Ekta Kapoor

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Ekta Kapoor
Ekta Kapoor at 98.3 FM Radio Mirchi 3.jpg
Kapoor in 2012
Born (1975-06-07) 7 June 1975 (age 44)[1]
Other namesContent Czarina
OccupationTelevision producer, joint managing director of Balaji Telefilms
Years active1995–present
Parent(s)Jeetendra (father)
Shobha Kapoor (mother)
RelativesTusshar Kapoor (brother)

Ekta Kapoor (born 7 June 1975)[1][2] is an Indian television producer, film producer and director.

Early life and education[edit]

Ekta Kapoor (center) with brother Tusshar (left) and father Jeetendra (right)

Ekta Kapoor is the daughter of actors Jeetendra and Shobha Kapoor. Her younger brother Tusshar Kapoor is also a Bollywood actor.[3][4][5] She went to school at Bombay Scottish School, Mahim and attended college at Mithibai College.[6]


Ekta Kapoor started her career aged 15, interning with ad and feature filmmaker Kailash Surendranath, until after obtaining financing from her father, she decided to become a producer.[7] She ventured into Bollywood movie production in 2001 beginning with Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta, Kucch To Hai and Krishna Cottage based on supernatural themes followed in 2003 and 2004. Kyaa Kool Hai Hum starred her brother Tusshar Kapoor. She then went on to co-produce Shootout at Lokhandwala with Sanjay Gupta. Mission Istanbul and EMI – Liya Hai Toh Chukana Padhega in collaboration with Sunil Shetty followed.

In 2010 to 2014 she released a number of films including Love Sex aur Dhokha, Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, and Shor in the City. She says at one point she had lost confidence in herself after her films flopped one after another, and so was initially not sure about producing Half Girlfriend.[8]

In 2012, Ekta Kapoor started Institute of Creative Excellence, a media training school through her production house Balaji Telefilms.[9][10][11]

Kapoor has also created and produced more than 130 Indian soap operas under her banner Balaji Telefilms Limited. Some of her most popular and top shows are Hum Paanch, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki, Kaahin Kissii Roz, Kasautii Zindagii Kay, Kahiin To Hoga, Kasamh Se, Pavitra Rishta, Bade Acche Lagte Hain, Jodha Akbar.[12] Naagin, Ye Hai Mohabbatein, Kumkum Bhagya, Kasam Tere Pyaar Ki, Kundali Bhagya and several others that were credited with starting a new wave on Indian television, leading to her being known as the "Czarina of television" and "the Queen of India Television".[7][13][14]

Kapoor has also launched 40 web TV series online through her digital app ALTBalaji.[7]

She has also launched her fashion series with EK Label. In recent times she has been named Content Czarina.[15] [16]

Personal life[edit]

She became a single parent to a boy through surrogacy in January 2019[17][18] Mona Singh, a close friend, turns babysitter for Ekta's son.[19] A man was arrested for stalking Ekta after her company filed a complaint.[20]

Collected works[edit]


2019 Vande Mataram song in Romeo Akbar Walter


The following is the list of Television shows produced by Kapoor under her banner Balaji Telefilms. Note: television series in bold are the shows presently on air.


The following is the list of motion pictures produced by Kapoor under her banner Balaji Motion Pictures.[80]

Web series[edit]

The following is the list of web series created/developed/produced by Kapoor under her banner ALT Digital Media Entertainment for her video on demand platform ALT Balaji.

Awards and honours[edit]

Kapoor also works on script writing, creative conversion and concept building. Having been chosen as one of 50 of ‘Asia’s Most Powerful Communicators’ by Asia Week magazine in 2001,[115] she has helped launch the careers of many actors and actresses.[116]

She was chosen to lead the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) entertainment committee. The other awards she received are; The Society Achiever Award[117] and The Best Entrepreneur of the Year 2001.[117]

Kapoor is regarded as one of the most powerful ladies in the television industry and is amongst the top 25 woman entrepreneuns of India.[118]

Kapoor has also received awards as the producer of Balaji Telefilms. These include the Indian Television Academy Awards, Indian Telly Awards, Kalakar Awards, Asian Television Awards, Apsara Awards, Zee Rishtay Awards, Star Parivaar Awards, 3rd Boroplus Awards, New Talent Awards, BIG Star Entertainment Awards, 4th Boroplus Awards, GR8! Women Awards, Asia’s Social Empowerment Awards, Lions Gold Awards, Stardust Awards, Screen Awards, Pune International Film Festival, Zee Gaurav Puraskar, National Media Network Film and TV Awards, the Global Indian Film and TV Honors, Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards, and ETC Bollywood Business Awards.[116]

The following is the recent list of Awards received by Kapoor:


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  2. ^ Bajaj, Simran (7 June 2016). "Happy birthday Ekta Kapoor: 6 things to remind you why she is a big deal". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
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  9. ^ http://www.balajitelefilms.com/indus-balaji-fund.php
  10. ^ http://www.indiantelevision.com/release/y2k12/may/mayrel25.php
  11. ^ https://www.indiainfoline.com/article/news/balaji-telefilms-to-start-chain-of-acting-editing-schools-5039783749_1.html
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  13. ^ "TV czarina Ekta Kapoor on moving from conservative shows to nonconformist work". India Today. 6 April 2018. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  14. ^ "Ekta Kapoor 'swears' she is not queen of TV". The Indian Express. 2 March 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Content Czarina Ekta Kapoor Leads With Distinctive Women Driven Characters". Mid Day.
  16. ^ "Content Czarina Ekta Kapoor leads with distinctive women driven characters". Daily Hunt.
  17. ^ DelhiJanuary 31, India Today Web Desk New; January 31, India Today Web Desk New; Ist, India Today Web Desk New. "Ekta Kapoor chose surrogacy for this reason". India Today.
  18. ^ Ekta Kapoor turns mom, welcomes baby boy via surrogacy
  19. ^ DelhiMarch 3, India Today Web Desk New; March 3, India Today Web Desk New; Ist, India Today Web Desk New. "Doting maasi Mona Singh turns babysitter for Ekta Kapoor's son. Watch adorable video". India Today.
  20. ^ "32-year-old man arrested for stalking Ekta Kapoor in Mumbai; details inside". The Asian Age. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  21. ^ "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi comes to a tragic end". 7 November 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  22. ^ "Strike off but channels hold back fresh episodes - Livemint". Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  23. ^ "Story about in-laws becomes 2nd most watched programme in India after Kaun Banega Crorepati". India Today. 18 December 2000.
  24. ^ "Sakshi bids farewell to Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii". www.rediff.com.
  25. ^ "It is time for Kkusum to go!". www.santabanta.com.
  26. ^ "MTV's first soap "Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi" rides well". 22 November 2004. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  27. ^ "MTV's 'Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi' to bid-adieu on 18 May". 16 May 2005. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  28. ^ Ekta Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj at the launch of Ek This Naayika
  29. ^ Review: Ek This Naayika
  30. ^ Channel V is back with Season 3 of Gumrah
  31. ^ MTV launches new youth series about web crimes titled MTV Webbed
  32. ^ "Ekta Kapoor to produce historical love series on Jodha Akbar".
  33. ^ Balaji Telefilms returns to DD with new prime time offering
  34. ^ Doordarshan all set to take on private satellites with new content from Balaji
  35. ^ "Ekta Kapoor launches her new television show Ye Hai Mohabbatein".
  36. ^ "Another generation leap in Ekta Kapoor's Yeh Hai Mohabbatein?". India Today. 3 October 2016.
  37. ^ "Divyanka Tripathi dances like there's no tomorrow at the 1000 episodes celebrations of Ye Hai Mohabbatein - Times of India".
  38. ^ MTV launches second season of MTV Webbed
  39. ^ Kritika Kamra to host MTV Webbed Season 2
  40. ^ Colors set to launch Balaji Telefilms next show titled 'Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi'
  41. ^ "Zee TV's Kumkum Bhagya launches on April 15 - Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". 30 March 2014.
  42. ^ "Kumkum Bhagya – The Biggest Fiction Launch of 2014 - Times of India".
  43. ^ Channel V to launch Gumrah Season 4, with Abhay Deol
  44. ^ Sony Pal to launch a Balaji Telefilms show ‘Yeh Dil Sun Raha Hai’
  45. ^ New reality format Box Cricket League begins on Sony TV
  46. ^ Ekta Kapoor: Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh will be an important story in an evolution of TV
  47. ^ Sony to premiere Balaji's 'Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar' starring Ronit Roy
  48. ^ "Ssharad & Kratika Look Lovely; Ekta Kapoor Says She Is Not Queen Of TV At Kasam Launch – See Pics". 2 March 2016.
  49. ^ "Ekta Kapoor 'swears' she is not queen of TV". 2 March 2016.
  50. ^ Ekta Kapoor's next on Life OK explores faith in God in a new show ‘Kalash – Ek Vishwaas’
  51. ^ Balaji Telefilms, Kalash Ek Vishwas to go off air
  52. ^ Balaji Telefilms to produce the seventh season of Nach Baliye, to be aired on Star Plus
  53. ^ 'Gumrah' Season 5: 'Yeh Hai Mohabbatein' Actor Karan Patel Replaces Karanvir Bohra as New Host
  54. ^ Star Plus launches Ekta Kapoor's next titled Kuch To Hai Tere Mere Darmiyaan
  55. ^ Sony to beef up prime time with Ekta Kapoor's new fiction show, ‘Pyaar Ko Ho Jaane Do’
  56. ^ Balaji's show, Ye Kahan As Gaye Hum on &TV goes off air
  57. ^ BCL 2016 to air on Colors
  58. ^ Balaji Telefilms and Life OK’s ‘Mazaak mazaak mein’ brings a comedy war of sorts between Indian states
  59. ^ "'Kawach... Kaali Shaktiyon Se' gets an extension - Times of India".
  60. ^ "Mona Singh-Vivek Dahiya Starrer 'Kavach...Kaali Shaktiyon Se' to Go Off-air". 6 November 2016.
  61. ^ "Zee TV's popular supernatural show Brahmarakshas to go off air". India Today. 11 January 2017.
  62. ^ "'Brahmarakshas' to end on February 18 - Times of India".
  63. ^ "Naagin 2 season finale, 25th June 2017 full episode written update: Yamini and Shesha are killed by Ardhanareshwar". 26 June 2017.
  64. ^ "Why did Rocky kill Shivangi? Naagin 2 climax is ridiculous but might be inspired from Baahubali". India Today. 27 June 2017.
  65. ^ "Mouni Roy, Karanvir Bohra and Adaa Khan shoot for the last episode of Naagin 2 - Times of India".
  66. ^ "It's a wrap for Pardes Mein Hai Mera Dil, to be replaced by Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon". www.pinkvilla.com.
  67. ^ "Ekta Kapoor's Chandra-Nandini is all set to be replaced by Ikyawann, read on - Times of India".
  68. ^ "Star Dopahar to call it a day, all shows to end on September 30". 8 September 2017.
  69. ^ "Zee TV launches Kumkum Bhagya's spin-off 'Kundali Bhagya'". www.bestmediaifo.com.
  70. ^ Chauhan, Soumyata. "Kundali Bhagya Launch: Ekta Kapoor reveals what inspired her to make a spin off of Kumkum Bhagya".
  71. ^ "Dheeraj Dhoopar starrer Kundali Bhagya becomes the biggest weekday launch since 2016 - Times of India".
  72. ^ Ekta Kapoor's Chandrakanta to showcase a different story on Colors
  73. ^ Balaji Telefilms' next Chandrakanta replaces Naagin Season 2 on Colors
  74. ^ "Box Cricket League Season 3 will surely have Bold and Real content: Ekta Kapoor".
  75. ^ "Naagin 3: Mouni Roy gets emotional as Ekta Kapoor replaces her with a new face - Times of India".
  76. ^ "Naagin 3: Rajat Tokas, Karishma Tanna to join the lead 'Naagins' Surbhi Jyoti and Anita Hassanandani in the show".
  77. ^ Ekta Kapoor's next TV show on Sony Entertainment titled ‘Dil Hi Toh Hai’
  78. ^ Karan Kundra to play lead in Ekta Kapoor's new show 'Dil Hi Toh Hai'
  79. ^ Star Plus to launch Balaji Telefilms next, fantasy thriller ‘Qayamat Ki Raat’ on 23 June
  80. ^ "'Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3' motion poster: Tusshar Kapoor and Aftab Shivdasani are naughtier beyond imagination - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  81. ^ Ekta Kapoor brings together Varun Dhawan and David Dhawan for Main Ter Hero
  82. ^ Ekta Kapoor's next film titled Kuku Mathur Ki Jhandh Ho Gayi
  83. ^ Ekta Kapoor's next with Siddharth Malhotra titled Ek Villain
  84. ^ Emraan Hashmi roped in for Ekta Kapoor's next on Indian crickter Mohammad Azharuddin
  85. ^ Ekta Kappoor's Balaji Motion Pictures acquires the rights to co-produce Shahid Kapoor starrer 'Udta Punjab'
  86. ^ Balaji Motion Pictures to co-produce ‘Masti’ triquel, titled ‘Great Grand Masti’
  87. ^ Tiger Shroff signs Ekta Kapoor and Remo D’souza’s next film Turbanator
  88. ^ Mohit Suri, Ekta Kapoor and Chetan Bhagat join hands for ‘Half Girlfriend’
  89. ^ Diljit Dosanjh to star in Ekta Kapoor’s maiden Punjabi production Super Singh
  90. ^ Veere Di Wedding: Producer Ekta Kapoor to do this for the first time in 8 year
  91. ^ Balaji Motion Pictures next Laila Majnu with Imtiyaz Ali
  92. ^ Kangana's next film with Balaji Motion Pictures titled Mental Hai Kya?
  93. ^ Siddharth Malhotra to star in Ekta Kapoor's next titled Shotgun Shaadi
  94. ^ Shree Narayan Singh, Ekta Kapoor to collaborate on biopic of 'Milkman of India' Verghese Kurien based on his autobiography
  95. ^ "Faceinews.com » ALTBalaji forays into regional space with the launch of original Tamil thriller – Maya Thirrai!". faceinews.com.
  96. ^ a b c d "Ekta Kapoor launches 'ALT Balaji app', to premiere 5 web series today". United News of India. 16 August 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  97. ^ "Manraj Singh of Romil and Jugal: Cutting off my hair at 19 was a shock for my mom". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  98. ^ "WATCH: ALTBalaji's new web series Bewafaa Sii Wafaa explores the possibility of love after marriage". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  99. ^ "Ekta Kapoor heading digital, launched 'ALT Balaji Application' in Delhi". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  100. ^ "Sakshi Tanwar Talks About Co-Star Ram Kapoor And Web Series Karrle Tu Bhi Mohabbat". CNN-News18. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  101. ^ "Dev DD: ALTBalaji's 'female Devdas' likes sex, booze. But is the character truly progressive?". Firstpost. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  102. ^ Banan, Aastha (6 May 2017). "'The Test Case' on AltBalaji is worth watching". Mint. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  103. ^ "Watch CyberSquad on AltBalaji". Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  104. ^ "Watch Pammi Aunty on AltBalaji". Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  105. ^ "Ragini MMS Returns: ALTBalaji's horror web series is steamy, sure; scary? Not so much- Entertainment News, Firstpost".
  106. ^ "Rajkummar Rao wraps up Bose web-series, preps up for Omerta premier at TIFF 2017". 10 September 2017.
  107. ^ "ALT Balaji announces Dhimaner Dinkaal – its first Bengali original". 24 July 2017.
  108. ^ "Alt Balaji announces new series called Fourplay - Times of India".
  109. ^ "Haq Se: Ekta Kapoor unveils the first look of Rajeev Khandelwal and Surveen Chawla's online show". www.pinkvilla.com.
  110. ^ "Ronit Roy, Mona Singh and Gurdip Kohli team up for Alt Balaji's next". India Today.
  111. ^ "Rithvik Dhanjani and Anita Hassanandani play modern-day couple in Galti Se Mis-Tech". 15 March 2018.
  112. ^ "Why Ekta Kapoor's 'Gandi Baat' is bizarre, not bold". www.dailyo.in.
  113. ^ "Gandi Baat review: This ALTBalaji show oscillates between soft-porn and crude anthology set in rural India- Entertainment News, Firstpost".
  114. ^ [1]
  115. ^ "Tejpal, Ekta and Murthy among Asia's 50 most powerful communicators: Asiaweek". Indian Advertising Media & Marketing News – exchange4media. 25 May 2001. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  116. ^ a b "Ekta Kapoor Biography, Pictures and Facts". Famous Entrepreneurs. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  117. ^ a b "Ekta Kapoor Biography - Life Story, Career, Awards and Achievements". www.mapsofindia.com. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  118. ^ "In 25 most powerful ladies list".
  119. ^ Ekta Kapoor wins Most Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur at Indo American Society Awards, 2010
  120. ^ Ekta Kapoor and team win top honours at Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards, 2012
  121. ^ Big B, Dilip Kumar, Ekta Kapoor wins Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards, 2012
  122. ^ Ekta Kapoor honoured for being a successful film and TV producer in Indian film and TV industry
  123. ^ Ekta Kapoor tops IMPACT's list of 50 Most Influential Women, 2016
  124. ^ Ekta Kapoor wins Sterling Icon of Entertainment at ITA Awards, 2017
  125. ^ Ekta Kapoor wins Web Person of the Year at IWM Awards, 2018
  126. ^ Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards 2018: Ekta Kapoor awarded for her outstanding work in films and TV
  127. ^ Ekta Kapoor honoured as the Most Powerful woman in Indian Business
  128. ^ Ekta Kapoor receives FLO Icon of the Year by President of India!
  129. ^ Ekta Kapoor honoured for her 'Grand' achievement in Films, TV and Web.
  130. ^ Ekta Kapoor honoured with Grand Achiever at Telebrations Awards.
  131. ^ Complete List of Winners: 18th Indian Television Academy Awards, 2018
  132. ^ Ekta Kapoor bags 18th ITA, Premiere Channel for ALT Balaji
  133. ^ Ekta Kapoor honoured at Jagran Cinema Summit Awards, 2018
  134. ^ Ekta Kapoor honored yet again for being a content powerhouse!
  135. ^ Ekta Kapoor bags Icon of Excellence at FORBES Tycoon of Tomorrow Awards
  136. ^ Kapoor wins Achiever of the Year at Outlook India Speakout Awards, 2018
  137. ^ Ekta Kapoor receives the Business Icon of the continent award
  138. ^ Kapoor wins Content Creator of the Year at ET Business Awards, 2019
  139. ^ Ekta Kapoor wins title of ‘Content Creator of The Year’ at Economic Times Awards, 2019
  140. ^ Ekta Kapoor honoured with Most Powerful Woman in Indian Business
  141. ^ Talent Track Awards 2019 Winners List: Ekta Kapoor, Nia Sharma, Karan Wahi, Mona Singh & Others Bag Awards!
  142. ^ Ekta Kapoor amongst BW Most Influential Woman of India
  143. ^ Ekta Kapoor Bags Title Of ‘Content Powerhouse’ At The ET Edge Maharashtrian Awards, 2019
  144. ^ Parth Samthaan, Ekta Kapoor awarded at IQ Awards, 2019
  145. ^ Kareena Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Ekta Kapoor awarded at HT Style Awards, 2019.

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