Did it die? It’ s still alive in the million hearts! Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon?

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Lily: What’s a soul mate?

Dawson: It’s a.. well, it’s like a best friend, but more. It’s the one person in the world that knows you better than anyone else. It’s someone who makes you a better person, well, actually they don’t make you a better person.. you do that yourself because they inspire you. A soul mate is someone who you carry with you forever. It’s the one person who knew you, and accepted you, and believed in you before anyone else did or when no one else would. And no matter what happens you’ll always love them.
–Dawsons creek

Little did we know that two years ago on this very day of the June 6th eve, a show would evolve the daily routine of numerous viewers across the globe. It would leave every single person that tuned into the premiere of Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon (IPKKND) forever altered. The show intrigued us with its promos and left us spellbound by the end of the first episode. Who knew that Arnav Singh Raizada (Barun Sobti) would walk off the helicopter and into every woman’s heart? Who knew that Khushi’s (Sanaya Irani) kindness, simplicity and beauty would become an inspiration for all? Who knew that when Khushi fell into Arnav’s arms, we would be given an epic on-screen couple that would make such an undeniable and unforgettable mark on our hearts?

IPKKND was a drama unlike others. This was no typical saas-bahu show. It was a show that brought out the beauty of relationships; be it with your siblings, your cousins, your grandparent, your uncles, or anyone else. It even showed us the impact that some have when they have to make do without parents. We were shown both sides of the coin with Arnav and Khushi. IPKKND had everything that makes a show unforgettable; drama, comedy, angst, a memorable villain, amazing acting and a beautiful love story.

Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon at its core was a breath-taking love story that changed the way you view love. The story of Arnav and Khushi; the clashes between them and the Rabba Ve moments had us glued to our screens. This love story set itself apart from others right off the bat. Arnav seemed to be this ruthless businessman who didn’t believe in the concept of love. He viewed the world from the eyes of someone who was deeply impacted by the untimely death of his mother and he placed the blame upon his father. On the other hand, Khushi, despite having lost both her parents was an open and loving person. She lived life according to her ideals and she tried her best to live life to its fullest. They could not be more different from one another, but it was as if all the forces in the world were determined to bring them together right from the moment she fell off the runway into his arms to the first time she melted into his arms at the hospital and declared her fears to him. The moment where he asked her if his mom would be happy seeing him and to her silence that told him everything he needed to know, the almost kiss by the poolside to him realizing that her words, her pain, pained him. His misunderstanding her, but continuing to love her despite wanting to hate her to when he finally declares his love for her  to his apology for all the pain he had caused her and finally to them re-marrying and solidifying the union that we all knew was inevitable from the start.

Their journey was not the easiest. They faced many difficulties along the way. They often found themselves thinking of one another, supporting one another, fighting with and for one another. This passionate hate-love affair had made the most epic love story of our time and one that we will definitely share for years to come. Arnav and Khushi have set the bar as far as love stories are concerned; their passion, tenderness, love, concern, and even comical moments have found a way into the hearts of everyone who were fortunate enough to witness the beauty of their relationship. Throughout their journey, there was one thing that remained constant; Pyaar will always outweigh Nafrat. It made us believe that there can’t be anything right or wrong in their love. The hate quotient increased and kept on increasing until it reached the saturation point and there came a time when the hatred transformed into irrevocable love and the viewers witnessed that truly ‘Love Can Reduce Anyone To Anything’. The ever indomitable, egoistic and autocratic Arnav Singh Raizada melted like wax but the irony is that Khushi was never like fire. Still her love did the miracle of melting the cold wax with her warm heart. This strange and yet mystifying love made us echo and ask ‘Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon?’

We still hum around ‘Rabba Ve’, still exclaim with ASR’s ‘What The’ during times of shock, still bang our head saying Bua ji’s ‘Haye Re Nandkishore’, still a smile appears on our face hearing NK’s fabricated Hindi, and still we clap and get energised while watching ASR threatening Shyam to not to go near his wife. Can we forget the “Don’t Even Dare” threat given by the famous ASR to the ‘Snake’ of his life? We literally stopped saying ‘I Love You’ because we learnt that ‘I Love You Damn It!’ sounds more stylish and passionate when said in the right tone! These dialogues are unforgettable because these mere punchlines became the words that we started using in our daily life and we still could not leave the habit. The dream called ‘Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon’ has ended but we are still living our beautiful dream and breathing the memorable moments with it.

I know that IPKKND has technically ended (six months and six days ago to be exact), I can also vouch for the fact that fans of the show, to this day remember and watch IPKKND or scenes from it every day. I personally believe that IPKKND lives on in the hearts of the fans. The show’s immense popularity has paved the way for fan groups that have formed teams such as “Team Sobtians..loving Barun Sobti officially”. In the short time since their inception, they have crossed 1,000 likes. Congratulations to them and all the Teams that have provided fans an outlet to meet other likeminded people!

I, along with my entire Fuze team, want to thank everyone involved with the making of IPKKND. Thank you, Barun Sobti, Sanaya Irani, Akshay Doga, Deepali Pansare, Daljeet Kaur Bhanot, Sana Khan, Karan Goddwani, Abhaas Mehta, Sanjay Batra, Pyumori Mehta, Abha Parmar, Jayshree Talpade, Utkarsha Naik, Rajesh Jais, Madhura Naik and Swati Chitnis for playing the characters you have all played so effortlessly and for giving us this wonderful show and memories which we will cherish for a lifetime.
Thank you, Gul Khan, Nissar Parvez and Rajesh Chadha for producing such an amazing show.
Thank you, Gautam Hegde, Janaki V, Ved Raj and all the other writers for the most entertaining scripts.
Thank you, Hrishikesh Gandhi for the beautiful cinematography.
Thank you, Lalit Mohan and Arshad Khan for the direction and for the ability to make us feel as if we were living the story with the Raizadas and the Guptas.
Thank you, Star Plus for believing in and giving a larger platform for IPKNND.
Thank you, Raju Singh, Sadhana Sargam and Javed Ali for the music and the beautiful voices that sang our theme song.
The goons that were in Episode 267 (originally aired June 4th 2012) get a half thank you due to interrupting Arnav and Khushi in the cabin, but jokes aside, thank you to the entire unit, body doubles and extras for their part in making IPKKND.
Most of all, thank you to the fans of IPKKND. They are a unique group, who at times might not see eye to eye, but there is one thing we all can agree on; Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon is the most beautiful, epic, leave-one-breathless type show. Happy 2nd  Anniversary, Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon!

Lastly, thank you Neha (graphics designer) for the beautiful banner!

Author: Rahmina Chowdhury

Editor: A. Patel

Banner: Neha Singhal

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