The Shared Universe of Kumkumbhagya and Kundalibhagya

By BinSun - March 21, 2019

I have been a big fan of Ekta Kapoor shows for years now. I’ve grown up watching classic shows like ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’, ‘Kasauti Zindagi Kay’ and many more. She’s created so many great shows, that I’ve lost count. That shows how we Indians love our dramatic daily soaps.

But with the passing years, the themes of her shows are undergoing an evolution  as well. The protagonists of these shows are only getting stronger. With so many great shows available for us, we are spoilt for choice.

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Currently, there are two shows on my daily watch list - Kumkum Bhagya and Kundali Bhagya. Now, for those who haven’t heard about these shows, here’s what you need to know:
Kumkum Bhagya had premiered on April 2014 with Sriti Jha and Shabbir Ahluwalia in lead roles. Thanks to the incredible success of this TV show, a spin-off series was produced titled Kundali Bhagya which portrays the life story and struggle of Preeta and Srishti who are the long-lost sisters of Pragya (Sriti Jha).

World-Building At Its Best!

I must salute Ekta Kapoor and ZEE for coming up with this idea of an expanded universe across shows. Consider that Kumkum Bhagya itself had so many dense plotlines and characters, fleshing those stories out would come across as a risk to anyone. But it’s a risk that paid off. One look at the basic story itself gives an idea of how seamless the two TV shows have been integrated into one large universe.
So, Kundali Bhagya revolves around Preeta and Srishti Arora, the two long-lost sisters of Pragya (from Kumkum Bhagya). The main story of the series kicks in when these two sisters get to know the existence of their elder sister Pragya and their mother from their dying father (Veteran actor Vijay Kashyap). This reveal compels the sisters on a journey to Mumbai to reunite with their mother and sister.

Apart from the Arora family, all other major characters in both shows are also somehow connected to each other. For example, Rishabh Luthra from Kundali Bhagya owns the celebrity management company that manages Abhishek Mehra, who is Pragya’s husband (Kumkum Bhagya).

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With all her previous shows, we knew that Ekta Kapoor clearly understood what her audience expects from her TV serials. But with Kumkum Bhagya and Kundali Bhagya, she has left the audiences incredibly impressed with both the shows’ world-building.

As an audience, we give our precious time to watch a TV series, so it needs to cater to our demands and expectations. Kundali Bhagya and Kumkum Bhagya have wonderfully delivered to the demands and expectations which definitely makes them a must watch.

If you wish to catch up with the latest episodes of Kundali Bhagya and Kumkum Bhagya, the shows are currently airing on Zee TV and Zee TV HD. In case, you wish to binge watch it online, both shows are available on ZEE5 as well.

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