EKTA QUES­TIONS THE CRIT­I­CISM OF POP­ULIST SHOWS

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Hav­ing just cel­e­brated her 42nd birth­day, pro­ducer Ekta Kapoor feels that she is age­ing back­wards. Start­ing her ca­reer at 17, Ekta is now mak­ing youth-based shows on her dig­i­tal plat­form, with more pow­er­ful roles for women. Though her pro­jec­tion of women is strong in films, she still gets crit­i­cised for some of her su­per­nat­u­ral TV shows.

So, does she need to make such shows? “Why not? If peo­ple are crit­i­cis­ing my shows like Naa­gin or other shows with su­per­nat­u­ral con­tent, I want to ask why not? Why is folk­lore crit­i­cised if it is In­dian when the same au­di­ence is sur­viv­ing on Amer­i­can folk­lore? Amer­ica sur­vives on Avengers, Game of Thrones, Vam­pire and I can go on. They watch them vo­ra­ciously,” she says, adding, “Our Naa­gin is not only pop­u­lar in ev­ery re­gion of our coun­try but also in Pak­istan. It has been re­made in In­done­sia. So you see, peo­ple see!”

Has Ekta grown thick skin to deal with crit­i­cism? “We have to un­der­stand that peo­ple have a per­cep­tion that any­thing that is pop­u­lar is sub­stan­dard. I don’t take that. You know Shake­speare was one of the most crit­i­cised play­wrights when he was alive. To­day, we cel­e­brate him,” she adds.

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Ekta Kapoor

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