Iss Pyaar Ko .. Kyaa Naam Doon? – Love you, Love you not!!

"To cut the long story short..." is  a new segment where Rangmunch.TV brings to you the who, what, how, where and why of your favorite shows, their characters and the story in a nutshell.

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Lead Characters:

Arnav Singh Raizada (Barun Sobti): 

Arnav Singh Raizada – the name itself makes you want to stop and take a second look at the person owning it. When you do that, what you see makes you gasp – sometimes due to the sheer intensity with which he conducts himself and at other times when we are allowed a peek into his softer side usually reserved for his dear sister Anjali. He is a quintessential M&B hero with a hard shell concealing softer innards.

Tall, dark (well not so dark) and handsome, he is a business scion who takes over the responsibility of his family at a very young age. Determined, smart, and savvy, he walks into a room and owns it. He wears his ‘I give a damn’ attitude on his sleeves at all times, making those around him tow his line without a second thought. Those who cross him had better beware, and it usually is Khushi who takes the brunt of his anger at full force.

Khushi Kumari Gupta (Sanaya Irani):

Our very own Jalebi bai, Khushi Kumari Gupta is a sweet, petite, small town girl from the capital of tahzeeb, Lucknow. She is a breath of fresh air, who wears a smile at all times unlike Arnav. Do not go by her softer exterior, she is internally as strong as steel, standing up for what she believes in with a force of will that is delightfully endearing and inspiring at the same time.

Her quirk is to eat a lot when she is depressed (don’t we all). The icing of it is that she starts to make jalebis and eats them herself to beat the blues. She is the quintessential M&B heroine – soft, beautiful, caring, and strong-willed – a perfect foil for Arnav. 

Parallel Leads:

Anjali (Daljeet Bhanot): 

Older sister of Arnav, she is the thread that binds the family together. Sugar sweet, beautiful, blindly devoted to her husband, Anjali is the heart of the show. Her relationship with Arnav pulls at our heartstrings in the loveliest of ways.


Shyam (Abhas Mehta): 

Charming as hell, conniving to the core, he redefines love, lust and loyalty in this show. He is the lawyer husband of Anjali; he is not what he seems to be. His character is the most layered one in the show many of it yet to be revealed. He comes across as one who wants to keep the cake and eat it too. He has his heart (?) or rather his eyes set on Khushi while he belongs rightfully to Anjali. In a nutshell, he is the guy we love to hate.

Payal (Deepali Pansare): 

Khushi’s older sister, she is as sweet as Anjali and equally dedicated to her sibling. She is an immense emotional support for Khushi, her love for her sister coming through loud and clear in every frame. We are at that stage in the story where Payal is in the process of opening up her heart to Akash.

Akash (Akshay Dogra): 

Arnav’s cousin brother who works with him in handling his business. He is a good-natured gentleman who has his heart set on Khushi’s sister Payal. Akash comes across as a soft-hearted person.

Supporting Characters:

Naniji (veteran actor Jayshree T): 

A headstrong yet kind and principled matriarch of the family, she is the maternal grandmother of Arnav and Anjali. She has a strong sense of right and wrong and is rarely shown to relent on her beliefs. She has an interesting relationship with her daughter-in-law, which makes for an entertaining watch.

Mamiji, Manorama (Utkarsha Naik):

Hello, Hi, bye-bye! She is the aunt of Arnav and Anjali. She is loud and brash spouting a hitherto unknown language of her own – Hinglish with a Lucknowi tang. She has the funniest lines in the show and is an important fixture in the Raizada household.

Buaji, Indira Gupta (Abha Parmar): 

Khushi and Payal’s paternal aunt, she is a force to reckon with in the Gupta household. Hai re Nandakishore is her usual refrain. She is fiercely protective about her nieces. She develops a soft corner for Shyam and is instrumental in taking the story forward by inviting Shyam into her home, which suits his need to be near Khushi.

Lavanya Kashyap (Sana Khan): 

Arnav’s live-in girlfriend who is trying desperately to fit into the Raizada household. She is opinionated, high-handed, and until now hated the sight of Khushi. She comes across as someone who does not care about our culture. What makes for funny viewing is her total lack of common sense. How and Why Arnav is attracted to her is a mystery we may never be able to solve.

Shashi Gupta (Sanjay Batra):

Kushi’s father, he is an honest man owning a sweet shop called Saatwik Mishtaan Bhandaar in a lower middle class neighborhood in Lucknow. He is married to Garima, who happens to be his second wife. Payal is his daughter from his first wife while Khushi was an orphan girl when they took her in as their second daughter. His love for both his daughters is clear to us right from the start.

Garima Gupta (Pyumori Mehta):

Garima is Khushi and Payal’s mother who loves her daughters beyond measure. 

Recurring Characters:

Mamaji, Manohar (Rajesh Jais): Mamiji’s husband and Arnav’s maternal uncle, who has nothing much to do in the show except lend his physical presence from time to time. With mamiji around, its hardly surprising :-)

Jai Prakash: Omnipresent humble servant of the Raizada household, nothing gets moved from one place to another without him.

Lakshmi (the goat): Naniji’s soul rests in this goat. Dressed to befit a Raizada surname, Lakshmi is irreplaceable to the matriarch of the Raizada clan.

Devi Mayya (Goddess Durga): Khushi’s Devi Mayya is a constant source of omnipresence, inspiration and trust for her. The Goddess is portrayed as a symbol of faith, hope, and an invisible guiding force in the show.

The Plot so far in a nutshell:

Khushi and Arnav clash at every juncture increasing their animosity and mistrust for each other at every turn. But, there is a certain amount of pull towards each other that is yet to be explored completely in the show.

Shyam in the meanwhile gets so smitten by Khushi, he is plotting to include her in his life while still being married to Anjali. Khushi and her family are unaware of his intentions and his association with the Raizada family.

Circumstances force Khushi to take up the job of tutoring Lavanya about our culture and how to fit into the Raizada house.

Current Track:

Shyam is scheming to get Khushi to quit going to the Raizada house by trying to get her blamed of theft. Arnav is seen softening towards Khushi while she is riddled with guilt about scaring him by pouring a hot cup of coffee for no fault of his.

Forthcoming Track:

Khushi’s parents visit them from Lucknow. Buaji tells them about her wish to get Khushi married to Shyam.

Things to look forward to in the future story line:

* When and how will Arnav and Khushi realize their feelings for each other?

*  Does Lavanya really have a change of heart towards Khushi as we saw a glimpse of it in yesterday’s episode?

* How and when will Shyam’s identity be revealed to Khushi’s family and their reaction to it.

* Will the all-knowing Naniji play cupid for our lead pair who is currently doing whatever they can to deny whats evident to us?

* While we are at it, let us dig up something hinted in one of the promotional promos – How is Khushi responsible for Arnav’s troubled past? We would like to know your thoughts on this interesting tidbit. 

Dearest lot, do you have answers to these questions? Please feel free to comment and add your bit to this synopsis. We would also like to hear your thoughts and opinions about this show.

If you like this article, please let us know the name of the show you want covered in the next one. We will do our best.

Thanks for reading!

Neeraja Unni


  1. Love this show! Thanks for the article. Excited for the upcoming track, but desperately want Shyam to be exposed.

  2. good 1...d show is very interesting...n d biggest hallmark is its story n hw evry character from leads to parallel n supporting r woven in d story ....good wrk..TW..

  3. AWESOME ARTICLE! layered and sensible too!
    Thank u so so much! Was a pleasure to read
    Oh n yes,love the show n characters!

  4. I love this show! I love Sanaya and Barun too! And I wish Khushi and Arnav's love for each other grows more and more in the show. Thanks to creatives, cast and crew for such a fabulous show!

  5. Khushi Arnav's No. 1 FanSeptember 18, 2011 at 4:51 AM

    It was an awesum article!!! Pls keep on posting more articles as it gives us viewers an insight on wat v can expect 4m d show & also d upcoming tracks. It'd b really gud if evry now & den, u cud provide us with such articles where u disclose or give us a hint on d upcoming tracks. Thnx once agen!!!

  6. just love this show..and thnx for the info..the article is so good.

  7. Wow, this is lovely post in a nutshell ! All characters described to the tee :) Enjoying the shows current track very much.


  8. awesome show and lovely article thank u:)

  9. Helllo I am Eva and I have just started watching this show... Looks pretty interesting..

    Yea the ever below the surface present chemistry of Arnav and Khushi is very interesting... as if they both get a pull but the nothing match other then that... but I think Khushi's view will change pretty soon as the chunari (scarf) has fallen on her head... but she is going to be in denial so it would be interesting to see how does she figure it out..

    Absolutley love the chemistry of Arnav and his sister Anjali... the way he cares for the happiness of his sister and the way he looks up to the love of his sister for her husband.

    For me the best episdoe was when Arnav gets mad at Anjali for brining Khushi to work at home and Anjali being hurt leaves home and Arnav goes to the temple to find her...

    The way he comes and kneels down in front of his sister and says Bhul ho gayi di please maaf kardo... I think that was the tenderest and humblest and most beautiful moment between the brother and sister.. I adored Arnav in that scene.. And the way Khushi was able to watch the tender side of Arnav with that sweet smile...

    Love Mamiji.. I think she is the most vocal character and I absolutely love her hinglish... Her accents are just hilarious and her swinging walk.. OMG love her.. Yea she could be bit negative with Khushi but the fact remians that she loves her nephew and niece and many times she has just shut up many people who tried to talk negative about her family.. I love that about her..

    Love Payal too.. She is really a very supportive and great sister and always stays in tune with her sister khushi.

    I am looking forward to the budding love story of Payal and Akash... But my God Mamiji will have fit with that.

  10. plz khushi our arnav ki shadi aise mat karo unhe pehle pyaar hone do tab shadi karna khushi per itna bada ilzaam mat lagao ke woh koi aisi wasi larki hai shayam ka sach samne aye lekin woh khushi ko blaim mat kare ke woh mere paas ayi thi this is not the tuth pehle hi woh bohat dukhi hai apne parents ko le ker sab us ke saath nafrat karenghe to mujhe nahi lagta ke yeh sahi ho gha plzzzz cv is serial ka track itna dardnaak mat banao log serial thora sakoon maza lene ke liye dekhte hai na ke tention le ne ke liye plz cv is track ko badal dalo plzzz plzzzz plzzzzz

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  12. Story jaldi end kijiye . Kab hoga inke shaadi ?? wait kar karke thak gaya hoon . Shyam ji ko mardo aur arnav aur khushi ka shaadi karadooo !!!

  13. awsome article and aswell as that i love this show i go mad if i dont see the daily episodes thank for writing this article and now i know more about the charaters i hope you write more articles like this but a different one

    thatnks for reading

  14. Hi Barun and Sanaya !
    You both are lovely and sweet, we seriously enjoy your show ...
    honestly .. this show brought rang to my life ...
    try to give us episodes full of love and chemistry of yours ...
    expressions that are unique ...
    bring a new meaning to love ...
    I hope you like my comments ...

    wish you both best of success and happy life with your partners ...

    thank you for giving us your precious moments to read our comments...

    with love,

  15. let us not forget the cute naani and di and their lovely shararat

    so sweet

  16. Hi Barun Sobti u rock Its my dream to come to India once and meet u I love sooooooooo much

  17. Anonoymous Hope just Once u come to myeduniya

  18. Does anyone know barun sobti contect please tell me

  19. hi !

    if every actor gives out his contact then iss peyar ko naam kabi nahi melega :)

    cheer up :)

    have a bright day

  20. wow !

    Arnav ji ... what a lovely love style to express your feelings and attract khushi ji !!!!

    you must be out of your mind :)

    you're the one for the one >>>

    keep it up
    so excited can't wait till tomorow ...

    wish you a good night ....

    love from Dubai

  21. hi ,i have been watching this show for quiet some time let me tell u don't make them hate each other again they are so cute together so don't creat any misunderstanding between them because of shyaam let arnav hear what khushi ha to say about shyaam misbehaviour, hope they wont make the show boring .

  22. oh my god !!
    I hope the story doesn't turn in misunderstanding,
    i hope it doesnt take a wrong path with my fingers crossed.

    have a good night

    please lets enjoy the show
    oh ya arnav ji i hope you punch shyam as hardest as you can :)

  23. oh my god the show has just begun!!!
    please don't make it boring

  24. I loved the 6th of April episode , where Khushi is trying to do exactly what ASR told her to do...not to show her was good to know that he was thinking of her all the time...he is going to have a tough time , if she leaves him! I am sure that Khushi wouldn't , as she is not that type of the show alot!

  25. hai im the biggest greatest superb no.1 fan as me no 1 could be dis big fan !!!!
    please yaar publish the whole story including khushi's past!!!!
    wats the connection of khushi in arnav's past? / arnav with khushi ? plz guyz tel us v r egrly waiting
    wyt is ka mathlab ye nahi hai ki ye kahani jalthi nahi katham hona chaiye....
    dnt finish the story fast let it continue til the end the world (lts pray)
    i love you arnav very much as and also khushi you 2222
    nafrath pas aane nade pyaar door jane na de


  27. good all the characters..and ofucourse,arnav and khushi,they both are incredible..


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