Ekta Kapoor
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India
2018

Balaji Telefilms

Ekta
Kapoor

Joint Managing Director / Creative Director

Kapoor practically invented the Indian television soap, creating familial sagas that routinely 
have the nation in thrall. Targeting the generally ignored Indian housewife market, she had early successes including “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi” and “Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki.” A firm believer in giving audiences precisely what they want, Kapoor doesn’t shy away from creating shows that some dub regressive, dealing often with themes of superstition and reincarnation. Balaji’s motion-picture division took a hiatus in 2016 after a spate of flops but made a triumphant comeback in 2018 with the hit “Veere Di Wedding.” With web series “Bose: Dead/Alive” and “Gandii Baat,” ALT Balaji Digital is competing in the OTT space against the likes of Hotstar, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

Career

  • NAAGIN
  • KYUNKI SAAS BHI KABHI BAHU THI
  • VEERE DI WEDDING

Education

  • Mithibai College (India)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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Star India Sells 26% Stake in Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Telefilms

Star India Sells 26% Stake in Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Telefilms

Star India, 21st Century Fox's pay-TV group, has sold its 26% stake in Balaji Telefilms.The film and TV production house has been responsible for some of India’s biggest hit soap operas including "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi," "Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii" and "Kasautii Zindagii Kay."Star acquired a 21% stake in 2008 and subsequently increased that to 25.99%.According to local reports the stake was sold in a stock market transaction at an average of 63.60 rupees (99 cents), implying a loss...

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