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"NO channel wanted to meet me when I started", Ekta Kapoor

The TV czarina spills beans on how her journey began and the hardships she faced..

Sunday, January 07, 2018 | 5:00:05 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Ekta Kapoor, daughter of veteran actor Jeetendra, says when she started her career on television as a producer, no channel owners were ready to meet her and work with her.

"Life was good, but I had no plan B. I had no option. Sometimes your greatest curse turns out to be your best blessing. I decided I was starting a TV serial business. My dad invested in me," Ekta said on TV show TED Talks India Nayi Soch.

She added, "Now comes the twist in the plot. Your biggest twist happens when you are at ground zero. The lowest point in your life -- when you fall lower from a low. For me it was when lots of my pilots got rejected."

"Honestly, no channel wanted to meet me. How many chances will we give Jeetendra's daughter? Some media professionals saw those pilots with my father and one of them asked, 'Are you putting your money into your daughter's hobby?"

Under her Balaji Telefilms Limited banner, Ekta has produced popular shows like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, to many others and her latest achievement being Kumkum Bhagya completing 1000 episodes.

The episode of TED Talks India Nayi Soch featuring Ekta Kapoor will be aired tonight.

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Posted on: 19 January 2018 at 11:35pm
can you PLEASE explain to me what "hardship" you are facing when your rich daddy is investing in your product house..? Real hardship is when you come from nothing, and become something.

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Posted on: 11 January 2018 at 6:22am
yes and then you came and ruined the entire tv industry. first there were variations of comedy,drama,horror and then you came and made it a complete ''Saas-bahu''fiasco and now all the good showws ultimately ends up being a 'saas-bahu'' melodrama. Because of you now we don't get shows like choti si asha,hum pardesi ho geye, khichdi and just mohabbat. now we rae stuck with bullshit like kumkum bhagya with zero storyline but still ruiling the trp charts! you are a great businesswoman but you actually have ruined the tv industry. And I so wish i could say it on our face

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Posted on: 11 January 2018 at 1:48am
Even Gul khan gets a lot of criticism but let me tell you she tried to make a fantastic show 'O Gujariya' that dealt with women issues, feminism n empowernment but look how it died at the hands of the audiences. The audiences never turned up for the series and at the end she was making the show for the public not for herself. so it's the fault of us - the audience.

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Posted on: 07 January 2018 at 10:44pm
Heera Aakhir Heera hota hai...use zagmagane se koi rok nahi sakta...u r d Best jaan... 10v9 Ektoor...u R gr8

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Posted on: 07 January 2018 at 2:47pm
I miss Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, KZK & Kkusum.

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Posted on: 07 January 2018 at 1:56pm
exactly, the day we stop watching bogus tv shows, content will get better. that begins with Ekta shows and even gul khan shows for that matter. a lot of shows exist out there that are regressive and contorted and nonsensical. We as an adience should stop watching/ supporting ekta (her writers) if not her, and other tv writers like her that put out shit material.

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Posted on: 07 January 2018 at 10:42am
I won't deny she is a savvy businesswoman but she is doing no favours to Indian TV industry nor writing by the shows that is churned out. It's very disappointing that for someone with the clout she has, she isn't using it to generate ground breaking shows that could easily be at the forefront. Instead she chose to make money by appealing to the traditional with regressive shows. Very disappointing.

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Posted on: 07 January 2018 at 9:03am
She is better at web series than TV shows!!!!

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Posted on: 07 January 2018 at 4:57am
I used to hate her but anyhow, i don't think she can be at fault, she has tried her best to make every kind of tv serials but only the regressive ones have done well..at the end she's a businesswoman and has to earn her living. when we enjoy mediocre content ourselves it is certainly not intelligent to take pot shots at the producers. Revolutionizing the content is in our hands not theirs. The day we stop watching bogus TV shows they will bring quality content for sure.

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Posted on: 07 January 2018 at 4:47am
Well ..no offense by the content she makes, kinda wish it remained that no one met you. I think she def has a career in other areas of tv and film but not writing.

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