Over the years, the Indian television industry has become as popular as the film industry. It all started in the year 2000, all thanks to Balaji Telefilms and Ekta Kapoor. She is synonymous with Indian daily soaps. She has produced many of the longest running TV shows and her serials have hogged the prime time slots for more than a decade now. Initially, the USP of the serials produced by Balaji Telefilms was that they all started with the letter "K". The trend started with Koshish..Ek Aasha and continued till the end of Kyunki Saab Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.
Today, on 3rd July, 16 years ago, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi was aired for the first time and it changed the world of Indian households. A TV remote was now the property of housewives and grandmoms. There are more than 40 daily soaps that have been produced by Ekta Kapoor and start with "K", but only a few of them made it to the hearts of the viewers. Let’s have a look at some of the immortal daily soaps that were once on the tip of the everyone’s tongue and are still in the hearts of every soap opera fan.
Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (2000-08)
This is the show that made Tulsi Virani, sorry, Smriti Irani, a household name. It is considered as the best serial by Ekta Kapoor so far. The show revolved around the protagonist Tulsi, a family that had its five generations living under one huge house, and not to miss, the sanskaar.
Kahani Ghar Ghar Kii (2000-08)
This was another one of the longest running daily soap by Ekta Kapoor that complemented KSBKBT in every way possible. With Sakshi Tanwar playing the ideal daughter-in-law of the family, this serial was supposed to be (as the name suggests) the story of every household of the country.
Kaahin Kiissi Roz (2001-04)
This was the entry of the daily soaps into the thriller-drama genre. The story revolved around Shaina who gets married to Kunal Sikand. After the marriage, the entire family was haunted by a spirit, which was supposedly Kunal’s ex-wife Sunaina who died mysteriously. The twist of the story was that Shaina was actually Sunaina, and included all that a daily soap resurrection scheme has. The most important character of this serial was Ramola Sikand, the mother-in-law and the mother of all the daily soap vamps. She was the one who started the trend of the mandatory yet iconic vamp make-up, jewellery and costumes.
While Ekta was ruling Star Plus, Kkusum was a step further as it was broadcasted on Sony Entertainment TV. The story revolved around a middle-class Maharashtrian girl, Kkusum who get married to (rich) Abhay Kapoor. It was just another story of family, ideals, and extra-marital relationships.
The title of this serial means family and the story also revolves around a couple and their joint families. Pratham, who is the eldest son of the Mittal family and Gauri who hails from a middle-class Agarwal family, meet and become enemies but eventually end up getting married and live happily ever after. Interestingly, the trend of marrying one’s onscreen co-star (TV) started from this serial when Hiten Tejwani and Gauri Pradhan got married. This is obviously not the first marriage to happen between TV co-stars, but one of the first famous ones, and they are still happily married (since 2004).
Kasautii Zindagii Kay (2001-08)
Another one from the longest running categories, KZK revolved around Prerna and her love life struggles. The serial had a series of marriages without the barriers of age and aging. Prerna who loved Anurag couldn’t marry him because he was forcefully married to Komolika (one of the most iconic vamps of the history of Indian Television), Prerna then has to marry Mr. Bajaj who is already a father of three kids. Anurag then divorces Komolika and marries two more times and Prerna is still in the competition.
Kahiin To Hoga (2003-07)
This serial was all for the heartthrob Sujal Garewal (Rajeev Khandelwal). The story revolved around five sisters Kashish, Mouli, Mahek, Charu and Kanan, the Garewal family and the Raheja family. Kashish (Aamna Shariff) falls in love with Sujal and the story proceeds while they try getting together. Another special mention of the vamp, Vasundhara Lalit Raheja aka Vasu, who followed the vamp trend religiously, in the serial.
Kasamh Se (2006-09)
The debut of Prachi Desai as Bani and the comeback of Ram Kapoor as Jai Walia was Kasamh Se. The story revolved around three Dixit sisters, who move to Mumbai after the death of their widower father. They stay at Mr. Walia’s place and eventually two of the sisters end up getting married to him. The best part of the serial was the time lapse, in total they did a fast forward of 26 years (5+5+16) and the whole cast still looked the same.
Besides all the vamps, multiple marriages, stereotyping and resurrections, we still love all the shows and still remember all the characters vividly. Agree, right?
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