- Ekta Kapoor's show ran successfully for eight years
- Smriti Irani played the role of Tulsi from the beginning to the end
- Smriti and Ekta said that 'Kyunki' changed their lives
Ekta Kapoor and Smriti Irani took a trip down the memory lane, remembering the day when their show Kyunki... Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi started 18 years ago on July 3 and how it changed their lives. Ekta Kapoor shared a throwback photo with lead actress Smriti Irani, for whom she wrote: "A star unimaginable from a relatively new medium was born." In her post, Smriti thanked Ekta Kapoor for believing in her "when no one wanted to take a chance." Ekta Kapoor also thanked the team of show and singled out actor Ronit Roy, her mother Shobha Kapoor (also the show's co-producer) and writer Rajesh Joshi by names. Ekta Kapoor's show ran successfully for eight years.
On her Instagram page, Smriti Irani shared this still from the show, in which she can be seen with Amar Upadhyay, who played Mihir Virani for two years after which he was replaced by Ronit Roy, who played Mihir till the end of the show in 2008. Smriti became a household name after playing the role of Tulsi Virani. She wrote: "18 years ago began a journey that changed my life forever Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor, you believed in me when no one wanted to take a chance #KSBKBT fans and friends thank you for the support and blessings."
Kyunki... Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi was the second longest running TV show (after CID) until Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai broke its record earlier this year. Kyunki... Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi was one of Ekta Kapoor's first successful K-soaps, which also included shows like Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, Kasautii Zindagii Kay, Kkusum and Kutumb among others.
After Kyunki... Saas bhi kabhi Bahu Thi, Smriti Irani featured in shows like Virrudh and Teen Bahuraaniyaan none of which could match the success of Ekta's show. Smriti Irani is currently the Minister of Textiles.
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