Ekta Kapoor

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Ekta Kapoor
Ekta-Kapoor-graces-the-trailer-launch-if-Alt-Balajis-Apaharan (cropped).jpg
Born (1975-06-07) 7 June 1975 (age 45)[1]
NationalityIndian
OccupationTelevision producer, joint managing director of Balaji Telefilms
Years active1995–present
Children1
Parents
RelativesTushar Kapoor (brother)
AwardsPadma Shri (2020)[2]

Ekta Kapoor (born 7 June 1975)[1][3] is an Indian television producer, film producer and director, and 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.

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]

She had a son named Ravie Kapoor on 27 January 2019 via surrogacy.[8]

Career[edit]

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.[9] 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.

In 2012, Ekta Kapoor started Institute of Creative Excellence, a media training school through her production house Balaji Telefilms.[10][11][12]

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, Yeh Hai Mohabbatein, Jodha Akbar.[13] Naagin, 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".[9][14][15]

Kapoor has also launched a number of TV series online through her digital app ALTBalaji.[9]

Collected works[edit]

Discography[edit]

Year Film Song Ref.
2019 Romeo Akbar Walter Vande Mataram [16]

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
1995 Captain House
1995 Mano Ya Na Mano
1995 Hum Paanch (season 1)
1996 Itihaas
1999 Bandhan
1999 Kanyadaan
2000 Kaun
2000 Kasamm
2000 Kashti
2000 Kavita
2000 Kundali
2000 Koshish... Ek Aasha
2000 Ghar Ek Mandir
2000 Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi [17][18][19]
2000 Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii [20]
2001 Kuch Khona Hai Kuch Pana Hai
2001 Kaleerein
2001 Karam
2001 Kabhii Sautan Kabhii Sahelii
2001 Kkusum [21]
2001 Kohi Apna Sa
2001 Kalash
2001 Kutumb
2001 Kaahin Kissii Roz
2001 Kasautii Zindagii Kay
2002 Hum Paanch (season 2)
2002 Kitne Kool Hai Hum
2002 Kya Hadsaa Kya Haqeeqat
2002 Kuchh Jhuki Palkain
2002 Kammal
2002 Kahi To Milenge
2003 Kahani Terrii Merrii
2003 Kayaamat
2003 Kahiin to Hoga
2003 Kkoi Dil Mein Hai
2004 Kaarthika
2004 Kosmiic Chat
2004 Kalki
2004 Karma
2004 Kyaa Kahein
2004 Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi [22][23]
2004 Kkehna Hai Kuch Mujhko
2004 K. Street Pali Hill
2004 Kesar
2005 Hum Paanch Tadka Mar Ke
2005 Kkavyanjali
2005 Kaisa Ye Pyar Hai
2006 Kandy Floss
2006 Kyaa Hoga Nimmo Kaa
2006 Thodi Si Zameen Thoda Sa Aasmaan
2006 Kasamh Se
2006 Karam Apnaa Apnaa
2007 Kahe Naa Kahe
2007 Khwaish
2007 Kuchh Is Tara
2007 Kayamath
2007 Kasturi
2007 Kya Dill Mein Hai
2008 Kaun Jeetega Bollywood Ka Ticket
2008 Kahaani Hamaaray Mahaabhaarat Ki
2008 Kabhi Kabhii Pyaar Kabhi Kabhii Yaar
2008 Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil
2008 Tujh Sang Preet Lagai Sajna
2009 Koi Aane Ko Hai
2009 Kitani Mohabbat Hai (season 1)
2009 Bandini
2009 Bairi Piya
2009 Bayttaab Dil Kee Tamanna Hai
2009 Pyaar Ka Bandhan
2009 Pavitra Rishta
2010 Sarvggun Sampanna
2010 Keshav Pandit
2010 Tere Liye
2010 Kitani Mohabbat Hai (season 2)
2010 Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani
2011 Parichay – Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka
2011 Bade Achhe Lagte Hain
2012 Kya Huaa Tera Vaada
2012 Gumrah: End of Innocence
2012 Gumrah (season 2)
2012 V The Serial
2013 Confessions of an Indian Teenager
2013 Ek Thhi Naayka [24][25]
2013 Savdhaan India
2013 Gumrah (season 3) [26]
2013 MTV Webbed (season 1) [27]
2013 Jodha Akbar [28]
2013 Pavitra Bandhan [29][30]
2013 Ye Hai Mohabbatein [31][32][33]
2014 MTV Webbed (season 2) [34][35]
2014 Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi [36]
2014 Kumkum Bhagya [37][38]
2014 Gumrah (season 4) [39]
2014 Yeh Dil Sun Raha Hai [40]
2014 Box Cricket League (season 1) [41]
2014 Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye [42]
2014 Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar [43]
2015 Kasam Tere Pyaar Ki [44][45]
2015 Kalash - Ek Vishwaas [46][47]
2015 Nach Baliye 7 [48]
2015 Gumrah (season 5) [49]
2015 Kuch Toh Hai Tere Mere Darmiyaan [50]
2015 Pyaar Ko Ho Jaane Do [51]
2015 Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum [52]
2015 Naagin (season 1)
2016 Box Cricket League (season 2) [53]
2016 Mazaak Mazaak Mein [54]
2016 Kavach...Kaali Shaktiyon Se [55][56]
2016 Brahmarakshas - Jaag Utha Shaitaan [57][58]
2016 Naagin (season 2) [59][60][61]
2016 Pardes Mein Hai Meraa Dil [62]
2016 Chandra Nandini [63]
2017 Dhhai Kilo Prem [64]
2017 Kundali Bhagya [65][66][67]
2017 Chandrakanta – Ek Mayavi Prem Gaatha [68][69]
2017 Box Cricket League (season 3) [70]
2018 Naagin (season 3) [71][72]
2018 Dil Hi Toh Hai [73][74]
2018 Qayamat Ki Raat [75]
2018 Kasautii Zindagii Kay
2018 Daayan
2019 Kavach (season 2)
2019 Bepanah Pyaar
2019 Haivaan - The Monster [76]
2019 Naagin (season 4) [77]
2019 Yeh Hai Chahatein [78]
2020 Pavitra Bhagya
2020 Naagin (Season 5)
2020 Molkki

Movies[edit]

The following is the list of motion pictures produced by Kapoor under her banner Balaji Motion Pictures.[79]

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,[114] she has helped launch the careers of many actors and actresses.[115]

She was chosen to lead the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) entertainment committee. The other awards she received are; The Society Achiever Award[116] and The Best Entrepreneur of the Year 2001.[116]

Kapoor is regarded as one of the most powerful ladies in the television industry and is amongst the top 25 woman entrepreneuns of India.[117]

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.[115]

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

Year Award Category Ref
2010 Indo-American Society Awards Most Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur [118]
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 [119]
Bharat Gaurav Achievement Awards Bharat Gaurav Achievement Award [120]
2016 IMPACT's 50 Most Influential Women in Media, Marketing and Advertising [121]
2017 Indian Television Academy Awards Sterling Icon of Entertainment [122]
2018 IWM Digital Awards Web Person of the Year [123]
Business Today Most Powerful Woman in Indian Business [124]
FICCI Ladies Organisation Icon of the Year [125]
ABP News Telebrations Awards Grand Achiever of the Year [126][127]
Indian Television Academy Awards Highest rated Show on TV - Naagin (season 3) [128]
Indian Television Academy Awards Premiere Web Channel of the Year - ALTBalaji [129]
Jagran Cinema Summit Awards Icon of Entertainment [130]
Forbes Tycoon of Tomorrow Icon of Excellence [131][132]
Outlook India Speakout Awards Woman Achiever of the Year [133]
2019 Hindustan Times Business Awards Business Icon of Continent [134]
ET Business Awards Content Creator of the Year [135][136]
Business Today Most Powerful Woman in Indian Business [137]
Talent Track Awards Digital Content Creator [138]
Businessworld BW Most Influential Woman of India [139]
Maharashtra Achiever's Awards Content Power House of the Year [140]
International Quality Awards Content Creator of the Year [141]
Hindustan Times HT Most Stylish Film Maker of the Year [142]
Fortune India Awards Most Powerful Business Women of the Year [143]
IWMBUZZ Digital Awards Digital Distruptor of the Year [144]
2020 Padma Shri India's fourth highest civilian honour in the field of Arts, from the state of Maharashtra [145]

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