Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil
|Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil|
|Created by||Balaji Telefilms|
|Story by||Sonali Jaffar|
|Starring||Sushant Singh Rajput|
|Opening theme||Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil by Richa Sharma|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of episodes||444|
|Executive producer(s)||Vikas Gupta|
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Balaji Telefilms|
|Original release||March 3, 2008 –|
5 February 2010
Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil (In Which Country Does My Heart Live) is an Indian drama television series that aired on Star Plus. It starred Sushant Singh Rajput, Harshad Chopda, Additi Gupta and Meher Vij as Preet, Prem, Heer and Meher. It was produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shoba Kapoor under Balaji Telefilms.
The story is of two lovers, Prem and Heer and their undying love for one another. Despite conspiracies, tragedies and heart-break, their undying love for one another prevails through the roughest of times. In parallel, the show also focuses on Prem and Heer's siblings Preet and Meher.
- Harshad Chopda as Prem Juneja: Preet and Veera's stepbrother, Heer's husband, Chahat's father (2008–2010)
- Additi Gupta as Heer Juneja: Prem's wife, Chahat's mother (2008–2010)
- Sushant Singh Rajput as Preet Juneja: Prem's half-brother, Meher's husband (2008–2010)
- Meher Vij as Meher Juneja: Heer's younger sister, Harman's ex-fiance, Preet's wife
- Varun Kapoor as Varun: Prem's cousin
- Virendra Saxena as Balraaj Maan: Heer and Meher's father
- Sadhana Singh as Teji Maan, Balraj's wife, Heer and Meher's mother
- Mahesh Shetty as Nihaal Maan, Teji and Balraj's son, Heer and Meher's brother, Veera's husband
- Krystle D'Souza as Veera Juneja: Prem's stepsister, Nihaal's wife (2008–2010)
- Deepak Qazir as Lalit Juneja (Prem, Preet, Harman, Veera's father, Gaayatri's husband)
- Shama Deshpande as Gaayatri Juneja (Lalit's second wife, Prem's stepmother, Harman, Preet, Veera's mother)
- Nidhi Tikoo as Kulraj Gupta
- Manoj Chandila / Tabrez Khan as Harman Juneja (Prem's younger stepbrother and Preet's elder brother, Meher's ex-fiance Maaya's husband)
- Madhura Naik as Maaya Juneja (Harman's wife)
- Manav Vij as Kiran Gupta
- Ranjeev Verma as Balwant Man (Balraj's younger brother, Daljeet's husband, Nihaal Heer, Meher's uncle)
- Tasneem Sheikh as Daljeet Maan (Balwant's wife, Ashlesha's mother, Nihaal, Heer Meher's aunt)
- Mihika Verma as Ashlesha Maan (Balwant and Daljeet's daughter, Nihaal, Heer, Meher's cousin, Prem's ex-fiance, Preet's ex-fiance)
- Muskaan Uppal as Chahat Juneja (Prem and Heer's daughter)
- Jai Kalra as Rishabh Rampaal
- Apara Mehta as Bharti Rampaal
- Vishal Thakkar/Dev Keswani as Dheer
- Dimple Jhangiani as Sanjana Rampaal
- Avinash Sachdev as Prashant Chhabria/Manmeet
- Harsh Somaiya as Kulraj Gupta
- Simran Khanna as Geet (Heer's friend, Prem' ex-fiancee's wife)
- Sudha Chandran as Inspector
- Anita Hassanandani as Shruti
- Puja Banerjee as Vrinda
- Hina Khan as Akshara
- Parul Chauhan as Ragini
- Anjali Abrol as Rani
- Pooja Gor as Pratigya
Initially titled as Khandaan, it was later renamed as Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil before premiere. Sushant Singh Rajput playing Preet Singh Juneja was killed in a sequence. However, on viewers demand, during the finale of the series, he returned back as a spirit.
Speaking about the series, Producer Ekta Kapoor said, "I would love to describe this as an ethereal story from the heart. This show is bound to ignite the magic of love and romance on television once again."
In March 2009, the series was given a warning from the channel for its non satisfactory ratings to improve.
In November 2008, the shootings and telecast of all the Hindi television series including this series and films were stalled on 8 November 2008 due to dispute by the technician workers of FWICE (Federation of Western India Cine Employees) for increasing the wages, better work conditions and more breaks between shootings. FWICE first took a strike on 1 October 2008 when they addressed their problems with the producers and production was stalled. A contract was signed after four days discussions and shooting were happening only for two hours content in a day then after which differences increased between them while channels gave them time until 30 October 2008 to sort it out. Failing to do so lead to protests again from 10 November 2008 to 19 November 2008 during which channels blacked out new broadcasts and repeat telecasts were shown from 10 November 2008. On 19 November 2008, the strike was called off after settling the disputes and the production resumed. The new episodes started to telecast from 1 December 2008.
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