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Ekta Kapoor

JMD and Creative Director, Balaji Telefilms

Ekta Kapoor is credited with revamping India’s television landscape. She pioneered an entire genre of television content, heralding India’s satellite television boom. 

Balaji’s shows have been and continue to be channel drivers for most general entertainment broadcasters. As the creative force behind the Company’s success, she believes in a hands-on approach in day-to-day creative direction for all our content, routinely putting in 16-18 hours each day, she moves ahead with India’s rapidly metamorphosing TV climate.

Under her banner Balaji Motion Pictures, Ekta has produced path-breaking films like Lipstick Under the Burkha, Udta Punjab, The Dirty Picture, Once Upon a Time in Mumbai, Lootera to name a few. While the content and script is always given utmost importance, the interesting line up of films to be produced by Balaji Motion Pictures in 2018 include Veere Di Wedding, a collaboration with Imtiaz Ali on'Laila Majnu' and Alankrita Shrivastava’s next/ (Director of Lipstick Under my Burkha), amongst others. 

After changing the face of Indian television and making her mark in mainstream and alternate cinema, the ‘TV Czarina’ has plotted a digital future with ALTBalaji and launched successful shows like Bose, Dev DD, Ragini MMS Returns, Karrle Tu Bhi Mohabbat, Bewafaa Si Wafaa among others.  

Under her creative guidance, Balaji has won almost every major prestigious award. Her stellar work in creating a large content conglomerate at a young age garnered her several distinguished awards, including Variety’s (500 Most Influential people in the world), Indian Television Academy’s (Sterling Icon Entertainment of the Year 2017) and ALTBalaji ranking no 4 in Google India’s most popular Android apps of 2017, among others.

From being the queen of Indian television to being a power-producer who changed the game with edgy and youthful film content to now being the only woman entrepreneur to bring a revolutionary change on the digital landscape by launching her own OTT platform, Ekta Kapoor is truly a force to reckon with!