Ekta Kapoor
Debajyoti Chakraborty/ZUMA Press/Newscom
India
2019

Balaji Telefilms

Ekta
Kapoor

Kapoor practically invented the Indian soap. Targeting the housewife market, she had early TV successes including “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi” and “Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki.” Keen to audience preferences, she doesn’t shy away from creating shows some consider regressive, and she produced India’s top three Hindi-language shows of 2018. Now targeting Indians outside the metros, her 2-year-old OTT platform ALT Balaji Digital — a division of Balaji Telefilms, started by her parents — with 41 original shows and 60 more in partnership with streamer ZEE5, now boasts more than 20 million subscribers, competing against Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney’s Hotstar. On the film front, Balaji Motion Picture hit big with “Veere Di Wedding” in 2018, followed in 2019 by “Judgementall Hai Kya.” 

Career

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

Education

  • Mithibai College (India)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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Ekta Kapoor is the undisputed queen of Indian content. In the 25 years since Balaji Telefilms was set up by her and her parents Jeetendra Kapoor and Shoba Kapoor, it has become the single largest television content producer in South Asia. The company’s two-year old OTT platform ALT Balaji has already notched up 27 million subscribers. But Busan is Kapoor’s film festival debut.Balaji’s film production unit that had slowed a few years ago is now back in business and its...

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