Ekta Kapoor
Debajyoti Chakraborty/ZUMA Press/Newscom
India
2020

Balaji Telefilms

Ekta
Kapoor

Partner / Managing Director

With a career stretching back two decades, Kapoor transformed the Indian TV landscape with Balaji Telefilms. Now the largest TV content producer in South Asia, the BSE Limited-listed company has been pumping out everything from soap operas to reality shows to films, creating some 800 hours of TV and releasing three big-ticket movies in the past year alone. Recently listed among Fortune India’s 50 most powerful women in business, Kapoor is making her presence felt in the hugely competitive Indian OTT market, with her ALTBalaji platform taking on the likes of Disney’s Hotstar, Netflix and Amazon Prime. Launched in 2017, it’s among the leading native players in the Hindi SVOD space, behind a lineup of 62 original shows. And like many streamers, the prolific ALTBalaji thrived while lockdown kept people at home.

Career

  • KYUNKI SAAS BHI KABHI BAHU THI
  • VEERE DI WEDDING

Education

  • Mithibai College (India)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Women's Impact

Philanthropy

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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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