Ektaa R Kapoor: OTT and TV complement each other
Television czarina Ektaa R Kapoor is known for giving the audience more relatable and variety of content. She has seen how the industry has evolved with time and also how OTT has changed the dynamics.
In a conversation with IANS, she opens up about her journey in the television industry and also shares how the content has changed with time.
Ektaa elaborated on her journey in the television industry and says: “I feel like a fossil at times. I feel like television has got everything to do with escapism and very little to do with just content, it’s a lot of suspension of reality.
“People want to have really clean entertainment and that is one thing that hasn’t changed on television but a lot of new age stories are coming up and this is one thing that I have learnt. My journey has been nothing more than almost 26 years of doing something that I probably love and believe in.”
Ektaa started her career at the age of 17 as an intern with ad and feature filmmaker Kailash Surendranath. After facing a number of failures, her 1995 sitcom, ‘Hum Paanch’ was her first success in the industry.
So, it was not a cakewalk for her and how she look at the ups and downs, she replies: “I feel every year, a new trend comes, a new writing pattern comes and one has to innovate, sometimes you know escapism on TV is a big form of entertainment and then few years later it becomes relatable, all the shows starts taking over. Everytime this happens there’s a change of taste, you are coming home everyday and there’s a difference in the entertainment you are consuming.”
“I feel I have to innovate and when I do that I feel there’s a new era and a whole new type of audience I open up to. I think, for example when I did ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ with big sets and clothes, then I did ‘Balika Vadhu’ – a new era has arrived and then i did ‘Pavitra Rishta’ to update myself, to basically reinvent the audience and their choices. I wanted a relatable look with an aspiration, then it was opposite, then I did ‘Bade Acche Lagte Hai’ . It was a different kind of escapism. I realised that every few years ‘I had to reinvent’.”
After making her mark in the television industry, Ektaa launched her digital platform ALTBalaji in April 2017, recently it has completed five years and given some remarkable projects among which the latest one is ‘Lock Upp’. The producer talks about how OTT has changed the entire scenario and influenced the television content.
“OTT itself has so much experimentation because it has so much of specification as far as the audience identification goes and then the content gets into exactly to the target audience. Unlike TV which is more like one size fits all. So, they both come from a different mindset. OTT and TV are not eating into each other’s market, nor are they helping each other change or becoming catalysts in each other’s growth.”
Pregnant Ileana D’Cruz enjoys ‘babymoon’ with mystery man; Is it Katrina Kaif’s brother Sebastian Laurent Michel?
Actress Ileana D’Cruz is currently enjoying the best phase of her life as she is all set to welcome her first child. While the actress has been flaunting her baby bump on her social media, the mystery around who her partner and the father of her child is continues to remain a mystery.
At present, Ileana is enjoying her babymoon at some undisclosed location with her partner while the eagerly wait for the arrival of their little one.
For those unversed, Ileana is rumoured to be dating Sebastian Laurent Michel, who happens to be the brother of Bollywood diva Katrina Kaif.
Ileana’s beachside babymoon
On Friday, the ‘Barfi!’ actress took to her Instagram to share a series of pictures from her babymoon, and also gave glimpses of her partner, but did not reveal his face or identity.
The actress shared a picture of the blue sea and wrote, “Babymoon”. In the next picture, she can be seen enjoying a date night with her partner, and added the song, the lyrics of which said, “I wanna be alone, alone with you… Does that make sense?”
She also dropped another picture in which she can be seen holding her partner’s hand while he ate. “My idea of romance clearly can’t let him eat in peace”.
Who is Sebastian Laurent Michel?
Ileana is reportedly in a steady relationship with Sebastian and the two have been dating for almost a year now.
Reports of the two dating went viral after the actress was seen accompanying him and other close friends and family members of Vicky Kaushal and Katrina to Maldives. The duo posed with the rest of the group for several pictures.
They were later also spotted together at the Mumbai airport, however, both of them have remained tightlipped about their equation.
Sebastian is a model based out of London.
Ileana was earlier in a relationship with photographer Andrew Kneebone, but the two went their separate ways after dating for about two years.
Ayushmann Khurrana’s Wife Tahira Kashyap Redes Out Hard-Hitting Poem Supporting Wrestlers’ Protest
Tahira Kashyap, the wife of actor Ayushmann Khurrana, read out a powerful and hardhitting poem on Thursday morning, in support of the ongoing wrestlers’ protest in Delhi. She is among the first ones from the film industry to break her silence on the raging debate that has gripped the nation.
Celebrities from Bollywood, who are otherwise quite vocal on issues of national interest, have remained tightlipped about the ongoing wrestlers’ protest in the country.
Several Olympic and other world championship-winning wrestlers, including Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia, have taken to the streets of Delhi demanding the arrest of former Wrestling Federation of India chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, who has been accused of sexual harassment by nearly 10 women.
Tahira Kashyap voices her support for protesting wrestlers
On Thursday morning, Tahira penned down a poem on the wrestlers’ protest and read it out in a video which she shared on her social media handle.
“Handing over the papers and then snatching back in shame, the headlines of our women wrestlers struggling to be heard just changed the game,” a part of her poem stated.
In the poem, she also said how she never differentiated between her daughter and son, and that they look up to the wrestlers, whom she addressed as “national heroes”.
Speaking of her daughter, she said, “She too has an aspiration to win medals for the nation. I snatched and clenched the papers hard for I never want her to know what awaits is a warped situation.”
“The women whom my son also looks up to, have been mistreated and told ‘shut up you’,” she added.
Celebs slammed for staying mum
Meanwhile, celebs are being slammed on the internet for not voicing out their opinion over the wrestlers’ protest. Netizens pointed out that while the celebs put out posts when the same wrestlers had won medals for the country, they have now decided to remain tightlipped when they actually need support.
A few celebs, however, condemned the Delhi Police’s brutal action on the wrestlers on the day of the new Parliament building’s innauguration.
Swara Bhasker shared a video and wrote, “Shameful that our top International athletes are forced to protest on streets against sexual harassment but accused BJP MP is being consistently shielded by the govt. Sack & investigate #BrijBhushanSharanSingh.”
Tovino Thomas, Kamal Haasan, Prakash Raj and Sonu Sood too condemned the police action.
Simplicity or Publicity? Aamir Khan’s daughter Ira Khan gets mixed reactions over her auto ride in Mumbai
Ira Khan, the daughter of Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan and his first wife Reena Dutta, has captured media attention and made headlines, this time by being spotted travelling in an auto-rickshaw.
The star kid has always chosen to carve her own path instead of following in her father’s footsteps as an actor. With a strong presence on social media, particularly Instagram, she keeps her followers engaged by sharing glimpses of her life through photos and videos.
Despite staying away from the acting world, Ira manages to stay in the limelight due to her personal life.
Ira Khan travels in an auto-rickshaw
Recently, Ira Khan decided to forgo a luxurious car and opt for a fun auto-rickshaw ride in the bustling city of Mumbai.
Accompanied by a friend, she was captured on camera by a paparazzo, who later shared the video on Instagram.
Throughout the clip, Ira can be seen wearing a charming smile as she waves to the onlookers and expresses her gratitude with a heartfelt “Thank You.” Her casual attire consisted of a white and pink striped shirt layered over a grey top, paired effortlessly with olive shorts. She completed the look with a stylish pair of sunglasses.
Netizens have mixed reaction
The video quickly caught the attention of netizens, resulting in a flurry of reactions across social media platforms. Many fans praised Ira for her down-to-earth nature, describing her as the “one and only simple star kid” and showering her with clapping emojis.
Others echoed the sentiment, referring to her as a genuinely sweet and unpretentious person. However, not everyone shared the same viewpoint. Some sceptics dismissed her auto-rickshaw ride as a mere publicity stunt, calling her the “talentless kid” of Bollywood and their alleged thirst for attention. A particularly disillusioned user claimed that such tactics were deployed when no one paid attention, suggesting a decline in the industry.
About Ira Khan
Earlier this month, Ira Khan celebrated her 25th birthday in a unique and personalized manner. She hosted a delightful Ted Lasso-themed party at her home, which was attended by her father Aamir Khan’s ex-wife Kiran Rao, her brother Azad, and her fiancé Nupur Shikhare.
The event also saw the presence of Aamir’s cousin Imran Khan and actress Mithila Palkar. Notably, Ira got engaged to Nupur Shikhare, a professional gym trainer, last year, further adding to the excitement surrounding her personal life.
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