20 Years of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi: Here's how the show's actors looked like then and now

Updated: Jul 04, 2020, 08:48 | Anshul Vipat
  • Smriti Irani, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Thi

    Smriti Irani: You know a character is iconic when they open the first scene. Smriti Irani's conviction and compelling screen presence as the ideal bahu of Virani Parivar - Tulsi - made her the poster girl of soap opera addicts. Post her exit, the actress entered the arena of politics. In 2019, she won from the Amethi Loksabha seat and was appointed as the Union Cabinet Minister. (All images: mid-day archives/Instagram account of celebrities/Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi fan pages)

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  • Amar Upadhyay, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Thi

    Amar Upadhyay: Amar played the role of Tulsi's husband Mihir Virani, the role which gave Amar his major breakthrough. His character was so popular that when his character Mihir 'died' in 2001, the production house was forced to bring his character back to life due to heavy protest from fans. He also appeared in J.P Dutta's movie, LOC Kargil (2003), but his film career did not turn out as expected. He joined the fifth season of the reality TV series Bigg Boss and finished in fifth place. This was followed by a successful role in Saath Nibhaana Saathiya.

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  • Ronit Roy, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Thi

    Ronit Roy: A few years later Amar quit the show and was replaced by Inder Kumar. After Kumar quit in 2003, he was replaced by Ronit Roy as Mihir. He played the role till the end of the show.

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  • Shilpa Saklani, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Thi

    Shilpa Saklani: Shilpa appeared in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi as Ganga from 2002 - 2008. Post her exit, she was seen in Kya Hadsaa Kya Haqeeqat and played the lead role in Lavanya. In 2005, Saklani participated in the first season of Nach Baliye and Bigg Boss 7. She was last seen as Vrinda Kuldeep Shekhawat in Vish Ya Amrit: Sitara.

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  • Hiten Tejwani, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Thi

    Hiten Tejwani: Hiten Tejwani played the role of Tulsi's step-son Karan Mihir Virani. This character brought him lots of fame and awards. Later, he also played popular roles in Kasamh Se, Kasautii Zindagii Kay, Left Right Left, Kumkum – Ek Pyara Sa Bandhan, Pavitra Rishta and Balika Vadhu.

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  • Mouni Roy, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Thi

    Mouni Roy: Krishna Tulsi Eklavya Virani was played by Mouni Roy and she did an amazing job. The actress is now doing some of her best work in Bollywood. She became a household name due to her leading role in Ekta Kapoor's Naagin. She has also tried her hand in Bollywood making her debut with Akshay Kumar's Gold which was followed by Made in China.

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  • Karishma Tanna, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Thi

    Karishma Tanna: Karishma played the popular role of Indira from July 2000 to November 2008. Her other popular roles include Maskeeni in Nagarjuna – Ek Yoddha, Ruhi/Huzoor in Naagin 3 and Gauri/Rajlaxmi/Vaidehi in Qayamat Ki Raat. In 2014, she emerged as the 1st runner-up on Bigg Boss. Tanna appeared in other reality shows like Zara Nachke Dikha, Nach Baliye and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. She was also seen in Bollywood films like Grand Masti and Sanju.

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  • Mandira Bedi, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Thi

    Mandira Bedi: The popular film and television actress played the role of Dr. Mandira Kapadia in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. Even before her entry in the show, Bedi was a popular face thanks to her role in Shanti, Aurat and films like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. On the work front, the actress was last seen in The Tashkent Files and Saaho.

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  • Achint Kaur, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Thi

    Achint Kaur: In 2003, Mandira was replaced by Achint Kaur. Before entering the show, Kaur had played popular roles in DD's Swabhimaan, Banegi Apni Baat. She was also seen in popular shows like Kahaani Ghar Kii, Virrudh, Jhansi Ki Rani and Jamai Raja.

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  • Narayan Shastri, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Thi

    Narayani Shastri: Shastri made her debut in DD National's Kahani Saat Pheron Ki. She then played the role of Tulsi's sister Kesar. Her other popular shows include Kkusum, Nach Baliye 2, Karn Sangini and Nazar.

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  • Gauri Pradhan Tejwani, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Thi

    Gauri Pradhan Tejwani: Model-turned-actress Gauri Pradhan Tejwani played the popular character of Nandini Karan Virani, Aseem, Ansh and Karan's former wife. Thanks to the character, Gauri became a household name even fetching Indian Telly Awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Later, Gauri played leading roles in serials like Kasamh Se, Left Right Left and Kumkum – Ek Pyara Sa Bandhan.

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  • Hansika Motwani, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Thi

    Hansika Motwani: Remember the cute little Bavri Chirag Virani? Hansika Motwani played the role of the cheerful child of the Virani household. As a child, Hansika was also known for her role in Shaka Laka Boom Boom, Son Pari and Karishma Kaa Karishma. The actress is a known face in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi films.

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About The Gallery

Exactly 20 years ago, "Rishton Ke Bhi Roop Badalte Hain..." rang in our television sets and became a part of our daily lives. Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, which made its debut on this day two decades ago, took the nation by storm with its screenplay and star cast. It also cemented the careers of its star cast - Smriti Irani, Amar Upadhyay, Hiten Tejwani, Karishma Tanna and many others. Let's take a walk down memory lane and revisit the characters and how they look now.