Indian dramas are great at capturing real-life (even if slightly exaggerated).
Do you find yourself on those odd weekday evenings with nothing to do and nothing to watch on the TV?
Well then, indulge yourself with Indian dramas. Once you watch one episode, we’re sure you’ll be anticipating the next.
DESIblitz has all you need to know on the top 5 most popular Indian dramas right now:
This is a tragic love story, of two soul mates, Saras and Kumud (played by Gautam Rode and Jennifer Winget respectively) who are denied the joy of being together.
Saras was once a wealthy man and was to be married to Kumud, but his fortune is lost and Kumud is forced to marry elsewhere. Despite being separated destiny intervenes with drawing the two together again.
Saras enters Kumud’s life by saving her life, he notices that Kumis is trying to fulfil the devotions to her husband.
This drama is a classic tale of love, heart ache and pride. The yearning and longing between the two characters who are destined as soul mates but not as a couple go through hardships as friends and as a person they consider to be the love of their lives.
This tragic story aired first in February 2013, with its final episode on September 20, 2014. Capturing the hearts of its many viewers, this drama is famously produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, with the lead jodi winning the STAR Parivaar award for Favourite Jodi.
- Pyar Ka Dard Hai
An interesting love story set in a modern society, the protagonists Aditya and Pankhuri (Nakuul Mehta and Disha Parmar) are complete opposites and their view on relationships clash with one another.
Aditya is a city boy that has no faith in marriage because of his parents’ separation, whereas Pankhuri is a small town simple girl who believes the right partner completes a person.
Adi’s grandfather wishes Pankhuri to be the wife of his grandson. Adi’s mother on the other hand, thinks Pankhuri as a deceitful, cunning girl, and creates chaos between the two families.
After all the riff raff between the two families, Adi and Pankhuri marry each other against everyone’s wishes.
First airing in June 2012, the epic love story is still at present unravelling, revealing more complications between the two with more challenges and tragic events that pressure the nature of their relationship.
- Diya Aur Baati Hum
This drama broke all clichés of a drama and became a unique drama. Although it had first started quite generic with the struggles of a married couple, family issues and a developing love story between a couple.
The story follows the journey of Sandhya (Deepika Singh) who dreams of becoming an IPS officer, and wants to break the boundaries within middle class values.
Her husband Sooraj (Anas Rashid) is a self-made Halwai in a little town called Pushkar.
He is the eldest son of the Rathi family and marries Sandhya under strained circumstances. Sooraj being a doting loveable husband does whatever he can to make his wife’s wishes come true.
The Rathi Family has had their fair share of traumatic events, some include an interfering mother-in-law, an up-to-no-good sister-in-law and ‘friends’ who become enemies that pose a threat on the entire Rathi family.
Sandhya has the issue of handling her professional career as well as her responsibilities as a daughter-in-law.
This is a lovely drama about the journey of a brother, who cares for his half-sister as a ‘unique mother’.
The drama is about their unconditional love and unbreakable bond. Ranvi (Bhavesh Balchandani) takes care of Veera’s (Harshita Ojha) every need right from feeding her and educating her.
The story follows their journey as children and the sacrifices they make for each other.
Spoiler Alert: The kids have now grown up, but Ranvi is still the protective brother and veera is just as naughty with the fire in her eyes that she possessed when she was a child.
Currently Ranvi is 26 (played by Shivin Narang), married and wanting to pursue a career as a singer. He now has found strength with his wife Gunjan. Veera (Digangana Suryavanshi) has come to fall in love with Baldev who she used to fight with when she was younger.
- Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon (Season 2)
The number one drama to watch right now is Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon – Ek baar phir (Season 2). The same magic from the first season and the riveting love story has been enhanced and is bound to strike a chord!
The drama is set in Pune, and holds the story of a couple who at first seem unlikely to be a match for one another.
The girl, Aastha (Shrenu Parikh) is innocent and from a liberal family. The man, Shlok (Avinash Sachdev) is a masculine man who despises women due to a tragic past.
Their Jodi, is quite refreshing to see on screen; the couple go through a fair few hardships to establish their relationship, their troubles with each other and eventually with the family that Aastha marries into.
Spoiler Alert: Aastha and her mother-in-law are working together to unravel the hidden truth within the family, Shlok has always abided by his father, but for the first time his head is clouded with doubt.
Indian television dramas are great at capturing real-life situations (even if they are slightly exaggerated), and the couples within the dramas have their fan’s hooked. The dramas have exposed modern South Asian society not just to Indian audiences, but global ones as well.