Director's Kut Productions

Director's Kut Productions is a television production company based in Mumbai.[1] Established in 2007, it is known for producing Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaii, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai and Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke.[2][3]

Director's Kut Productions
FounderRajan Shahi
Key people
Rajan Shahi
ProductsTelevision series
Web series


Rajan Shahi did his schooling from St Columbus, and got graduated from Hindu College, Delhi, and came to Mumbai.[4]

In 1993, Shahi started his career as an assistant director.[5] In 1999, Shahi made his directorial debut with the series Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi.[6] He then went on to direct series like Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahi, Hamare Tumhare, Rishtey, Kareena Kareena, Reth, Mamtaa, Millee, Virasaat and Saathi Re.[5] Thereafter he worked as a series director for Saat Phere, Ghar Ki Laxmi Betiyaan and Maayaka.[5][7]

Eventually, he became a television producer and started his own production company in 2007. His first series as producer was Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai on Star Plus, followed by Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai.[8][9]

In 2019 they started producing Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke which is a spin-off of Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai on the latter show's success.

They also made a short film named Yolk for International film festival.[10]

They have a YouTube channel named First Kut Productions.[5]

Current productions

SeriesChannelAiring Date
Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai [2]Star Plus12 January 2009
Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar KeStar Plus18 March 2019
Aai Kuthe Kai Karte Star Pravah December 2019

Former productions

SeriesChannelAiring Period
Baavle Utaavle[11]SAB TV18 February 2019 - 26 August 2019
Tere Sheher Mein[12]Star Plus2 March 2015 – 14 November 2015
Itti Si Khushi[13]Sony TV29 September 2014 – 2 January 2015
Aur Pyaar Ho GayaZee TV6 January 2014 – 2 December 2014
Jamuna Paar[14]Imagine TV27 February 2012 – 12 April 2012
Amrit Manthan[15]Life OK26 February 2012 – 2 August 2013
Kuch Toh Log KahengeSony TV3 October 2011 – 28 March 2013
HavanColors TV26 September 2011 – 30 March 2012
Chand Chupa Badal MeinStar Plus28 June 2010 – 13 June 2013
Maat Pitaah Ke Charnon Mein SwargColors TV29 June 2009 – 4 June 2010
Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai[16]Star Plus8 October 2007 – 13 November 2010


  1. "'International and home-grown formats can co-exist'". The Financial Express. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2013. UTV Television is now facing a stiff competition from a bunch of young entrants like Balaji, Director’s Kut and ..
  2. Pritha Mitra Dasgupta (23 February 2010). "TV's new storytellers". Financial Express. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  3. "Superstars of the small screen". The Financial Express.
  4. "Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai is a show that's truly blessed, says producer Rajan Shahi". Times Of India.
  5. "Directors-kut-productions-Rajan-Shahi-on-exploring-new-genres-spin-offs-and-challenges-of-running-daily-shows". Indian Television.
  6. "Producer Rajan Shahi: I worked among the crowd who stood behind models in ads when I first came to Mumbai". Times Of India.
  7. "The making of Star India".
  8. Amrita Mulchandani (7 November 2011). "Rajan Shahi re-invents himself!". The Times Of India. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  9. "Producer Rajan Shahi on Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai's success: 'It's a challenge to keep the freshness alive'". Times now news.
  10. "Director's Kut Productions' FIRST 'short film' for International Film Festivals". Telly Chakkar.
  11. "Comedy show 'Baavle Utaavle' to end next month". Times Of India.
  12. "Hiba Nawab and Dhruv Bhandari play Tom & Jerry on TV!". Times Of India.
  13. "Sony launches new fiction series 'Itti si Khushi'". Best Media Info.
  14. Amrita Mulchandani (16 April 2012). "Alisha is pampered the most!". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  15. "Seven-year leap for 'Amrit Manthan'". DNA India.
  16. "'Everyone cried on the last day of Bidaai'". Rediff.
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