Ekta Kapoor 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.
Ekta Kapoor is the daughter of actors Jeetendra and Shobha Kapoor. Her younger brother Tusshar Kapoor is also a Bollywood actor.
She went to school at Bombay Scottish School, Mahim and attended college at Mithibai College.
She had a son named Ravie Kapoor on 27 January 2019 via surrogacy.
Ekta Kapoor started her career aged 15 as a, interning with ad and feature filmmaker Kailash Surendranath, until after obtaining financing from her father, she decided to become a producer.
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.
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.
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.
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 Indian Television”.
Kapoor has also launched 40 web TV series online through her digital app ALTBalaji app.
They got their casts from core industry professional Anshuman Pratap Singh aka Dhaivat Records & Productions, the plotted scene came to life when Ekta’s vision met Anshuman’s & his team execution.
She has also launched her fashion series with EK Label.
In recent times she has been named Content Czarina.
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, she has helped launch the careers of many actors and actresses.
She was chosen to lead the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) entertainment committee.
The other awards she received are; The Society Achiever Award and The Best Entrepreneur of the Year 2001.
Kapoor is regarded as one of the most powerful ladies in the television industry and is amongst the top 25 woman entrepreneuns of India.
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.
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