Revered as TV czarina, Ekta Kapoor brought a revolution in the TV landscape with her TV shows. She has produced more than 130 serials under her banner Balaji Telefilms Limited. The soap opera queen started her career with the thriller TV series Mano Ya Na Mano. In 2000, Ekta launched several serials with titles starting with the ‘K ‘ letter. Her first series with K was Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi which is also her first soap opera. The producer-cum-director-cum- content creator, Ekta Kapoor started her journey in 1994 at the age of 17. Ekta Kapoor serials primarily targeted Indian housewife, but over the years she has created a wide range of content for all age groups.
Owing to her illustrious body of work in the TV industry, she has been awarded a number of accolades, including Best Entrepreneur of the Year, the Indian Television Academy Awards, Indian Telly Awards, Kalakar Awards, Asian Television Awards, and many others to name. In 2020, she was facilitated with Padma Shri. Besides Hindi, she has helmed regional serials. Let’s have a look at Ekta Kapoor serials that have crossed the milestone of 1000 episodes.
List of Longest Running Ekta Kapoor Serials on TV
1. Kumkum Bhagya
No of Episodes: 2000+
Original Release: 15 April 2014 -Present
Star Cast: Sriti Jha, Shabir Ahluwalia, Mugdha Chaphekar, Krishna Kaul, Pooja Banerjee
Produced by Ekta Kapoor under Balaji Telefilms, Kumkum Bhagya is currently the longest-running show. With Shabir Ahluwalia as Abhi and Sriti Jha as Pragya in lead roles, Kumkum Bhagya is one of the most popular Hindi TV shows of Zee TV. The duo is receiving immense love from all the quarters for their portrayal. Ever since it was released, the TV series has managed to top the TRP charts.
2. Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi
No of Episodes: 1,833
Original Release: 3 July 2000 to 6 November 2008
Star Cast: Smriti Irani, Ronit Roy, Sudha Shivpuri, Hiten Tejwani
There would be hardly any 90’s kid who would not remember the title track of the show ‘Rishton Ke Bhi Roop Badalte Hain. Set in Gujarat, Kyunki was the first Saas Bahu drama that received love and was amongst the very first serials of Ekta Kapoor whose title started from K. The show highlighted the significance of extended family.
The show recently completed 21 years. Though the show went off the air in 2008 its characters like Tulsi, Mihir Virani, Gautam, Karan Virani are still etched in the hearts of its audience.
Here is a fun fact about the show. The serial was originally titled Amma, it was later re-titled as Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, and ‘Kyunki’ was added later, owing Ekta’s love for ‘K’ letter.
3. Ye Hai Mohabbatein
No of Episodes: 1895
Original Release: 3 December 2013 -18 December 2019
Star Cast: Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya Karan Patel
It’s been more than two years since the show ended. However, we still can’t get over the camaraderie shared by Jhansi ki Raani (Ishita) and Rawan Kumar (Raman), the lead characters of the Starplus serial Ye Hai Mohabbatein. It was one of the longest-running TV serials of Ekta Kapoor as it completed 1895 episodes. The show was based on Manju Kapur’s 2011 novel Custody.
4. Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii
No of Episodes: 1661
Original Release: 16 October 2000 to 9 October 2008
Star Cast: Sakshi Tanwar, Kiran Karmarkar,
Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii is yet another one of the most popular serials of soap opera queen Ekta Kapoor. Like Kyunki, it too became the flagship of Star Plus. Parvati Om Agarwal and Om Agarwal, played by Sakshi Tanwar and Kiran Karmarkar, respectively, are the most revered characters of television. The TV series came to an end in 2008 with1661 episodes and became one of the longest-running shows on Star Plus.
No. of Episodes: 1530
Original Release: 15 December 2003 to 6 November 2009
Star Cast: Radhika Pandit, Prateeksha Kashi and Shwetha Chengappa
Besides the Hindi TV industry, Ekta Kapoor has forayed into regional TV serials as well. The Kannad serial, Kadambari, is her longest-running show. The show aired on Udaya TV. It was based on the different struggles of different women.
6. Kumkum – Ek Pyara Sa Bandhan
No of Episodes: 1,449
Original Release: July 15, 2002, to March 13, 2009
Star Cast: Juhi Parmar and Hussain Kuwajerwala
The show hooked us from the first episode, and Kumkum (Juhi Parmar) and Sumit (Hussain Kuwajerwala) become the epitome of love. With more than 1400 episodes, the show entered the list of longest-running shows. It ranked at the top of TRP charts and is believed to be one of the best serials of Ekta Kapoor.
7. Pavitra Rishta
No of Episodes: 1,424
Original Release: 1 June 2009 – 25 October 2014
Star Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Ankita Lokhande, Hiten Tejwani, Asha Negi, Rithvik Dhanjani and Karan Veer Mehra
Starting in 2009, Pavitra Rishta was produced by Ekta Kapoor and aired on Zee TV. It is one of the most popular serials of Ekta Kapoor. Not many know that the show was initially adopted from the Tamil serial Thirumathi Selvam of Sun TV. The show gave us two iconic characters Archana and Manav, played by Ankita Lokhande and Sushant Singh Rajput / Hiten Tejwani, respectively. After the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, the serial was rebroadcasted on Zee TV and received good ratings. Owing to its popularity, Ekta has produced its new season, which has Ankita Lokhande and Shaheer Sheikh in key roles.
8. Kasautii Zindagii Kay
No of Episodes: 1,423
Original Release: 29 October 2001- 28 February 2008
Star Cast: Cezzane Khan, Shweta Tiwari, Urvashi Dholakia, Hiten Tejwani, Ronit Roy
Kasautii Zindagii Kay was one of the longest-running television shows of Star Plus. With iconic characters like Mr Bajajaj, Komolika, Prerna and Anurag, the show enjoys a classic cult status. In 2018, the show came back with a new season with an all-new star cast. However, it could not beat the craze that the original version enjoyed.
9. Kundali Bhagya
No of Episodes: 1091+
Original Release: 12 July 2017 -present
Star Cast: Shraddha Arya and Dheeraj Dhoopar
Next on our list of Longest-running Ekta Kapoor serials is Kundali Bhagya. The TV series is a spin-off of Kumkum Bhagya. The show has grabbed eyes balls for its well-sketched characters, especially Dr. Preeta Karan Luthra, Dheeraj Dhoopar and Manit Joura, essayed by Shraddha Arya, Dheeraj Dhoopar and Manit Joura, respectively. Tune in to Zee TV at 9:30 to know the latest episodes. You can also watch it on Zee5.
No of Episodes: 1,001
Original Release: 14 May 2001 to 30 November 2005
Star Cast: Nausheen Ali Sardar andAnuj Saxena
Sony TV serial Kkusum revolved around its titular Character, Kkusum, who faced many tribulations in her life. The show topped the TRP charts and received immense love for its characters and storyline. The soap opera concluded with its 1001st episode and bagged the titles of one of the longest-running Ekta Kapoor serials. Owing to the love original series received, the show is remade in Marathi as Tumchya Amchyatali Kusum by Ekta Kapoor and is telecasted on Sony Marathi.
Ekta Kapoor needs no introduction! The soap opera queen has been ruling the TV industry for the longest. Her serials like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kumkum Bhagya, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii have garnered immense love over the years.
Ekta Kapoor has produced nearly 130 serials.
Ekta Kapoor is famous for her soap operas that initially started with the K letter.
Mano Ya Na Mano and Hum Paanch are amongst her first serials that aired on Zee TV in 1995.
Some of the currently running Ekta Kapoor serials are Kumkum Bhagya, Kundali Bhagya, Yeh Hai Chahatein, Pavitra Bhagya, and Molkki are to name a couple of Ekta Kapoor serials that are currently aired.