuri was then cast to play Vikrant.[22]

In January 2020, Paul finally joined the cast as Viraj Bhardwaj.[23] In March 2020, Karan Singh Grover who quit in October 2019 returned as Rishabh Bajaj.[24] Post his return, the series took an eight year leap and introduced many new additions including Parull Chaudhary as Rakhi, Kunal Thakur as Kaushik, Urfi Javed as Tanisha, Sumaiya Khan as Sneha, Minal Mogam as Kajal.[25][26][27][28][29]

Filming

Kasautii is mainly filmed in Mumbai but a few scenes were shot in Kolkata as the show's storyline is based in West Bengal.[30] The Switzerland track was shot in Zurich.[31]

Broadcast

Kasautii was supposed to premiere on 10 September 2018, but was postponed to 25 September 2018.[32] The shoot of the series was indefinitely halted on 19 March 2020 and airing on 23 March 2020 due to Covid-19 outbreak.[33]

Reception

Critical response

Shweta Kesari from India Today said, "Parth Samthaan and Erica Fernandes beautifully fit into the shoes of punctual Anurag and carefree Prerna. The grandeur and magnificence of the show will make your jaw drop. The makers have tried to retain the essence of Kolkata and Bengalis. Overall the show is a complete package of entertainment for soap viewers!"[34]

Soumya Srivastava from Hindustan Times described the show as "louder and garnish" and said, "The background score is excessive. It plays without reason and way too often. Whether the scene demands it or not, a joyful, somber or a comical tone is always there to force your brain into thinking that this is how you are supposed to feel right now."[35]

Times Now commented that, "The reboot takes you in the lives of Anurag and Prerna that were part of our every day lives and the first episode is all about nostalgia of the epic Kasautii Zindagii Kay."[36]

Adaptations

In 2019, Kasautii was remade in Kannada as Premaloka.[37] Starring Vijay Suriya and Ankita Navya Gowda as Surya and Prerna, it airs on Star Suvarna.[38]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result Reference
2019 Kalakar Awards Most Popular Actress Erica Fernandes Won [39]
Best Actor In Negative Role Sanjay Swaraj Won
Best Serial Balaji Telefilms Won
Indian Telly Awards Best Actor In Lead Role (Popular) Parth Samthaan Nominated
Best Actress In Lead Role (Popular) Erica Fernandes Nominated
Best Daily Series (Popular) Balaji Telefilms Nominated
Best Actress In Supporting Role (Popular) Shubhavi Choksey Nominated
Best Actor In Comic Role (Popular) Sahil Anand Nominated
Best Actress in Negative Role (Popular) Shubhavi Choksey Nominated
Best Actor In Negative Role (Popular) Sanjay Swaraj Nominated
Best Jodi (Popular) Parth Samthaan & Erica Fernandes Won [40]
Best Actress In Negative Role (Jury) Hina Khan Won
Best Actress In Negative Role (Popular) Won
Gold Awards Best Actor Male (Popular) Parth Samthaan Nominated
Best Actor Female (Popular) Erica Fernandes Nominated
Best Actor Female (Critics) Won [41]
Best Onscreen Jodi (Popular) Parth Samthaan & Erica Fernandes Nominated
Best Actor In Supporting Role (Male) Uday Tikekar Nominated
Best Actor In Supporting Role (Female) Pooja Banerjee Nominated
Best Actor In Comic Role (Male) Sahil Anand Nominated
Best Actor In Negative Role (Female) Hina Khan Won [42]
Best Actor In Negative Role (Male) Karan Singh Grover Won
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress (Popular) Erica Fernandes Nominated
Best Show (Popular) Balaji Telefilms Nominated
Asian Viewers Television Awards Male Actor Of The Year Parth Samthaan Nominated
Female Actor Of The Year Erica Fernandes Won [43]
Soap Of The Year Balaji Telefilms Nominated
2020 Kalakar Awards Best Actor (Popular) Parth Samthaan Won [44]
Lions Gold Awards Best Actress (Critics) Erica Fernandes Nominated
Best Actor (Critics) Parth Samthaan Nominated
Best Actress In Negative Role Hina Khan Won
Best Actor In Negative Role Karan Singh Grover Nominated

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