She’s an interviewer’s delight, taking even difficult questions head on. Ektaa Kapoor, the creator of the K-Serial — she’s got a new one called Kuchh Is Tara taking off on Sony — talks to HT City about her turbulent relationships, her new strategies for success and more.
We’ve watched your saas-bahu sagas for over a decade now…
A long time indeed but I am happy that I have survived all odds. It gives me a chance to enjoy work more and do better. I have changed over the years and I think the shows should also change. That’s why I want to give the audience something new. They should be ready to see some changes and I hope they will be happy about it.
So melodramatic fare is on the way out?
<b1>Kuch Is Tara is completely different and is expected to be a turning point in my career. I have broken all norms of daily soaps with this show. There is no melodrama, no extended family and not too many twists. It rather centres around a happy family, lots of light moments with some wacky characters.
Why the change?
My scriptwriter was stunned when I came up with this idea. They have been doing what they do for quite some time and they, too, needed a break. With so many Balaji soaps running across all channels, I felt there was too much drama and I should make the audience laugh and not cry all the time. <b2>
So Balaji is in for an image change…
And so is Ektaa Kapoor. It was long pending. I don’t watch my serials as a producer but as a viewer and if it’s boring and monotonous to me it’s surely going to be same for millions of others. There are so many other things I can give them, then why stick to one particular thing? This show is light, sublime, sweet and everything that one hasn’t seen from Balaji earlier. The protagonists are newcomers.
How do you spot these fresh faces?
It’s a hell of a job but then again it’s teamwork. Whoever comes across a new face is open to suggest their name to me. The process of selection is neither too cumbersome nor too hectic. If I feel someone fits the role, he or she gets it.
Does it surprise you when you are called their godmother?
I don’t know why they call me that. Every time they do so I feel old. I am so young they shouldn’t call me their godmother. Maybe actors my age or those who are senior feel young when they call me godmother.
This time the spelling of the soap remains simple without those extra Ks. Yes, and that is because I believe in numerology and this time it wasn’t required to have those extra Ks. The spelling is much simpler.
Numerologists must be blessing you…
I have made them rich over the years and they can’t deny it.
You have made numerology popular among the masses…
That came as a bonus — with the shows — to the audience. I am really happy the way numerologists are doing these days. They should give me a share of their earnings.
Are you the busiest producer around…
No, not at all. I am not busy though my whole team or actors and crew are.
Imagine if you stop producing shows some day…
I will definitely lose all the fun in my life. Balaji is not my career but my family and I can’t imagine life without television.
But many of your so-called family members have broken ties with you, saying that you are not easy to deal with…
There are a few who say so but most are happy with me. For me work is priority and when I am handling such a huge production house I have to be professional and strict.
Creative differences are inevitable but that doesn’t mean I will tolerate indiscipline. I agree that I have been rude and harsh but it’s because I don’t tolerate nonsense, indiscipline and an unprofessional approach towards work.
So, such things never bog you down?
Never, or I couldn’t have survived so long. How can I have problems with everyone when I don’t deal directly with everyone on a daily basis?
What about Balaji’s film projects?
We are joining hands with big production houses. We produced Shootout At Lokhandwala with Sanjay Gupta’s White Feather Films. We’ve tied up with Sunil Shetty’s Popcorn Entertainments for a film on Haji Mastan.