New Delhi: It's television producer, filmmaker Ekta Kapoor's 42nd birthday today. She is the daughter of actor Jeetendra and Shobha Kapoor. Ekta started her career in 1995 with the television show Hum Paanch. She became a household name after launching the two top-rated shows on television in 2000 - Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki. Ekta has launched some of best talents in the industry like Sushant Singh Rajput, Karan Patel, Mouni Roy, Ankita Lokhande, Vivek Dahiya, Smriti Irani (now a cabinet minister), Sakshi Tanwar, Shweta Tiwari, Shabbir Ahluwalia and others. On social media, Ekta Kapoor is flooded with birthday wishes from these celebs.
- Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi is one of the best shows made by Ekta
- "Only once in a while God creates wonder women like you," wrote Divyanka
- Shraddha Kapoor also wished Ekta
Smriti Irani, who is best-remembered to play Tulsi in Ekta's Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, posted picture of the producer with the caption, "Happy Birthday to a #loving aunt #dedicated #daughter #caring #friend may you go from strength to strength #godbless." Smriti Irani is one of Ekta's closest friends from the industry. She joined politics in 2003 and in 2014, she was inducted in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's union cabinet.
Divyanka Tripathi, who currently features in Ekta's show Yeh Hai Mohabbatein, shared a picture of herself with husband Vivek Dahiya and her 'Wonder Woman.' Divyanka married her Yeh Hai Mohabbatein co-star Vivek in July last year.
Divyanka's co-star Karan Patel, Raman Bhalla of Yeh Hai Mohabbatein, has to say this about Ekta.
Ekta's Naagin 2 actress Mouni Roy also wished her.
Shabbir Ahluwalia, who debuted in the industry with Ekta Kapoor's Kahiin To Hoga, now features as a lead hero in her show Kumkum Bhagya. "Happy Birthday @ektaravikapoor have a blockbuster year! Wishing only the best for you," he posted.
Film star Shraddha Kapoor, who last starred in Half Girlfriend, also wished Ekta on her birthday. Half Girlfriend was produced by Ekta's Balaji Telefilms.
Here's how other celebs wished Ekta.
Meanwhile, a few hours ago, Ekta Kapoor revealed that she has already got her 'best birthday gift.'
Ekta Kapoor's maiden Bollywood project was 2001's Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta. Later, she produced films like Kucch To Hai, Krishna Cottage, Kyaa Kool Hai Hum Shootout at Lokhandwala, Mission Istanbul, Love Sex aur Dhokha, Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai and Shor in the City.
She recently launched her mobile app ALT Balaji. Her current television shows are - Naagin 2, Ye Hai Mohabbatein, Kumkum Bhagya and Kasam Tere Pyaar Ki.
Happy birthday, Ekta Kapoor.