In his recent interview, the Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai producer explained the success story of the 9 years old show and the challenges they faced during the runtime. The popular Star Plus show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai recently completed 2,500 episodes and to describe the success, the maker thanked the entire cast and crew.

The original concept of Yeh Rishta Kya Khelata Hai was to discover the love within the context of a traditional arranged marriage. While things have changed now as Naria and Kartik’s alliance is because of the love marriage.

Speaking about the successful 2,500 episodes of Yeh Rishta Kya Khelata Hai, Shahi says that it is the biggest achievement that the show is still popular and the number 1 show on the channel. “Remember, we are in a space today where there is a lot of hype around the show, leading to a temporary spike in viewership. But once the dust settles and the viewership falls, we’ll still say we’re running with dignity for the last nine years,” says producer.

He also discusses about the challenges where Hina Khan, the lead actress decided to quit the show as believed that nothing was left to add to her character. “Well, when you’re there for nine years, obviously there are ups and downs,” Shahi concedes, adding, “Yes, it’s true that the biggest challenge for us was last year when we had a lot of issues with the senior cast, where we were not able to live up to their expectations. Hence, we decided to place a big bet and gamble by bringing in a new story, that of Naira (played by Shivangi Joshi), daughter of Akshara and Naitik, and Kartik (played by Mohsin Khan). That was as good as launching a new show,” he concludes.