Actor Jeetendra, who rarely watches TV shows made by his daughter, soap queen Ekta Kapoor, says that after watching portions of her new show, Bade Acche Lagte Hain, Yeh Dharti, Yeh Nadiya, Yeh Raina Aur Tum, he’d like to see his daughter married.
“My Ekta is a sweetheart. She’s made a name for herself aside of her father’s. She took over the business years ago that I didn’t know what I would do with. Today, she is successful, but has her head steady on her shoulders,” beams the actor. “Now, I’d like to see her married. She deserves to be with someone who can look after her because parents don’t have eternal life spans. God forbid, but before I breathe my last, I’d love to see her with her family, complete with kids who’re like her.”
The ’70s star has been mulling over this thought ever since he first watched the show’s promos. “The way Ram Kapoor and Sakshi Tanwar’s characters find each other when they’ve grown out of their ’30s and ’40s, I think some day, even my Ekta will find someone,” he adds.
And till that time arrives, he continues to get bullied by her, with no complaints whatsoever. “She’s the only one who dictates terms. Even when I was offered Dancing Queen and Jhalak Dikkhlaa Jaa to judge, I asked her if I should take them up. I had other offers too, but she picked only these two,” laughs Jeetendra.
“Even now, if I ever take up an offer for a movie or a reality show, it won’t be without her nod. When you have a daughter like her, you’d love to listen to everything she says.” Jeetendra reasons that he has never seen a single show produced by his daughter through its run because his opinion are biased. “I can’t not like what she makes,” he says with a shrug. “Several years ago, she made her very first show’s pilot and took it to several channels. Everyone turned it down; the show never came on air. She showed it to me, asking me to point out the problem with it. I watched and I said I loved it. That’s the day she stopped asking me for my opinion on her work because she knows her father can never dislike anything she produces.”