On Monday, November 20, producer Ekta Kapoor received the Directorate Award at the 51st International Film Awards, becoming the first Indian woman filmmaker to receive the International Emmy Directorate Award. Vir Das and Derry Girls season 3 were also honoured with an International Emmy for Comedy. It was Vir Das’s second International Emmy nomination. The award was given to the comedian and actor for his Netflix comedy special, Vir Das: Landing. He was the first Indian comedian to receive this honour.
Ekta Kapoor took to Instagram to share a video of the prestigious award, captioning it, “India, I’m bringing home YOUR Emmy @iemmys.” Ekta Kapoor’s win demonstrates how her contributions have influenced the industry. Her victory is not only a personal triumph but also a recognition of her unconventional and pioneering work, which has consistently delivered content that resonates with a diverse audience for decades. Shortly after she posted the video, the comments section was flooded with red heart emoticons and congratulations.
Ekta Kapoor wins big:
Balaji was founded in 1994 by Ekta Kapoor, the daughter of actor Jeetendra Kapoor and media executive Shobha Kapoor. She is credited with reshaping India’s television landscape, inventing an entire genre of television content, and launching the country’s satellite television boom. Under the Balaji banner, more than 17,000 hours of television and 45 films have been produced.
Ekta has produced several iconic TV shows under her banner, including ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi,’ ‘Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii,’ ‘Kasautii Zindagii Kay,’ and ‘Bade Achhe Lagte Hain,’ among others. Fans of the filmmaker have gone gaga after her recent win. She has not only established her name in India but has also made everyone proud with her international achievements.
In her speech, Ekta said, “I’m delighted to receive the prestigious Emmys Directorate Award! It brings me great joy and happiness to be recognized on a global scale like this. I’ve always desired to tell stories because they allow me to be heard, seen, and represented. I am grateful for the audience’s support, which has allowed me to move from television to the worlds of films and OTT. Each story I told served as a bridge to connect with audiences on multiple levels. The unexpected twists and turns this journey took are proof of the power of love bestowed by the people of India and beyond. My heart is filled with gratitude, and I am more determined than ever to make a positive impact through my work with audiences.”
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