Kismat:About The Show & Characters

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Posted: 14 February 2011 at 6:12am | IP Logged
Kismat is a saga spread over sixty years that takes us through the lives of two men – Aditya Merchant and Kabir Khan, who share a strange karmic bond imposed by destiny.

Born on the same historic day of August 15, 1947, life takes them both through diverse experiences each on different paths, that ultimately define the course of their lives and their character as men.

Aditya Merchant, son of an affluent, successful industrialist Madhav Merchant and his wife Devika, also has an autocratic Grand mother – Gayatri Devi, who is a big influence in his life. His life is charted out for him even before he is born and he has every privelege he could possibly ask for. But in return he must stay true to the Merchant name and the ideals of excellence that it is identified with and he must strive to always be the best in order to be worthy of that name. He learns early on in life that winning is all that matters, and at any cost.

Kabir Khan, on the other hand born to Muslim parents, miraculously finds refuge in a Hindu family's house in a downtrodden village near Hyderabad. He is nurtured and showered with love by his Hindu mother Gunwanthi and older sister Saraswathi. But not for long. Facing adversities at a very early age, Kabir has to soon fend for himself and deal with every possible misfortune that life throws at him. Beaten and honed in these hardships, Kabir is forged into a determined man focussed only on becoming rich, successful and powerful.

Destiny rules that both Aditya and Kabir's paths must cross and keep crossing.

In time, this immutable play of destiny brings Aditya and Kabir, face-to-face in a conflict that has far reaching implications. A twist of fate, an unfortunate turn of events, coincidence, Kismat – all conspire to make this conflict grow bigger with each passing year until this tug of war between Aditya Merchant and Kabir Khan, for Revenge, Power and Prestige eventually becomes the sole reason for their existence.

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Posted: 14 February 2011 at 6:15am | IP Logged
Aditya Merchant

Apart from being the Heir of the Merchant industries at a very young age, Aditya Merchant, unlike his father Madhav Merchant is a cutthroat industrialist. He is sharp and shrewd. Like his grandmother Gayatri Merchant he too does not accept defeat as a part of his life. Winning is all that matters to Aditya and for that he is even willing to defy the rules. In many ways he is unconventional and falls in love with Sapna who is a widow and also older to him.

But Aditya Merchant's true character comes into play when destiny throws Kabir into his life. A tug of war between the two for power, prestige and wealth bring Aditya face to face with what he has stood for all his life and redefines his relationship with his close ones.

Devika Merchant
Wife of Madhav Merchant, is a conventional and a submissive woman. Be it her IQ or class, she doesn't really match up to the standards of the Merchant dynasty. Oblivious to the family politics, her life revolves around Madhav Merchant and her children Aditya and Mrinalini. But life changes drastically for Devika after Madhav's death. She falls in love with Gautam Melwani and even transfers all her money in his name not even realizing that she is being cheated.

Gayatri Merchant
Aristocratic, strong headed and arrogant, she is the head of the Merchant Family. She is very conscious of her class and the people she associates with. Never defeated by any circumstances, she believes in winning all the way. The only thing that matters to her is the prestige of the Merchant Dynasty.

He is a regular, street-smart guy, who grows up on the streets of Bombay. He runs into Kabir while gambling on the street. As time unfolds, Jayant becomes Kabir's best friend. Jayant stands by Kabir through thick and thin and stays loyal to Kabir till the very end. But he also has a weakness for alcohol that eventually takes his life.

Kabir Khan
Born to Muslim parents and adopted by a Hindu mother, Kabir is the son of Mubarak Khan, who grows up in a Hindu family. But destiny ensures that he doesn't have a family for long and very soon he is left to fend for himself.  Witnessing every possible hardship in life, Kabir often feels cheated by life. But he is a fighter and a go-getter and after experiencing pain and adversity at a very early age Kabir determines to become the master of his own destiny. But despite all the turmoil in his life, the real drama begins when he crossed paths with Aditya Merchant. It defines the very existence of Kabir and why being rich and successful at any cost means everything to him.

A beautiful young girl who belongs to a middle class Muslim family. She works in a gift shop on a cruise liner, where she meets Kabir and falls in love. Her expectations from life are simple and all she wants is a simple family life unlike her husband Kabir who wants more than just a family and a descent job. Her simplicity eventually affects her relationship with Kabir and drives them apart but despite all that Lubna being a woman of integrity stays loyal to Kabir.

Madhav Merchant
He is the young dynamic heir of the Merchant Industries. Despite his affluent background, he is a simple man with the heart of gold. He is a doting husband, an affectionate father and an ideal son but most importantly he is a man of principles.

Mrinalini Merchant
She is the younger sister of Aditya Merchant. Ill mannered with no sense of responsibility, Mrinalini is unpopular with everyone around her especially her grandmother. With her impulsive behavior and indulgent life-style, she manages to make a mess of her life and her family ties specially with her brother Aditya. But life eventually stablizes for Mrinalini when she meets Hanif, Aditya's best friend, who she eventually marries.

Mubarak Khan
He is an ISI agent who comes to India with the intention of creating havoc and unrest but he is also looking for his wife and child who he lost during the partition riots. He is a cold-blooded, ruthless man full of angst against India. The only thing he cares about is to be one with his son Kabir. As time goes by he comes face to face with Kabir. Mubarak Khan is instrumental in helping Kabir in all his endeavors but his bad intentions and the nature of his work always provides a niggling doubt in Kabir's mind and is the reason the father-son relationship is never really fulfilled.

Sapna Khatau
She is a beautiful, elegant young woman, who is a widow. She encounters Aditya Merchant over a business deal, which turns into a life long partnership with marriage. Sapna is perceptive, intelligent as well as kind and caring. No matter what circumsatnces maybe, she always stands by Aditya.

He is Merchant Industries' oldest and most trusted employee. He is a simple, earnest, hardworking man whose life revolves around Merchant Indutries. After Madhav's death, he takes charge of the company to look after it till Aditya is capable enough to take all the responsibilities. Viswanathan is Aditya's backbone and helps him bring clarity through all the decision-making, which would benefit Merchant industries.

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