Kasautii Zindagii Kay (2018 TV series)

Kasautii Zindagii Kay (transl.Trials of Life) is an Indian romantic drama television series produced by Ekta Kapoor under Balaji Telefilms.[2] It premiered on 25 September 2018 on Star Plus.[3] It stars Parth Samthaan, Erica Fernandes, Hina Khan, Karan Singh Grover and Aamna Sharif. Anurag and Prerna are two souls belonging to two different worlds.

Kasautii Zindagii Kay
GenreDrama
Romance
Created byEkta Kapoor
Screenplay by
  • Anil Nagpal
  • Mrinal Tripathi
Story byAnil Nagpal
Directed byMuzammil Desai
Creative director(s)
  • Richa Ambolkar
  • Shivangi Babbar
Starring
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes321 [1]
Production
Producer(s)
CinematographyDeepak Malvankar
Editor(s)
  • Vikas Sharma
  • Vishal Sharma
  • Sandeep Bhatt
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Balaji Telefilms
DistributorStar India
Release
Original networkStar Plus
Picture format
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original release25 September 2018 (2018-09-25) 
present
Chronology
Related showsKasautii Zindagii Kay
External links
Website
Production website

Plot

Anurag Basu and Prerna Sharma are two individuals meant to fall in love yet forced to go through several trials of life to be together.

Anurag and Prerna study in the same university. With time, they start conversing and form a bond of trust, understanding and friendship. Prerna falls in love with Anurag.

Amidst this, Komolika Chaubey makes her entry. She is arrogant, evil, sadistic and attracts male attention wherever she goes. While Anurag realises his love for Prerna, Komolika starts getting interested in Anurag.

Anurag and Prerna confess their feelings, perform a marriage ritual promising to marry each other and consummate their relationship. Seeing Prerna and Anurag plan a future together, Komolika decides to create misunderstandings between them. She asks Anurag to marry her in order to save Prerna's house. Compelled, Anurag agrees. Unaware of the truth, Prerna is left shocked. She gets hit by a car and is taken to the hospital where the doctor reveals her to be pregnant.

Rebellious, Prerna enters the Basu house claiming to be Anurag's wife. Prerna successfully exposes Komolika and gets her arrested. Komolika escapes and comes back to kill Prerna but instead falls down the terrace and goes missing. Anurag and Prerna reunite and get engaged.

Meanwhile, Rishabh Bajaj, a ruthless and cunning businessman enters. He falsely frames Anurag and gets him jailed. Further, Rishabh asks Prerna to marry him in exchange of Anurag's freedom. Helpless, Prerna agrees. Heartbroken and devastated, Anurag questions Prerna. She lies to him, hoping he moves on but Anurag remains adamant and refuses to give up on their love.

Rishabh starts falling for Prerna. Knowing that Prerna is still in love with Anurag, Rishabh tries to kill Anurag. Kukki tries to stop him but ends up hurting herself. Guilty, Rishabh steps back while Anurag and Prerna unite.

Vengeful, Komolika makes a comeback. Prerna reveals to Anurag about her pregnancy and the two rejoice as they get ready to marry. Komolika causes Anurag's accident.

One month later

Anurag loses his memory. Komolika fakes an identity (after facial reconstruction) and uses the opportunity to trick Anurag and the Basu's believe that they got married. Prerna gets hired as a secretary in the company taken over by Anurag. Prerna discovers Komolika's identity and decides to expose her but refrains in fear of affecting Anurag's brain and memory. Komolika tries to kill Prerna and her child multiple times but fails.

Cast

Main

  • Parth Samthaan as Anurag Basu– Mohini and Moloy's son; Nivedita and Tapur's brother; Prerna's husband (2018-present)
  • Erica Fernandes as Prerna Sharma– Veena and Rajesh's daughter; Shekhar, Shivani and Mahesh's sister; Rishabh Bajaj's ex-wife, Anurag's wife (2018-present)
  • Hina Khan/Aamna Sharif as Komolika Chaubey/Sonalika (fake identity)– Siddhant's daughter; Mishka and Ronit's sister, Anurag's legal wife (2018-present)
  • Karan Singh Grover as Rishabh Bajaj– Kukki's father, Prerna's legal ex-husband (2019)

Recurring

  • Uday Tikekar as Moloy Basu– Prosenjit's brother; Rajesh's childhood friend; Mohini's husband; Nivedita, Anurag and Tapur's father (2018–present)
  • Shubhavi Choksey as Mohini Basu– Moloy's wife; Nivedita, Anurag and Tapur's mother (2018–present)
  • Kali Prasad Mukherjee as Rajesh Sharma– Moloy's childhood friend; Veena's husband; Shekhar, Prerna, Shivani and Mahesh's father (2018–2019)
  • Kanupriya Pandit as Veena Sharma– Rajesh's wife; Shekhar, Prerna, Shivani and Mahesh's mother (2018–present)
  • Pooja Banerjee as Nivedita Basu– Mohini and Moloy's daughter; Anurag and Tapur's sister; Anupam's wife (2018–present)
  • Sahil Anand as Anupam Sengupta– Nivedita's husband (2018–present)
  • Upasana Salunke/Priyal Mahajan/Aastha Abhay as Tapur Basu– Mohini and Moloy's daughter; Nivedita and Anurag's sister; Sahil's fiance (2018)/(2018–2019)/(2019–present)
  • Bhavya Sachdeva as Sahil– Vikrant's cousin; Tapur's fiance (2019)
  • Karan Arora as Shekhar Sharma– Veena and Rajesh's son; Prerna, Shivani and Mahesh's brother; Suman's husband (2018–present)
  • Antara Banerjee/Ritu Chauhan as Suman Sharma– Shekhar's wife (2018–2019)/(2019–present)
  • Charvi Saraf as Shivani Sharma– Veena and Rajesh's daughter; Shekhar, Prerna and Mahesh's sister; Ronit's former girlfriend (2018–present)
  • Karan Bhanushali as Mahesh Sharma– Veena and Rajesh's son; Shekhar, Prerna and Shivani's brother (2018–present)
  • Adi Irani as Siddhant Chaubey– Komolika, Mishka and Ronit's father (2018–2019)
  • Ariah Aggarwal as Mishka Chaubey– Siddhant's daughter; Komolika and Ronit's sister; Anurag's former girlfriend (2018–2019)
  • Tarun Mahilani as Ronit Chaubey– Siddhant's son; Komolika and Mishka's brother; Shivani's former boyfriend (2018–present)
  • Jia Narigara as Kukki Bajaj– Rishabh's daughter (2019)
  • Alka Amin as Sharda– Rishabh's aunt; Tanvi's adoptive mother (2019)
  • Sonyaa Ayodhya as Tanvi– Sharda's adoptive daughter; Rishabh's family friend (2019)
  • Shahrukh Sadri as Prosenjit Basu– Moloy's brother; Kumud's husband; Mouli's father; Anurag, Nivedita and Tapur's uncle (2019–present)
  • Anjali Gupta as Kumud Basu– Prosenjit's wife; Mouli's mother; Anurag, Nivedita and Tapur's aunt (2019–present)
  • Coral Bhamra as Mouli Basu– Kumud and Prosenjit's daughter; Anurag, Nivedita and Tapur's cousin (2019–present)
  • Sanjay Swaraj as Naveen Chandra Chattopadhyay– Ronita and Madhuri's husband; Mohini's namesake brother; Prerna's suitor (2018–2019)
  • Madhura Naik as Madhuri Chattopadhyay– Naveen's first wife (2018)
  • Piyali Munshi as Ronita Chattopadhyay– Naveen's second wife (2018)
  • Siddharth Shivpuri as Vikrant– Sahil's cousin; Komolika's former boyfriend; Anurag's business rival (2019)
  • Kunal Madhiwalla as Rahil Das– Basu Industries's manager (2019)
  • Siddharth Banerjee as Sid– Anurag's best friend (2018)
  • Anju Jadhav/Michelle Shah as Anjali– Prerna's best friend (2018)
  • Monica Sharma as Kirti– Prerna and Anjali's best friend; Rohan's wife (2018)
  • Naveen Sharma as Rohan– Anurag, Sid, Prerna and Anjali's best friend; Kirti's husband (2018)
  • Rohit Sharma as Gaurav– Komolika's former boyfriend (2018)
  • Roopali Prakash as Komolika's friend (2018)

Production

Kasautii Zindagii Kay is a reboot of the 2000 series of the same name, which also was produced by Ekta Kapoor under Balaji Telefilms for Star Plus.[4]

I had a few personality traits in mind for Anurag and Prerna. Anurag had to be the kind of man who doesn't scream to get noticed, but once you notice him, he's unforgettable. For me, Parth was an obvious choice because he has unbelievable eyes. I have not seen a man whose eyes reflect that depth even in photographs. Prerna is someone who comes across as light-hearted, but has a lot of depth. When I saw the promo of Erica's show, Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi, I knew I wanted to cast her.

Casting

In September 2018, Shah Rukh Khan introduced Parth Samthaan and Erica Fernandes as Anurag Basu and Prerna Sharma.[6] In October 2018, Hina Khan was introduced as Komolika Chaubey.[7] In June 2019, Karan Singh Grover was introduced as Rishabh Bajaj.[8] In September 2019, Hina Khan confirmed quiting the show and was replaced by Aamna Sharif as Komolika Chaubey in October 2019.[9]

Filming

Kasautii is mainly filmed in Mumbai but a few scenes were shot in Kolkata as the show's storyline is based in West Bengal.[10] Furthermore, the Switzerland track was shot in Zurich.[11]

Reception

Critical response

Shweta Kesari from India Today said, "Parth Samthaan and Erica Fernandes beautifully fit into the shoes of punctual Anurag and carefree Prerna. The grandeur and magnificence of the show will make your jaw drop. The makers have tried to retain the essence of Kolkata and Bengalis. Overall the show is a complete package of entertainment for soap viewers!"[12]

Soumya Srivastava from Hindustan Times described the show as "louder and garnish" and said, "The background score is excessive. It plays without reason and way too often. Whether the scene demands it or not, a joyful, somber or a comical tone is always there to force your brain into thinking that this is how you are supposed to feel right now."[13]

Times Now commented that, "The reboot takes you in the lives of Anurag and Prerna that were part of our every day lives and the first episode is all about nostalgia of the epic Kasautii Zindagii Kay."[14]

Adaptations

Kasautii is adapted in Kannada as Premaloka.[15] Starring Vijay Suriya and Ankita Navya Gowda as Surya and Prerna, it airs on Star Suvarna.[16]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result Reference
2019 Kalakar Awards Most Popular Actress Erica Fernandes Won [17]
Best Actor In Negative Role Sanjay Swaraj Won
Best Serial Balaji Telefilms Won
Indian Telly Awards Best Actor In Lead Role (Popular) Parth Samthaan Nominated
Best Actress In Lead Role (Popular) Erica Fernandes Nominated
Best Daily Series (Popular) Balaji Telefilms Nominated
Best Actress In Supporting Role (Popular) Shubhavi Choksey Nominated
Best Actor In Comic Role (Popular) Sahil Anand Nominated
Best Actress in Negative Role (Popular) Shubhavi Choksey Nominated
Best Actor In Negative Role (Popular) Sanjay Swaraj Nominated
Best Jodi (Popular) Parth Samthaan & Erica Fernandes Won [18]
Best Actress In Negative Role (Jury) Hina Khan Won
Best Actress In Negative Role (Popular) Won
Gold Awards Best Actor Male (Popular) Parth Samthaan Nominated
Best Actor Female (Popular) Erica Fernandes Nominated
Best Actor Female (Critics) Won
Best Onscreen Jodi (Popular) Parth Samthaan & Erica Fernandes Nominated
Best Actor In Supporting Role (Male) Uday Tikekar Nominated
Best Actor In Supporting Role (Female) Pooja Banerjee Nominated
Best Actor In Comic Role (Male) Sahil Anand Nominated
Best Actor In Negative Role (Female) Hina Khan Won
Best Actor In Negative Role (Male) Karan Singh Grover Won
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress (Popular) Erica Fernandes Nominated
Best Show (Popular) Balaji Telefilms Nominated
Asian Viewers Television Awards Male Actor Of The Year Parth Samthaan Nominated
Female Actor Of The Year Erica Fernandes Won
Soap Of The Year Balaji Telefilms Nominated

References

  1. "Kasautii Zindagii Kay". Hotstar.
  2. "Ekta Kapoor hints at the comeback of Kasautii Zindagii Kay". The Indian Express.
  3. "Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 first episode review: Erica Fernandes and Parth Samthaan's show keeps you hooked". The Times of India.
  4. DelhiJuly 22, India Today Web Desk New; July 22, 2018UPDATED:; Ist, 2018 13:20. "Watch: Ekta Kapoor shares the first teaser of Kasauti Zindagi Kay reboot". India Today. Retrieved 29 September 2019.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  5. "Ekta Kapoor: Kasautii Zindagii Kay was a better story than Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi". Mid-day.
  6. "Kasautii Zindagii Kay promo: SRK introduces Parth and Erica as Anurag and Prerna". The Indian Express.
  7. "Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2: Ekta Kapoor reveals Hina Khan's look as Komolika". The Indian Express.
  8. "Kasautii Zindagii Kay: Karan Singh Grover joins the team as Mr. Bajaj; starts shooting". Times of India.
  9. "Confirmed! Aamna Sharif to replace Hina Khan as Komolika in Kasautii Zindagii Kay". Times Now.
  10. "Kasauti Zindagi Kay 2 shooting kicks off; here are the first pics". India Today.
  11. "Kasautii Zindagii Kay in Switzerland: Parth Samthaan, Erica Fernandes and Karan Singh Grover shoot in the magnificent Rhine Falls". The Times of India.
  12. "Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 first episode review: Parth-Erica shine in this retelling of the epic love saga". India Today.
  13. "Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 episode 1 review: There was no room for it but things have become worse". Hindustan Times.
  14. "Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 Or Kasauti Zindagii Kay? Full Review". Times Now.
  15. "Vijay Suriya in the remake of Kasautii Zindagii Kay". Times of India.
  16. "New show 'Premaloka' to premiere today". Times of India.
  17. "Kasautii Zindagii Kay: Erica Fernandes aka Prerna brings back home the 'Most Popular Actress Award'". Pinkvilla.
  18. "Indian Telly Awards 2019: Winners". The Indian Express.
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