Nov 062017
 

From being the Czarina of Indian television, being a producer who changed the game to now being the only woman entrepreneur to bring a revolutionary change on the digital platform, Ekta Kapoor is truly a force to reckon with! Hence it comes as no surprise that the Balaji head honcho was recently awarded the ‘Sterling Icon of Indian Entertainment’ award at the 17th edition of the Indian Television Academy (ITA) Awards.

 Ekta’s colossal contribution to television, movie entertainment and now in the digital space with Alt Balaji, she continues to shape and have a huge impact on the Indian culture. The successful producer has explored a variety of genres, set trends and given actors and directors an opportunity to showcase their talent. With some of the longest running shows in the history of television to her credit, the ITA award solidifies the fact that the power producer is synonymous with Indian entertainment.

 While thanking everyone on stage, Ekta said, “Thank you Smriti Irani, Indian Television Academy, mom and dad. No award is complete without thanking my parents, my family, channel partners and the most important person in my life, Laksshya.”

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Oct 242017
 

We are already experiencing the October heat and the first teaser poster of ‘Veere Di Wedding’ has set temperatures soaring. In the poster we see all four leading ladies Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Shikha Talsania and Swara Bhaskar dressed up in traditional wear and yet are looking extremely sultry. Sonam is zipping her dress, Shikha is pleating Kareena’s saree and Swara is wearing her ‘mojri’. You can even catch a glimpse of Swara’s cryptic tattoo and it looks hot!

The cast and crew shared the first official image from the film that also revealed that the mahurat will be out tomorrow. The vibrant colours blending into the image and the stunning outfits donned by the leading ladies make this first glimpse a delightful one. Their posts have taken the internet by storm keeping the digital audience on the edge to find out what will be announced tomorrow. Ekta Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor’s ‘Veere Di Wedding’ is still on floors and the cast and crew just successfully wrapped their Delhi schedule. Ekta Kapoor has shared the first look of the film on her Twitter profile.

Mahurat out tomorrow. #GetReadyForVeereDiWedding@VDWthefilm@balajimotionpic@saffronbrdmediapic.twitter.com/u3sQIV8vfa

— Ekta Kapoor (@ektaravikapoor) October 24, 2017

However, we are left wondering why Sonam has held a Japanese flag which hides Kareena’s face. Is there some mystery behind it? Is it a part of the film’s storyline? Who knows, once the trailer is out, people can gauge further into this ‘mystique aspect’ of the first look.

Sonam Kapoor has also acquired the movie rights for the book series, ‘The Aryavarta Chronicles’. The bestseller series by Singapore-based author Krishna Udayasankar is a modern retelling of the epic Mahabharata through the novels ‘Govinda’, ‘Kaurava’ and ‘Kurukshetra’ that collectively comprise the series. The 32-year-old actor has previously bought the film rights of Anuja Chauhan’s novel ‘The Zoya Factor’.

The film was affected by the rumours of a catfight between Sonam Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan. However, Sonam put out a Twitter post quashing all such rumours. The movie was also put on hold as Kareena was pregnant and expecting her first child with husband, Saif Ali Khan. Baby Taimur Ali Khan was born in December last year, post which she started shooting for ‘Veerey Di Wedding’.

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Oct 182017
 

Diwali can only mean one thing – lots and lots of parties, and Bollywood has gone completely all out when it comes to that. Kickstarting the festival season, Ekta Kapoor threw a lavish Diwali party on Tuesday night which had all the biggest names in Bollywood and TV in attendance.

Everyone went all desi for this one, obviously, decked in full Indian attire, because as the saying goes ‘you should look like a pataka on Diwali, instead of bursting them’.

Alright, let’s dive right into all the pictures and get sad about the fact that we’ll never attend a party like this.

The Whole Bollywood Attended Ekta Kapoor's Diwali Party © Balaji Telefilms

Shutting down all the breakup rumours, Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt arrived together.

The Whole Bollywood Attended Ekta Kapoor's Diwali Party © Instagram

Pyaar kiya toh darna kya!!!! ���😭 Slap to haters and babies spotteddddddd. Diwali rocks now in every sense. . . . . #sidlia #shipper #aliabhatt #sidharthmalhotrafanclub #alianators #love #couplegoals #marriagematerial #gorgeous #diwali2017 #diwalibash #ektakapoor #parties #traditional #gorgeous #followforfollow #instagood #like4like

A post shared by Alia Is Queen 🔱💫 (@alia_jemi) on Oct 18, 2017 at 12:58am PDT

Karan Johar was clearly very excited to be twinning with Sonam Kapoor, or was it planned?

Twinning!!!! @abujanisandeepkhosla @sonamkapoor

A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Oct 17, 2017 at 4:27pm PDT

The team of ‘Veere Di Wedding’ had the perfect opportunity to flaunt their wedding outfits.

#TeamVeere lighting it up at producer & bosslady @ektaravikapoor ‘s #Diwali bash 💃ðŸ?½ðŸ’ƒðŸ?½ðŸ’ƒðŸ?½ missed you #kareenakapoorkhan #veerediwedding @vdwthefilm @rheakapoor @sonamkapoor @shikhatalsania @ghoshshashanka @ruchikaakapoor #HappyDiwali all! â?¤ï¸? Apologies @chandiniw @saracapela i’m getting you better pictures 🙈🙈🙈

A post shared by Swara Bhasker (@reallyswara) on Oct 17, 2017 at 7:48pm PDT

And obviously, Ekta Kapoor went on an Instagram spree sharing lots of pictures from the party, with everyone from Jaya Bachchan to Sushant Singh Rajput.

Diwali nights

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A post shared by Ekta Kapoor (@ektaravikapoor) on Oct 17, 2017 at 9:35pm PDT

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Diwali nights

A post shared by Ekta Kapoor (@ektaravikapoor) on Oct 17, 2017 at 9:37pm PDT

A v beautiful @kritisanon with all our tv beauties #diwalihai

A post shared by Ekta Kapoor (@ektaravikapoor) on Oct 17, 2017 at 10:31pm PDT

When u see a pic n smile! #SnM

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Pavitra rishta tere mere man ka ������������

A post shared by Ekta Kapoor (@ektaravikapoor) on Oct 18, 2017 at 4:49am PDT

With my partners !!! Akaash n manoj ji! #jioandbalaji #newbeginings

A post shared by Ekta Kapoor (@ektaravikapoor) on Oct 18, 2017 at 12:22am PDT

Sistaah to my left sistaaah to my right together we grow and. Together we fight( mindset not each other) veere pic of solidarity ���������� #veerediwedding

A post shared by Ekta Kapoor (@ektaravikapoor) on Oct 18, 2017 at 1:27am PDT

Well, that seems like quite a lit Diwali party! Doesn’t it?

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Oct 122017
 

“Production has been on my mind for a while,” says Tusshar Kapoor, as he shares with mid-day his love for stories. While the prospect had lingered in his mind in the past, he is now considering it earnestly.

Ekta Kapoor
Ekta Kapoor

“The idea is a concrete one. There are a few stories on my mind that I wish to produce, but production is a full-time job. It can be exhausting. I am committed as an actor, and do not wish to leave acting to pursue production. So, striking a balance will be necessary,” says Kapoor. He adds that while he isn’t certain of when he will make his debut, the idea of venturing into production is playing on his mind “all the time.”

Given that sister Ekta has made a mark as producer, both in films and television, one might assume that Kapoor could benefit from collaborating with her. However, the actor talks about starting out alone. “I want an entity that’s entirely mine. Ekta and I have distinct tastes, and equally strong opinions. We live under the same roof, so, I think it’s okay to have separate work identities. Of course, we always have each other’s back.”

Tusshar Kapoor
Tusshar Kapoor

Kapoor returned to acting after a paternity break following the birth of his son, Laksshya, in June 2016. He was certain to take his tiny tot on the sets of Golmaal Again, as soon as he was old enough to accompany him. “He was excited to see the colours and hear the music,” Kapoor says.

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Sep 192017
 

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It was a chase right out of a Bollywood film. A property, vital to the makers of Veerey Di Wedding, was ‘abducted’, with the demand of a ransom. Only, that the property in concern was the official Instagram account of the Kareena Kapoor and Sonam-starrer, and the ransom, a role in the film. On Friday, the cast and crew of the Ekta Kapoor production were in the midst of filming when they noticed something amiss with the film’s account on the photo-sharing platform.

The makers grew suspicious after they noticed that the profile image had been changed to a sketch of a monkey. Apart from featuring an emoji of the Pakistan flag, the updated description was amended to read: “I am paki papu bhai (sic).”

Speaking to mid-day on the condition of anonymity, a member of the film’s digital promotion team says, “We had noticed the development and others had also informed us about it. We immediately reported the hacking to the Instagram headquarters in Mumbai and retrieved [control of the account]. It was hacked for about 90 minutes, allegedly by a resident claiming to be Pakistani. He went live and spoke mainly in Arabic, announcing that he’d return the account if the producers gave him a role in the film.” The social-networking company sprung into action and retrieved the account, also tracing the hacker’s origin to the neighbouring country.

While social media handles of celebrities have been hacked in the past, the incident marks the first time a Bollywood film’s account has been compromised. Co-producer Rhea Kapoor and Ekta Kapoor remained unavailable for comment.

Hackers love Bollywood

>> In September 2016, Hrithik Roshan’s Facebook page had been hacked. An ‘enterprising individual’ went live on his feed for a few minutes.

>> He can split a bullet into two but can’t avert hackers. In August 2016, Rajinikanth fell prey to online theft when his Twitter account was hacked. His daughter, Aishwarya, took to her handle to inform fans of the development.

>> In August 2015, hackers cracked the code to acquire access to Amitabh Bachchan’s Twitter handle. Links to adult sites were apparently shared on his feed.

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Aug 182017
 

Rajkummar Rao in 'Bose: Dead Or Alive'Rajkummar Rao in ‘Bose: Dead Or Alive’

Ekta Kapoor’s new web series based on Subhash Chandra Bose, ‘Bose: Dead Or Alive’ has been released. Interestingly Rajkummar Rao has essayed Subhash Chandra Bose in the series. There was buzz regarding Ekta Kapoor’s show for a while. Not only did Rajkummar Rao gain 12 kg for the role, he also used minimal prosthetic make-up. He even shaved off half his head as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Hansal Mehta is the executive producer of this show. Hansal revealed during the trailer launch of ‘Bose: Dead Or Alive’ that he asked Ekta Kapoor whether he could be a part of the show upon learning of Rajkummar Rao’s involvement with it and that it was based on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

Hansal Mehta also revealed that his films weren’t successful for a while and in 2011 when he saw Ekta Kapoor’s film ‘Raginni MMS’ in which he saw Rajkummar Rao perform for the first time, he then made up his mind that he would be the titular ‘Shahid’ of his film based on the lawyer. After collaborating with Rajkummar, Hansal said his career got a new lease of life. Hansal Mehta worked with Rajkummar Rao in ‘City Lights’, ‘Shahid’ and ‘Aligarh.’ He compared his collaboration with Rajkummar Rao as a spiritual journey. ‘Bose: Dead Or Alive’ is being directed by Pulkit.

While talking about Rajkummar Rao’s role in the series, Ekta Kapoor added that he has put in the same effort he does with all his film roles. Ekta had always wanted to create something based on this subject matter. She said to have never felt that this could be made into a film because of the belief that the digital platform has the potential of showcasing something unique and amazing.

Rajkummar Rao revealed he read Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s autobiography and visited Netaji Bhavan in Kolkata in preparation for his role. Ekta Kapoor’s team has researched the topic for 18 months. While prepping for the role Rajkummar Rao has revealed he felt a sense of pride for the nation and thought how it would have been if he was born during Netaji’s time. Rajkummar has also said the series would uncover some unknown and never-before-seen aspects of Subhash Chandra Bose’s life.

Rajkummar Rao’s role in his newly released film ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ has been well received so far. Hansal Mehta’s ‘Simran’ is expected to release soon.

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May 182017
 

Former TV actress and Minister of Textiles, Smriti Irani, took time off from work recently to meet friend Ekta Kapoor’s younger brother, Tusshar Kapoor’s son, Laksshya.

Ekta uploaded a photo of them on Instagram and captioned it, “Friends like family!” Smriti retweeted the photo. Ekta and Smriti go back a long way. The two have been friends since Ektas show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi launched in 2000.

Ekta Kapoor
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It was the actress-turned-politician’s claim to fame.

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Apr 142017
 

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New Delhi: National Award winning actor Rajkummar Rao, who has been roped in to portray Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in filmmaker Hansal Mehtas upcoming web-series, says he plans to shave his head partly to suit the role.

Rajkummar says he will commence shooting on the yet-to-be-titled series from May 10.

“I am totally planning to go half bald for the role and flaunt a bespectacled look,” Rajkummar told IANS here.

Given that he keeps juggling between film projects, how wise would that be?

“It will be a challenge, but I do one film at a time, so it shouldn’t be a problem,” added actor, who delivered a gripping performance in “Trapped”.

The actor is excited about playing such a national icon, whom Mehta sees as a “rockstar”.

“We will shoot in Kolkata. We will even go to Europe and many other places. It’s my job as an actor to experiment with my personality and create as many characters as I can in front of the camera,” Rajkummar said on the sidelines of the launch of Ekta Kapoor’s upcoming digital app ALTBalaji.

“When we will start shooting for this series on May 10, people might see me half bald. I don’t believe in wearing wigs. So, I plan to shave half of my head and try to achieve Bose’s look,” he added.

Rajkummar has started preparing for the web-series already.

“Through this web-series, we will try to be as close to reality as we can. There are so many things that are untold about Bose. So, we will try to explore that. There were so many instances that I was amazed to know about him,” the “Shahid” fame actor said.

“I have been reading a lot of his books. His love for his motherland — that is something which is so selfless. Selfless love is something where you don’t expect anything in return. I don’t do acting because I expect three cars in return. I do it because I feel satisfied and happy by it,” he added.

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Mar 202017
 

Abhishek Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor and Sushant Singh RajputAbhishek Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor and Sushant Singh Rajput

Filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor and Sushant Singh Rajput have been looking forward to collaborate on a second venture. Kapoor launched the actor in Kai Po Che! (2013).

Now, grapevine suggests Ekta Kapoor will bring the duo together for her production titled Kedar Nath. If sources close to Kapoor are to be believed, an announcement can be expected shortly.

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Mar 112017
 

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Ekta Kapoor has roped in regional talent for her upcoming web show, Boygiri. Amey Wagh, who has acted in several short films and Marathi projects, and Divyang Thakkar, a familiar face in Gujarati cinema, have been cast for the series.

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Amey tells mid-day, “The best part about Boygiri is that real-life friends have come together for the show. I play the role of Bajju, who is the biggest jugaadu you will see. He will be your friend, even if you don’t need one.”

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