‘Balika Vadhu – Kachchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte’ is an Indian television drama serial which brings up the issue of child marriage. The name of the serial justifies this; it means, Child Bride – Strong Relationships of Tender Age. The show was premiered on July 21, 2008, and has been continuously running till date. It is broadcasted on Colors TV. Balika Vadhu has completed a total of 1801 episodes as of January 24, 2015, and is now on its second season. Balika Vadhu’s 1st episode focused on the life of a small innocent girl named, Anandi (played by Toral Rasputra) who gets married to Jagdish at the very young age of eight. This serial is all about the life of Anandi, her struggles and the difficulties she faces due to this old Indian culture.
Filmed in rural Rajasthan, Balika Vadhu follows the grueling journey of Anandi from the verge of childhood to adulthood. She had to accept and to adapt to the new life that she was about to face. When Anandi becomes an adult, she deals with new trials as she attempts to carve out her own self into the world. Balika Vadhu considerately represents the difficulties of children who are innocently forced to get married in the name of tradition, and how they have to bear the consequences for the rest of their lives.
Anandi first gets married to Jagdish (played by Shashank Vyas) and then to Shivraj (played by Siddharth Shukla). Jagdish went to the state to pursue a higher education where he falls in love with another girl. He marries this girl, and when he returned, he demanded a divorce from Anandi. Being a very generous and kind-hearted girl, Anandi accepts her husband’s proposal. Later, Anandi works as a teacher. She teaches other girls how to be aware of the social issues and how to fight for their rights. Anandi becomes the sarpanch of her village and takes the decisions fairly by looking at the welfare of the whole village. After so many struggles, Anandi gets married for the second time, to Shivraj, a collector and also a good person.
Even though if Shivraj knew that Anandi was once married to Jagdish and had a divorce, he still marries Anandi. Meanwhile, Jagdish was unhappy with his wife and gets a divorce. He marries Ganga, who works as a nurse in a hospital. Anandi still gives in all her efforts to spread happiness and tries all the different ways to improve the condition of girls and bring awareness to the society. Balika Vadhu’s story is under the direction of Sidharth Sengupta along with Pradeep Yadav.
The show became very popular and gradually received many awards in the successive years. In 2008, Avika Gor, who played the young Anandi, won the Best Female Child Artist and the Best Fresh New Face, Sumitra Bansal won the Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Surekha Sikri won the Best Actor in a Negative Role and Balika Vadhu won the Best Program with a Social Message in the 8th Indian Telly Awards. In 2009, Avika Gor received the Popular Child Artist and Avinash Mukherjee, who played as young Jagdish won the Popular Child Artist as well. The serial also won the Popular Daily Serial in the 9th Indian Telly Awards. In 2010, Avika Gor won the Best Actor (Female) Jury Awards at the 10th Indian Telly Awards. In 2011, the serial received the Most Popular Drama Series award at the 11th Indian Telly Awards. Balika Vadhu – Kachchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte had a very gripping storyline and that was one of the main factors of it’s huge success with the Indian audience.
The Balika Vadhu – Kachchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte title song had such heart ranching lyrics, that people can still be seen humming them. Now in its second season, there is no news about Balika Vadhu further story, but it can be predicted that the future episodes will not fail to gratify and satisfy our tastes. The details of the whole Balika Vadhu – Kachchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte cast can be found on the sidebar.