Joined: 14 April 2005
|I'm not looking for rich, tall guys: Ekta Kapoor|
Ekta Kapoor speaks to Subhash K Jha on her new diversifying plans as a TV & film producer.
You seem to be conquering new peaks every single year?|
(laughs shyly). Kissi ki nazar na lag jaye. I never stop to think about the peaks I'm conquering. It's enough for me that I keep doing what I want to do without considering the competition. My new soap Kehna Hai Kuch Mujhko takes me into a totally different area. To say that it is unlike what Balajee does would be wrong. Balajee believes in a lot of drama. And my new soap too has that quality. But this time the ambience is very very real. Kehna Hai Kuch… is about the identity crisis every women faces at the age of 40. The woman is a good wife and mother. But what after that? I've been toying with the idea for three years. I earlier did it with dummy actors. But now it was time to get the show on the road. Is this your way of hitting back at those who accuse you of doing too much Saas-Bahu stuff?
Not the least. I'm very proud of what you call my Saas-Bahu serials. They've made Balajee what it is today. The mass entertainment serials will go on as usual. However there's another kind of urban audience which wants to see a different kind of soap. Now it's time for us to think about that audience. Kehna Hai Kuch Mujhko is our first step in that direction. I have to keep moving on. But I'm not leaving behind my roots. I amo doing a new daily on Star called Karva Chauth. It's a progressive take on a middle-class marriage. My three perennial favourites Kasauti Zindagi Kay, Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki and Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi remain constantly in the Top 12. Viewers get affected by what happens to the families in these soaps. Other companies are trying hard to catch up with Balajee.
(laughs) Can't stop anyone from trying. Our mass-based shows continue to be successful. One of them Kkusum has a new actress in the title role. Nauheed Ali Sadar who played Kusum felt she was too young to play the middle-aged mother. She has a boyfriend and felt uncomfortable being older than her age. People had begun to see her as a 'Auntyji' and 'Mummyji'. Another very good actress Manasi Joshi has now replaced Nauheed in Kkusum. She too is young, but far more experienced and prepared to take on the character. I've no problems with Nauheed. She'll continue to be my friend. But sometimes the actor begins to think he's bigger than the soap. That's a huge mistake. No actor is bigger than the serial. I feel some TV actors need take lessons in humility from Mr Amitabh Bachchan (laughs). Will there be a problem in…
(interrupts) Of course there will be a problem in the viewers accepting another actress in a role already popularized by Nauheed. But viewers will come around. If the drama is strong they'll accept the new actress. It's a question of time. I face this actors' crisis all the time. The power that my actors have over my serials is scary. They can threaten to leave any time. Fortunately most of them don't harass me. But at times they do. I give in to their demand if it's acceptable. Otherwise I say, 'Move on, dude.' What about your plans as a movie producer?
I am moving forward with several projects. My latest production Krishna Cottage is a supernatural thriller based on an absolutely original premise. It's so original, it's scary. The twists and turns are so unpredictable. It's a ghost story but not like Bhoot. It's more about the occult. So far my two productions Kucch To Hai and Krishna Cottage are dark thrillers. But hey, now I'm moving towards light films. I'm producng a film to be directed by Satish Kaushik featuring my brother Tusshar. It's a very cute light-hearted comedy. Then I'm making a frothy comedy with Dino Morea and a mushy romance with Aftab Shivdasani. And then Raj Kumar Santoshi who's known for high drama will make a very feisty Walt Disney kind of film for me. Santoshiji's film will feature Tusshar and one other leading man. It would be my most expensive film to date. Santoshi is your first brand-name director.
Aren't Satish Kaushik and David Dhawan also major? I want to produce large films with big-name directors and relatively smaller films directed by my soap directors. I suppose I'll aim at three productions per year. Television will always remain top priority. To me it's a much more happening medium.That's where I found my groove. Television is my first love. No one can take that away from me. At my annual party you'll see more TV stars than film actors. Do you think Television can rival cinema in impact?
I don't think the home viewing medium is less important than cinema. I see film production as a challenge to explore a new medium. To know film production will take me another six years. It took me that long to establish myself in the tv industry. Making big-name projects will help me understand cinema. As for the smaller films, if I manage to make even one out of four such projects successful, it'd be a personal triumph. I feel the niche films, like dark thrillers take away at least 50 percent of the audience. What next?
Every day in life we're moving closer to death. Hard as it is to believe, our only destination in life is death. I've distanced myself from success and failure to concentrate on my work The failure of the film Kucch To Hai and the soap Kahani Terri Meri made me realize that success isn't permanent. I accept my failures with humility. When is Ekta Kapoor getting married?
I'll take the plunge whenever the time and the guy is write. I never planned my career, I can't plan marriage.
So who should apply for the role of Mr Ekta Kapoor?
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the servant is more clever then kapoors..
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|nightangel||8||853||30 August 2005 at 6:28pm by sweety_14|
These kapoors are brainless morons
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|sweetangel14||1||568||16 April 2005 at 10:25pm by Kiran1018|
Ekta Kaput? Ekta's serials confusing
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|smilingstar3||8||1427||28 February 2005 at 10:26am by sukh|
She is making a come back to TV after 10 years
The case has been going on for a long tim now..
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