What Nepotism? Ekta Kapoor's Niece Says She Was Rejected Several Times

Ekta Kapoor's niece said that she "just cannot walk into her office and say that I want to act"

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What Nepotism? Ekta Kapoor's Niece Says She Was Rejected Several Times

Ekta Kapoor and Anchal Sharma in Mumbai.

New Delhi: 

Highlights

  1. Ekta selected Anchal after watching her Veere Di Wedding audition
  2. Anchal Sharma will make her acting debut in Haq Se
  3. Getting the part in the web-series was not a piece of cake for Anchal
The nepotism debate is here to stay. Ekta Kapoor's niece Anchal Sharma is making her acting debut in upcoming web-series Haq Se, which is produced by Ekta's ALTBalaji. At an event to launch the trailer of Haq Se, Anchal was asked if getting a role in Ekta's show an 'easy ride for her,' which made her a 'little uncomfortable,' reports news agency IANS. "See, Ekta always encouraged new talents, so I just cannot walk into her office and say that I want to act. I had to go through a process of audition. Of course, she is an inspiration for me but I auditioned for several other projects of ALTBalaji but I was not accepted. So I think it is an honour for me that she believed in me to play the character," Anchal told media persons, reports IANS.

Ekta Kapoor has ruled the television industry with her K-soaps like Kyunki... Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kasam Se and Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki, for years. Several artistes such as Smriti Irani, Divyanka Tripathi, Anita Hassanandani, Mouni Roy and Sakshi Tanwar among others became bona fide celebrities after starring in the shows she produced.

Speaking to IANS, Ekta Kapoor revealed how Anchal Sharma was cast in Haq Se: "First time I saw her audition that came from director Imtiaz Ali for Laila Majnu (an upcoming film). Since she did not look like the character, I said no to her and then I mentioned to Imtiaz that she is my niece. Later Rhea (Kapoor) showed me Anchal's audition for Veere Di Wedding and said that she is 'outstanding.' However, this time she fits the part so I cast her in the show."

Haq Se stars Rajeev Khandelwal and Surveen Chawla in lead roles.

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