Naamkarann (lit. Naming Ceremony) is an Indian drama television series which premiered on 12 September 2016 on Star Plus. Inspired by the 1998 Bollywood film Zakhm, it was based on the life of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt. It starred Aditi Rathore and Zain Imam.
Creative Director * Ishika Sahani
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||463|
|Executive producer(s)||Aayush Agrawal|
|Running time||21 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Dhaval and Guroudev Productions Pvt. Ltd|
|Original network||Star Plus|
|Original release||12 September 2016 –|
18 May 2018
Avni Ayesha is an illegitimate child who lives with her mother, Ayesha Haider. Avni's father is the famous film director Ashish Mehta who meets them in secret due to his mother, Dayawanti Mehta; a deeply religious Hindu woman who disapproves of his relationship with Ayesha who is a Muslim. Dayawanti rejects Avni at every step determined for her son to break his relations with his "illegitimate" family. Ashish is forced to marry Neela Parikh, a kind-hearted lady. Avni becomes friends with Neela who helps Avni in her battle for justice by fighting against Dayawanti for Avni's rights.
Ayesha gives birth to her and Ashish's son, Aman. Dayawanti suffocates and murders Ayesha and takes Aman away renaming him Amol. She also manipulates an emotionally distraught Ashish into believing that Avni killed Ayesha. Ashish, blindly believing Dayawanti, sends Avni behind bars. Neela gets her out of prison and decides to leave with Avni. Dayawanti tricks Avni into meeting her alone and shoots her but Neela saves her.
15 years later
Avni is now a grown woman and uses the name Ananya Verma. She steals money from rich people and donates it to hospitals. ACP Neil Khanna is recruited to find out her identity. Avni's childhood friend, Ali is shown to be Neil's best friend.
A series of events bring Avni and Neil closer. Meanwhile, Aman is shown to have grown into a spoilt brat. Neil starts developing a soft corner for Avni after Neela tells him about her childhood. After a series of investigations, it is revealed that Ashish was murdered by Dayawanti after he had discovered that she was Ayesha's murderer. Dayawanti is arrested. Neil gets critically injured in a bomb blast but is saved by Avni. It is revealed that the blast was planned by Aman, who is working for Dayawanti.
Neil falls in love with Avni. Aman realises Dayawanti has been using him and turns over a new leaf. Circumstances end in Aman burning Dayawanti alive, which results in her death and him being sentenced. Avni forgives Aman and feels proud of him for getting justice for their mother Ayesha.
Juhi tells Neil about "their" illegitimate daughter, Mishti who is being held captive by Vidyut. Avni rescues Mishti and they bond. It is then revealed that Mishti is in fact Vidyut's daughter. Avni and Neil find out Juhi's truth and get her to confess. Vidyut makes it look like Avni shot Juhi forcing Neil to put Avni behind bars.
6 months later
Heartbroken by the accusation of killing Juhi and the lack of trust between her and Neil, Avni learns fighting skills in prison to fight against the crimes she didn’t commit. Neil manages to get Vidyut to confess that Avni is innocent. Neela gets shot during a black out at the Khanna house. Avni mourns over Neela's death. Eventually, Avni and Neil consummate their relationship.
Vidyut threatens Avni to marry him in order to save Prakash. Avni decides to burn Vidyut's house. The fire fighters find two dead bodies in the house leaving Avni's fate unknown.
10 years later
Neil quits his job as a police officer and becomes a radio jockey. Avni dedicates her life to the well-being of illegitimate children in an orphanage. She takes care of Sayesha, who is actually Mishti, along with other orphaned children. Sayesha is shown to be an aspiring singer and an ardent fan of actor Karan "KK" Kapoor.
Avni decides to leave the city with her and Neil's son Mowgli so that Neil can start a new life with Mitali. Mitali asks Neil to return to Avni as he can only be happy with her. Avni and Neil reunite.
- Arsheen Naamdaar as Young Avni Ayesha– Ayesha and Ashish's daughter; Neela's adoptive daughter; Aman's sister (2016–2017)
- Aditi Rathore as Avni Ayesha– Ayesha and Ashish's daughter; Neela's adoptive daughter; Aman's sister; Neil's wife; Mowgli's mother (2017–2018)
- Zain Imam as Neil Khanna– Shweta and Prakash's son; Avni's husband; Mowgli's father (2017–2018)
- Reema Lagoo/Ragini Shah as Dayawanti Mehta– Ashish, Ketan and Diksha's mother; Avni, Aman and Riya's grandmother (2016–2017)/(2017)
- Barkha Sengupta as Ayesha Mehta– Ashish's wife; Avni and Aman's mother (2016–2017)
- Sayantani Ghosh as Neela Parikh– Ashish's former wife; Avni's adoptive mother (2016–2018)
- Viraf Patel as Ashish Mehta– Dayawanti's son; Ayesha's husband; Avni and Aman's father; Neela’s former husband (2016–2017)
- Nalini Negi as Riya Mehta– Ketan and Hetal's daughter; Avni and Anmol's cousin (2017)
- Gautam Vig as Ali– Avni's childhood best friend; Neil's friend (2017–2018)
- Gulfam Khan as Fatima Banu– Ayesha's mother; Avni and Aman's maternal grandmother (2016–2017)
- Palak Dey as Young Riya (2016)
- Shubh Kalra as Young Ali (2016)
- Rajesh Singh as Tiku– Fatima's nephew (2016)
- Kunwar Amarjeet Singh as Aladdin aka Kabir (2016)
- Anaya Soni as Hetal Mehta– Ketan's wife, Riya's mother; Avni's and Amol's aunt (2016)
- Vivek Madan as Hansmukh– Diksha's former husband (2016)
- Puru Chibber as Ketan Mehta– Dayawanti's son; Ashish's brother; Riya's father, Avni and Aman's uncle (2016–2017)
- Neelam Sivia as Diksha– Dayawanti's daughter; Ashish and Ketan's sister; Avni, Aman and Riya's aunt (2016–2017)
- Sushant Mohindru as Aman Ayesha– Ayesha & Ashish's son; Avni's brother (2017)
- Shruti Ulfat as Shweta Khanna– Prakash's wife; Neil's mother (2017–2018)
- Sanjay Swaraj as Prakash Khanna– Shweta's husband, Neil's father (2017–2018)
- Neelu Kohli as Harleen Khanna– Prakash's mother; Neil's grandmother (2017–2018)
- Karan Jagdish Singh as Avni's lawyer (2018)
- Manini Mishra as Ragini Pandit– Vidyut's mother; leader of a human trafficking racket (2017–2018)
- Priya Tandon as Monica– a prisoner (2017–2018)
- Jahaan Arora as Dakhal Dayal– Neil's friend and colleague; a police officer; Sunheri's love interest (2017–2018)
- Poonam Preet as Juhi– Neil's former girlfriend; Vidyut's former wife; Mishti's mother (2017)
- Prakriti Nautiyal as Tara– Avni's friend, earlier a prisoner. (2017–2018)
- Pragya Nautiyal as Sitara– Avni's friend, earlier a prisoner. (2017–2018)
- Aayesha Vindhara as Young Mishti– Juhi and Vidyut's daughter; Avni and Neil's adoptive daughter (2017–2018)
- Soni Singh as Sunehri– Avni's friend and well-wisher (2017–2018)
- Sana Amin Sheikh as Mitali Sharma– police inspector, Neil's friend (2017–2018)
- Karam Rajpal as Vidyut– Ragini's son, Mishti's father; Avni’s obsessive lover (2017–2018)
- Kabir Shah as Mowgli Khanna– Avni and Neil's son (2018)
- Payal Bhojwani as Mishti aka Sayesha Kapoor– Juhi and Vidyut's daughter; Karan's wife (2018)
- Zaan Khan as Karan "KK" Kapoor– Film industry's superstar; Sayesha's husband (2018)
- Jayati Bhatia as Kamini Kapoor– Karan's mother (2018)
- Bhavesh Balchandani as Samrat– an orphan at Sukoon house (2018)
- Swasti Katyal as Pinki– an orphan who lives with Avni (2018)
- Pawani Sharma as Daisy– an orphan at Sukoon house (2018)
- Mohit Chauhan as Mr. Kapoor– Karan's father (2018)
|Track list(s)||Title||Singer(s)||Lyricist||Music composer(s)|
|1||"Naamkarann Title Track" |
(Shreya Ghoshal version)
|Shreya Ghoshal||Kausar Munir||Anu Malik|
|2||"Naamkarann Title Track" |
(Monali Thakur version)
|Monali Thakur||Kausar Munir||Anu Malik|
|3||"Aaj Jaane Ki Zid"||Arijit Singh||Fayyaz Hashmi||Sohail Rana|
|4||"Aa Leke Chalu Tujhko"||Palak Muchhal, Sneha Shankar||Vijay Vijawatt||Jeet Gannguli|
|5||"Chal Meri Jaan"||Aryan||Aryan||Aryan|
|6||"Chal Meri Jaan" |
|7||"Dhal Gaya Chand"||Asho Ghosala||Katil Shuphaie||Aaryan|
|8||"Dhoop Ka Ek Tukda"||Anuradha Paudwal, Kumar Sanu||Vijay Vijawatt||Samidh|
|9||“Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”||Arijit Singh||Pritam|
|10||Tere Dar Par Sanam||Aryan||Ravee|
|11||Tere Dar Par Sanam Female||Saloni||Ravee|
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