Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
|Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai|
Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai opening sequence
Indian Soap Opera
|Created by||Director's Kut Productions|
|Based on||Fiction Characters|
|Written by||Saba Mumtaz
|Directed by||Romesh Kalra
|Creative director(s)||Vivek Bahl|
|Opening theme||Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai By Alka Yagnik|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||03|
|No. of episodes||2132 as of 17 July 2016|
|Executive producer(s)||Vivek Jain|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Original network||Star Plus|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)
|Original release||12 January 2009– present|
Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai (English: What's this relationship called) is an Indian television drama that premiered on 12 January 2009 on Star Plus. The show, which focuses on the daily happenings within the household of an Udaipur family, is produced by Rajan Shahi's Director's Kut Productions.
Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai is the story of a young couple, Naitik and Akshara Singhania, who live in a Marwari joint family in Udaipur. The story showcases their journey first as a married couple going through adjustment issues, then as parents of young children, and how they learn to love each other and their respective extended families while becoming mature members of their household. After their marriage they are now focusing on their children Naksh and Naira, Naksh's childhood to Naira's childhood, after a leap it shown Naksh as a sensiblie grown up, which is played by Rohan Mehra and Naira, played by Ashnoor Kaur.Now the story focuses on Naksh after the leap it shows how Naksh falls in love with Nayantara (Tara) played by Umang Jain but soon brokes up with her. The show takes another leap which focuses on teen aged Naira Shivangi Joshi, who fleds from her house and lives in rishikeish.After finding Naira, the story takes a new twist creating a love triangle between Karthik Mohsin Khan, Naira Shivangi Joshi and Gayatri Kanchi Singh (Rashmi's daughter). Naira and Karthik has feelings for each other unaware there's is Love. And Gayu has one sided love, unaware of the fact that Karthik doesn't love her at all.
Parallel story arcs
In parallel to Akshara and Naitik's stories, the stories of their respective siblings also form significant story arcs in the series. In the past plots have been built around the lives of Naitik's sisters Nandini and Rashmi. The series has also has focused on Naitik's step-siblings. The series has continuously paralleled the story of Akshara-Naitik with that of Varsha-Shaurya. Varsha is Akshara's best friend and Shaurya is her older brother.
- Hina Khan as Akshara Naitik Singhania (Main Female Lead) (2009-)
- Rohan Mehra as Naksh Naitik Singhania (Second Male Lead) (2015-)
- Shivangi Joshi as Naira Naitik Singhania (Second Female Lead) (2016-)
- Mohsin Khan as Kartik Kapoor (Third Male Lead) (2016-)
- Kanchi Singh as Gayatri "Gayu" Naitik Singh (Third Female Lead) (2016-)
- Pooja Joshi as Varsha Shaurya Maheshwari (2009-)
- Sandeep Mehta as Raj Shekhar Singhania (2009-)
- Kshitee Jog as Devyani Raj Shekhar Singhania (2014-)
- Medha Sambutkar as Kaveri Mahendra Pratap Singhania (2009-)
- Anshul Pandey as Naman Suresh Agarwal (2014-)
- Priyanka Udhwani as Karishma Naman Agarwal (2014-)
- Aarna Sharma as Mishti Naman Agarwal (2015-)
- Sanjeev Seth as Vishambharnath Maheshwari (2009-)
- Lata Sabharwal as Rajshri Vishambharnath Maheshwari (2009-)
- Vineeta Malik as Dadi (2009-)
- Yash Gera as Shaurya Vishambharnath Maheshwari (2013-)
- Akshaya Naik as Ananya Ranveer Sharma (2015-)
- Arjun Kohli as Ranveer Sharma (2016-)
- Sanchit Sharma as Yash Mohit Agarwal (2015-)
- Shamik Abbas as Mohit Agarwal (2015-)
- Nidhi Uttam as Nandini Mohit Agarwal (2009-)
- Nea Srivastav as Girija (2010-)
- Sunita Rao as Rukmini Agarwal (2010-)
- Suzanne Bernert as Martha(2016-)
- Karan Pahwa as Anmol Mohit Agarwal
- Sippora Zoutewelle as Rose (2016-)
- Karan Mehra as Naitik Raj Shekhar Singhania (Main Male Lead) (2009-2016)
- Ashnoor Kaur as Young Naira Naitik Singhania (2015-2016)
- Shivansh Kotia as Young Naksh Naitik Singhania (2012-2015)
- Bani as Baby Naksh Naitik Singhania (2010-2012)
- Mishka Jain as Baby Naira Naitik Singhania (2015)
- Reem Sheikh as young Prerna Singhania (chikki) (2012)
- Sheetal Tiwari as Sukanya (2016)
- Umang Jain as Tara Singh Shekhawat (2015-2016)
- Neha Saroopa as Rashmi Sameer Desai(2009-2016)
- Manu Malik as Omkarnath Maheshwari (2009-2016)
- Neelima Taddepalli as Sunaina Omkarnath Maheshwari (2009-2016)
- Dheeraj Gumbar as Anshuman Omkarnath Maheshwari (2015-2016)
- Shirin Sewani as Jasmeet Anshuman Maheshwari (2014-2016)
- Alok Nath as Chandrabhan Singh Shekhawat (2015-2016)
- Amal Sehrawat as Sangram Singh Shekhawat (2015-2016)
- Shivam Agarwal as Aditya Singh Shekhawat (2015-2016)
- Vaishali Takkar as Sanjana (2015-2016)
- Khushmeet Gill as Nannu Anshuman Maheshwari (2015-2016)
- Navika Kotia as Prerna Singhania (2013) (Grown up Chikki)
- Mazher Sayed as Sameer Desai (2015)
- Zarina Roshan Khan as Muskaan Alok Awasthi (2014-2015)
- Amit Dolawat as Alok Awasthi (2014-2015)
- Sonali Verma as Gayatri Raj Shekhar Singhania (2009-2013)
- Ashish Kapoor as Nikhil Rajendra Deora (2010-2012
- Sanjai Gandhi / Abhijeet Lahri as Mahendra Pratap Singhania (2010-2015)
- Rakesh Deewana as Maharaj (2009-2014)
- Ali Merchant as Rituraj (2009)
- Amardeep Jha as Shankari (2009-2016)
- Charu Asopa as Sneha (2010)
- Anurag Nigam as Ankit (2013)
Reception and impact
Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai started in 2009 and quickly became one of the Most Watched Shows. The show was #1 from its beginning until November, 2010 and remained in the top 3 shows for 2 years; after that the show was among the top 5 Most Watched Series. In mid 2016, the show was among top 10 and now the show is among top 10 for all 8 years of its run. The show also known as the Most Awarded Show of Indian Television.
The show is also broadcast by Urdu 1 and Star Plus sister channel STAR Utsav. The show always maintained the top spot among Indian TV serials that aired in Pakistan. The show was beaten three to four times by Kumkum Bhagya that aired on Geo Kahani  but recovered its leading position. The show also recorded one of the highest TRP in Pakistan.
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