Kumkum – Ek Pyara Sa Bandhan

Kumkum  Ek Pyara Sa Bandhan[1] (Hindustani pronunciation: [ˈkʊmkʊm]; English: A Lovely Bond) is an Indian television series that aired on STAR Plus from 15 July 2002 to 13 March 2009 during afternoons at 1 pm IST.[2] Hussain Kuwajerwala and Juhi Parmar play the leading roles as Sumit and Kumkum .[3]It remains one of the longest-running successful shows on Indian television in the afternoon slot with a total run of seven years from 2002 to early 2009.[4]

Kumkum  Ek Pyara Sa Bandhan
Written byMayah Basle
Jayesh Patil
Harsha Jagdish
Radheshyam Rai
Shobhit Jaiswal
Binita Desai
Mahesh Pandey
S Farhan
Barry Dhillon
R M Joshi
Mitesh Shah
Kapil Bavad
Virendra Shahaney
Anshuman Sinha
Gayatri Gill
Ved Raj
Directed byAashish Patil
Anil V. Kumar
Arvind Babbal
Manchan Vikal
Paresh Patil
Swapnil Shahaney
StarringJuhi Parmar
Hussain Kuwajerwala
Opening theme"Kumkum" by Sonu Nigam and Pamela Jain
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes1,449
Producer(s)Anuradha Prasad
Running time21 minutes
Production company(s)BAG Films
Original networkStar Plus
Picture format480i
Original releaseJuly 15, 2002 (2002-07-15) 
March 13, 2009 (2009-03-13)
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Plot summary

The soap opera tells the tale of the Wadhwa family and its daughter-in-law, Kumkum. She is happily married to Jatin. However, he dies of a brain tumor while she is expecting their first child. The Wadhwas decide to get their young daughter-in-law remarried, and find an eligible young man named Vishal. However, when obstacles arise leading and the marriage is called off on the last day, Jatin's younger brother Sumit impulsively marries Kumkum in order to save her from societal disgrace.

The crux of the story evolves as a blossoming romance between Sumit and Kumkum leads them to realise that they are soulmates and how Kumkum being the ideal daughter-in-law of the Wadhwa family protects Sumit's family despite the adverse circumstances facing them. Sumit and Kumkum's story continues with their grown-up kids Dhruv, Sharman and Aashka and Kumkum's role of establishing harmony in the Wadhwa family. However, in a series of events after various subplots that include Dhruv's reunion with Antara and Siya getting married to Sharman, the Wadhwa family is finally stable. Unfortunately both Kumkum and Sumit die before they complete a ritual that would enable them to be soulmates by Pulkit(Kumkum's ex stalker)who conspires to kill Sumit. The shot misses Sumit, but Kumkum is shot dead and Sumit kills himself, unable to bear the separation.

Sumit and Kumkum are reborn as prophesied again without any memory of their past life. In the new life Sumit and Kumkum initially hate each other, but fall in deep love all over again owing to unusual circumstances, prompting them to be a false husband and wife in front of their family members. When they finally realise their love for each other, they are separated due to a misunderstanding between the raichand and mishra family and later by a series of new obstacles but eventually reunite in the end. Sumit marries Kumkum and Harshwardhan and Rajeshwari Wadhwa accompany them to the sacred pilgrimage site where their lives ended in the previous birth. The show ends with memories of the idealistic couple who demonstrated that love finds a way back and is undying and immortal. Sumit and Kumkum complete the sacred ritual at this place, finally uniting together Forever.



This show received the highest ratings in the afternoon slot and made its presence in top 20 shows.[4] It is regarded as the highest ever rated afternoon soap. On 25 March 2004, it received the highest rating of 13.12 TVR.[5]


  • Indian Telly Awards - 2005 - Best Actor critic (Female) – Juhi Parmar


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