The longest running soap operas on Indian Television

Soap operas are TV series with just an extra dash of drama, glamour and make-up. They are dramatic series that deal with relationships, mainly romantic and also tumultous daughter -in-law , mother-in-law woes among other regular emotions. Broadcast mainly during the daytime to reach out to the stay at home women population and senior citizens. The “opera” tag comes from the strong emotional content of the shows.
There are number of shows that have managed to capture hearts and stay afloat for years with their super content in contrary to high end promotional budgets.  We take a look at such TV shows in this post :

Taarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashmah
This epic comedy family show on SAB TV was first aired in 2008 and is still going strong. The show recently crossed 2000 episodes and became one of the longest running shows on TV. The show has been winning millions of hearts since 8 years now and the viewers just can’t get over it.

CID has been running since 1998 on Sony TV and it has been almost 18 years now and the show is still one of the favorite crime shows on TV. From the characters to the dialogues, CID has been a cult show.

Balika Vadhu
A one of its kind TV soap show based on child marriages in Rajasthan, Balika Vadhu, went off air in July 2016 after running for 8 years.

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
Akshara and Naitik’s love story is again a favourite amongst a lot of viewers and the show has been on-air for 7 years on Star Plus.

Saath Nibhana Saathiya
Another popular show from Star Plus – ‘Saath Nibhana Saathiya’ has been running on small-screen TV for 6 years now. The show started in 2010 and is still up and running with new twists, turns and leaps every now and then.

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