Kumkum Bhagya

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Kumkum Bhagya
Kumkum Bhagya Poster.jpeg
GenreRomance
Drama
Created byEkta Kapoor
Based onSense and Sensibility
by Jane Austen[1]
Developed byEkta Kapoor
Written byStory
Anil Nagpal
Screenplay
Anil Nagpal
Mrinal Tripathi
Dialogues
Dheeraj Sarna
Vikash tiwari
Directed byRavindra Gautam
Sameer Kulkarni
Sharad Pandey
Jeetu Arora
Deepak Chavan
Creative directorsShaalu
Nitin Dhall
Rajan Prachi
Starring
Theme music composerLalit Sen
Nawab Arzoo
Opening theme"Kumkum Bhagya"
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of episodes1873
Production
ProducersEkta Kapoor
Shobha Kapoor
CinematographySanjay Memane
Anil Katke
Release
Picture format480i
1080i(HDTV)
Original release15 April 2014 (2014-04-15)
Chronology
Related showsKundali Bhagya
External links
Website
Production website

Kumkum Bhagya (English title: Twist of Fate) is an Indian drama television series produced by Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Telefilms.[2] It premiered from April 15, 2014 on Zee TV and also digitally available on ZEE5.[3] The series initially starred Sriti Jha, Shabbir Ahluwalia, Shikha Singh, Mugdha Chaphekar, Naina Singh and Krishna Kaul. In 2020, Reyhna Malhotra replaced Shikha Singh as Alia and Pooja Banerjee replaced Naina Singh as Rhea. Kumkum Bhagya is loosely based on Jane Austen's 1811 novel Sense and Sensibility.[1]

The series started as the story of Pragya, Bulbul and their mother Sarla Arora's hope to see them married. Later, the show revolved around Abhi and Pragya. On March 18, 2019, after Abhi and Pragya's separation, a twenty-year leap was introduced.[4] Post-leap, Mugdha Chaphekar and Naina Singh (later replaced by Pooja Banerjee) were introduced as Abhi and Pragya's separated twin daughters, Prachi Mehra and Rhea Mehra.

Plot[edit]

Arora sisters, Pragya and Bulbul help their mother Sarla run the Kumkum Bhagya marriage hall. The series begins with a short-lived love triangle involving Pragya – Suresh – Bulbul, leading to the cancellation of Pragya's engagement with Suresh. Rockstar Abhishek "Abhi" is in a relationship with supermodel Tanushree "Tanu". Purab Khanna is Abhishek's best friend and music handler and hires Bulbul at his advertising agency. He falls in love with Bulbul despite being engaged to Abhi's sister Alia. Alia misunderstands that Purab is seeing Pragya and Abhi marries Pragya to keep her from ruining Alia's relationship with Purab. Post-marriage, Pragya realizes the truth and accepts the blame to protect Bulbul. On his wedding day, Purab abandons Alia and comes clean to everyone about his love for Bulbul. Various situations and circumstances bring Abhishek and Pragya closer. Abhi reconciles with Purab and Bulbul and gets them married. Desperate to get Abhi back, Tanu fakes a DNA report to imply that he is the father of her unborn child, which is actually the result of a one-night stand between her and Nikhil. Pragya realises the truth but suffers an accident and is declared dead, before she could reveal the truth to Abhi.

20 days later[edit]

Pragya returns to exact revenge on her wrongdoers by becoming the owner of Abhi's properties. Bulbul risks her life and dies while saving Pragya from Alia. The season ends with Pragya exposing Tanu and winning back Abhi's trust. However, Abhishek gets into an accident and loses his memory. He forgets the last one-and-a-half years of his life, including Pragya who has to leave him for his own good.

1 month later[edit]

Abhi and Pragya come across each-other once again, the meeting results to their friendship where Abhi is still unaware of who she is. On his wedding day with Tanu, Pragya is kidnapped by Nikhil's goons and Abhi leaves Tanu on the mandap and searches for Pragya. In between the days of escaping from the goons Abhi and Pragya marry each other. Abhi regains his memory but he soon loses Pragya for she is shot by some goons and falls into a dam. However, after several sequences with her look alike named Munni, Pragya finally recovers from coma and reconciles with Abhi. On the other hand, Purab and Disha's love story begins to bloom. She proposes to him and he decides to move on from Bulbul and give their marriage a chance.

A girl named Simonika, joins Abhi's office as his secretary, she plans to take her revenge for he has killed her husband Dushyant. In a barter, Tanu asks Simonika to spare Abhi and kill Pragya instead. However, Simonika ends up murdering Dadi who reaches the factory before Pragya to save her life. Both Abhi and Alia blame Pragya for Dadi's death. Abhi asks Pragya to leave, thus, a heart-broken and grief-stricken Pragya is shown attempting suicide by jumping off a cliff.

7 years later[edit]

Abhi lives with Tanu in a mutually agreed upon fake relationship, while Pragya is living in the UK with King Singh, a London-based rapper. She also has a daughter from Abhi, named Kiara. Abhi and Pragya hold each other responsible for Dadi's death. Purab and Disha have a happy married life and they now have a son, Sunny. Abhi and King are offered a world music album and thus, the latter flies to India with Pragya and Kiara.

Kiara and Abhi meet in Delhi, where the Mehra family now lives, and become good friends. First meet of King and Abhi is in clash, where he meets Pragya in police station as King's wife and latter is heartbroken. Abhi and King become friends. Abhi finds out about Kiara being his daughter at Neha's wedding, who is Mitali and Raj's daughter. Abhi comes to know that King and Pragya are not married for real. He convinces Pragya of his love and remarries her, after their marriage, Pragya expects twins. King who fell in love with her, misses her and Kiara. A jealous Tanu tries to kill Pragya and her unborn babies, but Abhi, Alia and others kick her out of the house. King decides to protect Pragya from Tanu. Tanu reaches out to her ex-boyfriend Nikhil and instigates him to take revenge from Abhi by murdering Pragya and her twins. Nikhil enters Mehra mansion with the intention of killing Pragya and her twins but Kiara identifies him. To save himself from being exposed, he changes his plan and kidnaps Kiara. Nikhil then calls Abhi and Pragya to ask for ransom money, while King plans to take Kiara with him and agrees to pay more money to Nikhil but he should give Kiara to him. But Kiara is killed by Nikhil for seeking revenge which results in Pragya and Abhi blaming each-other. This results in Abhi taking one twin and Pragya taking another, and both of them leaving each other.

20 years later[edit]

Pragya is living with her daughter, Prachi in Hoshiarpur who is a simple, kind hearted and disciplined girl. There Pragya resides with Beeji and Shahana (Beeji's granddaughter). Rhea, the other twin is brought up by Abhi who turns out to be an arrogant fashionista and adamant girl, but loves her father and Aliya. Rhea has been brought up by her governess, Meera who she loves a lot. But Meera has secretly been in love with Abhi for years, but doesn’t act upon her feelings as she knows Abhi belongs to Pragya only and thus her duty is with Rhea only. Disha and Purab have now been separated since 19 years and Purab married Alia and together they have a son, Aryan. It is revealed that Alia created misunderstandings between Purab-Disha which caused Disha to leave Purab for good. As Shahana and Prachi get full scholarship in Delhi (college where Rhea too studies), they decide to go there and study. Pragya first refuses as Abhi too lives there but later accepts. There Prachi and Abhi meet multiple times and create a strong bond. But Rhea develops hatred for Prachi especially after Abhi’s growing fatherly bond with Prachi, so Pragya comes there to stay with Prachi, and to clear their misunderstandings. However, Rhea and Pragya share a good relationship. Pragya, Prachi and Shahana live in Sarita behen's house, who fondly calls Pragya by her daughter's name Anuradha, and as a result Prachi's mother Pragya is mistaken as Anuradha by Abhi. Ranbir Kohli (Abhi's best friend and business partner) Vikram Kohli's son) and Rhea are childhood friends who secretly like each other. He proposes to Rhea who asks him to pretend to fall for Prachi, then break her heart as a condition to accept him. Prachi and Ranbir hate each other and constantly bicker and she doesn’t like Ranbir because of his casanova ways and flirty behaviour to every girl. His charms work on every girl in college but not on Prachi which confuses him. Sanju, Prachi’s obsessed lover from Hoshiarpur arrives in Delhi looking for Prachi. He works with Rhea so she can get the two married as soon as possible as she can’t stand Ranbir-Prachi’s closeness anymore. She tells Ranbir to speed up the process of breaking Prachi’s heart as she starts to become even jealous. Whilst completing Rhea’s quest, Ranbir unknowingly falls in love with Prachi for real especially as he is attracted to her simplicity and she too starts to reciprocate his feelings. Disha and Purab meet again and it is evident they are still in love with each other. However, Disha maintains her distance after finding out Purab and Alia are married and have a son. Purab hates Alia and only stays with her because of Aryan. In a turn of events, Ranbir gets engaged to Maya, a politician's daughter and on their wedding day she is swapped by Prachi as part of Ranbir, Prachi, Aryan, Shahana and Sarita‘s plan. Their wedding is however stopped and everyone is overjoyed that Ranbir and Maya won’t marry. Ranbir and Prachi make a promise to each other. He soon proposes to Prachi and makes her wear a ring which is seen by a shocked Rhea (who was supposed to get engaged with him as both their families want them to marry). This enrages Rhea, who along with Alia decide to kill Prachi but ends in knowing the truth that Prachi is her own elder sister and Pragya is her mother. Ranbir gets forced to get engaged with Rhea due to his mother's health condition and her wish to make Ranbir forget Prachi and marry Rhea.

Abhi and Pragya come face to face after a series of events and they learn that Prachi and Rhea are their own twin daughters. Ranbir tries to avoid Prachi for his mother even though it is killing him and Prachi is upset as she thinks he doesn’t love her anymore. When she confronts him he can’t hide his emotions anymore and tells Prachi she is the best girl in the world and he loves her so much. Rhea overhears their confession and when she sees them together she lashes out at Prachi and says the latter she and Ranbir will marry. Prachi defends herself saying she is engaged to Ranbir but Rhea tells her that their engagement is already decided by their families. Prachi runs away, upset and angry at Ranbir. Shahana shouts at Ranbir saying he is lucky to have Prachi in his life and accuses him of betraying her for Rhea. Soon, Ranbir visits Prachi who is still upset with him and he tells her it’s all his mother’s doing and he will fix it and one day he will bring her to his home as Mrs. Kohli. Prachi forgives him and they reunite. Pragya misunderstands that Abhi is living with Meera (Rhea's caretaker) and gets away from him. Then misunderstandings begin to crop up again between Prachi and Ranbir due to Abhi and Meera's wedding. Rhea promises to get Pragya married to Abhi if Prachi breaks her relationship with Ranbir. Prachi, brokenheartedly agrees to this for her mother's happiness. She thus distances herself from Ranbir saying she was only with him for his money.

On the other side Abhi wants to make Pragya accept her love for him and plans a fake marriage with Meera who goes along with the plan to reunite Abhi and Pragya. Baljeet Dadi and Purab try to convince Abhi that Pragya is his soulmate and only wife but Abhi is determined to go ahead with the fake wedding. Ranbir learns that Prachi broke up with him because of her deal with Rhea but he doesn’t know what it was about. Therefore, he along with Aryan, Shahana and his friends Jay and Palak plan his and Prachi’s wedding in a temple. Prachi remains unknown about this as she thinks Jay and Palak are marrying. However, at the last minute Ranbir changes his mind as he realises he wants to marry Prachi properly and not in a deceiving way. On the other hand as expected by Abhi and Meera, Pragya arrives, stops his and Meera’s wedding and remarries him with Meera’s blessings. The family are overjoyed to see this over a video call but Alia is furious thus she throws Meera out of the house. The newlyweds Abhi and Pragya run away after seeing goons chasing them. It is revealed to be a man called Digvijay who wants to get revenge from Abhi for something that happened years ago. Digvijay and his men shoot Abhi. But, Pragya somehow manages to save him and takes him to a hospital. However, Pragya is kidnapped by Digvijay's goon. Doctors declare Abhi dead. Pragya manages to escape from goons and rushes to the hospital and revives Abhi but the goons arrive at the hospital again and chase Pragya but she faints and the goons leave. It is revealed that Pragya was in coma for 2 days and none of the family has been allowed to see Abhi because of Alia. The Mehras have been hiding Abhi’s unknown secret which makes Pragya suspicious and when she pleads to see Abhi as she is his wife, Alia gets her arrested after showing proof they aren’t married. She is however released and returns to the Mehras but Alia kicks her out.

Tanu returns to the Mehras after being called by Alia. Pragya decides to change her identity to Gayatri so she can work at the Mehra mansion as a veiled servant. It is revealed that Abhi has become mentally unstable and has lost his mind therefore he is kept locked up in the room. Everyone in the Mehra mansion knows of this except Pragya, Prachi, Shahana, Sarita, Ranbir and Aryan. Pragya is shocked and heartbroken on seeing Abhi’s condition and she is further astonished to see Aliya beating him up with a stick which Abhi is scared of.

Ranbir tries winning back Prachi again whilst she still maintains her distance now knowing her parents have remarried and her deal with Rhea was successful. However, she learns from Palak that Ranbir planned his and Prachi’s wedding in the temple and they were supposed to marry that day. Angry, Prachi confronts Ranbir for his betrayal. Ranbir retaliates by saying he regrets not marrying her that day and he promises Prachi that now she will see a different side to him; someone who will get what he wants despite the consequences. Prachi and Aryan are horrified seeing another side to Ranbir who says to Aryan, Prachi will become Mrs. Ranbir Kohli no matter what. Aliya tells Tanu to get close to Rhea and show her a lot of affection so when Abhi gets back to normal he can trust Tanu and Alia. Alia plans Ranbir-Rhea’s engagement which makes the Kohli's happy except Ranbir who tells everyone he doesn’t accept this relation. Ranbir informs Prachi about the families’ decision for him to marry Rhea which upsets Prachi. Rhea overhears their conversation and is shocked to hear that Ranbir and Prachi were about to marry in the temple. She accuses Prachi of turning back on their deal however Prachi tells her it was unknown to her. Meanwhile, Pragya in her Gayatri avatar is befriends abhi. He asks if he can call her Fuggi (which was the name Abhi used to call Pragya). This overwhelms Pragya. She gradually slowly starts to improve his condition by bringing him in front of the family members so Abhi can get used to them. Ranbir is suspicious of Gayatri/Pragya. Abhi enjoys teasing Tanu and Mitali. He also forms a friendship with his daadi. Pragya (Gayatri) also hears about Ranbir-Rhea’s engagement and is stuck on what to do as she knows Ranbir and Prachi love each other and on the other hand Rhea is also her daughter too and she doesn’t want her to get hurt. Rhea plans a fake MMS of Prachi along with her friend, Parth so it could cause Ranbir to be disgusted of Prachi’s character. However, Ranbir doesn’t believe the MMS and supports Prachi and beats up Parth. Prachi realises Rhea caused this so she decides to go along with the plan to make Ranbir hate her. She tells Ranbir the MMS is true and she convinces him she and Parth love each other. Ranbir feels betrayed and angry and seeing as he can’t take her betrayal anymore he announces to his family he is ready to marry Rhea who is overjoyed. Ranbir visits Prachi one last time and breaks all the ties between them and in front of Prachi he destroys her memories. He further announces to her that he and Rhea will be getting engaged soon which shocks Prachi. She breaks down in front of Shahana having lost Ranbir for good. Ranbir too has a breakdown. Aryan and Shahana fail to convince the duo what they are doing is wrong. Tanu tries to brainwash Rhea against Pragya.

Ranbir and Rhea’s engagement preparations begin and Digvijay plans to kill Abhi in the party. Shahana arrives in the party to stop ranbir with the help of Aryan but is stopped by alia. Prachi arrives in the engagement to search for Shahana as Ranbir told her not to send anyone to stop his engagement. She collides with Ranbir and they both become emotional. They have an argument where Ranbir accuses her of coming to his engagement to stop him. Abhi overhears their conversation and Prachi is heartbroken seeing her father in this state. Abhi takes off his flower ring which was given by Ranbir earlier to calm him down. He gives the ring to Ranbir and forces him to put it on Prachi’s finger. Abhi gets happy seeing their ‘pretend engagement’. Rhea sees Abhi playing and tries to bond with him after being told by Ranbir. When she enquires about Ranbir, Abhi tells her Ranbir put a ring on a girl’s finger which makes Rhea stunned. On the other hand, Ranbir badmouths Prachi and calls her a gold digger and opportunist and says her tears are fake. When Prachi tells him she doesn’t want to stop his engagement he forcefully takes the ring off her hand which hurts her finger and tells her she’s not worthy of it. Prachi gets upset and says to him she doesn’t love him; Ranbir proves she does love him as he hits his hand repeatedly on the pillar and Prachi cries and stops him and caresses his hand; he tells her he knows she still loves him. Ranbir tells her to say the truth and when Prachi is about to say something she hears Rhea calling out to her. Ranbir and Rhea leave from there after Rhea sees no ring on Prachi’s fingers but scratches. Abhi gets interested in knowing about wedding rituals and he speaks to a Pandit and learns in order to get married you have to take seven rounds. He tells Gayatri (Pragya) to marry him and they walk around 7 times pretending. Tanu sees this and complains to Alia. She says Gayatri is exactly like Pragya. When Rhea hears Pragya’s name she tells them not to mention that name ever again as she hates her the most and feels unlucky to get a mom like her. Pragya overhears this and gets upset. Aryan also overhears Digvijay’s men’ conversation of finishing off Abhi and he breaks free from the bathroom, knocks the killer on his head and goes to inform the family but the killer knocks him unconscious. Ranbir and Rhea get engaged with an upset Prachi looking on. Ranbir dances with Rhea to make Prachi jealous which works but when she sees Pragya watching her she pretends to be happy and hides her pain under her smile. The killers cut the rope from the chandelier where Abhi is dancing happily underneath and Pragya notices it falling down and pushes him away. Pragya’s veil comes off and her identity is revealed to Ranbir who is horrified to see Gayatri’s real identity is Pragya. He keeps this to himself as he knows Pragya is doing this for Abhi’s well-being. Abhi is saved with minor injuries but the doctor says he may have internal bleeding due to falling down. Pragya (Gayatri) consoles Rhea whilst Ranbir tries to do the same to Prachi but stops himself. Tanu has now divorced her husband and is happy to move on but Alia tells her to marry Abhi today as soon as possible as she knows Abhi won’t accept Tanu (after what she did with Kiara) when he gets better.

Alia secretly plans Abhi-Tanu’s wedding on the same night with only Baljeet Dadi, Mitali, Rhea and the Kohlis present. When Pragya gets to know about it she is unable to do anything. She tells Alia to not go ahead which makes her suspicious. Vikram supports Gayatri and requests Alia to stop because of Abhi’s condition but she doesn’t listen. Ranbir informs Gayatri he knows she is really Pragya and tells her he will support her and encourages her to stop the wedding. After many attemptsthey manage to get the wedding is successfully cancelled. Tanu shockingly sees Pragya under the veil but passes out. The next morning, Tanu tells Alia that Gayatri is actually Pragya. Alia decides to confirm this by going to Gayatri to take off her veil but she learns she has taken Abhi out for the day. On the other hand, Abhi is happily enjoying ice cream with Gayatri who shockingly sees Digvijay’s goon there. She attends to escape with Abhi but the goon catches them and beats up Abhi with a rod. Abhi gets severely injured. When Pragya reaches home with Abhi, Alia takes off her veil and Pragya’s identity is revealed in front of everyone. Alia says she is a curse as whenever she is around Abhi danger follows. She along with Tanu throw her out the house with Pragya tearfully begging to be near Abhi. Pragya prays to God. She angrily begs him to return her husband whilst her prayers are answered and Abhi wakes up with his memories returned. Everyone is overjoyed seeing Abhi in his normal state except Alia, Tanu and Mitali who are terrified as they mistreated Abhi. Abhi announces to everyone he is bringing his wife back where she belongs. He further throws out Alia and Tanu out the house as he remembers what they did. He spares Mitali due to Baljeet Dadis request as she was only doing what Alia told her to do. Alia begs for forgives from Abhi and calls him a bad brother for always disowning her and putting Pragya first which is what made her bad. She promises she’ll obey him and respect Pragya but Abhi doesn’t listen. However, Daadi requests him to forgive her and give her a chance. After an argument with Ranbir, Prachi accepts a proposal from a matchmaker in front of him to prove she has moved on. Ranbir is stunned and instead praises Rhea in front of her saying he loves her a lot and is worthy of him. Prachi vows she will get married before him in order to prove she doesn’t love Ranbir which shocks him.

Abhi goes to bring his wife and daughter home. He happily reunites with Pragya and Sarita Ji gives them her blessings and tells Abhi to look after them. Although Prachi is happy for parents she later chooses not to go with them as she wants to reside with Sarita and Shahana. Pragya and Abhi happily enter their home with everyone’s blessings and Alia does their aarti. However, their happiness is short lived when Tanu arrives with the police as she accuses Abhi of raping her. Abhi is arrested with a horrified Pragya looking on. Pragya vows to free her husband after learning he is facing a long sentence. She goes from lawyer to lawyer but none agree to help her as Abhi’s case is serious and they are not likely to win. Ranbir and Prachi break into Tanu’s house separately and they decide to work together to find evidence against Tanu to prove she is lying however they are caught and get arrested. Pragya bails them out and Tanu warns them all. Rhea and Pallavi are angry with Ranbir for being with Prachi and they berate him. Vikram however supports him. Ranbir are Pragya work together to find a lawyer and expose Tanu and in the meantime Prachi gets closer to Ranbir who tries distancing himself from her; still showing anger. Abhi court hearing arrives which doesn’t go well as Abhi’s lawyer doesn’t turn up. The judge decides to let Pragya go to find him. Abhi is tensed whilst Prachi comforts him but she starts seeing Ranbir tending to Rhea as she becomes claustrophobic and Prachi gets jealous and upset seeing them. Outside the court, Tanu tells Pragya that she killed her lawyer and now no one can help Abhi. Helpless, Pragya fights alone in the court but all the evidence is pushed against her. Luckily, the lawyer arrives in time who is revealed to not have died but was beaten up by Tanu’s goons. He explains this to the judge and shows proof. Tanu’s lawyer also has a strong evidence and therefore the judge decides to release Abhi on bail and schedules the next hearing in three days. Pragya learns that the Mehra mansion has caught fire and they won’t be able to live there for a while. Therefore, the Mehras and Ranbir decide to move to their farmhouse where they stayed in childhood; Pragya and Prachi join them. Prachi overhears and gets upset hearing Ranbir saying to Aryan he doesn’t love or care about Prachi anymore. However, Ranbir was aware of her presence and lied to Aryan. Tanu calls Pragya to her home and shows her strong evidence against Abhi and promises she will keep him in jail for at least 10 years. Pragya begs and kneels down and requests her to free Abhi. Tanu thus puts forth a condition; Pragya to leave Abhi and get him married to her. Pragya is extremely distraught on Tanu’s deal and she gives her time to think about it. Instead of staying with Abhi and the Mehras, Pragya stays with Sarita as she is unwell. Her and Abhi miss each other. Prachi becomes rude to Ranbir in the farmhouse and Aryan tells her to stop hurting him. Prachi tries to apologise to Ranbir but Rhea catches them together and warns Prachi to stay away. Pragya informs Abhi about Tanu’s deal and tells him to marry her and he is shocked. Abhi lashes out at Tanu saying he hates her and only Pragya belongs to him. Although, Pragya is happy hearing this she is disturbed as she knows Abhi can go to jail. She decides to agree to Tanu’s deal which is overheard by Rhea and Aryan. Aryan informs Prachi about the same. Both sisters Rhea and Prachi come up with a plan and inform their parents. The plan is that Abhi will agree to fake marry Tanu and in the meantime he will get her confession as Tanu out of excitement can blurt her lie out. Pragya thinks it is a good idea whilst Abhi is tensed as he doesn’t want to do the pre wedding rituals. However he soon agrees. The Mehra family spend time happily and the parents get emotional to see their daughters uniting even though they dislike each other. Pragya learns that Tanu is already married to a man named Pradeep who is unaware of Tanu’s marriage with Abhi. Therefore, Pragya hatches a plan to make Pradeep come to the engagement so he can find out what Tanu is doing and stop her. The family also decide to spike Tanu’s drink on the engagement day so in an inebriated state she can reveal everything. Mitali, Rhea, Prachi, Ranbir and Aryan work together and they also steal her phone. Pragya with Tanu’s phone, records Pradeep’s number to her phone and sends the wedding invitation to Pradeep who is angry on Tanu’s betrayal. He disguises as a waiter at the party and Tanu instantly recognises him. It’s clear the two are only married for their own interests and Tanu lies to Pradeep she is only marrying Abhi for money and so she could pay him back. Pradeep threatens to tell Abhi and Pragya everything. When he approaches Pragya, Tanu knocks him unconscious. Tanu begins to feel dizzy due to the drink and the family try to record her confession but the pill wasn’t enough for Tanu to confess. Seeing that their plan failed, the family have no choice but let Abhi and Tanu get engaged. The Mehras plans continues to fail on each function as Tanu is one step ahead of them. Meanwhile, Prachi and Ranbir become close again which Rhea then threatens Prachi. She lashes out at Prachi saying she hates her and is only coping with her because of their parents. She orders Prachi to leave the house after her marriage with Ranbir otherwise she will split the family. Prachi sadly agrees thinking of her parents happiness as they went through a lot to be together. Pallavi informs the Mehra family she wants Ranbir and Rhea’s marriage to happen in a few days and the family happily agree to keep their wedding the day after Tanu and Abhi’s wedding. Ranbir and Prachi are broken on hearing the news whilst Rhea is overjoyed. Prachi and Rhea later come up with a plan to get a truth serum and inject Tanu with it so she can blurt out the truth easily. The wedding day arrives and Pragya visits Tanu to give her wedding dress. Pragya successfully manages to inject Tanu after they end up in a heated argument. Tanu confesses everything and falls unconscious because of the serum and Pragya leaves her there. On the other hand, Ranbir doesn’t want to marry Rhea and secretly runs away. He informs Aryan who at first tries to but doesn’t stop him and he doesn’t want to ruin Ranbir’s life. Ranbir successfully manages to escape however on the road he bumps into Pradeep and decides to bring him home so he can stop Abhi’s wedding. Pragya informs Abhi and Alia about Tanu and Alia tells her she will send someone to get Tanu from there. Abhi sits in the mandap with a ‘veiled Pragya’. They successfully get married with the family looking on happily. The judge arrives and Abhi introduces his wife to him. He lifts the veil and shockingly the bride is revealed to be Tanu. Abhi and the family are shocked to see her in Pragya’s place. It is then revealed that all this was caused by Alia who never actually changed and was the mastermind behind all this in order to get the property to herself. She, Tanu and Mitali were working together. Pragya is revealed to have been unconscious all this time and doesn’t remember what happened. Abhi doesn’t accept this marriage and demands to know how this happened. He informs Pragya his and Tanu’s marriage was done who is stunned and heartbroken. Pragya sees Pradeep with Ranbir and Aryan and she begs to him to reveal the truth in front of the judge as she has no other choice.

2 years later[edit]

Abhi and Pragya are once again separated. While Abhi is a drunkard who is living with Aliya, Pragya is living alone in New York and she is a flourishing business-woman. With the responsibility of being parents, they are forced to meet and that’s when their journey of regathering trust and love begins.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Sriti Jha as Pragya Abhishek Mehra (née Arora): Sarla and Raghuveer's daughter; Bulbul, Preeta and Shrishti's sister; Abhi's wife; Kiara, Prachi and Rhea's mother; Shahana's aunt-figure (2014–present)
  • Shabbir Ahluwalia as Abhishek "Abhi" Mehra: Prem and Santoshi's son; Alia's brother; Pragya and Tanu's husband; Kiara, Prachi and Rhea's father (2014–present)
  • Mrunal Thakur as Bulbul Arora: Sarla and Raghuveer's daughter; Pragya, Preeta and Shrishti's sister; Purab's first wife (2014–2016)
  • Arjit Taneja / Vin Rana as Purab Khanna: Abhishek's best friend; Bulbul’s widower; Disha's former husband; Alia's husband; Sunny and Aryan's father (2014–2016; 2016–2021)
  • Shikha Singh / Reyhna Malhotra as Alia Khanna (née Mehra): Prem and Santoshi's daughter; Abhishek's sister; Tanu's best friend; Purab's third wife; Aryan's mother (2014–2020; 2020–present)
  • Madhurima Tuli / Leena Jumani as Tanushree "Tanu" Mehra (née Mehta): Alia's best friend; Abhi’s second wife (2014; 2014–2019, 2021–present)
  • Ruchi Savarn as Disha Singh: Purab's second and former wife; Sunny's mother (2017–2019)
  • Mishal Raheja as King Singh: A professional rapper; Pragya's former boss and one-sided lover (2018–2019)[5]
  • Kaurwakee Vasistha as Kiara Mehra: Pragya and Abhi's eldest daughter; Prachi and Rhea's elder sister (2018–2019)
  • Mugdha Chaphekar as Prachi Ranbir Kohli (née Arora/Mehra): Pragya and Abhishek's second daughter; Kiara and Rhea's middle sister; Ranbir's wife (2019–present)
  • Naina Singh / Pooja Banerjee as Rhea Mehra: Pragya and Abhi's youngest daughter; Kiara and Prachi's younger sister; Ranbir's ex-fiancée (2019–2020; 2020–present)
  • Krishna Kaul as Ranbir Kohli: Pallavi and Vikram's son; Mishti's brother; Rhea's ex-fiancé; Prachi's husband (2019–present)

Recurring[edit]

  • Supriya Shukla as Sarla Arora: Raghuveer's wife; Pragya, Bulbul, Preeta and Shrishti's mother (2014–2018)
  • Madhu Raja as Daljeet Arora: Raghuveer's mother; Pragya, Bulbul, Preeta and Shrishti's grandmother (2014–2018)
  • Jasjeet Babbar as Janki: Arora family's housekeeper; Poorvi's mother (2014–2018)
  • Farida Dadi as Baljeet Dadi: Abhishek, Raj, and Alia's cousin grandmother (2020–present)
  • Zareena Roshan Khan as Indu Suri: Matriarch of Mehra family; Abhishek, Alia, Raj, and Akash's cousin grandmother (2014–2020)
  • Asha Sharma as Swarni Dadi: Abhishek, Raj, and Alia's cousin grandmother (2018–2019)
  • Daljeet Soundh as Daljeet Mehra: Matriarch of Mehra family; Abhishek, Alia, Raj and Akash's grandmother (2014–2018)
  • Zeeshan Khan as Aryan Khanna: Alia and Purab's son; Sunny's half brother; Ranbir's best friend; Shahana's love interest (2019–present)
  • Aparna Mishra as Shahana Sharma: Beeji's granddaughter; Pragya's niece-figure; Aryan's love interest (2019–present)
  • Vedaansh Jaju as Sunny Khanna: Disha and Purab's son; Aryan's half-brother (2018–2019)
  • Swati Anand as Mitali Mehra: Raj's wife; Neha's mother (2014–present)
  • Anurag Sharma as Raj Mehra: Pammi and Ajay's son; Akash's brother; Mitali's husband; Neha's father (2014–present)
  • Ajay Trehan as Ajay Mehra: Pammi's husband; Raj and Akash's father (2014–2020)
  • Shivaani Sopuri as Pammi Mehra: Ajay's wife; Raj and Akash's mother (2014–present)
  • Mehul Kajaria as Vikram Kohli: Daljeet's son; Pallavi's husband; Ranbir and Mishti's father; Abhishek's friend and business partner (2019–present)
  • Khyaati Keswani as Pallavi Kohli: Vikram's wife; Ranbir and Mishti's mother (2019–present)
  • Kiran Bhargava as Daljeet Kohli: Vikram's mother; Ranbir and Mishti's grandmother (2019–present)
  • Pooja Singh as Mishti Kohli: Vikram and Pallavi's daughter, Ranbir's sister (2019)
  • Rohit Choudhary as Pradeep: Tanu’s husband (2021-present)
  • Neena Cheema / Roopa Divetia as Sarita: A Gujarati woman who gave refuge to Pragya and her daughters; Rishi's maternal grandmother (2019–2020; 2020–present)
  • Ashlesha Sawant as Meera: Rhea's governess and Abhishek’s ex-fiancée (2019–2021)
  • Charu Mehra as Poorvi: Janki's daughter; Pragya and Bulbul's namesake sister (2014–2015)
  • Ankit Mohan as Akash Mehra: Pammi and Ajay's son; Raj's brother; Rachna's husband; Abhishek and Alia's cousin (2014–2016)
  • Aditi Rathore as Rachna Mehra: Suresh's sister; Akash's wife (2014–2016)
  • Faisal Rashid as Suresh Shrivastav: Rachna's brother; Pragya's former fiancé (2014–2015)
  • Neha Bam as Mrs. Khanna: Purab's aunt (2014–2015)
  • Neel Motwani as Corporator Neil Thakur (2014–2015)
  • Haelyn Shastri as News Reporter (2015)
  • Nikhil Arya / Rajat Dahiya / Shaad Randhawa as Nikhil Sood: Tanu's former lover (2015–2019)
  • Bobby Khanna as Mr. Mehta: Tanu's father (2015–2017)
  • Roma Lavani as Mrs. Mehta: Tanu's mother (2015–2018)
  • Rithvik Dhanjani as Arjun Kirloskar (2015)
  • Asha Negi as Poorvi Kirloskar (2015)
  • Krystle D'Souza as a stranger who gives Pragya lift when the latter is in search of Abhishek (2016)
  • Pratik Parihar as Manohar: Abhi's accountant who plotted a trap along with Alia against Pragya (2016)
  • Nitin Goswami as Dushyant Rana: Simonica's husband who was accidentally killed by Abhishek (2017–2018)
  • Vivana Singh as Simonica Dushyant Rana: Dushyant's widow (2017–2018)
  • Sharhaan Singh as Sangram Singh Chautala: Disha's ex-fiancé (2017–2018)
  • Shraddha Arya as Dr. Preeta Arora: Pragya, Bulbul and Shrishti's sister; later Karan's wife (2017–2018)
  • Anjum Fakih as Shrishti Arora: Pragya, Bulbul and Preeta's sister (2017–2018)
  • Dheeraj Dhoopar as Karan Luthra: Abhi's friend; later Preeta's husband (2017–2018)
  • Manit Joura as Rishabh Luthra: Karan's elder brother (2017–2018)
  • Vijay Kashyap as Raghuveer Arora: Daljeet's son; Sarla's husband; Pragya, Preeta, Bulbul and Shristi's father (2017)
  • Shwetanshu Singh as Dr. Sheila (2017)
  • Roma Bali as Tarun's mother: King's aunt (2018–2019)
  • Vishal Singh as Rahul: Abhishek and Poorab's friend; Anjali's husband (2018)
  • Rhea Sharma as Anjali: Abhishek and Poorab's friend; Rahul's wife (2018)
  • Yuvika Choudhary as Tina: Rahul's former fiancé (2018)
  • Dolly Sohi as Tina's mother (2018)
  • Kavita Ghai as Rahul's mother (2018)
  • Rakesh Kukreti as Rahul's father (2018)
  • Abeer Adil as Tarun: King's cousin; Neha's husband [6] (2018–2019)
  • Richa Rathore as Neha "Babli" Mehra: Mitali and Raj's daughter; Tarun's wife (2018)
  • Ribbhu Mehra as Ritik: Disha's friend and secret lover (2019)
  • Manmohan Tiwari as Sanju aka Rohit Gill: A local gangster of Hoshiarpur; Prachi's obsessive one-sided lover (2019–present)
  • Ashwini Tobe as Dimpy: Rhea's friend (2019–present)
  • Shivali Choudhry as Shaina: Rhea's friend (2019–present)
  • Gazala Silawat as Pari: Rhea's friend (2021-present)
  • Gautam Nain as Rishi Dhaval: Sarita's grandson; Prachi and Shahana's friend; Purab's employee (2019)
  • Kajal Chauhan as Priyanka Rane: Abhi's friend's daughter, Rishi's obsessive lover (2019)
  • Jaanvi Sangwan as Beeji: A nurse who took Pragya in after the latter's exile, Shahana's paternal grandmother (2019)[7]
  • Abhishek Kumaarr as Jai: Ranbir and Aryan’s friend (2021)
  • Naina Yadav as Palak: Prachi and Shahana’s friend (2021)
  • Sonali Joshi as Chief Minister Vasudha (2019)
  • Rose Khan as Maya Choubey, Ranbir's ex-fiancée (2020)
  • Deepak Soni as Dev Mittal (2020)
  • Manish Khanna as Dushyant Singh Chaubey, Maya's uncle (2020)
  • Bhupendra Khuranna as Mr. Choubey, Maya's father, Dushyant's younger brother (2020)
  • Anuradha Sharma as Mrs. Choubey, Maya's mother (2020)
  • Sharukh Firoz Khan as Sharp Shooter (2021)
  • Gagan Anand as Digvijay: Abhishek's business rival (2021)

Cameo appearances[edit]

Guest stars[edit]

Production[edit]

Development and premiere[edit]

Kumkum Bhagya has moved beyond the confines of a TV show to become an integral part of our viewers’ lives. Over the past couple of years, Abhi, Pragya and their undeniable chemistry has appealed to viewer sensibilities, making the show the undisputed leader of the Hindi television space.

— Zee TV’s Deputy Business Head, Deepak Rajadhyaksha about Kumkum Bhagya[8]
Filming location at Delhi

The series is a love story[9] produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor under the banner Balaji Telefilms that airs on Zee TV. The show premiered at 09:00 pm (IST) and 10:30 pm (CAT) on Tuesday on 15 April 2014 and airs episodes from Monday to Friday. Ekta Kapoor considers the letter K to be lucky and has named many of her productions starting with K.[10] Talking about introducing a fresh concept on prime time, Zee TV Programming Head, Namit Sharma said, "It takes one epic show to replace another, so you can imagine. It is a passionate drama of love, a far cry from regular saas-bahu soaps and has an ensemble cast of some very talented actors."[11] Ekta Kapoor added, "While two of my shows (Pavitra Rishta and Jodha Akbar) are already on-air and doing immensely well on Zee TV, it's a pleasure to extend my partnership with Zee to a third show. Pavitra Rishta has had a run of over five years now and the journey has been most gratifying for me as a producer. While the audiences who are hooked on to Pavitra Rishta will continue to enjoy the show at 6:30 PM, Kumkum Bhagya will open at 9 PM, drawing maximum eyeballs. It is so contemporary in its treatment that viewers will be able to instantly spot characters out of their own lives in the show. It's a story of passionate love that anyone with a soul would be able to easily relate to".[11]

Speaking of his comeback as an actor, Shabbir Ahluwalia, the protagonist of the show says, "With me producing shows, it was getting very difficult to manage time for acting assignments. But now, I have decided to concentrate on acting. You cannot be away from what you love doing for long. The role appealed to me a great deal. This is the first time that I will be playing a rockstar on television and in order to look my part, I had to ensure that I did not just get my costume and look right, but also get that attitude right that is required to portray a rockstar onscreen."[11]

The production and airing of the show was halted indefinitely in late March 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak in India.[12] Because of the outbreak, the filming of television series and films was halted on 19 March 2020 and expected to resume on 1 April 2020 but could not and the series was last broadcast on 24 March 2020 when the remaining episodes were aired.[13][14][15] After three months, the production and filming of the series resumed on 29 June 2020 and airing to resume from 13 July 2020.[16][17][18]

Casting[edit]

Shabbir Ahluwalia,[19] who was also cast in Ekta's TV Series Kayamath, was selected to portray the lead role of Abhishek Prem Mehra. Ahluwalia made his comeback after Zee 20 years. Actress Sriti Jha landed in lead role in the show .[19] Mrunal Thakur was selected to portray the second leading role of Bulbul[20] while Arjit Taneja was cast opposite her.[20][21] In May 2014, Shikha Singh entered the show as the main antagonist Alia Mehra,[21][22][23] while Madhurima Tuli was cast to portray the negative role of Tanu. Later, Tuli had to shoot for her film Baby so, this role was later played by Leena Jumani in September 2014.[24] Actor Faisal Rashid was selected to portray the role of Suresh (Pragya's fiancé) who played an important role in April–May 2014, but in May 2015 he quit the series.[25] Actress Supriya Shukla was cast to play the role of Sarla Arora, while Madhu Raja played the role of Daljeet Arora. Other supporting cast members include Samiksha Bhatnagar, Ankit Mohan, Charu Mehra and Amit Dhawan. Bhatnagar, who portrayed the supporting role of Mitali was replaced by Swati Anand within the month of launch while Anurag Sharma, who also appeared in Ekta Kapoor's Pavitra Rishta, Bade Achhe Lagte Hain, Yeh Hai Mohabbatein and Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar replaced Amit. In 2015, Neel Motawani (who was also cast in other shows of Ekta) was selected to play the negative role of Neel; while in June 2015 Nikhil Arya entered the series playing the role of main male antagonist Nikhil Sood.[26]

In December 2015, actress Mrunal Thakur who played the role of Bulbul opted out from the show and was to be replaced by Kajol Shrivastava, however the character of Bulbul was phased out of the series after Mrunal's departure. In August 2016, Ankit Mohan quit the show so his character left as well. In September 2016, Arjit Taneja quit the show and was replaced by Vin Rana. In October 2016, Nikhil Arya was replaced by Rujut Dahiya.[27] In July 2017, actress Ruchi Savarn entered the show as Purab's new love interest. Mishal Raheja as King Singh and Kaurwakee Vashista as Kiara Mehra entered the show after the leap. Actor Abeer Adil was cast in 2018 as King's cousin Tarun and Roma Bali as Tarun's mother.[6]

Naina Singh and Mugdha Chapekar entered the show as the new leads after the 20 years generation leap.[28] Actor Krishna Kaul plays the male lead post leap.[29]

Distribution and release[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

The series was released on 15 April 2014 on Zee TV. The series also airs on Zee TV HD and Zee TV Asia. The show was also broadcast internationally on the latter's international distribution. It airs in U.K., United States, Reunion Island, Malaysia, Canada, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Ireland, South Africa, Indonesia, Chile, Philippines, Ghana and Singapore on Zee TV Worldwide.

Kumkum Bhagya's broadcasts
Country Channel Name Language
Worldwide Zee TV Kumkum Bhagya Hindi
IndiaIndia Zee Anmol Kumkum Bhagya
Polimer TV Iru Malargal Tamil
Zee Tamizh Iniya Iru Malargal
Zee Telugu Kumkuma Bhagya Telugu
Zee Keralam Sindooram Malayalam
Big Ganga Kumkum Bhagya Bhojpuri
South AfricaSouth Africa Zee World Twist Of Fate English
Sri LankaSri Lanka Hiru TV Adarei Man Adarei Sinhala
MauritiusMauritius MBC Digital 4 Kumkum Bhagya Hindi
RéunionFrance Antenne Réunion Kumkum Bhagya French
IndonesiaIndonesia Antv Lonceng Cinta Indonesian
Middle East and North AfricaMiddle East Zee Alwan مكانك في القلب هو القلب كله Arabic
TurkeyTurkey Kanal 7 Ah Kalbım Turkish
RussiaRussia Zee TV Женская Доля Russian
GhanaGhana Adom TV Kumkum Bhagya Akan
PakistanPakistan Geo Kahani Kumkum Bhagya Hindi
South KoreaSouth Korea JTBC Zee TV 내 운명 이니 Korean
JapanJapan Zee Asahi 運命のねじれ Japanese
KenyaKenya Inooro TV Kumkum Bhagya Kikuyu
VietnamVietnam Echannel Giấc Mơ Thiên Đường Vietnamese
PhilippinesPhilippines Zee Sine Twist of Fate English

Digital release[edit]

In late 2015, the app introduced their "Before TV" service where they launched Kumkum Bhagya's episodes before airing on TV, new episodes were released during 5:30 am (IST), the service was available on a subscription plan. Although the YouTube service was terminated, the channel still release their episodes on the Zee TV website and Zee TV app. On ZEE5 the show airs earlier than on TV.

Spin off[edit]

Shraddha Arya and Dheeraj Dhoopar as Karan Luthra and Dr. Preeta Arora, the protagonists of Kundali Bhagya

A spin-off series Kundali Bhagya premiered on 12 July 2017. The series narrates the story of Pragya's two sisters Preeta and Srishti and their attempt to find their mother Sarla and the dynamics which lead to their acquaintance with the rich and famous Luthra family. The show stars Shraddha Arya, Dheeraj Dhoopar, Manit Joura and Anjum Fakih.[30][31][32][33]

Television special[edit]

"Kumkum Bhagya – Saawaan Mahotsav" (transl. Monsoon festival) is a special segment wherein Kumkum Bhagya characters will be seen celebrating the Saawan Mahotsav and will recreate a scene from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Pragya and Abhi will be invited to Tina and Rahul's wedding. On realizing how much Anjali loves Rahul, Pragya along with Abhi, would make Rahul believe that he is actually in love with Anjali and that they both should tie the knot.

This special episode stars Rhea Sharma, Vishal Singh, Yuvika Chaudary along with Sriti Jha and Shabbir Ahluwalhia.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Here's celebrating a show that has stood the test of time and crossed the boundaries of language, a big thank you to each and every one of you from all over the world for all the love you have given Kumkum Bhagya, for always keeping it at the top, no matter where it aired, and what language. We, as a team, are truly grateful that you let us entertain you for half a decade.

— Shabir Ahluwalia on the series completing 5 Years.[34]

The show climbed to Top 5 most-watched shows across all GEC's. After only a few weeks of its launch and was touted as the biggest fiction launch of 2014.[35] The serial is very popular among Indian women.[36] The show also gave tough fight to the long time Hindi GEC leader Diya Aur Baati Hum that aired at same slot on Star Plus.[37] On the reception of the show in such a short span of time, Zee TV business head Pradeep Hejmadi announced that he considered the 'wedding track' a very important inflection point for people to gravitate to the series, believing it to be attracting increasing interest in all parameters. He also added "Each story has its own promise and people who tune in are people who are bought into those promises or are keen to explore the relationships or the characters that stand out speaking to them. We concentrated on bringing out the key inflection points for the show and it was important because it is the core promise of Kumkum Bhagya."[38]

Later, the series further raised to 13.5 million impressions (urban + rural) when the production decided to introduce Tannu's DNA report storyline. Later in the month of August, makers introduced Abhi's memory loss twist and restarted the show which helped to maintain the ratings and dominated the first spot till October. In the month of October 2016, Balaji Telefilms Naagin second season launched and dominated the first spot, pushed Kumkum Bhagya to second spot in BARC chart. In the month of May 2017, Kumkum Bhagya became number one show again and continued to be for few weeks, dethroning the mega success of 2017 Naagin second season. In September, Kumkum bhagya's Spin-off Kundali Bhagya, the story of Pragya's long lost sisters Preeta and Shristi became the most-watched show replacing Kumkum Bhagya. Since then Kumkum Bhagya mostly stayed in second spot. Decline ratings lead makers to introduce Kumkum Bhagya: Doosri Peedhi (Translation: Vermilion in my fate: next generation) quickly in March 2019. Doosri Peedhi helps to make the show number one again in BARC week 14, 2019.[39]

Reruns of Kumkum Bhagya premiered on Zee Anmol from 2017 and got very high ratings in the BARC rural chart when Zee Anmol was FTA. It began running on the network again from episode 1 from 10 June 2020, reason being the return to DD Free Dish.[40][41][42][43][44]

Ratings[edit]

Week/ Year BARC ratings Urban

(in millions (TVM))

BARC's rank

(Weekly rank

in viewership)

Published date
Week 16, 2014 and Week 17, 2014 3.3[45] and 2.7[46] - 25 April 2014 and 2 May 2014
Week 19, 2014 and Week 20, 2014 2.8[47] and 3.0[48] - 16 May 2014 and 23 May 2014
Week 21, 2014 and Week 22, 2014 3.0[49] and 3.3[50] - 30 May 2014 and 5 June 2014
Week 23, 2014 and Week 24, 2014 3.2[51] and 3.5[52] - 12 June 2014 and 20 June 2014
Week 25, 2014 and Week 26, 2014 4.9[53] and 5.7[54] - 27 June 2014 and 3 July 2014
Week 27, 2014 and Week 29, 2014 6.3[55] and 6.6[56] 6 and – 11 July 2014 and 25 July 2014
Week 30, 2014 and Week 31, 2014 7.4[57] and 7.5[58] – and 4 3 August 2014 and 8 August 2014
Week 32, 2014 and Week 33, 2014 7.6[59] and 8.0 - 16 August 2014 and 21 August 2014
Week 35, 2014 and Week 36, 2014 4.1[60] and 8.6[61] 2 and 1 6 September 2014 and 12 September 2014
Week 37, 2014 and Week 39, 2014 8.4 and 7.3[62] 1 and 3 18 September 2014 and 4 October 2014
Week 40, 2014 and Week 42, 2014 6.5[63] and 7.4[64] 4 and 4 18 October 2014 and 25 October 2014
Week 44, 2014 and Week 47, 2014 7.1 and 8.1 3 and 3 10 November 2014 and 27 November 2014
Week 48, 2014 and Week 49, 2014 8.3[65] & 3.9[66] 3 and 4 4 December 2014 and 11 December 2014
Week 50, 2014 and Week 51, 2014

and Week 52, 2014

3.2[67] and 9.9[68]

and 9.0[69]

6 and 3

and 3

18 December 2014 and 26 December 2014

and 3 January 2015

Week 01, 2015 and Week 03, 2015 4 and 9.2 3 and 2 8 January 2015 and 22 January 2015
Week 04, 2015 and Week 05, 2015 4.1[70] and 8.4[71] 4 and 3 30 January 2015 and 6 February 2015
Week 06, 2015 and Week 07, 2015 4.2[72] and 4.6[73] 3 and 1 12 February 2015 and 20 February 2015
Week 08, 2015 and Week 09, 2015 9.4[74] and 4.2[75] 3 and 3 27 February 2015 and 5 March 2015
Week 10, 2015 and Week 11, 2015 9.4[76] and 4.4[77] 1 and 2 13 March 2015 and 19 March 2015
Week 12, 2015 and Week 13, 2015 10.2[78] and 4.5[79] 1 and 1 27 March 2015 and 2 April 2015
Week 16, 2015 and Week 17, 2015 4.9[80] and 5.4[81] 7 and 3 30 April 2015 and 7 May 2015
Week 18, 2015 and Week 19, 2015 4.7[82] and 5.6[83] 8 and 2 14 May 2015 and 19 May 2015
Week 20, 2015 and Week 21, 2015 5.4[84] and 3.2[85] 3 and 3 29 May 2015 and 5 June 2015
Week 22, 2015 and Week 24, 2015 2.9[86] and 2.7[87] 6 and 6 12 June 2015 and 26 June 2015
Week 25, 2015 and Week 27, 2015 3.4[88] and 3.9[89] 4 and 3 3 July 2015 and 10 July 2015
Week 28, 2015 and Week 29, 2015 3.7[90] and 3.7[91] 2 and 1 17 July 2015 and 24 July 2015
Week 30, 2015 and Week 31, 2015 3.5[92] and 3.8[93] 2 and 1 7 August 2015 and 14 August 2015
Week 32, 2015 and Week 33, 2015 3.9[94] and 4.8[95] 2 and 1 21 August 2015 and 28 August 2015
Week 34, 2015 and Week 35, 2015 4.3[96] and 4.5[97] 1 and 1 4 September 2015 and 11 September 2015
Week 36, 2015 and Week 37, 2015 4.8[98] and 4[99] 1 and 3 18 September 2015 and 25 September 2015
Week 38, 2015 and Week 39, 2015 4[100] and 4.3[101] 2 and 3 1 October 2015 and 9 October 2015
Week 40, 2015 and Week 41, 2015 4[102] and 3.8[103] 3 and 2 16 October 2015 and 23 October 2015
Week 42, 2015 and Week 43, 2015 3.6[104] and 4.5[105] 1 and 1 30 October 2015 and 6 November 2015
Week 44, 2015 and Week 45, 2015 4.2[106] and 3.8[107] 3 and 3 16 November 2015 and 20 November 2015
Week 46, 2015 and Week 48, 2015 4.3[108] and 4.1[109] 3 and 3 27 November 2015 and 11 December 2015
Week 49, 2015 and Week 50 2015 3.8[110] and 3.6[111] 3 and 3 18 December 2015 and 26 December 2015
Week 51, 2015 and Week 52, 2015 3.5[112] and 3.2 3 and 5 31 December 2015 and 7 January 2015
Week 01, 2016 and Week 02, 2016 3.1[113] and 3.8[114] 3 and 3 15 January 2016 and 22 January 2016
Week 03, 2016 and Week 04, 2016 3.8[115] and 3.9[116] 2 and 2 29 January 2016 and 4 February 2016
Week 06, 2016 and Week 07, 2016 3.7[117] and 4[118] 2 and 3 19 February 2016 and 25 February 2016
Week 08, 2016 and Week 09, 2016 3.7[119] and 3.2[120] 3 and 3 3 March 2016 and 11 March 2016
Week 10, 2016 and Week 11, 2016 3.3[121] and 3.8[122] 3 and 2 18 March 2016 and 29 March 2016
Week 14, 2016 and Week 15, 2016 4[123] and 2.7[124] 2 and 3 16 April 2016 and 26 April 2016
Week 16, 2016 and Week 17, 2016 4.9[80] and 2.8[125] 7 and 3 30 April 2016 and 5 May 2016
Week 18, 2016 and Week 19, 2016 4.7[126] and 6.2[127] 8 and 1 14 May 2016 and 20 May 2016
Week 20, 2016 and Week 21, 2016 6.9[128] and 2.5[129] 3 and 4 26 May 2016 and 4 June 2016
Week 22, 2016 and Week 24, 2016 2.7[130] and 5.3[131] 2 and 7 10 June 2016 and 24 June 2016
Week 25, 2016 and Week 26, 2016 2.6[132] and 2.9[133] 3 and 2 1 July 2016 and 8 July 2016
Week 27, 2016 and Week 28, 2016 13.4[134] and 3.3[135] 1 and 1 14 July 2016 and 22 July 2016
Week 29, 2016 and Week 30, 2016 7.1[136] and 14.7[137] 1 and 1 28 July 2016 and 4 August 2016
Week 31, 2016 and Week 32, 2016 8.5[138] and 7.4[139] 1 and 1 12 August 2016 and 19 August 2016
Week 33, 2016 and Week 34, 2016 6.6[140] and 7.2[141] 1 and 1 25 August 2016 and 1 September 2016
Week 35, 2016 and Week 36, 2016 7.4[142] and 6.8[143] 1 and 3 8 September 2016 and 15 September 2016
Week 37, 2016 and Week 38, 2016 4.7[144] and 7.6[145] 12 and 3 22 September 2016 and 29 September 2016
Week 39, 2016 and Week 40, 2016 6.6[146] and 6.2[147] 3 and 5 6 October 2016 and 13 October 2016
Week 41, 2016 and Week 42, 2016 5.4[148] and 6.5[149] 9 and 4 20 October 2016 and 27 October 2016
Week 43, 2016 and Week 44, 2016 6.2[150] and 6.0[151] 4 and 4 7 November 2016 and 10 November 2016
Week 45, 2016 and Week 46, 2016 6.2[152] and 6.7[153] 4 and 5 17 November 2016 and 24 November 2016
Week 47. 2016 and Week 48, 2016 6.8[154] and 6.5[155] 4 and 7 1 December 2016 and 8 December 2016
Week 49, 2016 and Week 50, 2016 7.36[156] and 7.3[157] 2 and 2 15 December 2016 and 22 December 2016
Week 51, 2016 and Week 52, 2016 7.0[158] and 6.9[159] 3 and 3 29 December 2016 and 5 January 2017
Week 03, 2017 and Week 04, 2017 6.1[160] and 6.0[161] 4 and 4 27 January 2017 and 2 February 2017
Week 07, 2017 and Week 08, 2017 6.5[162] and 11.3[163] 3 and 2 23 February 2017 and 2 March 2017
Week 09, 2017 and Week 10, 2017 6.7[164] and 6.8[165] 3 and 2 9 March 2017 and 16 March 2017
Week 11, 2017 and Week 12, 2017 6.7[166] and 6.7[167] 3 and 3 23 March 2017 and 30 March 2017
Week 13, 2017 and Week 14, 2017 7.0[168] and 6.1[169] 2 and 3 6 April 2017 and 13 April 2017
Week 15, 2017 and Week 16, 2017 5.6[170] and 5.9[171] 4 and 2 20 April 2017 and 27 April 2017
Week 17, 2017 and Week 18, 2017 6.4[172] and 10.8[173] 1 and 1 4 May 2017 and 11 May 2017
Week 19, 2017 and Week 20, 2017 11.2[174] and 6.5[175] 1 and 1 18 May 2017 and 25 May 2017
Week 21, 2017 and Week 22, 2017 6.5[176] and 5.9[177] 1 and 1 1 June 2017 and 8 June 2017
Week 23, 2017 and Week 25, 2017 5.4[178] & 5.7[179] 3 and 5 15 June 2017 and 29 June 2017
Week 26, 2017 and Week 27, 2017 6.4[180] and 7.1[181] 2 and 2 6 July 2017 and 13 July 2017
Week 28, 2017 and Week 29, 2017 7.0[182] and 6.0[183] 2 and 2 20 July 2017 and 27 July 2017
Week 30, 2017 and Week 31, 2017 5.9[184] and 5.6[185] 6 and 8 3 August 2017 and 10 August 2017
Week 32, 2017 and Week 33, 2017 5.5[186] and 5.8[187] 7 and 5 18 August 2017 and 24 August 2017
Week 34, 2017 and Week 35, 2017 6.0[188] and 5.8[189] 3 and 3 31 August 2017 and 7 September 2017
Week 36, 2017 and Week 37, 2017 6.3[190] and 7.1[191] 3 and 2 14 September 2017 and 21 September 2017
Week 38, 2017 and Week 39, 3017 3.3[192] and 5.8[193] 10 and 3 1 October 2017 and 6 October 2017
Week 40, 2017 and Week 41, 2017 5.8[194] and 6.3[195] 4 and 3 12 October 2017 and 23 October 2017
Week 42, 2017 and Week 43, 2017 10.5[196] and 6.9[197] 1 and 1 26 October 2017 and 2 November 2017
Week 44, 2017 and Week 45, 2017 6.2[198] and 6.2[199] 3 and 3 9 November 2017 and 16 November 2017
Week 46, 2017 and Week 47, 2017 7.4[200] and 7.1[201] 2 and 2 23 November 2017 and 30 November 2017
Week 48, 2017 and Week 49 2017 6.7[202] and 7.3[203] 2 and 1 7 December 2017 and 14 December 2017
Week 50, 2017 and Week 51, 2017

and Week 52, 2017

6.8[204] and 6.9[205]

7.0[206]

2 and 4

and 2

21 December 2017 and 29 December 2017

and 5 January 2017

Week 02, 2018 and Week 03, 2018 7.0[207] and 6.7[208] 2 and 3 18 January 2018 and 24 January 2018
Week 04, 2018 and Week 05, 2018 6.6[209] and 6.9[210] 2 and 2 1 February 2018 and 8 February 2018
Week 06, 2018 and Week 07, 2018 5.9[211] and 6.8[212] 4 and 2 15 February 2018 and 22 February 2018
Week 08, 2018 and Week 09, 2018 6.6[213] and 5.7[214] 4 and 5 1 March 2018 and 8 March 2018
Week 10, 2018 and Week 11, 2018 6.0[215] and 6.4[216] 5 and 2 15 March 2018 and 22 March 2018
Week 12, 2018 and Week 13, 2018 7.1[217] and 5.8[218] 2 and 3 29 March 2018 and 5 April 2018
Week 14, 2018 and Week 15, 2018 4.9[219] and 5.8[220] 7 and 1 12 April 2018 and 19 April 2018
Week 16, 2018 and Week 17, 2018 5.3[221] and 5.8[222] 5 and 3 26 April 2018 and 4 May 2018
Week 18, 2018 and Week 19, 2018 5.4[223] and 5.7[224] 2 and 2 10 May 2018 and 18 May 2018
Week 20, 2018 and Week 21, 2018 5.8[225] and 6.2[226] 2 and 2 24 May 2018 and 31 May 2018
Week 22, 2018 and Week 23, 2018 7.3[227] and 7.5[228] 1 and 3 7 June 2018 and 14 June 2018
Week 24, 2018 and Week 25, 2018 11[229] and 6.8[230] 3 and 3 21 June 2018 and 28 June 2018
Week 26, 2018 and Week 27, 2018 6.6[231] and 9.9[232] 4 and 4 5 July 2018 and 12 July 2018
Week 28, 2018 and Week 29, 2018 6.7[233] and 7.2[234] 4 and 3 19 July 2018 and 26 July 2018
Week 30, 2018 and Week 31, 2018 7.1[235] and 7.6[236] 3 and 4 2 August 2018 and 9 August 2018
Week 32, 2018 and Week 33, 2018 7.9[237] and 7.5[238] 3 and 4 17 August 2018 and 23 August 2018
Week 34, 2018 and Week 35, 2018 6.7[239] and 6.8[240] 6 and 5 30 August 2018 and 6 September 2018
Week 36, 2018 and Week 37, 2018 7.1[241] and 12.4[242] 4 and 4 14 September 2018 and 20 September 2018
Week 38, 2018 and Week 39, 2018 5.7[243] and 6.4[244] 7 and 5 27 September 2018 and 5 October 2018
Week 40, 2018 and Week 41, 2018 6.2[245] and 5.7[246] 8 and 9 11 October 2018 and 18 October 2018
Week 42, 2018 and Week 43, 2018 9.1[247] and 9.9[248] 5 and 5 25 October 2018 and 1 November 2018
Week 44, 2018 and Week 45, 2018 10.8[249] and 9.7[250] 4 and 5 12 November 2018 and 15 November 2018
Week 46, 2018 and Week 47, 2018 10.3[251] and 11.1[252] 4 and 5 22 November 2018 and 29 November 2018
Week 48, 2018 and Week 49, 2018 12.3[253] and 12.1[254] 3 and 5 6 December 2018 and 13 December 2018
Week 50, 2018 and Week 51, 2018

and Week 52, 2018

10.5[255] and 10.6[256]

9.5[257]

4 and 4

and 8

20 December 2018 and 28 December 2018

& 4 January 2019

Week 01, 2019 and Week 02, 2019 9.2[258] and 9.0[259] 9 and 12 10 January 2019 and 17 January 2019
Week 03, 2019 and Week 04, 2019 9.0[41] and 5.6[260] 13 and 10 24 January 2019 and 31 January 2019
Week 05, 2019 and Week 06, 2019 5.8[261] and 2.1[262] 9 and 10 7 February 2019 and 14 February 2019
Week 07, 2019 and Week 08, 2019 1.9[263] and 1.9[264] 10 and 7 21 February 2019 and 28 February 2019
Week 11, 2019 and Week 12, 2019 2.1[265] and 2.4[266] 7 and 3 22 March 2019 and 28 March 2019
Week 13, 2019 and Week 14, 2019 2.1[267] and 6.0[268] 7 and 1 4 April 2019 and 11 April 2019
Week 15, 2019 and Week 16, 2019 5.8[269] and 5.7[270] 1 and 2 18 April 2019 and 25 April 2019
Week 17, 2019 and Week 18, 2019 6.5[271] and 6.0[272] 1 and 1 3 May 2019 and 9 May 2019
Week 19, 2019 and Week 20, 2019 6.2[273] and 6.1[274] 1 and 2 16 March 2019 and 23 May 2019
Week 21, 2019 and Week 22, 2019 6.7[275] and 6.4[276] 3 and 3 30 May 2019 and 6 June 2019
Week 23, 2019 and Week 24, 2019 6.6[277] and 7.4[278] 4 and 2 13 June 2019 and 20 June 2019
Week 25, 2019 and Week 26, 2019 5.8[279] and 7.4[280] 3 and 2 27 June 2019 and 4 July 2019
Week 27, 2019 and Week 28, 2019 6.8[281] and 7.1[282] 3 and 3 11 July 2019 and 19 July 2019

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref(s)
2014 Zee Rishtey Awards Favorite Beti Sriti Jha Won [283]
Favorite Popular Face (Male) Shabbir Ahluwalia
Favorite Popular Face (Female) Sriti Jha
Favorite Parivaar Ekta Kapoor
2015 Kalakar Awards Best Direction Sameer Kulkarni Won [citation needed]
Best Actor (Popular) Arjit Taneja
Rising TV Star (Female) Sriti Jha
Star Guild Awards Best Upcoming Drama Series Ekta Kapoor Won [284]
Television Style Awards Most Stylish Beti on TV Sriti Jha Won [285]
Most Stylish Beta on TV Shabbir Ahluwalia
Gold Awards Best Actress in Negative Role (Critics) Shikha Singh Won [286][287]
Best Actor in a Lead Role (Critics) Shabbir Ahluwalia
Best Actress in a Lead Role (Popular) Sriti Jha Nominated [288]
Best Actor in a Lead Role (Popular) Shabbir Ahluwalia
Best TV Show of the Year (Fiction) Ekta Kapoor
Indian Telly Awards Best Onscreen Couple Sriti Jha & Shabbir Ahluwalia Won [289]
Best Actress in a Lead Role Sriti Jha
BIG Star Entertainment Awards BIG Star Most Entertaining Fiction Series Ekta Kapoor Won [290]
BIG Star Most Entertaining Television Actor - Female Sriti Jha Nominated [291]
BIG Star Most Entertaining Television Actor - Male Shabbir Ahluwalia
Zee Rishtey Awards Favorite Story Anil Nagpal Won [292]
Favorite Popular Face (Male) Shabbir Ahluwalia
Favorite Popular Face (Female) Sriti Jha
Favorite Jodi Sriti Jha & Shabbir Ahluwalia
Favorite Parivaar Ekta Kapoor
2016 9th Boroplus Gold Awards Boroplus Face of the Year Sriti Jha Won [293]
Best Actor in a Lead Role (Popular) Shabbir Ahluwalia
Best TV Show of the Year (Fiction) Ekta Kapoor
Best Actress in Negative Role (Critics) Shikha Singh Nominated [294]
Best Actor in Supporting Role (Popular) Arjit Taneja
Best Actress in a Lead Role (Popular) Sriti Jha
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor (Popular) Shabbir Ahluwalia Won [295]
Ghana Movie Awards Best Foreign TV Series Ekta Kapoor Won [296]
Zee Rishtey Awards Favorite Bahu Sriti Jha Won [297]
Favorite Jodi Sriti Jha & Shabbir Ahluwalia
Favorite Popular Character (Female) Sriti Jha
Favorite Popular Character (Male) Shabbir Ahluwalia
Favorite Dharavaahik Ekta Kapoor
2017 Gold Awards Best TV Show of the Year (Fiction) Ekta Kapoor Won [298][299]
Best Onscreen Jodi Sriti Jha & Shabbir Ahluwalia Nominated [300]
Best Actress in Negative Role (Popular) Shikha Singh
Best Actor in Supporting Role (Popular) Arjit Taneja
Best Actress in a Lead Role (Popular) Sriti Jha
Best Actor in a Lead Role (Popular) Shabbir Ahluwalia
Zee Rishtey Awards Favorite Buzurg Daljeet Soundh Won [301]
Favorite Maa Supriya Shukla
Favorite Beti Sriti Jha
Favorite Jodi Sriti Jha & Shabbir Ahluwalia
Favorite Popular Character (Male) Shabbir Ahluwalia
Favorite Dharavaahik Ekta Kapoor
Favorite Popular Character (Female) Sriti Jha Nominated [302]
Favorite Beta Shabbir Ahluwalia
Favorite Parivaar Ekta Kapoor
2018 11th Keshking Gold Awards Best Actress in Negative Role (Popular) Shikha Singh Won [303]
Best Actor in a Lead Role (Popular) Shabbir Ahluwalia
Best Actress in a Lead Role (Popular) Sriti Jha
Best Television Show (Fiction) Ekta Kapoor
Gold Producer's Honour
(For Completing 1000 Episodes)
Ekta Kapoor
Zee Rishtey Awards Favorite Maa Sriti Jha Won [304][305]
Favorite Pitah Shabbir Ahluwalia
Mishal Raheja
Favorite Chota Sadasya Kaurwakee Vasistha
Vedaansh Jaju
Favorite Beta Shabbir Ahluwalia
Favorite Jodi Sriti Jha & Shabbir Ahluwalia
Favorite Popular Character (Male) (on Zee5) Shabbir Ahluwalia
Favorite Popular Character (Female) (on Zee5) Sriti Jha
Telly Technical and Trade Awards Best Editor (Fiction) Vikas Sharma Won [306]
2019 Lions Gold Awards Best Actor (Popular) Shabbir Ahluwalia Nominated
Best Show Ekta Kapoor
Indian Telly Awards Best Daily Series Ekta Kapoor Won [307]
Best Jodi Shabbir Ahluwalia & Sriti Jha Nominated [308]
Best Actor in Lead Role (Male) Shabbir Ahluwalia
Best Actor in Lead Role (Female) Sriti Jha
Best Actor in Supporting Role (Male) Mishal Raheja
Best Actor in Negative Role (Male) Shaad Randhawa
Best Actor in Negative Role (Female) Leena Jumani
Gold Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Mugdha Chaphekar Won [309]
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Krishna Kaul Nominated [310]
Best Actress in a Lead Role (Popular) Sriti Jha
Best Actor in a Lead Role (Popular) Shabbir Ahluwalia
Best Onscreen Jodi Sriti Jha & Shabbir Ahluwalia
Best TV Show of the Year (Fiction) Ekta Kapoor
Television Personality of the Year (Female) Sriti Jha
Television Personality of the Year (Male) Shabbir Ahluwalia

Soundtrack[edit]

The Kumkum Bhagya Soundtrack was written by Nawab Arzoo and composed by Lalit Sen. Lalit Sen had composed the original songs and background score for the show. "Allah Waariyan" is not the song of this show but it was the theme song of Abhi and Pragya. The first original song of the show is "O Rabba Ki Karaan", audience loved the song. The sad version of this song are also released with the title "Tum Ko Mera Dard Dikhna" and "Har Ke Bhi Jitna Hai Pyaar" Sung By Kashi Malik. Meherbaanon Ka Shukriya Song was released on the occasion of completing 1000 episodes and for thanking the audience for the love and support.

All lyrics are written by Nawab Arzoo; all music is composed by Lalit Sen.

KumKum Bhagya Track List:
No.TitleSingerLength
1."Allah Waariyan"Shafqat Amanat Ali5:14
2."Tujh Mein Kaisay Kho Gayi Mein"Kashi Malik0:52
3."O Rabba Ki Karaan"Kashi Malik2:30
4."Kumkum Kumkum"Kashi Malik0:20
5."Tu Meri Jaan Hai"Kailash Kher4:00
6."Meherbaanon (1000 Ka Shukriya)"Various Artists4:01
7."Tum Ko Mera Dard Dikhna"Kashi Malik1:24
8."Rockstar Theme"Unknown0:50
9."Har Ke Bhi Jitna Hai Pyar"Kashi Malik1:02
10."Saari Duniya Rooth Jaye"Kashi Malik1:16
11."Tu Yaad Mujhay Aati Hain"Arnab Dutta3:04

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