The Most Powerful Woman On Indian TV – Ekta Kapoor

The Most Powerful Woman On Indian TV - Ekta Kapoor

Ekta Kapoor is one of the most successful Indian women entrepreneurs. This reigning queen of Indian Television has more than 100 different television programmes across 5 languages to her name. Not only on Indian Television, she has tasted a huge success and fame in Bollywood too with producing as many as 21 films till 2014. How did Ekta Kapoor emerge as one of the most powerful Indian women? Let’s find out.

Ekta Kapoor’s Personal Life And Early Career

Ekta was born to Superstar of Bollywood Jeetendra and his wife Sobha Kapoor in the year 1975. She started her own production house ‘Balaji Telefilms’ in the year 1994 after completing her graduation in Commerce. The idea of establishing the production house was given to her by Jeetendra and he also supported it financially. Balaji Telifilms went through a unsuccessful phase for some initial years. Ekta Kapoor’s first few ventures failed sadly. However, in the year 1995 the production house got a huge success with the comedy series ‘Hum Paanch’. After ‘Hum Paanch’ several other daily-soaps such as Mano Ya Na Mano, Captain House, Dhun Dhamaka ,Padosan and Itihaas were produced by Ekta Kapoor but they all managed to just earn well without leaving any major impact on audiences.

Balaji Telifilms once again came back to really huge success track with the two most famous daily soaps of Indian Telivision ‘Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki’ and ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahi Thi’. Both these serials were telecasted in the year 2000. These two serials brought a revolution on Indian television. For the very first time, Indian daily soaps were woven around women characters rather than men. Ekta had taken a great risk by investing in women oriented plots but the risk was worth taking. The two main characters ‘Tulsi’ and ‘Parvati’ of ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ and ‘Kahani Ghar Ghar ki’ respectively changed the scenario of Indian television. The change was welcomed with open minds by the audiences. These two characters still stand as legends in the history of Indian Television. Not only these two serials showcased a different portrayal of women characters, they also had a different style of connecting with the audience. They were full of drama in the extreme form. The picture quality of the serials was also very good and new for the audiences. These two serials managed to entice the audiences for eight long years.

The K Phase For Ekta Kapoor

The Most Powerful Woman On Indian TV - Ekta Kapoor

After ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ and ‘Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki’, there was no looking-back for Ekta Kapoor. The Indian Television was flooded with the serials from her production house and all of them had one thing in common; the first letter ‘K’. Ekta Kapoor holds a firm belief in astrology and numerology. She can also be seen wearing multiple rings in her fingers so that her success and health is maintained. Since the letter ‘K’ was declared to be auspicious for ‘Ekta Kapoor’ and her production house ‘Balaji Telefilms, by her astrologer, she decided that the names of all soaps produced by ‘Balaji Telifilms’ would start with the letter ‘K’. The ‘K’ factor had emerged as a truth with ‘‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ and ‘Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki’ and in next few years Balaji Telifilms’s success skyrocketed with many other serials all starting with the letter ‘K’. Here’s the list of some such serials

  • Kasamh Se
  • Kasautii Zindagii Kay
  • Kudrat Terrii Merrii
  • Kaishori
  • Kasturi
  • Kayamath
  • Kesar
  • Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi
  • Street Pali Hill
  • Kaahin ii Roz
  • Kaarthika
  • Kab Kaisey Kahaan
  • Kabhii Soutan Kabhii Sahelii
  • Kahani Terrii Merrii
  • Kahi To Milenge
  • Kahiin To Hoga
  • Kaisa Ye Pyar Hai
  • Kalash
  • Kammal
  • Kandy Floss
  • Kanyadaan
  • Karam
  • Karma
  • Kashti
  • Kavita
  • Kavyanjali
  • Kayaamat
  • King – Aassman Ka Ek Raja
  • Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi
  • Kkehna Hai Kuch Mujhko
  • Kkusum
  • Kkoi Dil Mein Hai
  • Kohi Apna Sa
  • .. Ek Aashaa
  • Kosmiic Chat
  • Kuch Jhuki Palke
  • Kuch Khona Hai Kuch Pana Hai
  • Kundali
  • Kutumb
  • Kya Hadsaa Kya Haqeeqat
  • Kyaa Hoga Nimmo Kaa
  • Kyaa Kahein

Ekta Kapoor decided to keep the ‘K’ factor for her Bollywood films too. However, the magic of ‘K’ did not work much for her in Bollywood. Some of her Bollywood movies that did not do so well in spite of having letter ‘K’ in the beginning are:

  • Kucch To Hai
  • Krishna Cottage
  • Koi Aap Sa

The only Bollywood movie that has been a huge success in the ‘K’ series is ‘Kya Cool Hain Hum’ and ‘Kya Super Cool Hain Hum’. Both these movies have her brother Tusshar Kapoor in one of the lead roles. Finally, the K Phase has ended for Ekta and she is still producing successful hits both on Indian Telivision and Bollywood without the magic of ‘K’.

Ekta Kapoor’s Big Hits From Bollywood Are:

  • Shootout at Lokhandwala
  • EMI Liya hai to chukana padega
  • Mission Istanbul
  • Love Sex aur Dhokha
  • Ragini MMS
  • Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai
  • The Dirty Picture
  • And more..

Ekta Kapoor as a Powerful Woman

The Most Powerful Woman On Indian TV - Ekta Kapoor

Ekta Kapoor started her career at a very early age and despite many failures in the beginning she remained strong. She is estimated to have a net worth of about 1.32 crore rupees. Her annual salary is about sixty-six lakhs thirty thousand. She has bagged the most prestigious awards of Indian Television and also has several Bollywood film awards to her belt. She also holds a place in the list of ‘Asia’s Most Powerful Communicators’ by Asia week Magazine and ranks 3rd in the list of ‘50 Most Influential Women in the Indian marketing, advertising and media ecosystems’ by IMPACT magazine. She was also awarded Asia’s Social Empowerment Award- Freedom Through Education in the year 2012. Some other prestigious awards won by her are:

  • Ernst & Young (E&Y) Startup Entrepreneur Of The Year award – 2001
  • The American Biographical Institute Woman of the Year – 2001
  • The Economic Times Businesswoman of the Year – 2002
  • Stardust Awards Film of the Year for ‘Dirty Picture’ – 2011

Ekta Kapoor is the daughter of a very successful film star. She might have easily got a successful launch by her father in the Glitzy world as many other star children are getting but she chose to make it on her own and she succeeded. Her journey, her hard work and perseverance and her achievements are indeed a benchmark for all other Indian women.

Picture Courtesy: Instagram

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Vineeta Sinha
Vineeta Sinha, the owner and president of Vineeta Constructions Co. is a writer and blogger at heart. An economics graduate, the talented writer has been in the writing industry for years. When asked about how she manages the two very different professions, she says, “Construction business is what me and my husband who is a civil engineer dreamt of together and I am glad we succeeded but writing is something I have been doing years before I stepped into the construction world. I was very young when I realized that there was a hidden passion for writing in me and I unveiled it through my school magazine for the very first time and there has been no looking back since then. Though construction contributes more in running my world, writing is something that completes me.”
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