Un‘settling’norms

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Apr 2018 11:19:33


 

Successful producer Ekta Kapoor wonders why Indian society links being settled down to marriage.

Ekta, who has produced content for television, films and now has a presence on digital medium too, received FLO (FICCI Ladies Organisation) Icon Award for MediaEntrepreneurship recently in New Delhi.
During an interactive session at the event, Kapoor said she failed to understand why she has to be married to settle down and why the the things linked at all.


“What I am asked a lot by journalists is, ‘When are you settling down?’ How much more do I need to settle down? I really don’t understand why settling down is linked to getting married. For years, my father and mother saved the best of alcohol for my marriage.
“This year, the defining moment of my life came when my father took all of that out on his 75th birthday. It was a celebration of today and not expectations of tomorrow,” said Ekta.


Often called the “queen of soap operas” on Indian small screen, Ekta also faced criticism for showing “regressive storylines” in shows like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki, Kahin Kissi Roz, Kasautii Zindagii Kay and Pavitra Rishta.


On the flip side, she has produced movies like Lipstick Under My Burkha, and now she is connecting with the youth through a digital app ALTBalaji where some of the series explore homosexuality and other taboo topics.


She said: “My journey has been quite a paradox. I make movies which explore sexuality and TV shows which have very conservative families. And I think both are two sides of the same coin. I deal with everything with a pinch of salt. I am quite a feminist,” she said.