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Ekta Kapoor


Ekta Kapoor (born 7 June 1975) is an Indian television producer, film producer, and director who works in Hindi cinema and soap opera. She is the joint managing director and creative head of Balaji Telefilms Limited, which was founded in 1994. 


In 2001, Balaji Motion Pictures was launched as a subsidiary company of Balaji Telefilms Limited which is a film production and distribution company. She launched ALT Balaji in April 2017.


In 2017, Kapoor also launched her biography, Kingdom of the Soap Queen: The Story of Balaji Telefilms.


Kapoor was honored with the Padma Shri in 2020 for her work in the field of arts.


Kapoor is the daughter of actors Jeetendra and Shobha Kapoor. Her younger brother, Tusshar Kapoor, is also a Bollywood actor.


She went to school at Bombay Scottish School, Mahim, and attended college at Mithibai College.


Kapoor is not married but she has a son named Ravie Kapoor, who was born on 27 January 2019 by surrogacy.


Kapoor started her career at the age of 17, interning with advertisement and feature filmmaker Kailash Surendranath. After obtaining financing from her father, she was a producer under her banner Balaji Telefilms.


 Her initial projects were failures, with six of her pilot episodes being rejected, leading to a total loss of ₹50 lahks (equivalent to ₹2.0 crore or US$250,000 in 2023).


 In 1995, Mano Ya Na Mano was selected by Zee TV, and her music-based show Dhun Dhamaka was chosen by Doordarshan. Her 1995 sitcom, Hum Paanch was her first success.