Kumkum Bhagya is a television drama series that airs on Zee TV and streams on the Zee5 platform. The first episode of this series was aired on 15th April 2014. The show has been produced by Ekta Kapoor under the banner of Balaji Telefilms. The direction team includes Ravindra Gautam, Sharad Pandey, Sameer Kulkarni, Deepak Chavan and Jeetu Arora. The theme music has been composed by Lalit Sen and Nawab Arzoo. The cinematographers are Anil Katke and Sanjay Memane.
Kumkum Bhagya is based on Sense and Sensibilities by Jane Austen. Sriti Jha and Shabbir Ahluwalia portray the lead characters.
The initial storyline of the show revolved around Sarla Arora and her two daughters, Pragya Arora and Bulbul Arora. Abhishek, or Abhi, is a rockstar who has a girlfriend named Tanu and Alia’s sister. At the insistence of his grandmother, Abhi married Pragya. Abhi does not treat Pragya as his wife and continues his relationship with Tanu. However, Abhi and Pragya fall in love with each other eventually. Tanu and Alia manage to separate them by creating misunderstandings between them. Pragya disappears from Abhi’s life but gives birth to their daughter Kiara. After some years, Pragya and Abhi meet by a quirk of fate and reunite. But tragedy follows as Kiara is kidnapped and killed. Pragya is pregnant again and gives birth to twin daughters. Abhi and Pragya blame each other for Kiara’s death and separate again. Pragya keeps one daughter while Abhi keeps the other.
The show fast forwards by 20 years. Pragya’s twin daughters, Prachi and Rhea, are young women now. Prachi was raised by Pragya and is a simple and sweet girl. Rhea is raised by Abhi and is a spoilt and selfish girl. The two sisters run into each other in college and are soon involved in a love triangle involving them and Ranbir Kohli, the son of Abhi’s friend. The story has now moved to the new generation featuring the twin daughters of Abhi and Pragya and their love for Ranbir Kohli. The current storyline is that both Abhi and Pragya are in a coma while a pregnant Prachi tries to prevent Rhea from marrying Ranbir.
Pragya Mehra is Abhishek Mehra’s wife and the daughter of Sarla. She is the mother of Kiara, Prachi and Rhea. Sriti Jha is portraying the character of Pragya Mehra. Sriti Jha made her debut with Disney’s television series Dhoom Machaoo Dhoom in 2007. She got noticed by her portrayal of a split personality in the serial Jyoti, which aired on NDTV Imagine. She also played the role of a domestic violence victim in Dil Se Di Dua….Saubhagyawati Bhava. She played the lead role in the NDTV Imagine series Raktasambandh in 2011. Kumkum Bhagya is her most successful serial. She has won the ITA Award for the Best Actress in Lead Role, ITA Award for the Best Actress in Drama Series and Gold Award for the Best Actress in Lead Role for her portrayal of Pragya in Kumkum Bhagya.
Abhishek Mehra is a famous rockstar and the husband of Pragya. He is also the father of Kiara, Rhea and Prachi. Shabir Ahluwalia is playing the role of Abhishek or Abhi. Shabir got recognition from the television show Kahin To Hoga. He has acted in many serials such as Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kya Hadsa Kya Haqeeqat, Kasauti Zindagi Kay, Kasam Se, Kkavyanjali and Kayamath. He has appeared in two films, namely Mission Istanbul and Shootout At Lokhandwala.
Kumkum Bhagya has aired from Monday to Friday at 9:00 pm IST.