Balika Vadhu (English: Child Bride, Child Marriage) is an Indian soap opera that aired on Colors TV. It aired between 21 July 2008 and 31 July 2016 with 2,248 episodes, thus ending a long 8-year saga on Indian television. The story which is set in rural Rajasthan traced the arduous journey of a child bride from the brink of childhood to womanhood. First season focuses on the life journey of Anandi and Jagdish, who were married in childhood. The second season reflects the lives of Anandis daughter Dr. Nandini who was also a child bride. Balika Vadhu very sensitively portrays the plight of children who are unwittingly forced into marriage, in the name of tradition, and have to bear the repercussions for the rest of their lives It has been credited as the first Indian fiction show to complete 2,000 episodes.The show had two seasons titled Balika Vadhu – Kacchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte (English: Child Bride — Strong Relationships of Tender Age, Child Marriage — Strong Relationship of Tender Age) and Balika Vadhu — Lamhe Pyaar Ke (English: Child Bride — Moments of Love, Child Marriage — Moments of Love).
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