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Ekta Kapoor
Ekta Kapoor in 2021.jpg
Kapoor in 2021
Born (1975-06-07) 7 June 1975 (age 46)
Occupation
Years active1995 – present
Children1
Parents
RelativesTushar Kapoor (brother)
Abhishek Kapoor (first cousin)
AwardsPadma Shri (2020)[1]

Ekta Kapoor (born 7 June 1975)[2][3] is an Indian television producer, film producer and director who works in Hindi cinema and soap opera. She is the joint managing director and creative head of Balaji Telefilms Limited, which was founded in 1994. In 2001, Balaji Motion Pictures was launched as a subsidiary company of Balaji Telefilms Limited which is a film production and distribution company. She launched ALT Balaji in April 2017.

Kapoor was honoured with the Padma Shri in 2020 for her work in the field of arts.[1]

Personal life[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.[4][5][6]

She went to school at Bombay Scottish School, Mahim and attended college at Mithibai College.[7]

Kapoor is not married. She has a son named Ravie Kapoor, born on 27 January 2019 via surrogacy.[8][9]

Career[edit]

Ekta Kapoor started her career at the age of 17, interning with ad and feature filmmaker Kailash Surendranath. After obtaining financing from her father, she decided to become a producer under her banner Balaji Telefilms.[10] Her initial projects were failures, with six of her pilot episodes being rejected, leading to a total loss of 50 lakh (equivalent to 1.7 crore or US$220,000 in 2020). In 1995, Mano Ya Na Mano was selected by Zee TV and her music-based show Dhun Dhamaka was chosen by Doordarshan. Her 1995 sitcom, Hum Paanch was her first success.[11]

In the 2000s, the letter 'K' became her lucky alphabet and she launched many shows starting with the same, including Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, which broke all records to become the series to attract the highest TRPs in 2000. Other shows beginning with 'K' include Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki, Kabhii Sautan Kabhii Sahelii, Kohi Apna Sa, Kaahin Kissii Roz, Kasautii Zindagii Kay, Kahiin To Hoga and Kasamh Se. In 2001, she was awarded the title of Best Entrepreneur of the Year.[10]

By July 2001, Kapoor was producing more than 30 hours of television shows per week. 20 of her 34 serials were listed as the most popular serials, across all major TV channels like Zee TV, Sony, Star Plus and Metro. Her projected turnover for 2000–2001 was listed as 35 crore (equivalent to 118 crore or US$16 million in 2020).[11]

After establishing herself in Hindi TV serials, she began venturing into other regional languages, starting with the Tamil series, Kudumbum. The series became very popular and she then got it dubbed into Telugu and launched it in Hindi as Ghar Ek Mandir. She then ventured into Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati and Bengali languages. As of 2001, Kapoor wrote her own scripts despite having writers working for her, taking an active interest in all stages of production, while her mother, Shobha, handled the accounts.[11]

Kapoor has thus created and produced more than 130 Indian soap operas. Some of her other popular shows include Pavitra Rishta, Bade Acche Lagte Hain, Yeh Hai Mohabbatein, Jodha Akbar,[12] Naagin, Kumkum Bhagya, Kasam Tere Pyaar Ki, Kundali Bhagya, Yeh Hai Chahatein 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 Indian Television".[10][13][14]

She ventured into Bollywood movie production in 2001 beginning with Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta, starring Sushmita Sen and Govinda.[11] Kucch To Hai and Krishna Cottage, based on supernatural themes, followed in 2003 and 2004. The 2005 Kyaa Kool Hai Hum featured her brother Tusshar Kapoor. She then went on to co-produce Shootout at Lokhandwala with Sanjay Gupta. This was followed by Mission Istanbul and EMI – Liya Hai Toh Chukana Padhega in collaboration with Sunil Shetty.

Between 2010 and 2014, she produced many films, including Love Sex aur Dhokha, Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, and Shor in the City.

In 2012, Ekta Kapoor started the Institute of Creative Excellence, a media training school through her production house Balaji Telefilms.[15][16][17][better source needed]

Kapoor has also launched a number of TV series online through her digital app ALTBalaji.[10]

Collected works[edit]

Discography[edit]

Year Film Song Ref.
2019 Romeo Akbar Walter Vande Mataram [18]

Television[edit]

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.

Year Title Ref.
1995 Padosan
Captain House
Mano Ya Na Mano
Hum Paanch (season 1)
1996 Itihaas
1999 Bandhan
Kanyadaan
2000 Kaun
Kasamm
Kashti
Kavita
Kundali
Koshish... Ek Aasha
Ghar Ek Mandir
Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi [19][20][21]
Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii [22]
2001 Kuch Khona Hai Kuch Pana Hai
Kaleerein
Karam
Kabhii Sautan Kabhii Sahelii
Kkusum [23]
Kohi Apna Sa
Kalash
Kutumb
Kaahin Kissii Roz
Kasautii Zindagii Kay
2002 Hum Paanch (season 2)
Kitne Kool Hai Hum
Kya Hadsaa Kya Haqeeqat
Kuchh Jhuki Palkain
Kammal
Kahi To Milenge
2003 Kahani Terrii Merrii
Kayaamat
Kahiin to Hoga
Kkoi Dil Mein Hai
2004 Kaarthika
Kosmiic Chat
Kalki
Karma
Kyaa Kahein
Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi [24][25]
Kkehna Hai Kuch Mujhko
K. Street Pali Hill
Kesar
2005 Hum Paanch Tadka Mar Ke
Kkavyanjali
Kaisa Ye Pyar Hai
2006 Kandy Floss
Kyaa Hoga Nimmo Kaa
Thodi Si Zameen Thoda Sa Aasmaan
Kasamh Se
Karam Apnaa Apnaa
2007 Kahe Naa Kahe
Khwaish
Kuchh Is Tara
Kayamath
Kasturi
Kya Dill Mein Hai
2008 Kaun Jeetega Bollywood Ka Ticket
Kahaani Hamaaray Mahaabhaarat Ki
Kabhi Kabhii Pyaar Kabhi Kabhii Yaar
Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil
Tujh Sang Preet Lagai Sajna
2009 Koi Aane Ko Hai
Kitani Mohabbat Hai (season 1)
Bandini
Bairi Piya
Bayttaab Dil Kee Tamanna Hai
Pyaar Ka Bandhan
Pavitra Rishta
2010 Sarvggun Sampanna
Keshav Pandit
Tere Liye
Kitani Mohabbat Hai (season 2)
Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani
2011 Parichay – Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka
Bade Achhe Lagte Hain
2012 Kya Huaa Tera Vaada
Gumrah: End of Innocence
Gumrah (season 2)
V The Serial
2013 Confessions of an Indian Teenager
Ek Thhi Naayka [26][27]
Savdhaan India
Gumrah (season 3) [28]
MTV Webbed (season 1) [29]
Jodha Akbar [30]
Pavitra Bandhan [31][32]
Ye Hai Mohabbatein [33][34][35]
2014 MTV Webbed (season 2) [36][37]
Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi [38]
Kumkum Bhagya [39][40]
Gumrah (season 4) [41]
Yeh Dil Sun Raha Hai [42]
Box Cricket League (season 1) [43]
Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye [44]
Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar [45]
2015 Kasam Tere Pyaar Ki [46][47]
Kalash - Ek Vishwaas [48][49]
Nach Baliye 7 [50]
Gumrah (season 5) [51]
Kuch Toh Hai Tere Mere Darmiyaan [52]
Pyaar Ko Ho Jaane Do [53]
Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum [54]
Naagin (season 1)
2016 Box Cricket League (season 2) [55]
Mazaak Mazaak Mein [56]
Kavach...Kaali Shaktiyon Se [57][58]
Brahmarakshas - Jaag Utha Shaitaan [59][60]
Naagin (season 2) [61][62][63]
Pardes Mein Hai Meraa Dil [64]
Chandra Nandini [65]
2017 Dhhai Kilo Prem [66]
Kundali Bhagya [67][68][69]
Chandrakanta – Ek Mayavi Prem Gaatha [70][71]
Box Cricket League (season 3) [72]
2018 Naagin (season 3) [73][74]
Dil Hi Toh Hai [75][76]
Qayamat Ki Raat [77]
Kasautii Zindagii Kay
Daayan
2019 Kavach (season 2)
Bepanah Pyaar
Haivaan - The Monster [78]
Naagin (season 4) [79]
Yeh Hai Chahatein [80]
2020 Pavitra Bhagya
Naagin (season 5)
Molkki
Brahmarakshas 2
Prem Bandhan
2021 Kuch Toh Hai: Naagin Ek Naye Rang Mein
Bhagya Lakshmi
Bade Achhe Lagte Hain 2 [81]

Movies[edit]

The following is the list of motion pictures produced by Kapoor under her banner Balaji Motion Pictures.[82]

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.

Accolades[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,[124] she has helped launch the careers of many actors and actresses.[125]

She was chosen to lead the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) entertainment committee. The other awards she received are; The Society Achiever Award[126] and The Best Entrepreneur of the Year 2001.[126]

Kapoor is regarded as one of the most powerful ladies in the television industry and is amongst the top 25 woman entrepreneurs of India.[127]

She was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour, in 2020 for her work in the field of arts.[128][129]

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, 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, and ETC Bollywood Business Awards.[125]

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

Year Award Category Ref
2010 Indo-American Society Awards Most Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur [130]
2012 National Media Award For Asian Academy Of Film And Television Most Successful Film and Television Producer
IMC Women Achiever Awards Women Achiever of the Year
2014 Most Powerful Women in India Awards Corporate Excellence in Entertainment Business [131]
Bharat Gaurav Achievement Awards Bharat Gaurav Achievement Award [132]
2016 IMPACT's 50 Most Influential Women in Media, Marketing and Advertising [133]
2017 Indian Television Academy Awards Sterling Icon of Entertainment [134]
2018 IWM Digital Awards Web Person of the Year [135]
Business Today Most Powerful Woman in Indian Business [136]
FICCI Ladies Organisation Icon of the Year [137]
ABP News Telebrations Awards Grand Achiever of the Year [138][139]
Indian Television Academy Awards Highest rated Show on TV - Naagin (season 3) [140]
Indian Television Academy Awards Premiere Web Channel of the Year - ALTBalaji [141]
Jagran Cinema Summit Awards Icon of Entertainment [142]
Forbes Tycoon of Tomorrow Icon of Excellence [143][144]
Outlook India Speakout Awards Woman Achiever of the Year [145]
2019 Hindustan Times Business Awards Business Icon of Continent [146]
ET Business Awards Content Creator of the Year [147][148]
Business Today Most Powerful Woman in Indian Business [149]
Talent Track Awards Digital Content Creator [150]
Businessworld BW Most Influential Woman of India [151]
Maharashtra Achiever's Awards Content Power House of the Year [152]
International Quality Awards Content Creator of the Year [153]
Hindustan Times HT Most Stylish Film Maker of the Year [154]
Fortune India Awards Most Powerful Business Women of the Year [155]
IWMBUZZ Digital Awards Digital Distruptor of the Year [156]
2020 Padma Shri India's fourth highest civilian honour in the field of Arts, from the Government of India [129]
ET Now Business Leader of the Year Awards Business Woman of the year & Digital Company of the year for Alt Balaji [157]
Featured in Variety 500 Most Important People in Global Media list [158]
White Page International Woman Achiever of the Year [159]

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