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Ganga, its region still unexplored: Ekta Kapoor

Daughter of actor Jeetendra and Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor was in Haridwar recently. This was her second visit to the city within a month. Ekta had come for promotion of her web shoots, which she launched as part of web TV series online through her digital application ALTBalaji. Earlier, she had gained fame with soap operas like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bhahu Thi and Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki. She also elicited the attention of the locals while shooting for ‘Apharan’, riding all terrain vehicles on Ganga ghats in Haridwar. The Pioneer caught up with her while she was leaving for Mumbai along with actress Mahi Gill. About Uttarakhand, she said, “I love Uttarakhand especially Haridwar. I have fondness for the Ganga river. No matter how much people talk about its serenity or raise concern about pollution, I still feel this entire region is raw, pure and unexplored. During my shoots for the movie Kedarnath, we covered parts of Uttarakhand, sometimes by helicopter while visiting Kedarnath, and on foot at other times. I am elated at having spent many days shooting for the series here in the scenic locations of Haridwar, paying obeisance at Mansa Devi temple, performing Ganga Arti with my father Jeetendra and crew members. The experience of riding on the ATVs along with Mahi on the Ganga Ghats was splendid. I would anytime wish to come here on ghats of twin cities and now Haridwar is special with web shoots launching.” Her foray into the television industry was after initial work in the film industry. About her professional journey she said, “At the age of 17 years I began film making with financial assistance from my father. Gradually people started recognising my talent as a TV serial producer under the banner of Balaji Telefilms. Some of the initial episodes were rejected but Hum Panch did exceptionally well and I also received best entrepreneur award in 2001. Then, there was no looking back with tens of movies and teleserials, people had recognized my talent.” About her love for the Ganga she said, “We are religious. We performed Arti and sought blessings from Ma Ganga for the web series. We shot in the holy cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh for Apharan. Actor Rajiv Khandelwal along with his team members of Being Bhagirath also participated in Ganga cleanliness drive.” Though known more for television serials, she is also foraying into the digital media. “ It’s the digital age now so I am also focusing on web series starting with Apharan from Haridwar. It is based on the story of a celebrated cop, Rudra Srivastav, an active police sub-inspector who gets entangled in ‘Apharan’ (abduction) of the daughter of a sugar mill owner and is allegedly involved in her murder along with his wife. With a satire on the Minister who sends him to jail under conspiracy of murder, the web series is full of scenes which will keep the viewer hooked.” Read more posts… Thursday, 20 December 2018 | RADHIKA NAGRATH | Haridwar

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