She doesn't really need any introduction! But for the lesser knowns, Ekta Kapoor is veteran actor Jeetendra's daughter. She is the Joint Managing Director and Creative Director of ALT Balaji. Kapoor is the driving force behind some of the most successful shows in Indian television history, including Hum Paanch, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, Kasautii Zindagii Kay, Bade Achhe Lagte Hain, to name a few. (All photos/Ekta Kapor's official Instagram handle)
Born on June 7, 1975, Ekta Kapoor started her career at an early age of 17. She started attending shoots of famous ad maker Kailash Surendranath, who has directed around 3,500 commercials in a career spanning 35 years.
Later, with her father Jeetendra's help, Ekta Kapoor launched her production house Balaji Creations. Though the pilot projects that were created by the production house were rejected, it was Hum Paanch, that tasted success. Soon came a stage when 'K' became Ekta's lucky alphabet. Balaji Creations made shows which had K as their initial from 2000-2008. Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, became the highest TRP generating show on TV. Others that gained success were Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki, Kabhii Sautan Kabhii Sahelii, Kkusum, Kohi Apna Sa, Kaahin Kissii Roz, Kutumb and Kasautii Zindagii Kay. She made characters like Tulsi Virani, Parvati, Prerna so popular that these actors are still recognised with their screen name.
Ekta Kapoor is known to be one of the most friendly producers in the TV industry. She is a complete party person and has a bunch of friends from the industry whom she can count for life. Ekta shares a great rapport with Anita Hassanandani, Smriti Irani and Sakshi Tanwar and keeps posting several pictures with them.
Hailed to be the TRP Queen and the pioneer of daily soap entertainment, Ekta Kapoor solely changed the face of Indian TV. After conquering TV, the content czarina is leaving impressive imprints on the cine-goers too. Veere Di Wedding, Udta Punjab, Ek Villain, Main Tera Hero, Lootera, The Dirty Picture, Ragini MMS, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, Shootout At Lokhandwala, she has been breaking stereotypes with incredible content and stories that grip the audience. Ekta Kapoor clearly knows the pulse of viewers across the platform as she gave us movies based on different genres.
Having produced several television shows focussed on women, Ekta Kapoor believes informing people about the issues in Indian society through the entertainment mediums works better them educating them about it. "I personally think education is one and infotainment is the other (aspect). If you educate people, they get bored. If you go out there and show them films, which are entertaining and then they like the characters and start relating to the story because of the characters, you land up doing a lot more to change mindsets than ever," said Ekta in an interview in 2017.
Ekta Kapoor is quite headstrong, outspoken and unafraid when it comes to giving her opinion. That is why people refer to her as a tigress. However, you will be surprised to know that there is someone in front of whom the tigress cannot say a word. In fact, a person can make Ekta do anything. Well, it is none other than Tusshar Kapoor's son Laksshya. This secret was revealed by Ekta Kapoor's best friend Rakshanda Khan.
Rakshanda who knows Ekta for more than 17 years said that Ekta Kapoor was not so calm earlier, but ever since Laksshya has come into her life she has changed completely. In fact, whenever the filmmaker is with Laksshya, it is the little one who rules. Rakshanda said, "Even though Ekta is a tigress and nobody can say anything in front of her, it is Laksshya who can make her do anything and she can never refuse him. Ekta doesn't leave a chance to woe the munchkin. In fact, she too becomes a kid around him and they enjoy a lot together."
Talking about Laksshya, Ekta Kapoor had said in a candid conversation with mid-day, "Ever since Tusshar's baby Laksshya arrived, I can't wait to get home. Everyone in the house has changed their schedule to match it with the tot. I wrap up things as fast as I can to spend time with the little one."
Ekta Kapoor is 44 and still single. She opened up on how she fails to understand why she has to be married to settle down and why the two things linked at all. "What I am asked a lot by journalists is, 'When are you settling down?' How much more do I need to settle down? I really don't understand why settling down is linked to getting married. For years, my father and mother saved the best of alcohol for my marriage. The defining moment of my life came when my father took all of that out on his 75th birthday. It was a celebration of today and not expectations of tomorrow," she said.
However, Ekta Kapoor became a mother to a baby boy in 2019, via surrogacy and shocked the world with the news. This news came three years after brother Tusshar Kapoor had opted for surrogacy and become a father. Ekta's baby was born on January 27, and she named him Ravie, after dad Ravi Kapoor.
While she's enjoying motherhood now, becoming a mother was something Ekta Kapoor gave a lot of thought to, for a very long time. Kapoor had begun contemplating it seven years ago. Ekta now calls herself a mother of two!
Coming back to her professional life, Ekta Kapoor may have had seen success with her 'K' series, but she even faced criticism for showing "regressive storylines" in shows like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki, Kahin Kissi Roz, Kasautii Zindagii Kay and Pavitra Rishta. But on the flip side, she has produced movies like Lipstick Under My Burkha, Love Sex Aur Dhokha and now she is connecting with the youth through a digital app ALTBalaji where some of the series explore homosexuality and other taboo topics.
Talking about her journey, Ekta Kapoor sums up saying, "My journey has been quite a paradox. I make movies which explore sexuality and TV shows which have very conservative families. And I think both are two sides of the same coin. I deal with everything with a pinch of salt. I am quite a feminist."
Ekta Kapoor had an important point to make here. She said, "Just because the woman is in a sari doesn't mean that she cannot shoot a gun. That is what I feel happens a lot on TV. I get a lot of women who expect me to confirm because I do a lot of socially conservative TV, and they get bit of a shock like when they ask me, 'Girls today think about sex a lot' and I say, 'They do it as well'."
Though her best friend Smriti Irani is into politics, Ekta Kapoor is not a fan of politics. "I hate politics. Brothers fight. Parties win and people lose," she had said once.
Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi ran for over 1,800 episodes. Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii entertained with 1,600 plus episodes. Ekta Kapoor's trendsetting shows had a record-breaking run on Indian television, but the producer now says a sense of fatigue has set in for her when it comes to making long format entertainers.
Talking about the new show pattern, she said, "Now, even a person like me feels a sense of fatigue doing even one show for a hundred episodes. I can pull it off for hundred, but after that, I get bored."
Ekta Kapoor is currently mastering various mediums as she basks in the glory of her web series Home, creatively being part of the reboot of Kasautii Zindagii Kay and also is busy with her upcoming feature films 'Mental Hai Kya' and 'Jabariya Jodi'. It is a known fact that Ekta is very particular about her work but not many people know that Ekta personally goes through the content of her projects.
Here's wishing a very happy birthday to Ekta Kapoor!
It's Ekta Kapoor's birthday today. The filmmaker's, who turned 44 today, colossal contribution to television, movie entertainment and now in the digital space with Alt Balaji, she continues to shape and have a huge impact on the Indian culture. The successful producer has explored a variety of genres, set trends and given actors and directors an opportunity to showcase their talent. Let's have a look at her wonderful journey so far