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Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai

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Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
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Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai Opening Sequence
Genre Indian soap opera
Created by Director's Kut Productions
Based on Fiction Characters
Written by Saba Mumtaz
Bhavna Vyas
Ghazala Nargis
Munisha Rajpal
Directed by Romesh Kalra
Jai Kalra
Ram Pandey
Creative director(s) Vivek Bahl
Starring See Cast list
Opening theme Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai By Alka Yagnik
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
No. of seasons 1
Executive producer(s) Vivek Jain
Producer(s) Rajan Shahi
Location(s) Udaipur
Cape Town
Hong Kong
Zürich Switzerland
Cinematography Arjuni Rao
Editor(s) Sameer Gandhi
Running time 22 minutes
Original network Star Plus
Picture format 576i(SDTV)
Original release 12 January 2009 (2009-01-12) – present
External links
Official Website

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai (English: What's this relationship called) is an Indian Hindi-language 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 and Naira. Now the story focuses on Naksh after the leap it shows how Naksh falls in love with Naintara, but soon breaks up with her. The show takes another leap which focuses on teenaged Naira, who fleds from her house and lives in Rishikesh. After finding Naira, the story takes a new twist creating a love triangle between Kartik (Naitik's employee), Naira and Gayatri (Naitik's niece). Naira and Kartik have feelings for each other, unaware that it is love and Gayu has one sided love for Kartik, unaware of the fact that Kartik doesn't love her at all. Recently, the show focuses on Naitik being attacked by his step brother, Naman. Later, he gets arrested by the police. Naitik and Akshara reunite and spend time together. Meanwhile Karthik proposes Naira in Switzerland and she is confused of what answer to give him.

Parallel story arcs[edit]

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. The Shows also focus on Naksh (2015-), Kartik (2016-), Gayatri "Gayu" Deora (2016-), Naira (2016-) & Tara (2015-2016). Naksh is Naitik & Akshara's son, Gayu, is Nikhil-Rashmi's daughter, (Sameer's stepdaughter) after Rashmi & Sameer's death, Naitik & Akshata adopted Gayu. Naira, (younger then Naksh & Gayu) is Naitik & Akshara'a daughter. Kartik is Naitik's employee, Gayu & Naira's love interest & a man who has a secret. Tara was Naksh's fiancée until she leaves him.


Main cast[edit]

  • Hina Khan as Akshara Naitik Singhania: Rajshri-Vishambharnath's daughter, Shaurya's sister, Naitik's wife, Naksh-Naira's mother(2009-)
  • Shivangi Joshi as Naira Naitik Singhania: Akshara-Naitik's daughter, Naksh's sister, Kartik's love interest(2016-)
  • Vishal Singh as Naitik Raj Shekhar Singhania: Raj Shekhar-Gayatri's son, Akshara's husband, Naksh-Naira's father, Rashmi's brother(2016-)
  • Mohsin Khan as Kartik Kapoor: Naitik's employee, Naira's love interest(2016-)
  • Kanchi Singh as Gayatri Nikhil Deora: Rashmi-Nikhil's daughter(2016-)

Supporting cast[edit]

  • Sandeep Mehta as Raj Shekhar Singhania: Mahendra Pratap's brother, Gayatri-Devyani's husband, Naitik-Rashmi's father(2009-)
  • Kshitee Jog as Devyani Raj Shekhar Singhania: Raj Shekhar's 2nd wife, Suresh's ex wife, Naman-Muskaan's mother(2014-)
  • Medha Sambutkar as Kaveri Mahendra Pratap Singhania: Mahendra Pratap's wife, Nandini's mother(2009-)
  • Anshul Pandey as Naman Raj Singhania: Suresh-Devyani's son, Raj's step son, Muskaan's brother, Karishma's husband, Mishti's father(2014-)
  • Priyanka Udhwani as Karishma Naman Singhania: Naman's wife, Mishti's mother(2014-)
  • Aarna Sharma as Mishti Naman Singhania: Naman-Karishma's daughter(2015-)
  • Pooja Joshi as Varsha Shaurya Maheshwari: Akshara's best friend, Shaurya's wife, Ananya's mother(2009-)
  • Yash Gera as Shaurya Vishambharnath Maheshwari: Rajshri-Vishambharnath's son, Akshara's brother, Varsha's husband, Ananya-Kuhu's father(2013-)
  • Akshaya Naik as Ananya Ranveer Sharma: Varsha-Shaurya's daughter, Ranveer's wife(2015-)
  • Arjun Kohli as Ranveer Sharma: Ananya's husband(2016-)
  • Sanjeev Seth as Vishambharnath Maheshwari: Bhairavi's son, Omkarnath's brother, Rajshri's husband, Akshara-Shaurya's father(2009-)
  • Lata Sabharwal as Rajshri Vishambharnath Maheshwari: Nani's daughter, Ratan's sister, Vishambharnath's wife, Akshara-Shaurya's mother(2009-)
  • Neelima Taddepalli as Sunaina Omkarnath Maheshwari: Akshara's aunt, Omkar's wife, Anshuman's mother (2009-)
  • Vineeta Malik as Bhairavi Maheshwari: Vishambharnath-Omkarnath's mother, Akshara-Shaurya-Anshuman's grandmother(2009-)
  • Nidhi Uttam as Nandini Mohit Agarwal: Kaveri-Mahendra Pratap's daughter, Mohit's wife, Yash-Anmol's mother(2009-)
  • Shamik Abbas as Mohit Agarwal: Naitik's best friend, Nandini's husband, Rukmini's son, Yash-Anmol's father(2015-)
  • Sanchit Sharma as Yash Mohit Agarwal: Nandini-Mohit's son, Anmol's brother, Rose's husband(2015-)
  • Sippora Zoutewelle as Rose Yash Agarwal: Yash's wife(2016-)
  • Karan Pahwa as Anmol Mohit Agarwal: Nandini-Mohit's son, Yash's brother(2016-)
  • Sunita Rao as Rukmini Agarwal: Mohit's mother(2010-)
  • Yamini Makwana as Kuhu Shaurya Maheshwari: Shaurya-Sneha's daughter


  • Karan Mehra as Naitik Raj Shekhar Singhania: Gaytri-Raj's son, Akshara's husband, Naksh-Naira's father (Former Main Male Lead) (2009-2016)
  • Rohan Mehra as Naksh Naitik Singhania: Akshara-Naitik's son, Naira's brother, Naintara's ex fiance(2015-2016)
  • Ashnoor Kaur as Young Naira Naitik Singhania: Akshara-Naitik's daughter (2015-2016)
  • Shivansh Kotia as Young Naksh Naitik Singhania: Akshara-Naitik's son (2012-2015)
  • Bani as Baby Naksh Naitik Singhania: Akshara-Naitik's son (2010-2012)
  • Mishka Jain as Baby Naira Naitik Singhania: Akshara-Naitik's daughter (2015)
  • Umang Jain as Tara Singh Shekhawat: Naksh's ex fiance (2015-2016)
  • Ather Habib as Shaurya Vishambharnath Maheshwari: Akshara's brother, Rajshri's son (2009-2013) (replaced)
  • Neha Saroopa as Rashmi Sameer Desai: Gaytri-Raj's daughter, Naitik's sister, Nikhil-Sameer's wife, Gayu's mother (2009-2016) (dead)
  • Mazher Sayed as Sameer Desai: Rashmi's second husband (2015)
  • Sonali Verma as Gayatri Raj Shekhar Singhania: Raj's 1st wife, Naitik-Rashmi's mother, Akshara's mother in law, Naksh-Naira's grandmother (2009-2013) (dead)
  • Sanjai Gandhi/Abhijeet Lahri as Mahendra Pratap Singhania (Dadaji): Kaveri's husband, Nandini's father, Naitik's uncle (2009-2015) (dead)
  • Manu Malik as Omkarnath Maheshwari: Akshara's uncle, Sunaina's husband, Anshuman's father (2009-2016)
  • Aman Sharma/Dheeraj Gumbar as Anshuman Omkarnath Maheshwari: Akshara's cousin brother, Jasmeet's husband (2009-2015)/(2015-2016)
  • Shirin Sewani as Jasmeet Anshuman Maheshwari: Anshuman's wife (2014-2016)
  • Alok Nath as Chandrabhan Singh Shekhawat: Tara's grandfather (2015-2016)
  • Amal Sehrawat as Sangram Singh Shekhawat: Tara's brother (2015-2016)
  • Shivam Agarwal as Aditya Singh Shekhawat: Tara's broher (2015-2016)
  • Vaishali Takkar as Sanjana: Naksh's friend (2015-2016)
  • Khushmeet Gill as Nannu Anshuman Maheshwari: Anshuman-Jasmeet's son (2015-2016)
  • Navika Kotia as Prerna Singhania: Grown up Chikki (2013)
  • Reem Sheikh as young Prerna Singhania (chikki): Singhania's adopted child (2012)
  • Zarina Roshan Khan as Muskaan Alok Awasthi: Naman's sister (2014-2015)
  • Amit Dolawat as Alok Awasthi: Muskaan's husband (2009, 2014-2015)
  • Ashish Kapoor as Nikhil Rajendra Deora: Rashmi's ex-husband (2011-2012)
  • Rakesh Deewana as Maharaj: Singhania's ex chef (2009-2014)
  • Roshan Khan as Gopi Dadi: Bhairvi's friend (2009-2014)
  • Ali Merchant as Rituraj: Naitik's cousin brother (2009)
  • Preeti Sharma as Bindiya (2009)
  • Amardeep Jha as Shankari: Akshara's match-maker (2009-2016)
  • Charu Asopa as Sneha: Naitik's worker, Kuhu's mother (2010)
  • Anurag Nigam as Ankit (2013)
  • Urmila Sharma as Rukmini Agarwal (2009-2010)
  • Alpesh Gehlot as Samar: Akshara's admirer (2012)
  • Anand Mani as Bhajinder Singh: Maheshwari's servant (2009-2012)
  • Sunita Rajwar as Dhaniya Bhajinder Singh: Bajinder's wife (2009-2012)
  • Akanksha Kapil as Antara: Loves Naitik (2012)
  • Bhuvan Chopra as Ratan
  • Neha Sehgal as Payal
  • Divya Bhatnagar as Gulaboo (2009-2015)
  • Sonal Shrivastava as Juhi
  • Sheetal Tiwari as Sukanya: Naira's friend (2016) (dead)
  • Veena Jagtap as Nisha Singh Sekhawat (2016)
  • Suzanne Bernert as Martha: Rose's mother(2016)
  • Fahad Ali as Vivaan: Gayu's school friend (2016)

Special appearances[edit]


Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai had many crossover episodes with many shows. In 2009, the show had a intergration with Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai. In 2012, the show had a crossover episode with Diya Aur Baati Hum. In 2016, Diya Aur Baati Hum's' lead actress Deepika Singh had made an entry.

Reception and impact[edit]

The show is one of the most awarded shows of Indian Television and is among India's longest running serials.[1]

Hina Khan participated in the ‘Power of 49’ campaign in which soap opera actors used their influence to urge women to vote.[2]

Shoma Munshi said the show has "simplicity and highly emotional content" and was noted for placing female characters in the historical tradition of a large joint family.[3]



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.[4] The show was beaten three to four times by Kumkum Bhagya that aired on Geo Kahani [5] but recovered its leading position. The show also recorded one of the highest TRP in Pakistan.[6]


  1. ^ "Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai". Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  2. ^ SUBHA J. RAO. "The power of a vote". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Prime Time Soap Operas on Indian Television". Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Week 46 (2015)- TRP of Indian Serials in Pakistan". Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Week 35 (2015)- TRP of Indian Serials in Pakistan". Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Week 1 (2015)- TRP of Indian Serials in Pakistan". Retrieved 8 January 2015. 

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