Ekta Kapoor introduced us to the world of soap operas. She gave us some ‘saas-bahu’ shows that were extremely popular. Today we bring to you some of the most loved ‘bahus’ of Indian television-
Smriti Irani is best known for her role of Tulsi Virani in the superhit show ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.’ The show was a turning point in the careers of Smriti Irani, as well as her co-stars, Amar Upadhyay and Ronit Roy. Smriti was last seen in the show ‘Maniben.com.’ After this, Smriti started focusing on her political career. Smriti is the current Textiles Minister in the central government of India.
Sakshi Tanwar’s most memorable role was her role of Parvati in the television show ‘Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki.’ The LSR graduate has even worked in shows such as ‘Balika Vadhu’ and ‘Bade Achche Lagte Hai.’ Sakshi also starred opposite Aamir Khan in the blockbuster film ‘Dangal’. Sakshi was last seen in Ekta Kapoor’s web series ‘Karle Tu Bhi Mohabbat’ where she was paired opposite her former co-star Ram Kapoor. The actress was recently in the news for adopting a nine month old girl named ‘Dityaa’.
Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya
Another much-loved bahu of Indian television is Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya. The actress is currently seen as ‘Ishi Ma’ in the Ekta Kapoor show ‘Ye Hai Mohabbatein’. The actress also participated in the reality dance show ‘Nach Baliye’ with her husband Vivek Dahiya. The couple went on to become the winners of this show.
Pratyusha Banerjee played the role of the grown-up Anandi in the social drama ‘Balika Vadhu.’ After quitting the show, Pratyusha participated in reality shows such as ‘Bigg Boss’. The actress committed suicide in April 2016, however the reason that prompted her to take her own life is still unclear.
Hina Khan is another Ekta Kapoor bahu. The actress played the role of Akshara in the show ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’. After this show, the actress went on to participate in reality shows such as ‘Bigg Boss’ and ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi’. The actress is currently essaying the role of ‘Komolika’ in the reboot of Ekta Kapoor’s famous show ‘Kasautii Zindagi Kay’.
Deepika Singh played the role of Sandhya in the popular show ‘Diya aur Baati Hum’. In this show the actress played the role of young woman who, with the support of her husband, achieves her dream of becoming an IPS officer. After the show got over, Deepika went on to marry the director of the show. The couple was recently blessed with a baby boy.
Ankita played the role of Archana in (yes you guessed it right) Ekta Kapoor’s show ‘Pavitra Rishta’. The actress starred opposite Sushant Singh Rajput in this show. The on-screen romance of Ankita and Sushant quickly transformed into a real-life relationship, but both the actors have parted ways now. ‘Pavitra Rishta’ was one of the most popular shows on Indian television, and it was due to this show that Ankita became one of the highest paid actresses in the television industry. Ankita will next be seen in the Kangana Ranaut starrer ‘Manikarnika, ’ which is a biopic on the life of the Rani of Jhansi.
So these were some of the most loved bahus of Indian television! The one common factor between most of these actresses is that they starred in shows produced by Balaji Telefilms-Ekta Kapoor’s production house.
Sources: Amar Ujala, Bollywoodlife.com, DNA India, Free Press Journal, Hindustan Times, IMDb, India.com, Pinkvilla, Quora,The Indian Express, The Financial Express, Twitter, Wikipedia.