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Ekta Kapoor (born 7 June 1975)[1][2] is an Indian television producer, film producer and director, and the joint managing director and creative head of 'Balaji Telefilms'.

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]
NationalityIndian
Other namesContent Czarina
OccupationTelevision producer, joint managing director of Balaji Telefilms
Years active1995–present
Children1
Parent(s)Jeetendra (father)
Shobha Kapoor (mother)
RelativesTusshar Kapoor (brother)

Early life and educationEdit

 
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]

CareerEdit

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, Yeh Hai Mohabbatein, Jodha Akbar.[12] 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".[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]

Collected worksEdit

DiscographyEdit

2019 Vande Mataram song in Romeo Akbar Walter

TelevisionEdit

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.

MoviesEdit

The following is the list of motion pictures produced by Kapoor under her banner Balaji Motion Pictures.[76]

Web seriesEdit

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 honoursEdit

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,[111] she has helped launch the careers of many actors and actresses.[112]

She was chosen to lead the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) entertainment committee. The other awards she received are; The Society Achiever Award[113] and The Best Entrepreneur of the Year 2001.[113]

Kapoor is regarded as one of the most powerful ladies in the television industry and is amongst the top 25 woman entrepreneuns of India.[114]

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.[112]

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

ReferencesEdit

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