Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai

television series

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai (transl. What is this relationship called?) (Hindi: ये रिश्ता क्या कहलाता है) is a TV series produced in India. The series has 62 seasons, 2465 episodes. The duration of each episode is 22 minutes. It first aired on January 12, 2009. The series has the highest number of episodes on Indian television.

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
GenreSoap opera
Written by
Directed by
  • Romesh Kalra
  • Rishi Mandial
  • Ram Pandey
Creative director(s)Vivek Bahl
Opening themeYeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai by Alka Yagnik
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes3622
Executive producer(s)Vivek Jain
Producer(s)Rajan Shahi
CinematographyArjuni Rao
Editor(s)Sameer Gandhi
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time20–22 minutes
Production company(s)Director's Kut Productions[5]
Original networkStar Plus
Picture format
Original release12 January 2009 (2009-01-12) –
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Akshara and Naitik, both from large Marwari joint families based in Udaipur get married. Initially, they struggle to know each other but slowly begin to understand, support and love each other. Akshara gives birth to Naksh but Naitik falls into a coma due to an accident.

4 years later

Akshara starts working in the family business. Naitik recovers from the coma, but struggles to bond with a mischievous Naksh. Gayatri dies post which, Rashmi gives birth to a daughter and names her Gayatri. Akshara and Naitik have a daughter, Naira. Mahendra dies and Kaveri blames Akshara for it. Akshara and Naitik move out with their children.

10 years later

They relocate in Cape Town. Naksh returns to Udaipur and convinces Kaveri to forgive an innocent Akshara. Eventually, the family is reunited. Naksh falls for Tara, a hockey player. However their wedding gets called off due to some misunderstandings. Out of fear of being wrongly blamed for her friend Sukanya's death, Naira flees from Udaipur.

7 years later

Naira lives in an orphanage in Rishikesh and has grown up to be headstrong but insecure and arrogant. Akshara reaches there to fund the orphanage and finds Naira. Kartik Goenka arrives in Udaipur and a love triangle is formed between him, Gayatri and Naira. Kartik realises his love for Naira while Gayatri has feelings for Kartik. Naira finally accepts Akshara.

Kartik confesses his love for Naira but she runs away. Naira is confused about her feelings but later realises her love for Kartik and confesses. Akshara dies by falling off a cliff in a car crash.

Kartik and Naira marry each other. Kartik hates his father Manish and his stepmother Swarna as he remarried her post his mother's death. Naksh and Keerti get married. Initially marrying for Naira's sake, he begins to love Keerti. Kartik reconciles with Manish and accepts Swarna as his mother. Naira fulfills her parents dream of opening a dance academy. Shubham dies of a drug overdose and Naira is blamed for hiding his drug addiction. Naira leaves as Kartik and Swarna refuse to trust her.

2 years later

Naira lives in Mumbai with Naitik. Kartik is the professor of the same class for which Naira signs up. Eventually, Kartik and Swarna realise their mistakes and reunite with Naira. Naira undergoes a surgery due to Brain Clot which was successful

Naira and Kartik remarry. She enters the family business after Manish's heart attack due to her brilliant skills. Kartik feels insecure of Naira's busy routine. Naira finds out she is pregnant. Kartik questions Naira about her relation with Mihir. Naira rebukes him and storms out of the house without informing him of her pregnancy and meets with an accident. She is presumed to be dead by the family.

5 years later

Naira lives in Goa with their son Kairav. Soon everyone learns that Naira is alive and Kairav is Naira and Kartik's son. Despite trying to get away from each other, Kartik and Naira become closer. Soon they realise their love and reunite.

A few months later, Naira gives birth to a daughter and name her Akshara. More family drama leads to Naira and Kartik moving out with Kairav and Akshara.

3 months later

The family meets with an accident. Naira falls off the cliff and dies. Kartik is left heartbroken. Kairav meets a boxer Sirat who looks exactly like Naira, which makes Kairav think that his mother has returned. After several demands from Kairav, Kartik brings Sirat from Jaisalmer to the Goenka house. Sirat reveals about her former love Ranveer. Kartik realises that Sirat and Ranveer had a misunderstanding, caused by Ranveer's selfish father and reunites them. Sirat and Ranveer get married. Sirat falls for Kartik. Ranveer realises that Sirat has fallen for Kartik and falls unconscious. He reveals that he is suffering from a terminal disease with very little time to live. Before dying, Ranveer asks Kartik to take care of Sirat. Ranveer's father holds Sirat responsible and gets her arrested on murder charges. Kartik bails her out and Sirat goes away from Kartik.

6 months later

Sirat changes her name to Simran and settles in Dalhousie with an elderly couple. Kartik finds out where Sirat is and convinces her to return to Udaipur. Sirat and Kartik expose Ranveer's father and she is acquitted of all charges. Sirat and Kartik confess their love to each other and get married. Sirat is pregnant and gives birth to a girl, Aarohi. She resumes her boxing training for a championship and qualifies for the Asian Championship.

8 years later

Akshara comes to know that not Sirat, but Naira is her real mother. As a result, Aarohi gets jealous as she doesn't want to share her mother and begins to hate Akshara. Sheela manipulates Aarohi against the family. Kartik dies in a plane crash leaving the entire family in shock. Sirat slips down the stairs and falls to her death. Aarohi holds Akshara responsible for her mother's death and starts detesting her.

12 years later

Akshara has grown up to be a kind and family loving girl. She is a singer and musician. Aarohi aspires to be a doctor and still hates Akshara. Dr. Abhimanyu Birla is a practising surgeon at Birla Hospital and Medical Institute. He doesn't believe in marriage and is emotionally guarded. An audiophile, when he hears Akshara sing, he is intrigued. Her simple and loving nature leads to Abhimanyu falling for her. Meanwhile, Aarohi starts falling for Abhimanyu.

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