Top 5 Sweethearts of Indian Television

Top 5 Sweethearts of Indian TV Sanaya-Irani-Drashti-Dhami-Jennifer-Winget-Deepika-Singh-and-Hina-Khan.

Indian television is dominated by daily soap operas with stories revolving around the lives of the typical, overdramatized Indian families. While Hindi TV serials have been often criticized for degenerating and showing women in a very regressive light, there is no second doubt that the lead female protagonists of the dramas are well-loved by the Indian audience, nationwide! Almost a decade ago, we had the likes of Smrita Irani, Sakshi Tanwar, Shweta Tiwari and Mona Singh ruiling the charts of Indian TV. While Sakshi is still one of the most popular actresses of Indian television today with her role as Priya in “Bade Ache Lagte Hain“, Smriti has taken on politics. Shweta Tiwari and Mona Singh are still doing popular shows but their popularity is not a rage like it was during their hay days. Having said that, all 5 are fantastic actresses and have definitely inspired a much younger lot to slowly but surely take over!

So let’s take a look at our pick of top 5 television actresses who have established themselves as some of the most lovable sweethearts of Indian television today:

#5. Deepika Singh – Diya Aur Baati Hum

Deepika Singh is a Punjabi, and she made her debut with the show, “Diya Aur Baati Hum”. She completed a MBA in Marketing at Punjab Technical University before taking a chance with acting.

Claim To Fame: As Sandhya in “Diya Aur Baati Hum”. “Diya Aur Baati Hum” is an immensely popular TV serial that airs on Star Plus. The show’s female protagonist, Sandhya, played by Deepika Singh, is a resilient girl who values education but respects the traditions and customs of her in-laws’ place as well, and tries her best to learn how to be the “perfect beengni (daughter- in- law)”. The popularity of the show Diya Aur Baati Hum has certainly contributed to Deepika Singh’s fame and her much deserved awards.

What we like: It’s a show that explores the impact of traditions and culture on women. The show depicts how Sandhya Rathi, a woman who values education, deals with the problems she faces at her in-laws. Sandhya is very resilient. I love how she is able to overcome adversities, and she represents a changing perception of Indian woman from rural areas. And Deepika Singh does a fabulous job out of it.


 #4. Hina Khan – Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai

Hina Khan Akshara
Hina Khan was born in Srinagar, India, and did her MBA at CCA School of Management, Gurgaon. She had casually gone with her friend for the auditions for “Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai” one day. Unexpectedly, she got a call from the producer the very next day and she was selected for the main role of Akshara.

Claim To Fame: As Akshara in “Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai”, one of the most popular soap operas on Star Plus that has been running since January 2009 and completed its 1000th episode in October 2012. The show revolves around a Rajasthani couple, Naitik (Karan Mehra) and Akshara (Hina Khan), and how they manage their lives while keeping their love intact. “Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata” has one of the highest TRP rates with viewers from all over the world, and it has bagged numerous awards.

What we like: It is a very “happy” show, one that simply puts a smile on your face- no kidding here. It’s one of those shows that does not have eyebrow raising vamps plotting to separate the lead couple nor a scheming Saansuma wanting to get her daughter-in-law in trouble! It is a very simple family drama that depicts the typical problems that members of a family or a couple could possibly face. (Although at times, the issues can get a little unrealistic…) Hina Khan’s charming and sweet demeanour as Akshara makes her one of the most favourite bahus of Indian television. Her undying and all-giving love for both her own and husband’s families makes her look admirable. Oh and did I mention, I really liked the baby version of Akshara’s son – Naksh…. Isn’t he just adorable?

Akshara with baby Naksh

#3. Drashti Dhami –Madhubala Ek Ishq Ek Junoon

Drashti is a Gujarati born in Mumbai, and she did numerous television advertisements before debuting in a TV show, “Dill Mill Gayye“. Following that she was seen as Geet in “Geet – Hui Sabse Parayi“, where she gained much fame. She is currently acting as Madhubala in “Madhubala, Ek Ishq, Ek Junoon“, and she will be seen in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 6, that will air on Colours TV on 1st June 2013.

Claim to fame – Geet Hui Sabse Parayi was Drashti’s claim to fame but she is absolutely loved as Madhu in “Madhubala, Ek Ishq, Ek Junoon”. “Madhubala, Ek Ishq, Ek Junoon” is no doubt, one of the most popular shows that airs on Colours TV. A baby girl is born on the lavish sets of a Hindi film to a Junior Artiste and is named after the legendary actress Madhubala. She grows up in the film industry but aspires to lead a simple life, showing no aspirations to become an actor. Her simple world somehow however gets entangled in the life of superstar RK (Rishabh Kundra played by Vivian D’Sena), and her life completely changes.

What we like: The show’s concept was something which completely enthralled us at first. It was novel , different, original and came as a breath of fresh air from the usual conventional saas-bahu serials. The chemistry between Madhu and RK is magical and as fans, we keep rooting that they do not get separated. However along the way, RK’s character has been crafted to become a little too overprotective of Madhu and this current track is something which we are not able to fathom lately. Madhu’s understanding and compromising nature in trying to make her marriage work with RK makes her instantly lovable. She is gorgeous and bubbly and is easily able to win the hearts of the audience. The name “Madhubala” in itself is a heavy burden to carry as one would often associate the name with yesteryear’s beauty queen Madhubala who was beautiful, graceful, strong and demure. While it’s unfair to draw comparisons, we feel it’s almost as if the character “Madhubala” was written with Drashti in mind! Check out her Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Promo:


#2. Jennifer Winget – Saraswatichandra

jennifer winget

Jennifer Winget was born in Mumbai to a Marathi-Christian father and a Punjabi mother. She did a degree in commerce from KJ Somaiya College in Mumbai, and currently she is married to popular TV actor to Karan Singh Grover.

Claim to fame: While Dill Mill Gayye was Jennifer’s big break, her current show “Saraswatichandra” has garnered her rave reviews. Produced by renowned film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Saraswatichandra is one of the popular shows that air on Star Plus. It is based on the famous Gujarati novel by Govardhanram Tripathi. Gautam Rode (who plays Saras) and Jennifer Winget (who plays Kumud), are the protagonists of the show, and the show depicts how they both fall in love with each other. It is a poignant love story of two soul mates who are denied the joy of becoming one by destiny and tradition.

What we like: Well, to be honest –Saraswatichandra is not your ordinary TV soap opera to begin with. Produced by SLB, launched by actress Rani Mukherji, the show started off with a bang with expensive brocade woven, lavish classy sets which were a welcome respite from the gaudy colours that serials nowadays throw around. This larger-than-life look was coupled with a beautiful story line. It definitely started off slow but the show picked up in the past few months and has a very Bhansali-feel to it. The only thing we are hope is that the SLB alters the clichéd script a bit to suit the modern audience. If you want to read the full story of Saraswatichandra, you can read it here. Now coming back to Jennifer, we feel that she is simply excellent. Although Kumud is rather traditional, she is really not your typical submissive and subservient chic. In fact, her modern outlook of life and helpful nature adds live to the show and she should inspire many Indian women, bound by traditions, who are afraid to voice out opinions. It’s not everyday that Sanjay Leela Bhansali picks a new muse, especially someone who does remind us of Nandini from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam with Aishwarya Rai in the lead role. We think Jeniffer is confident and beautiful as Kumud. She is able to portray the role effectively and there could not have been a better choice than her!  Ironically, she did do a film with Ash called “Kuch Na Kaho” when she was just a teenager! Check it out:


#1. Sanaya Irani- Chhanchhan

Sanaya Irani

Sanaya Irani is a Parsi born in Mumbai, and she received her education in Ooty. She graduated from Sydenham College in Mumbai and is currently doing a show called “Chhanchhan” on Sony Entertainment Television.

Claim To Fame: Sanaya was loved by fans when she appeared in Miley Jab Hum Tum and Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon. However since she’s acting in “Chhanchhan” currently – so, let’s talk about that! “Chhanchhan” is a new show that started airing on Sony Entertainment Television only two months back. It is about a bubbly, modern outgoing girl played by the gorgeous Sanaya Irani, and how she falls in love with Manav (played by Farhan Khan). The twist in the story is Supriya Pathak Kapoor, who plays a strict mother and is completely against Manav marrying a modern girl.

What we like: Sanaya Irani’s practical and 21st century nature as Chhanchhan is a refreshing change from the usual middle-class/traditional girl stories. Here is one girl – who’s rich, beautiful, confident, intelligent and modern but still faces problems! Why? Because she does not believe in following traditions blindly. She questions certain procedures which the older generations blindly follow in the name of rituals and culture. The show is a light-hearted entertainment, with Sanaya Irani doing a fabulous job as Chhanchhan. She is a gorgeous and talented actress, and we think that she will definitely make it big in the industry! Here’s a picture of her and Kajol, adorable right?

sanaya irani and kajol

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90 thoughts on “Top 5 Sweethearts of Indian Television

    Sanaya Fan

    (May 27, 2013 - 1:40 AM)

    Sanaya you rock, I also love Akshara and MADHUBaaaala …………………awesm list


      (May 28, 2013 - 11:06 PM)

      Agree Sanaya is the best

    tabbsum (@87akshara)

    (May 27, 2013 - 1:44 AM)

    Hina u r the best
    Love u Hina


    (May 27, 2013 - 2:06 AM)

    sanaya is the best

    Sonia Khan

    (May 27, 2013 - 2:11 AM)

    drashti dhami love u core ov my heart, keep rocking.


    (May 27, 2013 - 2:15 AM)

    Hina Khan Rocks!!
    she is a darling… as akshara and as Hina she simply rocks <3

    @writter, superb list :)) whatever u wrote about is is really sweet just one thing there is nothing unrealistic in YRKKH…. YRKKH is the most realistic show of indian television 🙂


    (May 27, 2013 - 2:22 AM)

    sanaya rocks

    Sanju Sharma

    (May 27, 2013 - 2:26 AM)

    Jennifer Winget rocks


    (May 27, 2013 - 2:32 AM)

    love you Sanaya


    (May 27, 2013 - 2:38 AM)

    sanaya rules ………..

    Dididumb (@Dididumbo)

    (May 27, 2013 - 2:38 AM)

    Love Sanaya she is the best for sure.


    (May 27, 2013 - 2:40 AM)

    Sanaya Irani u r simply the best actress.

    Angala Misti

    (May 27, 2013 - 3:39 AM)

    drashti is the best


    (May 27, 2013 - 6:08 AM)

    Sanaya is a great actress


    (May 27, 2013 - 6:26 AM)

    drashti rocks<3


    (May 27, 2013 - 7:06 AM)

    Sanaya Irani all the way!! I love my doll girl!!

    She sure is the Queen B of TV right now!! LOVEEEEEEEEEE her!!

    She is an amazing actress a delightful dancer and a ravishing beauty!! love herrrr!!!

    Naz Amjad

    (May 27, 2013 - 10:28 AM)

    Drashti Dhami is the #1 actress in telly wood. she is the queen of expressions. no one can be like her.


    (May 27, 2013 - 10:35 AM)

    Congrats for topping, sanz i do wish you land a lead role in bw too


    (May 27, 2013 - 10:36 AM)

    Sanaya is obviously the best!


    (May 27, 2013 - 11:04 AM)

    sunny doll of corz…you deserve this first place:)

    Farzina Shehnaz (@farzinashehnaz)

    (May 27, 2013 - 11:57 AM)

    Sanaya Irani <3


    (May 27, 2013 - 12:47 PM)

    Sanaya irani ofcourse..she is flawless and an excellent actress..!! Overall she is a complete package..we just love to see her on our screen..:):)

    Shehriz Kapadiya

    (May 27, 2013 - 12:56 PM)

    drasht is best i luv her as madhubala <3


    (May 27, 2013 - 1:10 PM)

    jennifer singh grover rules
    love u princess<3

    sohara mehwish

    (May 27, 2013 - 1:49 PM)

    Always Sanaya Irani. she is the best.

    Shahid Sadia

    (May 27, 2013 - 3:02 PM)

    sanaya is z best of all


    (May 27, 2013 - 3:53 PM)

    Hina all the way 🙂


    (May 27, 2013 - 6:08 PM)

    sanaya is the best


    (May 27, 2013 - 6:23 PM)

    jenny rocks


    (May 27, 2013 - 6:32 PM)

    Sanaya.. of course..I love you Sanaya <3 Good tht u topped….
    I also like Jennifer …


    (May 27, 2013 - 6:36 PM)

    Yes yes Its Sanaya…she is the best…


    (May 27, 2013 - 7:01 PM)

    sanaya rockzz…!!!

    raaj bundela

    (May 27, 2013 - 7:17 PM)


    shanaz sultana

    (May 27, 2013 - 8:58 PM)

    jennifer is so cute


    (May 27, 2013 - 9:29 PM)

    Sanaya gives always her best. She is the best

    Aaliya Sobti

    (May 27, 2013 - 9:57 PM)

    Sanaya is the best and she deserves the first position
    Whatever she does she roxxxxx LOVE U SANAYA <3<3<3<3<3


    (May 27, 2013 - 10:40 PM)

    deepika ur work is gr8!!! luv u lotzz

    Saba Saifi

    (May 27, 2013 - 10:46 PM)

    Sanaya Irani Rocks…
    love her…

    Hans Nah

    (May 27, 2013 - 11:22 PM)

    Sanaya and Deepika is the best!!!


    (May 28, 2013 - 12:00 AM)

    sanaya irani

    Rajeshree Sharma

    (May 28, 2013 - 2:56 AM)

    Deepika is you Sandhya..


    (May 28, 2013 - 1:43 PM)



    (May 28, 2013 - 1:47 PM)

    The name says it all “””SANAYA IRANI”””!!!!!!!!!!
    This Barbie Doll rules million and billion of hearts…………..
    We all SARUN,ARHI……..SANAYA fans love her a lot………Go ahead n sizzle….!!!
    She is the Queen of all hearts……!!!


    (May 28, 2013 - 6:41 PM)



    (May 28, 2013 - 7:31 PM)

    sanaya i love u


    (May 28, 2013 - 9:17 PM)

    Dd rocks always her acting always make her show works whethr its dmg geet or madhubala she is d best so undoubtedly she deserves 2 b at d top

    Suresh Velmurugan

    (May 28, 2013 - 9:34 PM)

    one and only sanaya irani


    (May 28, 2013 - 11:34 PM)

    My favorite is Surbhi Jyothi and I am surprised you have not added that lovely lady here, who is the lead of leading show. Is it because she is new to the industry or is it because you have your personal favorites?
    Love Sanaya <3 she is a doll on and offscreen.


    (May 29, 2013 - 7:28 PM)

    Nys list, these r realy vry gud actress n most popular. Luv u Drashti U rock 🙂


    (May 30, 2013 - 12:44 PM)

    I love Jeniffer winget for sure.Also I love drasti & Sanya.I don’t know how dee[pika is here.Even she doesn’t know acting just coz of TRP of d show she is here.

    Arshi Singh Raizada

    (May 31, 2013 - 10:31 PM)

    who else other than our SANAYA IRANI


    (June 5, 2013 - 10:36 PM)

    sanaya irani

    […] have a feeling that there will be a tough fight between Drashti Dhami and Shaan in this season. Drashti is paired up with Salman – their pairing has the perfect […]


    (July 1, 2013 - 4:30 AM)

    Drashti is the best love her as Madhubala

    mera barun

    (July 6, 2013 - 3:35 AM)

    sanaya irani queen f telly wood take our breathe away fm us

    Princess Sanaya (@MelekSanz)

    (July 6, 2013 - 3:42 AM)

    Sanaya Irani rock
    love you angel SANAYA
    Chhanchhan rock


    (July 6, 2013 - 3:57 AM)

    sanaya irani without any doubt
    she deserves to be at top


    (July 6, 2013 - 4:07 AM)

    one and only sanaya irani.

    Saba Saifi

    (July 6, 2013 - 12:05 PM)

    Sanaya Irani rocks..
    thanks for the awesome article…

    sonam ki raanjhana

    (July 6, 2013 - 12:34 PM)

    no i think if u met drashti personally u would prefer to put her in number 1, like TRUST ME, i met jennifer, drashti and sanaya and the nicest one was drashti, sanaya just have this weird fake attitude and no offence but she is a little arrogant too.

      sarun fan

      (July 7, 2013 - 1:05 AM)

      then say about drashti…not about sanaya ^-^


      (July 10, 2013 - 10:12 AM)

      You are a Drashti fan, so you will say that. Many fans who met Sanaya say how friendly and down to earth she is, and I have seen several videos of her fan interaction where she is friendly and fun loving. Sorry, will go by what I have seen, not by some hearsay!!


      (January 15, 2014 - 10:24 PM)

      Sanaya is the best among all n indeed she is a very down to earth person. You support Drashti, its fine!!……….but you haven’t got any right to speak against sanaya. Drashti isn’t bad but sanaya deserves to be at the top position and she is even.


    (July 6, 2013 - 1:48 PM)

    Of course SANAYA IRANI all the way..sanaya gives 100% to her roles


    (July 6, 2013 - 5:47 PM)


    Farzina Shehnaz

    (July 6, 2013 - 5:51 PM)

    Sanaya Irani


    (July 6, 2013 - 7:52 PM)

    Sanaya is the best !!!!! <3

    rajeswari nahak

    (July 6, 2013 - 8:24 PM)

    sanaya irani is best actor female in tv world

    Park Naina

    (July 6, 2013 - 8:28 PM)

    sanaya irani is da best….dere is no doubt….

    sarun fan

    (July 7, 2013 - 1:04 AM)

    sanaya is best…she is down to earth person
    love her alot…


    (July 7, 2013 - 12:07 PM)

    sanaya irani


    (July 7, 2013 - 3:18 PM)

    Any day ,Any time it’s Sanaya Irani definitely….!!!!! The result says it all……She has gained immense popularity and also earned millions of fans across ” globe”not just coz of her versatility in acting but also fo her grounded and down to earth personality…she is 1 crazy,fun loving gal i hav ever seen in an actress….

    Vandana Verma

    (July 7, 2013 - 11:07 PM)

    My favorite is definitely Sanaya Irani. i just loved her as Khushi in Iss pyaar ko kya naam doon? and am now watching her in Chanchan.

    vaibhav shukla

    (July 8, 2013 - 9:16 PM)

    we hv no time for all dis silly things, we hv to watch geet, madhubala, jdj on weekends n at last in return, v hv to show our dedication to drashti so tweeting, voting etc.
    so enjoy on dis sanaya fans 😉

    Vincy Vinu

    (July 8, 2013 - 11:34 PM)

    sanaya irani


    (July 9, 2013 - 12:42 AM)



    (July 9, 2013 - 3:55 AM)



    (July 9, 2013 - 8:06 PM)

    drashti…………no 111111111

    Ashviny Ashu

    (July 9, 2013 - 8:24 PM)


    Guddi Tondon

    (July 9, 2013 - 10:13 PM)

    dd is the best


    (July 9, 2013 - 11:13 PM)

    Drashti rocks


    (July 10, 2013 - 9:01 AM)

    I don’t even know why this would be up for discussion. There is no-one in this industry, half as good as Sanaya. I don’t know anyone who could convey emotions and feelings the way Sanaya does. Even when she has no lines to speak. I have never seen anyone quirk their ears to show surprise, or have fear instantly in their eyes, or emote with their face what their heart is supposed to feel. There is no question or doubt about this, Sanaya is so meritocratic, that she is far ahead of any of her contemporaries.


    (November 8, 2013 - 11:42 PM)

    Jennifer is easily d best


    (November 18, 2013 - 12:46 AM)

    Oh God! Defo Sanaya Irani, she stole everyones heart. Nobody can take her place, she’s simply the best! She is wayy better than DRASHTI!


      (November 18, 2013 - 2:29 AM)

      yeah. i agree


    (June 5, 2014 - 2:18 PM)

    i think Divyanka Tripathi aka Ishita Bhalla of ‘Yeh hai mohabbatein’ is d girl symbolizes a modern progressive minded women…who will always stand up for what is wrong..even if it makes her go against her family..tho she’s too unnecessarily upright at times…she is a break from the typical bahus of hindi serials..

    kiran naseem

    (June 6, 2014 - 11:25 AM)

    sanaya you are superb

    (June 9, 2014 - 10:34 AM)

    Hina Khan is such a beauty, I am really surprised that she has not left small screen tv yet for something bigger.

    Nurun Nahar

    (June 17, 2014 - 12:50 PM)

    Sanaya is the best.i love her just khusi kumari gupta in iss pyaar ko kia nam soon?

    Nurun Nahar

    (June 17, 2014 - 12:53 PM)

    Sanaya is the best.i just love her as khusi kumari gupta in iss pyaar ko kia nam doon?

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