19 year old Navya lives in a middle-class family in Mumbai. She is born and brought up in a nuclear family with her banker father, housewife mother, a bratty younger brother and a quick-tongued grandmother. She has a married and pregnant elder sister.
Navya is quite traditional in her ways and lifestyle. Navya maintains a distance from boys and finds great comfort in her childhood friends Ritz and Appy. This allows her parents to trust her implicitly, unlike her Dadi who keeps questioning her morals and behaviors.
Innocent and sweet, she dreams wistfully of a fairytale romance, especially when Ritz falls in love. However, love comes to her in the most unexpected way as she meets Anant. From the moment she sees him, Navya feels a strange pull towards him. And every incident seems to draw them together, and finally they fall in love.
Anant is a 19-year old college going boy who, on the surface, looks like any other urban college boy of today with the latest clothes, car, and looks like the kind of guy any girl would want to date. But, deep down he is a traditionalist, a conformist who believes in the old-world values of joint families and arranged marriages. Unlike most of the teenagers of today's times, he reveres his grandfather and seems to have been brought up to respect his family's traditions and to live by the rule book. His life before meeting Navya included following the path chalked out by his family and did not think even for a second that he could fall in love.
Ritika aka Ritz, is one of Navya's childhood buddies from the same colony quite unlike their fathers who were separated by their difference in opinion and ambitions. While Navya's father maintained his lifestyle from the very beginning, Ritika's father moved ahead for a better and the most extravagant living.
Almost a sibling to Navya, this 19-year-old Ritika acts as a mentor to her on most of the occasions. She does not make sly attempts to hide her lifestyle and choices from her family. However, she likes to experiment and has a creative side to her.
Deepak is a typical Indian father who is quite loving and caring but with a distinct set of rules set to keep his daughter away from the big bad world. He does not seem to be too fond of her friends especially Ritz who seems to be too modern in her lifestyle. His only expectation from his daughter, Navya, is to get a degree followed by a happy married life. Though he manages to send his daughter to a co-ed college, he remains wary of the city he is in and society at large.
He earns a nominal income, and is living in a company flat in Malad. He has a regular 9-5 job, and is a upper middle-class father who is hard working. He works under great pressure constantly to save enough money to get his second daughter married and ensure his son gets a proper education. Meeta, his wife, is constantly worrying about his hours and the stress he takes, but he shrugs her off as he feels he can't afford the luxury of a holiday or lighter working hours
The quintessential "Ditzy Housewife" who gets flustered easily and is extremely scared of Dadi despite her husband constantly assuring her not to take dadi's words seriously. She has complete faith in her children to be good and believes that her husband can solve any problem with ease. Sometimes, she gets overwhelmed by the modern teenage world and turns to her elder daughter for comfort and reassurance. She is talkative and friendly and extremely lovable. Though not the best at household chores as she sometimes burns the rice and adds extra salt in the dal but the family loves her for who she is.
Been a full-time homemaker for years now, she shares an extreme comfort level with her husband. Unlike some of the women in the contemporary world, she firmly believes that women should make compromises if that is required for the larger happiness of the family. She has a very quiet countenance and does not get upset or angry easily.
Shankar Dayal Bajpai
Shankar Dayal Bajpai is the patriarch of the Bajpayee family. He is someone who has seen the carnage of the partition, and firmly believes that families should stick together, because anything can happen anytime. That is just one of the reasons his family lives jointly even in today's metropolitan Mumbai. He has managed to keep the family values intact and all the men are involved in his family business of printing press called Geeta Press. He is a noted religious and cultural speaker. In all senses, he is a self-made man, and it is for this reason that he is highly respected by everyone, including his near and dear ones.
Om Prakash Bajpai
Om Prakash is the one actively running the publishing house, Geeta Press. Shankar Dayal just overlooks the business and is mostly involved in his lectures. Om follows his father's ideals. He is as stern as his father and can be harsh with his words. He respects and loves his father more than anyone in the world and wants to make him proud and happy in whatever he does.
Anant's mother, Sugandha, is a conformist - the kind of bahu every traditional family would want and like. She has forever lived by the dictum that being a silent wife and daughter-in-law is the way of life for a woman. Being the eldest bahu of the house, she takes care of every section of household-running that is allotted to her. She knows the hierarchy and rules of the house, and makes sure that she will follow it to the T.
To Anant, she is a loving mother, someone who understands that his troubles are a result of the adolescent phase he is going through and that her son is merely growing up. However, she does not think even for a minute that he will not grow to conform to the family's traditions and practices
Navya symbolises the new young generation of India. A 19-year old college goer, Navya is an extremely identifiable and average girl-next-door, who is confused about her life like a lot of young India is. Navya naturally balances modernity & traditionalism in her day-to-day life without even consciously thinking about it. Like most youngsters today, Navya has middle class parents, who constantly struggle between being parents and friends to their children.
Her friends enjoy better freedom at home - one of them also has a boyfriend and Navya secretly wishes for one who would do mushy things for her, yet she is happy in her own world. As luck would have it, Navya falls in love with Anant, a boy hailing from a traditional and conservative family. Over time, the story beautifully captures Navya and Anant's journey of love and their trials and tribulations in trying to stay uniquely Indian and yet moving ahead with the time
Source:- STAR PLUS website