Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala

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Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala
Kullfi (aka Aakriti Sharma) is lying on the ground
GenreDrama[1]
Created by[Nilanjana Purkayasstha ]
Written by
  • Story:
  • Sahana
  • Faizal Akhtar
  • Lakshmi Jayakumar
  • Swechchha Bhagat
  • Dialogues:
  • Divyanidhi Sharma
  • Aparjita
  • Music:
  • Nakash Aziz
  • Sargam Jassu
Directed byPradeep Yadav
Creative director(s)Yashvardhan Shukla
Starring
Opening theme"Pet Bechara" by Rashi Salil Harmalkar
Composer(s)
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes311 as of 24 May 2019 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)
  • Gul Khan
  • Karishma Jain
  • Nilanjana Purkayasstha
  • Herumb Khot
Production location(s)Mumbai
Pathankot
Cinematography
  • Sandeep Yadav
  • Mohseen Swan
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time21 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
Release
Original network
Picture format
Audio formatDolby Digital Plus 7.1
Original release19 March 2018 (2018-03-19) –
present
Chronology
Related showsPotol Kumar Gaanwala
External links
Hotstar

Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala (transl. Kullfi Kumarr the musician) is an Indian musical television series, which premiered on 19 March 2018 and airs on StarPlus and Hotstar. The show is produced by Gul Khan, Karishma Jain, Nilanjana Purkayasstha and Herumb Khot, directed by Pradeep Yadav, written by Sahana and Faizal Akhtar and features an ensemble cast including Aakriti Sharma, Mohit Malik, Anjali Anand, Myra Singh, Vishal Aditya Singh and Shruti Sharma. The soundtrack is composed by Sargam Jassu and Nakash Aziz, with lyrics written by Shashank Kunwar, Divyanidhi Sharma, and edited Satya Sharma. It is a remake of the Bengali television series Potol Kumar Gaanwala,[2] which aired on Star Jalsha in 2015. The story revolves around the journey of a young singing prodigy Kullfi, who encounters all kinds of hardships to unite with her father, Sikandar Singh Gill. The show completed first 100 episodes on 3 August 2018. The show completed 1 year of air on 19 March 2019. It has also been dubbed in Sinhala under the title Mini Pahana Obai and airs on TV Derana by Sri Lanka.

The show received generally positive reviews upon release. Critics particularly praised the show's main actors, story, concept, and music. In its first week, the show ranked in the top sixteen in India. As of Week 38, it reached the third position with 7500 impressions in India. It received several accolades. It won five Indian Television Academy Awards including Best Show, Best Actor, Best Child Actor, Best Lyrics and Dialogues. Child actress Aakriti also received the Best Child Actor award at the Gold Awards 2018.

Synopsis[edit]

As a budding singer, Sikandar Singh Gill falls in love with vilalge simpleton Nimrat and secretly marries her. Forced to choose between Nimrat and his career, Sikandar leaves her and marries the rich Loveleen, unaware that Nimrat is pregnant with his child. Loveleen has a daughter, Amyra, who grows up spoiled by her mother. Nimrat's daughter, Kullfi, is a born singer but is unaware of her father. She and Nimrat live in their village in Pathankot with Nimrat's brother Sattu and his wife Nihalo. Nihalo hates Kullfi and her mother but wants to cash in on Kullfi's talent so she lets them stay. Nimrat suffers from cancer and one day while looking for Kullfi, she is hit by Loveleen's car and dies. As Nihalo plans to sell Kullfi off for her talent, Kullfi's uncle Sattu helps her escape. Disguised as a boy, Kullfi arrives in Mumbai.

Kullfi accidentally reaches Sikandar's house and Loveleen keeps her deciding to use Kullfi's voice to make Amyra a successful singer. Later, Sikandar discovers that Loveleen has made Amyra lip-sync to Kullfi's voice and is furious. During a fight, Loveleen accidentally discloses that Nimrat bore Sikandar a daughter but gets him to promise that he won't go looking out for her. Sikandar's brother, Mahinder, decides to help him out while Sikandar decides to teach music to Amyra and Kullfi. Mahinder finds out that Kullfi is Sikander's daughter but is forced by his mother to keep the secret for the sake of Loveleen and Amyra. Tevar, Loveleen's ex-boyfriend and a successful singer, returns for Loveleen and his biological daughter, Amyra.

Meanwhile, Kullfi meets with an accident and has to be taken to the hospital where Sikandar comes to know that Kullfi is, in fact, a girl. Loveleen discovers the truth about Kullfi and threatens Mahinder that she will kill herself and Amyra if he reveals the truth about Kullfi's parentage to Sikander. Loveleen misleads Tevar into believing that Kullfi is their child and Nimrat had adopted her. Tevar, emotional with the knowledge that Kullfi is his daughter, decides to formally adopt her. Loveleen's plan works and Kullfi leaves to go live with Tevar. Mahinder's wife, Gunjan, eavesdrops on Loveleen's conversation and learns the truth. Loveleen tries to stop Gunjan from revealing the truth who, in a rush, falls and is paralyzed. At the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, Sikander infers that Loveleen was Tever's ex-girlfriend and that Amyra is not his daughter. Loveleen implores Sikander to not reveal anything to Amyra and accept her.

Seeing Tevar's genuine fondness for Kullfi, Sikander keeps the truth about Kullfi to himself. Later, Tevar, Sikander, Amyra and Kullfi become friends. Kullfi, somehow, discovers that Sikander is her father but doesn't tell him. An insecure Loveleen, poisons Amyrah and manipulates everyone into agreeing to send Kullfi to boarding school. Nimrat's spirit leads Sikander to her real diary and finally Sikander realises Kullfi is his daughter. He frantically tries to locate Kullfi who was sent off to a juvenile remand home by Loveleen where she is being mistreated by the supervisor, Ammaji.There, she meets five children Rocket, Zinda,Chittu , Bansi and Saraswati .

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Aakriti Sharma[3] as Kullfi Singh Gill– Nimrat and Sikandar's daughter, and a prodigiously talented singer with a kind heart who has had a tough childhood and escapes her aunt's home and reaches Mumbai to look for her father
  • Mohit Malik[4] as Sikandar Singh Gill/Bhola– a renowned musician, who falls deeply in love with Nimrat but is forced by Loveleen's father to marry Loveleen; he is shown as a loving father to both Kullfi and Amyra and is deeply committed to his family and to music
  • Anjali Anand[5] as Loveleen Singh Gill– Sikandar's second-wife and Amyra's mother, she is a selfish woman who will do anything for her and her daughter's comfort and success; she dumps her college boyfriend Tevar because he wasn't rich and takes advantage of Kullfi to advance her own daughter's success
  • Myra Singh[6] as Amyra Singh Gill– Loveleen and Tevar's daughter who believes Sikander is her father; she has grown up spoilt and rich and is socially arrogant and stubborn; while she tries to have Kullfi thrown out of the house, they eventually strike a friendship
  • Vishal Aditya Singh[7] as Tevar Singh– a successful rapper, Loveleen's ex-boyfriend and Sikandar's new competitor, he is also Amyra's biological father; Tevar, formerly known as Guddu, gets engaged to Loveleen's best friend Minty to re-enter her life. He turns out to genuinely want to be a part of his daughter's life but Loveleen misleads him into thinking Kullfi is his daughter
  • Shruti Sharma[8] as Nimrat Kaur– Kullfi's mother and Sikandar's first wife, she and Sikander were secretly married. After he leaves her, she raises Kullfi by herself facing her sister-in-law's taunts and battling cancer; she is eventually killed when she's accidentally hit by Loveleen's car

Recurring[edit]

  • Pallavi Rao[9] as Nihalo - Kullfi's aunt, Sattu's wife, Nimrat's sister-in-law, who is very cunning and selfish and exploits Kullfi's singing skills to her own benefit
  • Romanch Mehta as Sattu - Kullfi's uncle, Nimrat's brother, Nihalo's husband
  • Vidya Sinha as Kullfi and Amyra's grandmother, Sikandar's mother
  • Rudra Kaushik as Mahinder Singh Gill - Sikandar's older brother and music teacher, a renowned musician himself, who finds out about Kullfi and wants to adopt her as his own daughter
  • Ishrat Jahan as Gunjan Singh Gill - Mahinder's wife, Sikandar's sister-in-law
  • Priyamvada Kant[10] as Namrata - Gunjan's cousin; a musician and a huge fan of Sikandar. She deliberately enters his life introducing herself as Nimrat and wanting to marry him
  • Mrinmai Kolwalkar as Minty - Loveleen's best friend, Tevar's fiancé
  • Manisha Kanojia as Cutie - Loveleen's mother, Amyra's grandmother
  • Mallika Nayak
  • Hemant Choudhary as Advocate Adi Irani - Loveleen's lawyer
  • Ashwin Mushran as Roshan Kumar - Music label owner
  • Rajeev Bhardwaj as David D'Souza - who adopted Kullfi as his child with Amyra's help
  • Sudeepta Singh as Susan - David's wife, a silent spectator who has lost her memory after her son's death

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Filming location at Mumbai

Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala is an adaptation of the Bengali show, Potol Kumar Gaanwala.[14] The production company, 4 Lions Films deals with Shree Venkatesh Films to remake the show in Hindi under the distributor of Star India. Hotstar streaming services distributor is under of Novi Digital Entertainment.[15] The show is directed by Pradeep Yadava and Yashraj Shukla.[16] The show's production staff were able to generate an episode in about three weeks. The director of photography are Sandeep and Yadav Mohseen Swan, who provided cinematography for every episodes. The crew used 5 small, special cameras for Visual Effects and the Multiple-camera setup was installed in 180 degrees.[17] Currently, this show set in Mumbai and Pathankot. Actor Mohit said about Gul Khan's production, "I have worked with Gul Khan before on Suvreen Guggal. We have wanted to work together for a long time. She is a creative person and just a call away."[18]

Casting[edit]

The show's main characters, Kullfi and Sikandar Singh Gill, were the core of the concept for Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala.[19] These characters are taken from original television series Potol Kumar Gaanwala's Poteshwari and Sujon Kumar Malik. Kullfi's child character role is played by Aakriti Sharma. She was selected for her acting talent. Producer Nilanjana Purkayasstha said, "Aakriti is a very enthusiastic and fearless child."[20] Otherside, Amyra character's role was decided to play by Spandan Chaturvedi but due to date issues, she was replaced by Myra Singh. Myra said, "It's my first time on television and I'm really excited to play this role."[21] Actor Mohit Malik said about his role, "I have the signature rockstar look in Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala."[22] Dhhai Kilo Prem's actress, Anjali Anand is playing Lovely Kaur character, who is Amyra's mother. She said, "Character matters the most to me and this character is extremely challenging and fun at the same time."[23][24] Aakriti's brother, Hardik Sharma was going to join this show, debut as Kullfi's friend but later it delayed for script.[25] Barun Sobti, who was recently played on Gul Khan's Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 3, decided to play on this show debut as a Rockstar, Sikandar's competitor and Amyra's music teacher role.[26] According to source, "Gul wanted to Barun in a significant role for this show. The makers are in talks to get Barun on board."[27] Barun said, "It is exhausting. I am back in the grind. So we are in that zone where we are putting in everything that we have and hoping that people will like it."[28] Later, due to issues, Barun was replaced by Vishal Aditya Singh, as Tevar Singh. Vishal said, "I am really excited to be a part of the show which is already being loved by the audience."[7] Rajeev Bhardwaj, who has recently performed on Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev, has done major role for this show. He said, "Doing a cameo is like batting in a T20 match where you have to put in more effort and do more homework."[29] Gul roped Priyamvada Kant for a significant role. Kant statement, "My previous show was historical and I wanted a major shift for my next role."[10]

Music[edit]

Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala
Original Sound Track
Soundtrack album by
Sargam Jassu, Nakash Aziz and Sanjeev Srivastava
Released14 February 2018
GenrePopular music
LanguageHindi
Label
Producer
Nakash Aziz chronology
No Entry Pudhe Dhoka Aahey
(2012)
Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala
(2018)
Singles from Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala
  1. "Pet Bechara"
    Released: 13 March 2018[30]

Sargam Jassu and Nakash Aziz is the music composer of this show.[13] The soundtrack album was produced by Gul Khan and Nilanjana, written by Shashank Kunwar, Shaheen Iqbal and Satya Sharma.[31] This album released several songs, which are featured by Rashi Salil Harmalkar, Bhaven Dhanak and Nakash.[32] Song Dama Dam Mast Qalandar was remade for this show. The remade version also featured by Rashi Salil, which promo was released on 8 March 2018 via YouTube. The promo video has over 10 million views on YouTube.[33][34] In addition to singing in an effort to explain something to the viewers. "Asha Ka Pathaasha"[a] male version song originally featured by Bhaven Dhanak.[35] Music director Nakash said in a statement, "I am very excited and looking forward to the episode. We have created some lovely tracks and I enjoyed shooting them.[13]

Track List
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Pet Bechara"Rashi Salil Harmalkar03:14
2."ABCD"Rashi Salil Harmalkar02:29
3."Yaara" (Child version)Rashi Salil Harmalkar01:06
4."Chand Banne Ke Liye" (Male version)Nakash Aziz02:30
5."Chidiya Gaaya Gaana"Rashi Salil Harmalkar03:30
6."Asha Ka Pathaasha" (Male version)Bhaven Dhanak03:26
7."Asha Ka Pathaasha" (Child version)Rashi Salil Harmalkar03:24
8."Maa Ka Tukra"Rashi Salil Harmalkar02:54
9."Jaago Re"Rashi Salil Harmalkar03:16
10."Yaara" (Male verson)Nakash Aziz03:12
11."Yaara" (Female version)Various artist03:08
12."Mandir Ke Diya Jasi"Rashi Salil Harmalkar03:26
13."Jaag Jaa Na Maa"Rashi Salil Harmalkar03:46
14."Patang"Rashi Salil Harmalkar03:10
15."Ek Choti, Anek Choti"Nakash Aziz03:21
16."Kullfi Bana Ladka"Rashi Salil Harmalkar03:26
17."Giri Dhara"Rashi Salil Harmalkar03:32
18."Kheil Ha Baki Abhi"Rashi Salil Harmalkar03:02
19."Jab Phelibar Milay"Sargam Jassu & Rashi Salil Harmalkar03:06
20."Dil Ha Mera" (Jashn-E-Hindustan)Sargam Jassu & Rashi Salil Harmalkar05:16
21."Ishq da Jurmana"Nakash Aziz02:05
Track List: Kullfi Ke Khushi Ka Formula[36]
No.TitleArtistLength
1."ABCD"Rashi Salil Harmalkar02:29
2."Chhota Chuara"Rashi Salil Harmalkar02:42
3."Sa Re Ga Ma"Rashi Salil Harmalkar05:25
4."Kullfi Bani Ladka"Rashi Salil Harmalkar01:00
5."Maa"Rashi Salil Harmalkar02:01
6."Pet Bechara"Rashi Salil Harmalkar03:16
7."Shriman Kuttaji"Rashi Salil Harmalkar02:19
8."Tap Tap Tapar"Rashi Salil Harmalkar08:21
Track List: Remake edition
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Dama Dam Mast Qalandar"Rashi Salil Harmalkar02:38
2."Haathi Ghoda Palki"Rashi Salil Harmalkar02:50
3."Bulleya"Rashi Salil Harmalkar03:10
4."Tum Aa Gaye Ho"Rashi Salil Harmalkar03:17

Release[edit]

Marketing[edit]

On 14 February 2018, the first promo of the show was released, with the title song. On 28 February 2018, the second promo of the show was released which is based on Kullfi, wished Happy Holi.[37] Soon after, the promo began trending on Twitter with the hashtag #Kullfi.[38] On 24 February 2018, child artiste Aakriti Sharma and actress Shruti Sharma welcomed the production team, media and public with colours of Holi, location at Lucknow.[39][40] On 10 March 2018, a musical concert was organized by Gul Khan at Chandigarh, Punjab. The musical concert was performed by child artiste Aakriti Sharma, Punjabi singer and songwriter, Gurdas Maan, the Nooran Sisters and Rajasthani young maestros, the Langa Kids.[41][42]

Premiere[edit]

The show replaced the time slot of Ikyawann, but Panorama Entertainment's production producer Suzana Ghai has confirmed that Ikyawann was not going to air off, it was replaced the time slot of Meri Durga, which was aired off.[43][44] On 19 March 2018, The show first released on the Hotstar streaming service, for the premium viewers of India. Later, this show broadcast on the Star Plus. Asian countries like Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore and Sri Lanka broadcast on the original release date. On 20 March 2018, the show was released in United Kingdom and United States.[45]

Episodes[edit]

The series premiered on 19 March 2018, on StarPlus. The first season is started from premiered day and still running on StarPlus.[46] On 3 August 2018, the show has completed 100 episodes and achieving their first goal.[47]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 225 March 19, 2018 (2018-03-19) TBA

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The show has got many positive reviews from critics. Bollywood Life's Urmimala Banerjee praised about the show, "Kullfi Kumar Bajewala seems to be a refreshing story centered around a child protagonist. The village set up looks very realistic and makes for a pleasant watch."[48] News Nation wrote: "Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala has done wonders since the time it was released."[49] Ye Hai Mohabbatein's actress Santoshi aka Shahnaz Rizwan said, "The girl’s acting is very good. She is too talented. The direction of the show is very good and realistic."[50] Sreejeeta Sen of Bollywood Life wrote: "While the show failed to create an impact with its launch, but now the show seems like a dark horse of the race."[51] She also added, "The top four shows stay constant like the last week while Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala has beaten Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai and grabbed the fifth position."[52] Star India's staff said, "Kullfi is one of the most vibrant characters on the channel and is followed by audiences from all age groups."[53]

Ratings[edit]

In its first week, the show was ranked in the top sixteen in India.[54] The show has received a number of Target rating point, 4323 impressions, which means more than 4.3 million viewers watched this show in its first week.[55] This show was ranked in the top one in the United Kingdom. More than 98,000 viewers watched this show in the UK. Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala had taken Yeh Hai Mohabbatein position, which was previously the premier Hindi show in the UK.[56] During the third week, this show catapulted to eighth position,with 4.8 million impressions in India.[51] During the sixth week, this show climbed up to sixth place in India.[57] During the ninth week, this show has reached at the top fifth position with 4500 impressions.[58][59] During thirtieth week, the show received 6731 impressions with fourth position.[60]

In the tables below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings or ranks and the red numbers represent the highest ratings or ranks.

Ratings history chart
Week no. Episodes BARC's rank Published date Target rating point
(impressions)
1 1-5 16 March 31, 2018 (2018-03-31) 4.3
3 11-15 8 April 12, 2018 (2018-04-12) 4.8
6 26-30 6 May 10, 2018 (2018-05-10) 4.2
9 41-45 5 May 24, 2018 (2018-05-24) 4.5
10 46-50 4 May 31, 2018 (2018-05-31) 5.2
13 61-65 5 June 28, 2018 (2018-06-28) 6.0
16 76-80 6 July 12, 2018 (2018-07-12) 5.9
20 96-100 7 August 9, 2018 (2018-08-09) 6.3
28 136-140 4 October 5, 2018 (2018-10-05) 6.4
30 146-150 4 October 19, 2018 (2018-10-19) 6.7
34 166-170 4 November 12, 2018 (2018-11-12) 6.3[61]
38 191-195 3 December 13, 2018 (2018-12-13) 7.5[62]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala and its cast and crew have been nominated for Gold Awards 2018 and Indian Television Academy Awards. Child actress Aakriti has received her first award for this show as the Best Child Actor. Otherside, Mohit Malik has won the Stellar Performer of the Year award for his exhibiting role.[63]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Reference
2018 Gold Awards Best Child Actor Aakriti Sharma Won [64]
Stellar Performer Of The Year Mohit Malik
Zee Rishtey Awards Best Show Gul Khan Won [65]
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor (Jury) Mohit Malik Nominated [66]
Best Child Actor Aakriti Sharma Won
Best Show (Jury) Gul Khan
Best Director (Jury) Pradeep Yadav Nominated
Best Actress In A Negative Role Anjali Anand
Best Lyrics Won
Best Dialogues
2019 Lions Gold Awards Best Child Actor Aakriti Sharma Won [67]
Best Actor (Popular) Mohit Malik Nominated
Best Actor (Jury) Won
Best Show Gul Khan Nominated

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This male version song is originally released on episode fourteenth. Note that child version song was also released on the same episode.

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