Characters of Yeh Rishta kya kehlata hai
Akshara is a simple, sweet and cute girl who has been brought up in a traditional Maheshwari family. She is the only daughter in the family in three generations; and therefore, she is adored and pampered by everyone. Nonetheless, the rules and regulations for her are the same as they are for others. She knows her limits and has never disobeyed rules. She is not a chirpy girl, yet has a lively nature that comes across through her expressive eyes and her attitude of accepting life just the way it is. At times she is naive, and with her leniant family some traditions are forgotten, eg. Not meeting future husband before marriage.Now, she is married to Naitik and is the daughter-in-law of the Singhania household. She has a whole new world of responsibilities and amongst all these, will she be able to win the love of her in-laws and primarily her husband?
Daadi (age 66)
Daadiji, the mother of the Maheshwari clan, has unquestionably accepted her place in the house after the death of her husband. She recognizes that though her sons respect her and give her importance, she should not interfere in their decisions. She allows Rajshri to take over the mantle of being the lady of the house and only guides her when necessary.
Over the years, she has also developed a sense of humour and a keen sense of seeing things with a different perspective. She adores her granddaughter and in her company, Akshara finds unconditional love and acceptance. Even though she may not like many of the things that Akshara likes she is her true friend and guide .
Vishambhar Nath (age 46)
Authoritative and dominating, this patriarch of the Mahehswari household is the bearer of family torch. He comes across as a strict disciplinarian, a believer and a staunch follower of traditions. He is very firm with his son Shaurya but is lenient with his daughter Akshara. Though he adores her and never talks to her in a raised voice, he has made it very clear that the girls/women of the household have to live within the strict rules laid down by society and no exceptions will be entertained. Behind his authoritative aura, he is also affectionate and emotional. He cloaks his vulnerability by being the responsible man who cannot afford to go wrong being the eldest son of the family.
Rajshri (age 43)
Rajshri is the lady of the house. Being the eldest bahu, she shoulders many responsibilities, of which keeping the family together is her primary focus. She is affectionate, strict with Akshara but at the same time pampers Anshuman (her devraani's son). She is an attractive woman and her simplicity makes her even more attractive. She gets hyper easily and can cry or laugh with spectacular ease. She can't deal with tension. She never negates or confronts her husband publicly and guards his image fiercely. She is the only person who understands that behind his stern faade is a vulnerable man who has to play many roles to protect his family.
Omkar Nath (age 39)
Vishambhar Nath's younger brother, Omkar Nath is a nice man. Fondly known as Omi Chacha by the kids of the house, he admits that it's only sheer chance that he was born in a Marwari family because he is not cut out for business. He has a sensitive heart which he guards fiercely and does not reveal his vulnerability to others. He instead hides it with his wry sense of humuor. It's only his wife who knows that he is a very sensitive man with a unique perspective on life. Yet, she falls short of understanding him completely as he does not conform to any preconceived image. He believes in God but not in the rituals. He is an amiable person but difficult to understand. Hence, the family has accepted him as he is without even trying to probe into his heart.
Sunaina (age 37)
Sunaina is the pretty and sociable wife of Omkar Nath. An affectionate woman, she displays great understanding and sensitivity. She is loved by all and has never questioned the authority of Rajshri. Even though she has practically raised Akshara, she never claims any right over her. With her understanding of finer nuances of relationships and her caring attitude, she has earned everyone's respect. However, she feels that something is miss in her relationship with her husband. Even though they are apparently happy, they lack togetherness. Sunaina Chachi is characterized by a sweet smile on her lips and a streak of sadness in her eyes.
Varsha (age 20)
Varsha is Akshara's best friend, and is as lively and innocent like her. They share every girlie secret, their grievances and sorrows together- she is Akshara's 'true soulmate'. Varsha, an only child, lost her father at a very young age, and is a more practical, confident and self reliant person than Akshara since she does not have the security blanket of father figure or brother over her head. Varsha has been regular in Akshara's house and has fallen in love with her brother Shaurya. However no one knows about their relationship! This is one secret that she has kept even from Akshara.But later, they marry.she helps akshara to meet her fiancée before marriage
Shaurya (age 23)
Shaurya, Akshara's elder brother, is an attractive and well built young man of today. He is overprotective about his kid sister and behaves like her father. Though he matches Vishambharnaath in aggression, he lacks maturity. He has a traditional and conservative approach towards women; 'they are to be protected' is ingrained as part of his chauvinistic training. Shaurya shares a warm relationship with Akshara but they do not share every detail of each other's lives. He projects a "I'm your big brother" image and had even kept his romance with Varsha a secret from her. Now. he is a sweet husband to Varsha.
Anshuman (age 12)
Anshuman is the youngest child in the house. He is an extremely amiable kid who hates to study and is a complete food buff- so overweight and very cuddly. He is otherwise a smart kid who always has a one liner ready for every occasion. He often brings smiles to people's faces even in the most tense situation and is adored and spoilt by everyone, especially Rajashri.
Gopi Daadi (age 65)
Gopi daadi is a friend and confidant of Daadi. She came as Daadi's bridesmaid when she was just 12 and Daadi was only thirteen. She's always been in the Maheshwari house since then and is more of a friend to Daadi than a servant. Gopi daadi has the authority to keep a check on the other servants. The bahus of the house respect her and even obey her. At times, she also scolds the bahus & kids of the house (but never Vishambhar or Omkar).
Bhola (age 30)
Bhola is an orphan who has been brought up in the Maheshwari household. He loves Rajshri, like his own mother and can give his life for her. Bhola is very muscular and learns pehlwani (hence a bramachari) and protects Akshara as his sister. He accompanies Akshara on all her outings like a bodyguard. Bhola is overtly sentimental.slowly as the story moves on he understands girls heart and he finally accpets that he loves Dhaniya.
Dhaniya (age 28)
Dhaniya is the comic relief in the household. She is very cute, lively, and also the gossip queen. She is married to Bhola, and their marriage was overlooked and scruitinized by Akshara's dadi.
Shankari Tai (age 60)
Shankari Tai is the renowned match-maker of Udaipur. She is much sought after by the parent of every boy and girl of marriageable age in Udaipur for her knack of putting together the perfect match. She is a colourful personality with a little sharpness in her tongue. But her years of wisdom is what gives her a very unique perspective on relationships and the skill of not just fixing an alliance between an eligible boy and girl but of making matches that are a perfect fit.
Naitik (age 22)
Handsome and youthful, Naitik is the only son of the Singania family. He is very well educated... yet somewhere tied to the customs and traditions valued in his family. Naitik being the only son in a house of daughters is the most pampered and fussed over. His demands are met with even before he asked for them and even as his father tried hard to give him a more balanced upbringing, others made sure he felt very special. Though he is also a sensitive soul who cares for others and never hurts anyone, there is a certain pride in him for being born a boy! He is very possessive about his wife, Akshara. Together as a couple Akshara and Naitik will embark on a journey where both will have to shed the facade of being the people their respective families and ambience made them and accept each other in their most natural elements. Meeting before their marriage, they develped a deep fondness for each other until they realised their true feelings of love for each other. It is now on a journey of their lives viewers will travel.he wants everything on time & in time and is very confident about himself
Rajshekhar (age 46)
Rajshekhar is a fun-loving person. He is younger to daddajee and assists him in his business. He never questions his elder brother's authority over the business or in the household. Though he calls his wife, Gayathri,"high-command", jokingly, he is completely dedicated to her and their children, Naitik and Rashmi. While, he scolds Gayathri for pampering their elder son, Naitik, he, like any other father, is very fond of their younger daughter, Rashmi and daughter-in-law, Akshara.he respects everyones opinion and looks after akshara as if she is his own daughter
Gayatri (age 43)
Gayathri is the youngest daughter-in-law of the Singhania household. She is a very affectionate lady, but her affection for her son has made her land into troubles, big time. She, like every mother, wants to see her son, Naitik, happy and is ready to do anything for him. She knows her limits very well and cares very much for her in-laws, as well. She is also like a best friend to her niece, Nandini and is the one with whom Nandini shares all her sorrows. She is also very possessive about her son, and pampers him a lot, at the same time is strict with her younger daughter, Rashmi.she wants to do everything by herself for her son but after akshara coming to naitik's life akshara cares everything for naitik and for this she is very sad
Rashmi (age 19)
Rashmi is Naitik's younger sister. She is very fond of her brother and supports him in all his deeds. Though, her mother, Gayathri, is strict with her, she is shown to be more close to her father, Rajshekhar. Naitik often scolds her for her silliness, but at the same time, helps her with studies, projects etc. She studies in the same college as that of her sister-in-law, Akshara, and wants her to pursue her studies after marriage. She, along with Mohit and Nandini used to plan Naitik's meetings with Akshara before marriage. She is a sweet person and is shown to be very fond of movies.maybe she likes mohith
Daddaji (age 55)
Mahendra Pratap Singhania or "daddaji", as he is called fondly by the family members is the 'man' of the Singhania household. His decisions are final and no one has the authority to question him. He is shown as a strict disciplinarian who is tied to his family's traditions and beliefs. Though he is against pampering Naitik who is the only boy of the house, somewhere he too ends up pampering him. Initially, he wanted Naitik to join the family business but then,in heart of heart he doesn't mind him going out for a job, be it for his happiness. He is strictly against his daughter-in-law, Akshara,pursuing her studies after marriage.
Bhabhimaa (age 50)
Kaveri Mahendra Pratap Singhania or "bhabhimaa", as she is called fondly by everyone is the 'lady' of the Singhania household. She, being daddajee's wife has the upperhand in all the decisions taken in the house. She is extremely fond of her Munna(Naitik) and pampers him a lot. She comes across to us as an extremely affectionate person. She is also very energetic and fun-loving, but is worried about her daughter Nandini. She watches helplessly as Nandini moves around in a wheel-chair and is depressed that she is not yet married. Yet, she has complete faith that some day or the other Nandini would also marry and lead her own life.she loves akshara
Mohit (age 22)
Mohit is Naitik's best friend who solves almost all his problems. He too is the comic relief in the Singhania household. More like a family member to the Singhanias, Mohit is shown as an extremely caring person, as far as the family members are concerned. He is more matured than Naitik, though he acts childish most of the time. Before marriage, Mohit was the master-mind behind the plans for Naitik to meet his fiancée, Akshara.maybe he likes naitik's sister rashmi
Nandini (age 24)
Nandini is daddaji's and bhabhimaa's daughter. She was affected with polio when she was only two. So, she uses a wheel-chair to move around while her parents watch her, helplessly. She is elder to Naitik and was heart-broken to hear that he is getting married before her. Because she is handicapped, no one wants to marry her and she has compromised with her destiny. She is also very fond of Naitik and Nandini doesn't let anyone from her family worry about her. She is closest to her aunt, Gayathri and shares all her feelings with her.