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Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai title screen.jpg
GenreSoap opera
Written by
Directed by
  • Romesh Kalra
  • Rishi Mandial
  • Ram Pandey
Creative directorVivek Bahl
Opening themeYeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes3378
Executive producerVivek Jain
ProducerRajan Shahi
CinematographyArjuni Rao
EditorSameer Gandhi
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time20–22 minutes
Production companyDirector's Kut Productions[5]
Original networkStar Plus
Picture format576i
HDTV 1080i
Original release12 January 2009 (2009-01-12) –
Related showsYeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke
External links
Director's Kut Production

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai (transl. What is this relationship called?) is an Indian television soap opera that airs on Star Plus and streams on Hotstar. It premiered on 12 January 2009 and is the fourth longest running Indian television soap opera.[6][7] Produced by Rajan Shahi under Director's Kut Productions, it initially starred Hina Khan and Karan Mehra and currently stars Shivangi Joshi and Mohsin Khan.[8]

In March 2019, a spin-off, Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke, starring Rhea Sharma and Shaheer Sheikh was launched which ended in October 2020 completing 355 episodes.[9][10]


Akshara and Naitik, both from a large Marwari joint family based in Udaipur, get married through arranged marriage. After marriage, they struggle to know each other and gradually begin to understand, support and love each other. They soon give birth to a son, Naksh. Naitik falls into a coma due to an accident.

Parallel stories include Akshara's elder brother, Shaurya's love story with her best friend Varsha who marry and give birth to a daughter, Ananya. Naitik's sisters, Nandini marries Mohit Agarwal and adopts Yash and Rashmi marries Nikhil.

Four years later

Naitik recovers from coma and struggles to bond with his young, mischievous son Naksh. Nikhil divorces a pregnant Rashmi. Soon, the family has to face Gayatri's death after which, Rashmi gives birth to a daughter whom she names Gayatri after her mother and Rajshekhar's remarriage to a divorcee Devyani who has two children-Naman and Muskaan.

Despite Naksh suffering from diabetes, he wins in a football match. Anshuman and Jasmeet as well as Naman and Karishma get married. Nandini gives birth to Anmol elsewhere Akshara and Naitik have a daughter Naira. Naksh loves his sister Naira so much that he also bunks his school for her. Soon, Muskaan and Alok marry while Mahendra Pratap dies and Kaveri blames Akshara for the same and banishes her. Naitik and Akshara along with their children move out.

Ten years later

They relocate to Cape Town in South Africa and have been living there since. Naksh returns to Udaipur and convinces Kaveri to forgive an innocent Akshara, and thus the family return and reunite. Rashmi marries Sameer and her daughter Gayatri accepts him.

Naksh falls in love with Tara. Due to her brother Sangram, Akshara falls into a pond and is saved by Naitik, but suffers from temporary blindness and recovers soon.[11] It is revealed that Kuhu is the daughter of Shaurya and Sneha, Naitik's employee, due to past extramarital affair. The family disowns Shaurya but later accepts him. Then, Ananya and Ranveer get married. Naksh breaks his wedding because of Tara's prenup. On the other hand, fearing of wrongly blamed for her friend Sukanya's death, even by Akshara and scared of imprisonment, Naira escapes Udaipur.

Some years later

Naira lives in an orphanage in Rishikesh and has grown up as headstrong but insecure and arrogant where she meets Kartik Goenka, a young and positive man. Akshara reaches there to fund the orphanage and finds Naira there. She brings her back on the pretext of saving her orphanage. Naira begins to accept her family except Akshara. Kartik arrives Udaipur as Naitik's employee where a love triangle is formed between him, Gayatri and Naira. Kartik realises his love for Naira while Gayatri for Kartik. Yash and Rose get married as eventually, Naira accepts Akshara.

Akshara, Kartik, Naira and Gayatri save Naitik who was kidnapped and attempted to be killed by Naman. Later, Kartik confesses his love for Naira but she runs away. Soon, Naman's misdeed is revealed to the family except Mishti and everyone disowns him and hands him to police.

Naira is confused about her love but later realises her love for Kartik and confess it as Gayatri sacrifices her love for her. Akshara is killed in a sudden car crash caused by Kartik's cousin Mansi for which Kartik is blamed. The Singhanias and Maheshwaris disown Kartik but soon they realise that he is not at fault and bails him.

Few months later, Kartik and Naira get married in a grand ceremony. Kartik hates his father Manish and his step mother Suvarna as he remarried her after his mother's death and in fact believes he was responsible for the same. Everyone soon learns that Mansi is the cause of Akshara's death but with the heavy heart Naksh-Naira takes the case back and the families reconcile. Later, the family get Naksh and Keerti married after Aditya's misdeeds come into light. Initially marrying for Naira's sake, he gradually starts loving Keerti. It is also revealed that Shubham is Suvarna and Manish's son. Naira fulfills her parents dream of opening a dance academy. Shubham dies due to overdose of drugs and Naira is blamed for hiding his drug addiction. Naira leaves as Kartik and Suvarna do not trust her. Thus, Kartik and Naira get separated.

Two years later

Naira along with Naitik lives in Mumbai. Coincidentally, Kartik becomes professor for the same class which Naira signs up. Eventually, Anmol and Mansi get married as Kartik-Naira get divorced. But soon both as well as Suvarna realise their mistakes and reunite.

Naira soon undergoes a surgery for a brain clot and remarries Kartik. Keerti and Naira are later both revealed to be pregnant. They meet with an accident when Keerti slips into coma. Both undergo delivery while Naira's baby girl is informed dead after which Kartik swaps the babies. As Keerti wakes up from coma, the family finds it out and confronts him. Naira ultimately loses her memory but finally regains memory and they reunite.

Further, Samarth falls for a pregnant Gayatri and marries her after Vivaan's death. Naira now enters the business after Manish's heartattack. Kartik feels insecure of Naira's busy routine. Naira finds out she is pregnant. On his misunderstanding and questions about her relation with Mihir, Naira rebukes him and storms out of the house without informing him of her pregnancy and meets with an accident and is assumed dead by the family.

Five years later

Naira lives in Goa with their son Kairav, while Kartik has found solace in his nephew Vansh. Eventually, as Kartik marries Vedika, everyone learns that Naira is alive and Kairav is their son. In spite of trying to get away from each other, Kartik and Naira come close which irks Vedika. Soon they realise their love and reunite and Vedika prepares for divorce from Kartik. After all her attempts to take Naira's place, she realises her mistakes and leaves the family. Luv, Kush and Abhishek's misdeed of molesting Trisha is revealed and they get arrested. Soon, Kartik learns that his and Naira's daughter is alive, who was earlier thought dead soon after the birth, and searches her. Goenka's money has sunk and they need a loan to save their business. Akhilesh and Manish tell everyone that mortgage the house is last option for them. Suhasini tells she does not want to mortgage house as it is last sign of their father, then they come to know about Sita Chaudhary who gives loan on the basis of official documents.

Goenkas invited her to visit their house then she sees Naira who says her uncooperative in Temple. Soon, she agree and gives the loan to Goenkas. Gayu tells everyone that she is pregnant with Samarth's child, After hearing this news everyone become happy. Manish has to go out for some work So Naira accompany him in car. They meet with an accident due to Chhori afterwards Manish's memory is loss and he only remember Kittu (Kartik). Kartik blames Naira for the accident and he does not talk with her for few days. Kartik realize his mistake and they reconciled. Naira take Chhori to Goenka house.

Suhasini does not like Chhori and their fight continues. Keerti come to surprise everyone on Rakshabandhan. Manish wants a new book so he fights with Kartik,then Naira give Family album to him. As soon as he saw the album he remember Kartik and Naira's dance. Suhasini tells them to perform the same dance on Janmashtami. On hearing the news from Naira that she is sending her to Ashram, Chhori runs away from house. Soon Goenkas sent Krishna to new parents who are revealed to be goons. They kidnapped Kartik who come to save Krishna, Naira is pregnant with Kartik's child thinks he is not right then she calls him but no one answers. She herself goes to find him and Krishna but don't tell the family, Soon she find Krishna and they save Kartik from the goons. They returned home and Naira gives birth to a daughter. Here Naksh and Keerti signed divorce papers as they do not want to live with each other. Manish's memory also returns and family celebrate it. On the naming ceremony day, Vansh and Kairav returned from Rama's house. Naira names her daughter Akshara after her mother, on hearing the name family get emotional. After sometimes Keerti and Naksh realize their mistake and family celebrate it. Vansh gets accidentally fall from balcony and the doctor tells family that his legs are never be able to work, Kairav is behind him so Naira thinks Kairav gave push to Vansh but he didn't. Still Naira asks him that he gave push to Vansh, Kartik get annoyed with this and asks Naira to distance herself from Kairav. Gayu tell everyone that her children are not important for anyone, Surekha also support her. They said that family loves only Naira and Kartik's children not ours. Kartik listens to it and tell Gayu that we are leaving this house and they move out with their children leaving everyone heartbroken. They shift to Mumbai.

Three months later, They are living in Mumbai but in different flats due to Kairav as he don't want to see Naira. Meanwhile, Suhasini's health is getting worse and worse by day as she want her Kittu and Naira back in house. Psychiatrist Dr Riddhima is healing Kairav as she see her son Arjun in him. Soon she get attached to him and kidnapped Kairav but in meantime he is saved by Kartik and Naira. Kairav accepts Naira and say sorry to her for all former mistakes. They're back to see Suhasini but she tells them they have to promise that they never leaves home and her. Soon, Kartik makes a plan of family picnic. Naira bids goodbye to her house and records a message for Kairav and Akshara. Due to accident, the bus get hanged in cliff but Kartik, Manish and Naksh saves everyone. Later, Naira is presumed to be dead after falling off a cliff. Kartik get heartbroken after seeing Naira's photos and memories around him. In anger he lock himself in his room and find himself the guilty for Naira's incident. Prayer ceremony for Naira is organized by Goenkas.

Some days later, Family celebrating Makar Sankranti while Kartik pretends to be happy and caring towards his children's but Kairav wants his father to be happy so he decides to go boarding school. Everyone get worried after listening his decision. Kartik get angry but latter support his decision. Kairav sees fierce and fiery Sirat is practicing Boxing in his school. She reminds him of his mother. Sirat is daughter of Ila who leaves her and his first husband at 8 years back and get married to another person.


Actors, along with their respective characters, shaded in light grey are cast members whose characters died in the course of the series.


Karan Mehra as Naitik Singhania
Hina Khan as Akshara Singhania
Character Portrayed by Year(s) Description
Akshara Singhania Hina Khan[12] 2009–2016 Naitik's wife, Naksh and Naira's mother, Vishambharnath and Rajshri's daughter, Shaurya's younger sister. Introduced as a lively and fun-loving girl, Akshara's marriage with Naitik was arranged by her family members. However, over the years, she proved to be the worthy daughter-in-law of the Singhania family, Naitik's true soulmate and a loving mother to her children. Khan quit the show in November 2016 to pursue other projects and her character was shown to have died by falling off a cliff due to a car accident due to Mansi.[13]
Naitik Singhania Karan Mehra[14] 2009–2016 Akshara's husband, Naksh and Naira's father, Raj Shekhar and Gayatri's son, Rashmi's elder brother. Introduced as the eligible son of the Singhania family and a successful businessman, Naitik had an arranged marriage with Akshara that grew to a mature relationship, with mutual love, respect and concern for each other. Post Akshara's death, he single-handedly took care of his children, while the character's role in the series was reduced to a recurring one.
Vishal Singh 2016–2018
Naira Goenka Shivangi Joshi[15] 2016–2021 Akshara and Naitik's daughter, Naksh's younger sister, Kartik's wife, Kairav and Akshara's "Akshu" mother (named after her late mother).[16] Years after her escape from the house due to a misunderstanding on Akshara, Akshara spots her in Rishikesh and brings her back. While she detests Akshara she realises the truth, unite with her and apologize later. Initially declined Kartik's love confession, she later accepts it and they get married. She tries to become a dutiful wife and a daughter in law while many a times she gets misunderstood and questioned by the Goenkas but they realise the cause and accept it. Being a professional dancer, she opens a dance academy. Due to several misunderstandings, she gets separated from Kartik many times but on realising their love, they reunite. She is presumed to be dead after falling off a cliff.
Kartik Goenka Mohsin Khan[17] 2016–present Naira's widowed husband, Kairav and Akshara's father, Manish and Soumya's son, Keerti's younger brother. He is one of the members in his family business. He initially hates his father Manish and step mother Swarna as he considers that Manish is responsible for Soumya's death for marrying Swarna but later learns the truth and accepts them. He falls in love with Naira and marries her, becomes a caring and supporting husband. However due several misunderstandings towards Naira, they separate many times but get reunited on realising their love.
Sirat Shekhawat Shivangi Joshi 2021–present Sheela's daughter. Soon after Naira's death her look-a-like Sirat, a boxer is introduced in January 2021.[18]

She initially encounters Kairav and then Kartik whom they think Naira. Soon she encounters the Goenkas and later starts living with them for Kairav.


Character Portrayed by Year(s) Description
Rajshri Maheshwari Lata Sabharwal 2009–2019 Ratan's sister; Vishambharnath's wife; Shaurya and Akshara's mother.
Sunaina Maheshwari Neelima Taddepalli 2009–2017, 2018 Omkarnath's wife; Anshuman's mother.
Bhairavi Maheshwari Vineeta Malik 2009–2017, 2018 Vishambharnath and Omkarnath's mother.
Vishambharnath Maheshwari Sanjeev Seth 2009–2017, 2018 Bhairavi's elder son; Rajshri's husband; Shaurya and Akshara's father; Omkarnath's elder brother.
Omkarnath Maheshwari Manu Malik 2009–2016, 2018 Bhairavi's younger son; Vishambharnath's younger brother; Sunaina's husband; Anshuman's father.
Shaurya Maheshwari Ather Habib 2009–2013 Vishambharnath and Rajshri's son; Akshara's elder brother; Varsha's husband; Ananya and Kuhu's father.
Yash Gera 2013–2017
Anshuman Maheshwari Aman Sharma 2009-2015 Teenage and Adult Anshuman Maheshwari.
Dheeraj Gumbar 2015-2016 Omkarnath and Sunaina's son: Jasmeet's husband; Nannu's father.
Varsha Maheshwari Pooja Joshi Arora 2009–2019, 2020 Sulekha's daughter; Shaurya's wife; Akshara's friend turned sister-in-law; Ananya's mother, Kuhu's adoptive mother.
Gopi Zarina Roshan Khan 2009–2014 Bhairavi's friend and maid.
Dhaniya Singh Sunita Rajwar 2009–2012 Bhajinder's wife, Maheshwari's servant.
Bhajinder "Bhola" Singh Anand Mani 2009–2012 Maheshwari's servant.
Shankari Amardeep Jha 2009–2016, 2018 Maheshwari's match maker.
Kaveri "Bhabimaa" Singhania Medha Jambotakar 2009–present Mahendra Pratap's wife, Raj Shekhar's sister-in-law, Nandini's mother, Naitik and Rashmi's elder aunt.
Mahendra Pratap Singhania Sanjai Gandhi 2009–2011 Raj Shekhar's elder brother; Kaveri's husband; Nandini's father. Mahendra is the strict patriarch of the Singhania family and Singhania Diamonds company who is shown as a religious person being almost punctual in his works and religion. He would confront any member who fails to follow the tradition or work properly. Then, he suffers from memory loss and later dies after Muskaan's marriage handing over the governance of house to Akshara.
Abhijeet Lahiri 2011–2015
Gayatri Singhania Sonali Verma 2009–2013 Raj Shekhar's first wife; Naitik and Rashmi's mother.
Raj Shekhar Singhania alias Raj Bhanna Sandeep Mehta 2009–2018 Mahendra Pratap's younger brother; Late Gayatri's husband; Devyani's husband; Naitik and Rashmi's father.
Rashmi Desai
(previously Rashmi Deora)
Neha Saroopa 2009–2016 Gayatri and Raj Shekhar's daughter; Naitik's younger sister; Nikhil and Sameer's wife; Gayatri's mother.
Nandini Agarwal Nidhi Uttam 2009–2019 Kaveri and Mahendra Pratap's daughter; Mohit's wife; Yash's adoptive mother, Anmol's mother.
Mohit Agarwal Ayush Agarwal 2009–2016 Rukmini's son; Koyel's elder brother; Nandini's husband; Yash's adoptive father; Anmol's father.
Shamik Abbas 2016–2019
Rukmini Agarwal Urmila Sharma 2009–12 Mohit and Koyel's mother; Rukmini has a selfish attitude who often creates unnecessary tantrums and criticism of others in the family.[19]
Sunita Rao 2012–2019
Maharaj Rakesh Deewana 2009–14 Singhania's chef.
Gulabo Divya Bhatnagar 2009–11 Singhania's maid.
Ratan Goyal Bhuvan Chopra 2009 Rajshri's brother; Shaurya and Akshara's maternal uncle.
Alok Awasthi Amit Dolawat 2009, 2014–15 Akshara's college-mate and former admirer, Muskaan's husband.
Rituraj Singhania Ali Merchant 2009, 2011–12 Naitik's cousin brother.
Bindiya Singhania Preeti Sharma 2009, 2011–12 Rituraj's wife; Naitik's sister-in-law.
Rajshri's mother Ruma Sengupta 2009–11 Rajshri and Ratan's mother.
Parvati Singhania Kirti Sually 2010–2019 Mahendra Pratap and Raj Shekhar's sister; Nandini, Naitik and Rashmi's paternal aunt.
Sneha Charu Asopa 2010 Naitik's employee; Kuhu's biological mother.
Rishabh Karan Sharma 2010 Sneha's lover.
Payal Neha Sehgal 2011–15 Akshara's friend.
Girija Nea Srivastav 2011–2016 Singhania's maid.
Nikhil Deora Ashish Kapoor 2011–2013 Rashmi's ex-husband; Rajendra and Rama Deora's son; Gayatri's father.
Rama Deora Shravani Goswami 2011–2016, 2018–2020 Rajendra's wife; Nikhil's mother. Despite her son cheating and divorcing Rashmi, she supports her and takes care of her and her granddaughter Gayatri.
Rajendra Deora Manoj Jaiswal 2011–2013 Rama's husband; Nikhil's father.
Ranjan Rudra Kaushish 2012 Lalita's husband.
Prerna "Chikki" Singhania Reem Shaikh 2012 Young Prerna
Navika Kotia 2013–2014 Adult Prerna; Singhania's adopt her when young when her parents tortures her.
Samar Alpesh Gehlot 2012 Akshara's admirer.
Antara Akanksha Kapil 2012 Naitik's lover.
Ankit Anurag Nigam 2013 Prerna's love interest.
Naksh Singhania Harsh 2011 New born Naksh
Bani 2011-12 Baby Naksh
Shivansh Kotia 2012–2015 Young Naksh
Rohan Mehra 2015–2016 Adult Naksh, Akshara and Naitik's son; Naira's elder brother; Keerti's husband; Krish's father.
Rishi Dev 2016–2018
Shehzad Shaikh 2019–present
Ananya Sharma Nairtiya Chandola 2012–2015 Young Ananya
Akshaya Naik 2015–2017, 2018 Varsha and Shaurya's daughter; Kuhu's step elder sister; Ranveer's wife.
Yash Agarwal Ansh Kaul 2012–2015 Young Yash
Sanchit Sharma 2015–2017 Nandini and Mohit's adopted son; Anmol's adoptive elder brother; Rose's husband.
Jasmeet Maheshwari Shirin Sewani 2013–2016, 2018 Sukhwinder and Pammi's daughter; Anshuman's wife; Nannu's mother.
Pammi Sethi Neelam Gandhi 2013–2016 Sukhwinder's wife and Jasmeet's mother.
Sukhwinder Sethi Gaurav Hasteer 2013–2016 Pammi's husband and Jasmeet's father
Juhi Sonal Shrivastava 2014 Naitik's employee.
Devyani Singhania Kshitee Jog 2014–present Raj Shekhar's second wife; Naitik and Rashmi's step mother; Suresh Agarwal's ex-wife; Naman and Muskaan's mother. She is an Ayurvedic doctor. When she was medicating Rajshekhar after Gayatri's death, Singhanias get her married with him on seeing his loneliness.[20]
Naman Agarwal Anshul Pandey[21][22] 2014–2016 Suresh and Devyani's son; Raj Shekhar's step son; Muskaan's elder brother; Karishma's ex-husband; Mishti's father.
Muskaan Awasthi Zarina Roshan Khan 2014–2015 Suresh and Devyani's daughter, Raj Shekhar's step daughter, Naman's younger sister; Alok's wife.
Suresh Agarwal Pooran Kiri 2014–2015 Devyani's first husband; Naman and Muskaan's father.
Karishma Agarwal Priyanka Udhwani 2014–2017 Naman's ex-wife; Mishti's mother.
Chitti Maharaj Unknown 2014–17,2018 A south Indian Tamil person who becomes Singhania's chef.
Naira Singhania Mishika Jain 2015 Baby Naira
Ashnoor Kaur 2015–2016 Teenage Naira
Nishant "Nannu" Maheshwari Khushmeet Gill 2015–2016 Young Nannu
Anmol Jyotir 2016-2017 Anshuman and Jasmeet's son.
Gayatri "Gayu" Goenka Payal Bhojwani 2015-2016 Teenage Gayu
Kanchi Singh 2016-2017 Adult Gayu, Rashmi and Nikhil's daughter; Vivaan ex-girlfriend and the bearer of his child; Samarth's wife; Vansh and Vatsal's mother.
Deblina Chatterjee 2018–2019
Simran Khanna 2019–present
Sanjana Vaishali Takkar 2015–2016 Naksh's friend.
Sameer Desai Mazher Sayed 2015 Rashmi's second husband, Gayatri's step-father.
Tara Singh Shekhawat Umang Jain 2015–16 Naksh's ex-fiancée.
Chandrabhan Singh Shekhawat Alok Nath 2015–16 Tara's grandfather.
Sangram Singh Shekhawat Amal Sehrawat 2015–16 Tara's brother.
Aditya Singh Shekhawat Shivam Agarwal 2015–16 Tara's brother.
Vikram Singh Shekhawat Shushant Marya 2015-16 Tara's Brother
Nisha Singh Shekhavat Veena Jagtap 2015–16 Tara's friend.
Preeti Rashi Kapoor 2015-16 Tara's best friend
Ranveer Sharma Arjun Kohli 2016-18 Ananya's husband.
Kuhu Maheshwari Harbandna Kaur 2016 Young Kuhu
Yamini Makwana 2016-17 Teenage Kuhu
Kaveri Priyam 2019 Adult Kuhu, Sneha and Shaurya's biological daughter; Varsha's adoptive daughter.
Mishti Agarwal Aarna Sharma 2016–2017, 2019 Young and Teenage Mishti.
Rhea Sharma 2019 Adult Mishti, Naman and Karishma's daughter.
Sukanya Sheetal Tiwari 2016 Naira's friend.
Poongi Pooja Jadhav 2016–2017 Naira's best friend at Rishikesh. She is a mute and always was Naira's companion for everything there, living in the orphanage.
Gurumaa Kamalika Guha Thakurta 2016 Naira's dance teacher.
Anmol Agarwal Karan Pahwa 2016, 2018–2019 Nandini and Mohit's son; Yash's step younger brother; Mansi's husband.
Rose Agarwal Sippora Zoutewelle 2016 Yash's wife, Martha's daughter.
Martha Wilkins Suzanne Bernert[23][24] 2016 Rose's mother.
Veena Jagtap Nisha 2016 Faking to be innocent, targeted by goons, she is a fraud who along with the goons try to trap Naksh for money but soon get caught.[25]
Vivaan Fahad Ali 2016 Gayatri's school friend and love interest, who fathered her child, Vansh. He was mentioned dead in a car accident happened in 2019.
Keerti Singhania Mohena Singh 2016–2019 Manish and Soumya's daughter; Suvarna's step daughter; Kartik's sister; Shubam's step sister; Aditya's ex-wife, Naksh's wife; Krish's mother.
Harsha Khandeparkar 2020–present
Swarna Goenka Parul Chauhan[26] 2016-19 Manish's second wife; Shubham's mother, Keerti and Kartik's step mother.
Niyati Joshi 2019–present
Manish Goenka Sachin Tyagi[27] 2016–present Suhasini's elder son; Akhilesh's elder brother; Soumya and Suvarna's husband; Keerti,Kartik and Shubham's father.
Akhilesh Goenka Ali Hassan 2016–present Suhasini's younger son; Manish's younger brother; Surekha's husband; Mansi, Luv and Kush's father.
Surekha Goenka Shilpa Raizada 2016–present Akhilesh's wife, Suhasini's younger daughter-in-law; Mansi, Luv and Kush's mother.
Suhasini Goenka Swati Chitnis 2016–present Manish and Akhilesh's mother; Samarth's elder aunt; Tejasvini and Purushottam's sister.
Luv Goenka Shreshth Saxena 2016–2019 One of Akhilesh and Surekha's twin sons, Mansi's younger brother
Anmol Jyotir 2020–present Adult Luv
Kush Goenka Shubh Saxena 2016–2019 One of Akhilesh and Surekha's twin sons, Mansi's younger brother
Apoorv Jyotir 2020–present Adult Kush
Soumya Goenka Nupur Joshi 2017 Manish's first wife; Keerti and Kartik's mother. Appeared only in flashback sequences.
Mansi Agarwal Shreya Sharma 2017 Akhilesh and Surekha's daughter; Luv and Kush's elder sister; Anmol's wife.
Vaishnavi Rao 2018–2019
Priyanka Tiya Gandwani 2017–18, 2019 Soumya's younger sister; Manish's sister-in-law; Keerti and Kartik's maternal aunt.
Aditya Bansal Romit Sharma[28] 2017, 2018–2019, 2020 Keerti's ex-husband.
Raghav Nikhil Sharma[29]
Kiran Shravan Mehta[30] 2017 Naira's dance partner and friend.
Shubham Goenka alias Aryan Gaurav Wadhwa 2017–18 Manish and Swarna's son; Keerti and Kartik's step brother.
Tejasvini Anita Kanwal 2018 Suhasini's elder sister.
Samarth Goenka Samir Onkar 2018–present Suhasini's younger brother-in-law's son i.e. her nephew, Manish and Akhilesh's younger cousin; Gayatri's husband; Vansh's adoptive father; Vatsal's father
Krish Singhania Dwiti Gajera 2019 Baby Krish
Saksham Vasu 2020–present Young Krish; Naksh and Keerti's son
Rishabh Varun Toorkey 2019 Naksh's friend and Naira's admirer.
Purushottam "Puru" Ajmera Rituraj Singh 2019 Suhasini's younger brother; Manish and Akhilesh's maternal uncle, Ila's father.
Ila Ajmera Aleya Ghosh 2019 Purushottam's daughter; Suhasini's niece, Manish and Akhilesh's younger maternal cousin sister.
Mihir Kapoor Khushwant Walia 2019 Naira's boss and Goenka's rivalry business man.
Mitali Minal Mogam 2019 Mihir's girlfriend.
Kairav Goenka Krishiv Mutha 2019 Baby Kairav
Shaurya Shah June 2019 –July 2019 Young Kairav; Kartik and Naira's son; Akshara's elder brother
Tanmay Rishi Shah[31] July 2019 – 2020
Aarambh Trehan Sehgal 2020–present
Lisa Radhika Chhabbra 2019 Naira's friend at Goa; Akhilesh's secret girlfriend.
Vansh Goenka Maaz Champ 2019–2020 Young Vansh, Gayatri and Vivaan's son; Samarth's step son; Vatsal's step elder brother
Siddharth Dubey 2020–present Teenage Vansh
Vedika Pankhuri Awasthy 2019 – 2020 Kartik's friend turned ex-fiancé. A soft-spoken girl lives with Goenkas after her father's death where she develops love for Kartik and marries him after Naira's fake death. On Naira's return, initially refusing to budge out of his life, leaves him on realising his and Naira's love after various plots and events.
Pallavi Deepti Sahni 2019 – 2020 Pallavi is a doctor who is Vedika's best friend; She along with Vedika attempt to make a place for Vedika as Kartik's wife, however fails to do so.
Akshat Neeraj Malviya 2019 Vedika's ex-fiancé.
Trisha Diksha Dhami 2020 A girl who lived with Naira in the Rishikesh ashram. She gets molested by teenage Luv, Kush and their friend Abhishek.
Shaktimaan Jhaveri Manoj Joshi 2020 Goenka's lawyer against Trisha's molestation case; Abhishek's father
Shivani Bhatia Urfi Javed 2020 Trisha's lawyer in her molestation case who formerly worked under Shakthimaan Jhaveri.
Sita Chaudhary Alka Kaushal 2020 Kundan's mother. A traditional business women who helps Goenkas who were about to become bankrupt.[32]
Kundan Chaudhary Jaydeep Ashra 2020 Sita's son who tries to expose the lies of Goenkas of about Naira's twin Tina.
Akshara "Akshu" Goenka Kairav Waghela 2020–present Baby Akshara; Naira and Kartik's daughter; Kairav's younger sister.
Krishna (Chhori) Tejaswanee Bhadane 2020 After the Manish's accident, she fell behind Naira to stay for money and good food. Kartik and Naira's adoptive daughter.
Dr. Riddhima Vrushika Mehta 2020 A psychiatrist who healed Kairav.
Sheela Rathore Ashita Dhawan 2021–present Sirat and Sonu's mother; Mukesh's wife.
Mukesh Rathore Hrishikesh Pandey 2021–present Sonu's father; Sheela's second husband.
Sonu Rathore Krishang Bhanushali 2021–present Sheela and Mukesh's son.
Kaushalya "Mauri" Shekhawat Amita Khopkar 2021–present Sirat and Sonu's maternal grandmother; Sheela's mother.
Rhea Priyamvada Kant 2021–present Surekha's niece; she loves Kartik.
Ranveer Karan Kundra 2021–present Sirat's love interest.

Guest appearances

Year Actor(s) Appearance
2009 Shubhangi Atre as Kasturi from Kasturi
2009 Puja Banerjee as Vrinda from Tujh Sang Preet Lagai Sajna
2009 Shweta Tiwari as Prerna from Kasautii Zindagii Kay
2009 Sara Khan as Sadhna from Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai
2009 Angad Hasija as Alekh from Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai
2009 Kinshuk Mahajan as Ranvir from Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai
2010 Anupriya Kapoor as Taani from Tere Liye
2010 Neha Sargam as Nivedita from Chand Chupa Badal Mein
2010 Pooja Gor as Pratigya from Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya
2011 Sanaya Irani as Khushi from Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?
2011 Soumya Seth as Navya from Navya..Naye Dhadkan Naye Sawaal
2011 Krystle D'Souza as Jeevika from Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai
2011 Nia Sharma as Maanvi from Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai
2011 Karan Tacker as Viren from Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai
2012 Anas Rashid as Sooraj from Diya Aur Baati Hum
2012, 2016 Deepika Singh as Sandhya from Diya Aur Baati Hum
2012 Neelu Vaghela as Santosh from Diya Aur Baati Hum
2012 Kanika Maheshwari as Meenakshi from Diya Aur Baati Hum
2012 Aamir Khan To promote Satyamev Jayate
2014 Preeti & Pinky
2015 Hiba Nawab as Amaya from Tere Sheher Mein
2017 Badshah[33] for Dance Performance at Kartik and Naira's "Sangeet"
2017 Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma To promote their film Jab Harry Met Sejal[34]
2017 Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar and Sana Khan[35] To promote their film Toilet: Ek Prem Katha
2017 Alka Yagnik[36] Special performance for a tribute to Akshara on Naksh-Keerti's "Sangeet"
2018 Adaa Khan[37] for special dance performance on Valentine's Day
2018 Supriya Pathak to promote her show Khichdi
2019 Namit Khanna to promote his show Sanjivani[38]
2019 Gurdeep Kolhi to promote her show Sanjivani[38]
2021 Pooja Gor as Pratigya from Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya 2[39]


In 2019, On Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai's completion of 10 years, "Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke", premiered on 18 March 2019 starring Rhea Sharma and Shaheer Sheikh.[40] The series portrays the life of Naman and Karishma's daughter and Naira's younger step cousin Mishti, portrayed by Sharma alongside Abir portrayed by Sheikh.[41]



The shooting of the show began on 11 September 2008.[42] It was launched at Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan.[43] In January 2009, the series was mainly promoted through a campaign at six main cities by Star Plus along with Jagran Solutions.[44] A contest was held in the country among over 1000 married couples out of which fifty of them were selected through events like quizzes and on air test on radios. They were made to remarry with the rituals along with the games and events held in Rambagh Palace.[45]

In January 2010, a sequence was shot without any dialogue, with only background music used during dramatic scenes when the Singhania family learn that the character Akshara motivates the love between her sister in law Nandhini and Naitik's friend Mohit, against them.[46]

In January 2013, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai was sent notice by channel for its ending due to decreasing ratings. However it received extension till June 2013 while the ratings rose and the decision of ending was dropped.[47] Besides, twice again it received notice for ending but soon when the ratings increased after it, the plan was dropped and the series continued.[48]

During November 2014 end, lead Hina Khan could not be able to attend her shooting for few days due to her other work schedules and the track was altered for her absence.[49] In December 2014, a scene where characters Naman and Karishma kiss was cut from the broadcast to avoid offending the show's audience.[50]

The show took its first leap of 4 years on 30 November 2012 post the car accident of Naitik as he slips into coma.[51] It then took a leap of 10 years on 30 March 2015 after Kaveri banishing Akshara from the house owing to Mahendra Pratap's death.[52] Then a leap of some years was taken on 16 May 2016 post teenage Naira running away from her home fearing imprisonment.[53][54] Another leap of 2 years was taken on 21 May 2018 after Shubam's death as Suvarna ousts her.[55] It took a leap of 5 years on 7 June 2019 after Naira leaves the Goenka house on Kartik's misconception about her.[56]

The 10 year leap in March 2015 was slightly delayed as the casting of adult Naksh was not finalised. Producers auditioned over 200 people before choosing Rohan Mehra.[57] In April 2016, both Hina Khan and Karan Mehra refused to play the role as in-laws after the on-going wedding track of their onscreen son Naksh and Tara. Thus, the track was altered such that the wedding was called off.[58]

During January 2017, at the filming of pre wedding sequences of the lead characters Naira and Kartik, fire broke out on the sets due to a short circuit.[59] Common people were auditioned at Delhi during 4 and 5 February 2017 and cast for Baraathi in Naira and Kartik's weeding.[60]

In August 2017, the weeding dress of the character Keerti, for her and Naksh's marriage sequence, was designed by Bollywood fashion designer Neeta Lulla.[61]

Pankhuri Awasthy was cast in June 2019 as Vedika, whose role was supposed to be for three months.[62] However, with the increased ratings, becoming most watched Hindi GEC for few weeks in urban, her role was extended with her exit in January 2020 while in between she took a break in October and re-entered in November 2019.[62][63]

Speaking about Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai's success producer Rajan Shahi said, "Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai doing well is something we have to strive for each and every day. When a show completes this number of episodes, it becomes a challenge as to how to sustain the show. There are so many topics to choose from and there are so many relationships, so that becomes a major challenge, to keep the freshness alive. Drama, intrigue, etc is just a part of storytelling but to still keep the essence alive that is the challenge, it is always a day to day battle."[64] He also quoted that the elaborate festival celebrations shown is the strength of the series.[65]

Speaking about the introduction of transition in the story from Akshara and Naitik to Naira and Kartik, Shahi said, "We were losing out on the young audience when things were going sweet between (original protagonists) Akshara and Naitik. With the introduction of Kartik and Naira -- a couple that is imperfect, makes mistake and learns from the mistakes -- the audience again found a connection with the on-screen characters. That is how our show has stood strong against the test of time."[66] In May 2017 Shahi stated: "With due respect to both the actors, it is a fact that after Karan left, we could consolidate our position and the TRPs actually increased. After Hina’s exit too, the show has grown. This is not to say that they did not contribute to the show, but we were not able to shoot when those two were a part of the show as they had so much baggage. There were just two-three hours of shooting with the lead actors. Now, even if we are given a choice, the writers wouldn’t want Akshara back."[67] For his above statement both Khan and Mehra expressed their displeasure where Khan stated: "During that time, he went on record to praise both of us for our dedication and professionalism. And honestly, we were probably the only lead pair on television who continued to be with the show for eight consecutive years. Despite the work pressure, disagreements and other work opportunities, we continued to stay loyal to the show and supported the producer. But now that we are not doing the show, he’s very conveniently contradicting his own statements." and Mehra stated: "If he is saying that I worked for two-three hours, he is referring to someone else because my attendance register is the proof. Also, I gave my notice period in advance. I don’t know who he has a grudge against and why is he saying it now? I was thanked by the channel and Rajan sir when I quit, so I don’t understand how this has emerged now."[67]


Hina Khan was selected to play the role of Akshara, making her acting debut.[68][69] Khan stated that she knew nothing about acting while signing the series quoting, "I didn't learn acting from anywhere. I think it's because of luck that I landed up in TV. Even after that I had to do a lot of hard work. It was more difficult for me when I began acting and straight away I had to perform. I never got to learn."[70] Karan Tacker was initially roped for the role of Naitik, but was replaced by Karan Mehra a day away the promo shoot as Tacker became skeptical who also makes his acting debut.[71] Speaking about it producer Rajan Shahi said, "Karan (Tacker) refused to be a part of the show a day and a half prior to shooting the promo. I needed to hunt for a new face on immediate basis. I accidentally met Karan Mehra, a real life replica of my fictitious character Naitik."[72]

In June 2016, Karan Mehra quit the show, because of health issues.[73] Two sequences were shot before his exit: one was his death track and other was his kidnap track and decision was made to take the story with the kidnapping track.[74] Then, he was replaced by Vishal Singh in August 2019, making his entry with the Kidnap sequence in Switzerland.[75][76] Soon, in November 2016, Hina Khan quit as her character became monotonous for her and she was shown killed in a car accident.[77] Then, parallel lead Shivangi Joshi playing Naira and recurring one Mohsin Khan playing Kartik, who entered in May 2016, became the leads of the show and the character Naitik became a recurring one since.[8]

In 2012, Sanjay Gandhi playing Mahendra quit due to the issues between him and his co-actors Sonali Verma and Sandeep Mehta who was then replaced by Abhijit Lahiri.[78] The latter also quit after the death of his character in March 2015.[79] In 2012, Urmila Sharma was replaced by Sunitha Rao as Rukmini.[80][81] In December 2013, Sonali Verma quit her role as Gayathri Singhania, because Verma planned to get married and move to the United States. Her character was shown dead after a fall from a cliff.[82]

In December 2014, Ather Habib playing Shaurya quit as he felt nothing more was there to explore in his character and was replaced by Yash Gera.[83] Gera also quit in 2017 due to the same reason as that of Habib.[84] He was replaced by Sameer Sharma in the spin-off series during March 2019.[85]

In 2015, Aman Sharma playing Anshuman quit as he wanted to search for better opportunities and was replaced by Dheeraj Gumbar who also quit in mid 2016.[86]

In 2015, Ayush Agarwal quit due to personal reasons and was replaced by Shamik Abbas. In May 2016, Umang Jain playing Tara and her on-screen family members quit as the story started to focus on other tracks after the cancellation of her and Naksh's (Rohan Mehra) wedding in the show as Hina Khan playing Akshara refused playing the role of a mother in law.[87]

In September 2016, Rohan Mehra playing Naksh quit to participate in Bigg Boss and was replaced by Rishi Dev.[88] Dev also quit in December 2018 as he wished to focus on his YouTube channel and was replaced by Shehzad Shaikh.[89][90] In September 2017, Kanchi Singh playing Gayatri Deora quit as her character was sidelined and was replaced by Deblina Chatterjee in November 2018.[91][92]

Anshul Pandey playing Naman quit in October 2016 who was replaced by Jay Pathak in the spin-off series during March 2019.[93] In January 2018, Priyanka Udhwani playing Karishma quit as nothing was left for her character.[94] In July 2018, Vaishnavi Rao was cast as Manasi which was earlier played by Shreya Sharma as the makers considered the former better for the role.[95] Shirin Sewani who was last seen in November 2018 playing Jasmeet in this series was replaced by Soniya Kaur in the spin-off series in March 2019.[96]

Parul Chauhan quit in April 2019 as she did not want to play a grandmother and was soon replaced by Niyati Joshi as Suvarna.[97][98] As the story was about to take a leap, in May 2019, Mohena Kumari Singh playing Keerti quit after getting married, and was replaced by Harsha Khandeparkar in August 2020.[99][100] Deblina Chatterjee playing Gayatri soon quit as she was not interested in playing a mother and was replaced by Simran Khanna.[101][102] Sreshth Saxena and Shubh Saxena were made to quit due to the leap.[103] Shaurya Shah, who entered in June 2019 as Kairav, quit the following month due to health issues, and was immediately replaced by Tanmay Rishi.[104][105]

In January 2020, Anmol Jyotir who played teenage Nishanth Maheshwari till 2017 was cast along with Apoorva Jyotir to play teenage Kush and Luv.[106] As a result of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, actors younger than ten years of age were prohibited from performing on set, so when shooting resumed in June 2020, Tanmay Rishi Shah and Maaz Champ shot their sequences from home.[107] However, with the requirement of characters Kairav and Vansh on the sets, they were replaced by Aarambh Trehan Sehgal and Siddharth Dubey in October 2020.[108][109]


The series is mainly filmed in the Film City at Goregaon in Mumbai.[110][111] As it based on the families in Udaipur of Rajasthan, some scenes were also filmed there.[112][113] In December 2013, a sequence was shot at Wai.[114] Some sequences were also filmed in Rishikesh during 2016 and March 2018.[115][116] In March 2017, the wedding track of Kartik and Naira was filmed in a grand manner in Bikaner, Rajasthan.[117]

Besides, it was also filmed in various foreign locations including Bangkok in 2014, Cape Town in 2015, Hong Kong in 2015, Switzerland in 2016 and Greece in 2017.[118][119][120][121][122]


Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai has had several crossover episodes with various shows. On 28 December 2009, the show had a crossover with Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai. On 24 August 2012, the show had a crossover episode with Diya Aur Baati Hum.[123] On 3 March 2016, actress Deepika Singh as Sandhya from Diya Aur Baati Hum made an entry during Naira's kidnap sequence.[124]


The series initially aired from Monday to Thursdays during the prime time slot of 9:30 pm (IST) and was later extended to Friday. In October 2009, it aired throughout the week owing good ratings until November 2009.[125][126] During 2014, it was extended until Saturday and soon reduced back to Friday again.[127] Sometimes, some of the episodes were aired as special episodes for an hour during Saturdays.[128]

The series which was in a continuous production since its premiere was halted indefinitely in March 2020.[129] Owing COVID-19 outbreak in India, the filming of the television series and films were halted on 19 March 2020, expected to resume the works from 1 April 2020 and the series airing was halted on 25 March 2020 after the bank episodes got over.[130][131] However, later on imposing the nationwide lockdown, which was extending with the increasing cases, filming could not be resumed since March end.[132] After three months, the shooting of the series resumed on 26 June 2020 and airing resumed from 13 July 2020.[133][134] The production once again halted on 24 August 2020 when the cast Sachin Tyagi, Swati Chitnis and Samir Onkar along with four crew members were tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and resumed with others on 28 August 2020.[135][136][137]

Television special

A special segment named Rishton Ka Utsav[138][139] aired from 26 November 2018 to 5 December 2018 where Kartik and Naira organize a unique festival which brings all generations with most of the family members of the show through all these years come together and celebrate their reunion.[140] This segment also marked the entry of Deblina Chatterjee as Gayatri Deora replacing Kanchi Singh who quit the show in 2017.[92]



Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai was touted as the biggest weekday prime time fiction launch in past three years during 2009.[141]

This longest running Hindi soap is the fourth longest-running Indian television soap opera and is still one of the top rated shows.[142][143] It is acclaimed to be the first Hindi show to cross 2,500 episodes.[144] It completed 3,000 episodes on 11 September 2019 creating a history in the Indian television.[145]

Hina Khan participated in the 'Power of 49' campaign, in which soap opera actors used their influence to urge women to vote.[146]

Hina Khan who rose to huge fame as Akshara was paid with ₹1to 1.25 Lacks per episode as of in 2015 and 2016 making her one of the highest paid Indian television actress.[147][148]

In 2020, it became the third most tweeted Indian television show on Twitter.[149]


Shoma Munshi in their book Prime Time Soap Operas on Indian Television 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.[150]

The Indian Express stated, "Simple story, simple treatment, easy pace, small tiffs, grouse, grief, happiness, sadness, celebrations, rituals, customs but no melodrama and no scheming and plotting….that's every day life beautifully captured and which pleases eyes, ears and other senses. Not that it has not resorted to TRP gimmicks like misunderstanding, pregnancy and miscarriage to come out of its lows, but the show has chronicled post-marriage journey of an arranged married couple quite well."[151] They also quoted, "There is a sense of positivity and reality in the show, that no other serial offers on the small screen."[145]

Praising the two shows Bidaii and Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai of Rajan Shahi's Director's Kut Production as game changers of Starplus which do not have excessive camera moves and mother in law - daughter in law melodramas unlike previously aired dramas, The Times of India stated, "The shows adequately highlighted the quintessential emotions with loads of romanticism and simplicity in story-telling."[152]

Speaking on the success of the series, The New Indian Express said, "Like most successful television series in our country, "Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai" has always banked heavily on the great Indian family. However, the show, along with its cast, has changed over the decade, to accommodate changing times. Perhaps that is where the winning formula lies—in retaining its old core values in an ever-changing set-up."[153]


It scored a good rating of 7.9 TVR in its launch episode with more than 14 million viewers and garnered about 30 million viewership in the opening week, averaging 6.1 TVR in that week.[154][155] Owing to this, it was acclaimed as the best primetime fiction launch during that time.[156] Since its inception, Yeh Rishta mostly maintained its position being one of the top Hindi shows.[156][157][152] In 2009 and 2010, it garnered ratings mostly averaging between 6 and 7 TVR while the following two years between 4 and 5 TVR, maintaining its position in one of the top rated Hindi GECs.[158]

In the week ending 28 February 2009, it garnered 5.75 TVR.[159] In March 2009 overall, it averaged between 4 and 5 TVR occupying third position in most watched Hindi GEC shows while in the week ending 14 March 2009, it garnered 6.4 TVR becoming most watched.[154][160][161] When the nine year dominant number one position of StarPlus channel was beaten by Colors TV channel in week ending 11 April 2009, Sapna Babul Ka... Bidaai and Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai were the top watched Hindi shows with 7.4 and 7 TVR.[162] In early June it was the most watched Hindi GEC with 5.88 TVR.[163] It averaged 5.3 TVR between May end and June end occupying second position in Hindi GEC.[164] In third week of July 2009, it remained the most watched with 7.22 TVR.[165] The marriage episode of Akshara and Naitik during July 2009 garnered the highest rating point for the series with 8.1 TVR being the most watched Hindi GEC and the fifth highest TVR garnered in the year while the highest being 10.2 TVR by Colors TV's Balika Vadhu.[166][167] In week 36 2009, it topped the list with 7.2 TVR.[168] In the week ending 31 October 2009, it was at fourth position in Hindi GEC with 5 TVR.[169] In 2009, the series averaged 6.1 TVR with the average time of 16.9 minutes spent per episode with an overall reach of 86.6 million viewership in the year overall.[170] In early 2009, during the IPL match broadcast in, the series was still one of the most watched Indian television program than the IPL averaging more than about 5 TVR while IPL averaged more than about 4 TVR.[171]

In week 6, 2010, it occupied fourth position with 6.5 TVR.[172] But, before IPL match was about to broadcast, it garnered 6.8 TVR while however decreased during IPL airing to 5.3 TVR in April 2010 with IPL being most watched.[173] In week ending 26 June 2010, it garnered a peak of 6.99 TVR while it averaged 6.2 TVR in that week with the special episode aired on Saturday getting 4.2 TVR.[174] In week 26 of 2010, it occupied second position with 7 TVR.[175] During week ending 25 September 2010, it occupied fourth position with about 5 TVR.[176] As in October 2010, it averaged 3.7 to 4.5 TVR, occupying third position.[156]

In second week of 2011, it dropped to seven position with 4.26 TVR.[177] In third week of May 2011, it was at top position with 5.14 TVR.[178] Overall, it became the second most watched Indian Hindi television show of 2011.[179]

In the first week of the 2012, it was at eight position with 4.4 TVR.[180] In the last week of the month, it occupied first position while in early February, it was beaten by Saath Nibhana Saathiya with 0.1 TVR difference.[181] During IPL premiere in week 14 of 2012, it garnered 3.13 TVR, being pushed down to tenth position with the top positions occupied by the matches.[182] In week 22, during IPL finale broadcast, it garnered 3.7 TVR with fourth position in top 10 Hindi GECs of the week.[183] In last two weeks of 2012, it occupied second position and third position with 4.6 TVR.[184][185] In 2012, the average overall rating of the series was 5.2 TVR.[186]

During first week in 2013, it was in the second position with 4.6 TVR.[187] In week 7 2013, it was second most watched Hindi GEC with 4.3 TVR.[188] During last week of April 2013, it occupied sixth position with a trp of 2.6.[189] In September 2013, it occupied sixth position with 6587 TVTs (Television Viewership In Thousands) (6.5 million viewership).[190] In 2013, it was the third most watched Indian Hindi television show overall with an average of 7 million viewership and a peak viewership of 8.9 million.[191] In week 23 and 24 2013, it garnered 3.1 and 3.5 TVR.[192] As in August 2013, it was in fifth position with a trp of 3.0 and 6749 TVTs.[193][194] In week 50, 2013 it occupied the fifth position in most watched Hindi GEC with a TRP of 3.9.[195]

In week 24 2015, it occupied fourth position with 3.40 TVR and the following week, it occupied third position with 4.04 TVR.[196][197]

In the week ending 19 August 2016, it was occupying fifth position in Hindi GEC with 8.096 million impressions.[198] After the death of the character Akshara in November 2016, the ratings of the show which went down since few months, started to revive. During September to November 2016, it had a viewership averaged 4.9 million and was even out of top ten shows in urban. Post Akshara's death track, when the story started focussing on Naira and Kartik, the viewership increased gradually again, entering the top three shows back during March 2017 while it averaged 7 million viewership in urban.[199]

In week 24 of 2018, with the leap of two years, the ratings of the series increased, occupying third position while the following week it went down to sixth position and to eighth position in the next week in urban.[200][201][202] The following week (week 27), it increased to fourth position with 6.2 million impressions in urban.[203] In August 2018, the ratings of the show spiked becoming the second most watched Hindi show in urban averaging 8 million impressions during Naira and Kartik's divorce track.[204] In week 38, it was in third position with 6.4 million impressions in urban, beating its rival show on Zee TV Kundali Bhagya which airs at the same time of Yeh Rishta.[205] In week 40, it was in fourth position with 7.3 million impressions in urban.[206] In week 51, it was at sixth spot with 6.3 million impressions in urban.[207]

In first week of 2019, it occupied seventeenth position garnering 7.9 million impressions overall top 20 list (urban+rural).[208] In week 3 of 2019, it occupied third position garnering 6.6 million impressions, beating its rival show Kundali Bhagya in urban.[209] Following the five years leap in June 2019, the series which was out of top five Hindi GEC before made its entry back occupying second position.[210] Pankhuri Awasthi who entered as Vedika in June 2019 received many hatred from the audience due to her gray character[211] who was shown as hurdle between the reunion of the lead characters Kartik (Mohsin Khan) and Naira (Shivangi Joshi).[212][213] Hashtag #RIPdirectorskutproduction started to trend in social medias after Kartik and Vedika's marriage track.[214] Despite these, the show maintained the top spot in its urban viewership during this track and remained in top three Hindi GEC overall (urban+rural).[215][216][217] During which in week 28 it was at third position with 10.6 million impressions in urban+rural ratings with 7.2 million impressions in urban only.[218] In week 34, it garnered its peak rating of that year with 9.1 million impressions in urban being most watched there and 13+ million impressions overall, occupying second position.[219] However, its number one position held for many weeks was taken back by Kundali Bhagya during September 2019 pushing it to second garnering 8.1 million impressions in urban.[220] In week 45 2019, it occupied fourth position with 6.4 million impressions in urban.[221] In week 47, it was at third position with 6.78 million impressions.[222] In week 48, it occupied second position with 6.6 million impressions and the following week at sixth position with 6.1 million impressions in urban.[223][224] In week 52 and 53, it occupied seventh and tenth positions in Hindi GEC urban.[225]

It became the most watched Indian Hindi show on the digital platform Hotstar during 2019.[226]

During first week of 2020, it occupied tenth position in urban with 6.2 million impressions and jumped to fourth position with 7 million impressions the following week.[227][228] In week 6, it occupied second position with 6.9 million impressions while the previous week it was at seventh position.[229] In week 24 of 2020, the rerun of the series of the sequences after the four year leap in Star Utsav became the fifth most watched Hindi GEC in urban areas with 4.3 million impressions.[230] The following week, the rerun became the fifth most Hindi GEC overall (urban + rural) with 7.5 million impressions.[231] Post a week when the series resumed airing on StarPlus after a three months break owing COVID-19, in week 29, it was at sixth position in Hindi GEC urban with 4.793 million impressions.[232]

The series which could not enter top 5 Hindi GEC in urban post COVID-19 break since July 2020 made an entry on the first week of 2021 with 6.984 million impressions occupying fifth position with the death track of Naira.[233] While it dropped the following week, in week 4, it re-entered fifth position with 6.553 million impressions.[234][235] In week 6, it garnered 6.774 and 9.628 million impressions in urban and overall Hindi GEC occupying fifth and sixth positions.[236][237] The following week it maintained the position with 6.599 and 9.314 million impressions.[238][239] The following week the viewership increased to 7.185 and 9.907 million impressions maintaining its previous position.[240][241] The following week it increased to 7.45 million impressions in urban occupying fourth position.[242][243] In week 10, it garnered 6.901 and 9.560 million impressions in urban and overall Hindi GEC at fourth and sixth positions.[244][245]


From 2011 to 2015, the show was dubbed as Uravugal Thorarkadhai in Tamil on Star Vijay and as Pellante Noorella Panta in Telugu on Star Maa, both being discontinued after airing more than 1000 episodes.[246][247][248] In 2017, the show was dubbed in Malayalam under the title Akkareyanente Maanasam 2 on Asianet Plus[249] and also in Tamil as Uravugal Thodarkadhai 2 on Star Vijay Super[250] from episode 2075, but were discontinued within few months.

The series airs internationally as Not Without My Family on Star Life.[251] It airs in ANTV as Yeh Rishta in Indonesia.[252] In Pakistan it aired in Urdu 1 channel. However it was terminated after the airing of Indian series were banned there.[253]


Note: Only notable awards are listed below.

Indian Television Academy Awards

Year Category Recipient Reference
2009 Best Actress - Popular Hina Khan [254]
Best Actor -Popular Karan Mehra
Best Serial - Popular Rajan Shahi
Best Costumes Ritu Deora
2010 Best Direction Neeraj Baliyan [255]
ITA Scroll Honour 'Yeh Rishta & Bidaai'
2011 Best Direction' Neeraj Baliyan [254]
GR8! Ensemblance Cast Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
2012 Best Direction Neeraj Baliyan
2013 Best Actress in Supporting Role (Drama) Sonali Verma
Best Child Artist Shivansh Kotia
Best Music Composer Naveen
Best Dialogues Raghuvir Shekhawat
2014 Best Teleplay Rensil D'Silva,

Bhavani Iyer,

Priya Pinto,

2015 Best Actress Popular Hina Khan [254]
Best Actor Popular Karan Mehra
Best Show Popular Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
ITA scroll honor Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
2016 ITA scroll honor Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
2017 ITA Laurel For Longlasting Popularity Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai [256]
2019 Best Continuing Serial Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai [257]
2019 Best actresses Popular Shivangi Joshi [258]
2019 ITA award for longest running show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai [258]

Indian Telly Awards

Year Category Recipient Reference
2009 Best Fresh Face (Popular) Hina Khan [259]
Most Popular Ensemblance Cast Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
Most Popular Drama Series Rajan Shahi
Best Costumes Ritu Deora
2010 Most Popular Actress in a Lead Role Hina Khan [259]
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Drama (Jury) Sanjeev Seth
Most Popular Daily Series Rajan Shahi
Most Popular Ensemblance Cast Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
Best Direction Jai Kalra & Ram Panday
2012 Most Popular Continuing TV Series Rajan Shahi [260]
Best Direction Jai Kalra
2013 Best Onscreen Couple (Critics) Hina Khan & Karan Mehra [259]
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Drama (Critics) Abhijeet Lahiri
Best Television Show of the Year Rajan Shahi
Most Popular Show with Social Message
Most Popular Continuing TV Show
Most Popular Child Artist Shivansh Kotia
2014 Most Popular Child Artist Shivansh Kotia [259][261]
Most Popular Drama Series Rajan Shahi
Most Popular Continuing TV Programme
2015 Best Ensemblance Cast Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai [262]
2019 Best Continuing TV programme (Jury) Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai [263]

Kalakar Awards

Year Category Recipient Reference
2010 Best Debutant (Female) Hina Khan [264]
Best Debutant (Male) Karan Mehra
Best TV Serial Rajan Shahi
2013 Best TV Actor (Female) Hina Khan [264]
Best TV Serial Rajan Shahi
2014 Best Make-up Artist Pandhari Juker [264]
2015 Best Actress Hina Khan [264]
Favourite Television Show Rajan Shahi
2016 Best Rising Star of Television Hina Khan [264][265]
Best TV Actor (Male) Karan Mehra [265]
Best TV Serial Rajan Shahi
2019 Best Actress Shivangi Joshi [266]

Lions Gold Awards

Year Category Recipient Reference
2010 Best TV Serial Rajan Shahi [267]
2013 Best TV Serial Rajan Shahi [267]
2015 Best TV Serial Rajan Shahi [267]
Best TV Child Artist Shivansh Kotia
2016 Best TV Actress in Supporting Role Lata Sabharwal [267]
Best Television Actor (Popular) Karan Mehra
Best Television Serial (Fiction) Rajan Shahi

Star Guild Awards

Year Category Recipient Reference
2009 Best TV Storyline (Fiction) Saba Mumtaz [268]
2010 Best TV Programme of the Year Rajan Shahi [268]
2013 Best Direction Jai Kalra & Ram Panday [268]
2015 Best TV Storyline (Fiction) Saba Mumtaz [268]
Best Ongoing TV Program of the Year Rajan Shahi
Best TV Actress Hina Khan
2015 Best Writer Bhavna Vyas and Munisha Rajpal [269]
2016 Best Ongoing TV Program of the Year Rajan Shahi [268]

BIG Star Entertainment Awards

Year Category Recipient Reference
2010 BIG Star Most Entertaining Fiction Show Rajan Shahi [270]
2013 BIG Star Most Entertaining TV Actor (Male) Shivansh Kotia [270]
2014 BIG Star Most Entertaining Fiction Show Rajan Shahi [270]

Gold Awards

Year Category Recipient Reference
2018 Best Show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehata Hai [271]
Best Jodi Shivangi Joshi and Mohsin Khan [271]
Best Supporting Actor and Actress Sachin Tyagi and Parul Chauhan [271]
2019 Best Actress Female Shivangi Joshi [272]
2019 Best Actor Male (popular) Mohsin Khan [273]
2019 Best TV Show Fiction Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai [272]
2019 Longest Running Show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai [272]

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