Indian daily soaps are mostly about Saas and Bahu. The most popular among these saas-bahu serials are ‘Kyonki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ and the superhit TV Series ‘Ye Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai.’ These shows lasted for quite a few years and were appreciated by Indian audiences in large number. Saas-bahu shows were not always serious and sad. In past, we have had family dramas like
Hum Log and light humoured shows like ‘
Tu Tu Main Main’ that became a major hit.
1. Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi
It is one of the greatest shows in the history of Hindi television. It aired for eight long years but was most popular in its first four years. Alongside lead actress Smriti Irani, all other accompanying actors also went on to become famous in Indian TV world. The show’s demand was such that the death of the show’s character of Mihir Virani in 2001 lead to fan protests to bring back the character, which eventually happened after a certain number of episodes. It gained a TRP of 22.4 in the episode of return of Mihir, highest ever recorded in Indian Television History. The show’s story revolves around day to day relationship of Saas and Bahu of three generations and their management skills in a joint family filled with people of various characters and ideology.
2. Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki
Another daily TV serial of Balaji Telefilms that lasted for eight years was Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki. The story revolves around the lives of the Agarwal family and the eldest daughter-in-law, Parvati’s struggle of keeping together the family. This show received multiple awards during its run and was the main television competitor of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, although both of them were produced by
3. Hum Log
Hum log was a highly rated Hindi television series which was the first ever daily family drama show on Indian TV. The serial was about a lower-middle-class Indian family settled in a big city. With the combination of fun, pain, and emotions, the show garnered a lot of audience.
This show revolved around the life of child bride Anandi and her contrasting relationship with two mothers-in-law of two generations. It became the first ever Indian show to complete 2000 episodes. The show ended in July 2016 after running for eight years. It is among the most watched television shows in Indian TV history.
Before portraying the character of MS Dhoni in the movie, Shushant Singh Rajput was busy in Pavitra Rishta, a daily serial about a lower middle-class family and the newly married bride, Archana’s struggle to work out her relationship with her mother-in-law. It ranked as number one for the first few years of its run on Hindi channels. Ekta Kapoor produced the show.
6. Kumkum – Ek Pyara sa Bandhan
Kumkum was a day time show which is one of the longest running shows completing total episodes of 1449. The story revolved around the daughter-in-law of the Wadhwa family whose life took multiple twists after losing her husband.
Juhi Parmar became a famous celebrity through her portrayal of Kumkum.
Hussain Kuwajerwala as
Sumit Wadhwa also rose to fame from their characters.
7. Ye Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
The show is about the daily life of the Singhania family. Akshara (played by
Hina Khan) is the central character of the story. It’s all about how she manages this joint family after getting married to Naitik (
8. Tu Tu Main Main
Not every saas-bahu serial is tragic and sad. Tu Tu Main Main also revolves around the relationship of a Saas and Bahu but the show had portrayed it in a funny way. It was one of the funniest saas-bahu Hindi tv series.
Reema Lagoo as Devaki Verma and
Supriya Pilgaonkar as Radha Verma were the central characters of the show.
9. Kahin Kisi Roz
Kahin Kisi Roz was a thriller drama whose plot revolved around the fight between a mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law. The story of Ramola Sikhand who tried to kill her daughter-in-law, Shaina when her only son married against her will and thus a rivalry began between the saas and bahu.
10. Kasam Se
The story revolves around the life of three sisters Bani, Piya, and Rano who tied the knot with men from different families and had troubled life with family members for most of the time.
Ram Kapoor and
Prachi Desai were the main characters.