Producer Ekta Kapoor has been honoured with the prestigious International Directorate Award at the 51st International Emmy Awards ceremony in New York. The award was presented by the renowned author and new age leader, Deepak Chopra, at the cereminyb held in New York.
Ekta has become the first Indian woman filmmaker to receive the honour. She said in a statement after her win, “I’m delighted to receive the prestigious Emmys Directorate Award! It brings me immense joy and happiness to be honoured at a global scale, such as this. I’ve always wanted to tell stories because they give me a chance to be heard, seen and represented. I am grateful for the audience’s love that has opened doors for me, allowing me to transition from television to the world of films and OTT. Each story that I told became a bridge to connect with audiences on many levels. The unexpected turns this journey took are a testament to the power of love showered by the people of India and beyond. My heart is filled with gratitude, and a stronger resolve to make a positive impact through my work for audiences.”
The producer has been behind some of the most popular Indian TV shows including genre defining Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhie Bahu Thi, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, Kkusum, Pavitra Rishta and Kasautii Zindagii Kay, among many others, under the aegis of Balaji telefilms.
Earlier, Bruce L Paisner, President & CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences had said in a statement, “Ektaa Kapoor has built Balaji into one of India’s foremost entertainment players with market leadership in the television content industry reaching mass audiences across India and South Asia with their long running series and OTT platform. We look forward to honouring her remarkable career and influence on the television industry, with our Directorate Award.”
She also forayed into producing Bollywood films with 2001’s Kyo Kii… Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta. Other films from her stable include Kyaa Kool Hai Hum, Shootout at Lokhandwala, Mission Istanbul, Love Sex aur Dhokha, Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, and Shor in the City. Her latest release was Ayushmann Khurrana’s Dream Girl 2.