Kasautii Zindagii Kay (2018 TV series)
|Kasautii Zindagii Kay|
|Created by||Ekta Kapoor|
|Story by||Anil Nagpal|
|Directed by||Muzammil Desai|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||128 as of 18 March 2019|
|Running time||23 minutes (approx.)|
|Production company(s)||Balaji Telefilms|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||25 September 2018 –|
|Related shows||Kasautii Zindagii Kay|
Kasautii Zindagii Kay (Trials of Life) is an Indian soap opera created and produced by Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Telefilms. It premiered on September 25, 2018 and airs on Star Plus. It is a reboot of the 2001 series Kasautii Zindagii Kay. It stars Parth Samthaan, Erica Fernandes and Hina Khan.
Anurag Basu and Prerna Sharma are two individuals who belong to two different worlds. Prerna is the daughter of Rajesh Sharma who works for Moloy Basu. Moloy has three children; Anurag, Nivedita and Tapur. Anurag's mother Mohini dislikes the Sharmas because of their poor status and leaves no opportunity to berate them. Anurag and Prerna study in the same university but barely have any conversation. All girls in the college are attracted towards Anurag except Prerna. Due to a series of events, Prerna and Anurag start conversing, thus slowly forming a bond of friendship.
Enter Naveen Babu whom Mohini considers as her brother. He is a pervert and has a history with many women. He sets his eyes on Prerna but she ignores his advances. Naveen shares his feelings with Mohini who takes their proposal forward. The Sharmas reject the relation as Naveen is too old and divorced twice. Mohini feels humilitated. She sends a letter to the Sharmas stating that Rajesh took a loan from Moloy and the deadline has exceeded and they will have to evacuate their house. Prerna reads the letter before everybody and gets emotional. She agrees to marry Naveen but with a condition that Naveen will help her family. A mysterious woman named Madhuri appears who continuously gives advice to Naveen on how to conquer Prerna. She is revealed to be Naveen's wife. Prerna's family, Anurag and Moloy dislike this union. Anurag tries everything to stop the wedding but fails each time. On the wedding day, Anurag kidnaps Prerna and sets up Madhuri as the bride. Naveen's lies are caught and the marriage is called off. Meanwhile Prerna starts realising that she has feelings for Anurag. The day she decides to propose to Anurag, his ex Mishka enters the Basu house. Mohini seizes the opportunity to announce that Anurag and Mishka will get engaged soon. Prerna witnesses Mishka saying I love you to Anurag and is left heartbroken.
Amidst the chaos, Komolika makes her entry. Komolika is Mishka's elder sister and the daughter of Siddhant Chaubey, a powerful politician. She is arrogant and ruse and attracts male attention wherever she goes.
Through a series of events, Anurag and Mishka get engaged. Prerna is heartbroken assuming her love was one sided. On the other hand, Anupam makes Anurag realise that he has been in love with Prerna since a long time but was unaware. Eventually, Anurag and Prerna confess their feelings to each other. Anurag promises Prerna that he will solve all problems and get married to her in seven days. Anurag accidentally fills Prerna's maang with sindhoor, which indicated that they are already married.
On the other hand, Komolika starts getting interested in Anurag. Seeing Prerna and Anurag plan a future with each other, she decides to create misunderstandings between them. When Moloy finds out about it, he confronts her. Thus, Komolika plots to get Moloy killed in a car crash. However, Moloy slips in to coma and Rajesh dies.
Komolika convinces her father to give Basu Publications a government contract thus saving them from the crisis. However, she asks Anurag to marry her in exchange. Anurag asks Komolika regarding the papers of Prerna's house. She puts in a condition that he must get engaged to her in order to obtain the papers. Compelled, Anurag announces his engagement with Komolika, much to the delight of Mohini and Nivedita. He breaks down on not being able to fulfil his promise of marrying Prerna. A happy Nivedita invites the Sharma’s to the engagement. They are shocked learning this. Prerna gets shattered and confronts Anurag. However, Anurag insults her in front of everyone. Shocked and devastated, Prerna slaps Anurag. Feeling betrayed she tells Anurag that he doesn't deserve her love. She gets hit by a car and is taken to the hospital where the doctor reveals that she is pregnant. In a series of flashback, it is shown that Prerna and Anurag had consummated their relationship.
Shocked yet rebellious, Prerna enters the Basu house claiming to be Anurag's wife. She declares that she will live in the Basu house with Anurag from now on.
- Erica Fernandes as Prerna Sharma Basu: Veena and Rajesh's elder daughter; Shekhar, Shivani and Mahesh's sister; Suman's sister-in-law; Anurag's first wife.
- Parth Samthaan as Anurag Basu: Mohini and Moloy's second child; Nivedita and Tapur's brother; Anupam's brother-in-law; Prerna and Komolika's husband.
- Hina Khan as Komolika Chaubey Basu: Siddhant Chaubey's eldest child; Ronit and Mishka's sister; Anurag's second wife.
- Uday Tikekar as Moloy Basu: Mohini's husband; Nivedita, Anurag and Tapur's father; Rajesh's close friend; owner of Basu publications.
- Shubhavi Choksey as Mohini Basu: Moloy's wife; Nivedita, Anurag and Tapur's mother; Anupam, Prerna and Komolika's mother-in-law
- Kali Prasad Mukherjee as Rajesh Sharma: Veena's husband; Shekhar, Prerna, Shivani and Mahesh's father; Moloy's friend; employee at Basu publications
- Kanupriya Pandit as Veena Sharma: Rajesh's wife; Shekhar, Prerna, Shivani and Mahesh's mother; Suman and Anurag's mother-in-law
- Pooja Banerjee as Nivedita Basu Sengupta: Anurag and Tapur's elder sister; Moloy and Mohini's eldest child; Anupam's wife.
- Sahil Anand as Anupam Sengupta: Nivedita's husband; Anurag and Tapur's brother-in-law; Mohini and Moloy's son-in-law
- Upasana Salunkhe/Priyal Mahajan as Tapur Basu: Nivedita and Anurag's younger sister; Moloy and Mohini's youngest child.
- Karan Arora as Shekhar Sharma: Prerna, Shivani and Mahesh's elder brother; Rajesh and Veena's eldest child; Suman's husband.
- Karan Bhanushali as Mahesh Sharma: Prerna, Shivani and Shekhar's youngest brother; Rajesh and Veena's youngest child.
- Antara Banerjee as Suman Sharma: Shekhar's wife; Prerna, Shivani and Mahesh's sister-in-law; Veena and Rajesh's daughter-in-law
- Charvi Saraf as Shivani Sharma: Shekhar and Prerna's younger sister; Mahesh's elder sister; Rajesh and Veena's third child; Ronit's ex-girlfriend.
- Adi Irani as Siddhant Chaubey: Politician; Komolika, Mishka and Ronit's father.
- Ariah Aggarwal as Mishka Chaubey: Komolika's younger sister; Ronit's elder sister, Siddhant Chaubey's second child; Anurag's ex-girlfriend and sister-in-law
- Tarun Mahilani as Ronit Chaubey: Komolika and Mishka's younger brother; Siddhant Chaubey's youngest child; Shivani's ex-boyfriend
- Sanjay Swaraj as Naveen Chandra Chattopadhyay: Mohini's brother; Prerna's ex-fiancè; Ronita and Madhuri's husband.
- Madhura Naik as Madhuri Chandra Chattopadhyay: Naveen's first wife.
- Siddharth Banerjee as Sid: Anurag's best friend.
- Anju Jadhav/Michelle Shah as Anjali: Prerna's best friend.
- Rohit Sharma as Gaurav: Komolika's boyfriend.
- Roopali Prakash as Komolika's friend.
- Monica Sharma as Kirti: Rohan's wife; Prerna and Anjali's best friend.
- Naveen Sharma as Rohan: Kirti's husband; Anurag, Sid, Prerna and Anjali's best friend.
- Piyali Munshi as Ronita Chandra Chattopadhyay: Naveen's second wife.
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 a 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!"
Soumya Srivastava from Hindustan Times described the show as "louder and garnish" and wrote that, "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.
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." 
In UK in its second week, the series was the top most watched show on Thursday with 101100 views.
Awards and nominations
|2018||Asian Viewers Television Awards||Female Actor Of The Year||Erica Fernandes||Nominated|
|2019||Kalakar Awards||Most Popular Actress||Won|||
|Best Actor In Negative Role||Sanjay Swaraj||Won|
|Best Serial||Ekta Kapoor||Won|
|Indian Telly Awards||Best Actor In Lead Role (Female)||Erica Fernandes||TBA|||
|Best Actor In Lead Role (Male)||Parth Samthaan||TBA|
|Best Jodi||Erica Fernandes & Parth Samthaan||TBA|
|Best Daily Series||Ekta Kapoor||TBA|
|Best Actress In Supporting Role (Female)||Shubhavi Choksey||TBA|
|Best Actor In Comic Role (Male)||Sahil Anand||TBA|
|Best Actor In Negative Role (Female)||Hina Khan||TBA|
|Best Actor In Negative Role (Male)||Sanjay Swaraj||TBA|
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