Ekta Kapoor is among ‘500 Most Influential’

By:  Gayatri Kolwankar

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After ruling small screen and making name for herself as the leading film producer, Ekta Kapoor has added yet another feather in her cap. The small screen’s Czarina has bagged the honour of being among the Variety magazine’s ‘500 Most Influential’ names.

From her Saas Bahu sagas on the small screen to hard-hitting movies, Ekta always preferred to go where no one has gone! Being the only woman entrepreneur in the entertainment industry, Ekta took the bold step to experiment with the digital platform. 

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Hence it comes as no surprise that the Balaji head honcho was recently named one of the ‘500 Most Influential’ people in the world by Variety magazine.

Variety Magazine announced names of 500 ‘most influential business leaders who are shaping the global entertainment industry.  The list also features 12 Indian personalities besides Kapoor gal, which include Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Aditya Chopra and Karan Johar.

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Variety 500, which compiles the list of the most influential people, takes into account accomplishments over the previous 12 months. The Variety editorial board selected these 500 people after carrying out extensive research.

With her contribution to television, movie entertainment and now in the digital space with Alt Balaji, Ekta continues to shape and have a huge impact on the entertainment industry. The successful producer has explored a variety of genres, set trends and given actors and directors an opportunity to showcase their talents.

The list features 362 personalities from the US, 28 from the UK, 20 from China, 16 from France, 15 from Germany, 12 from India, 8 from Italy, 6 from Spain and 4 from Mexico.

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The list of Indians featured in Variety 500 include Punit Goenka – CEO and MD of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd, Ekta Kapoor – MD and Creative Director of Balaji Telefilms, Aditya Chopra – Chairman of Yashraj Films, Kishore Lulla – Executive Chairman of Eros International, Salman Khan – Actor and Producer, Karan Johar – Writer, Director and Producer, Uday Shankar – Chairman of Star India, Siddharth Kapur – President of The Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd., Anil Ambani – Chairman of Reliance Group, Subhash Chandra – Founder and Chairman of Essel group, Priyanka Chopra – Artist, Actress and Producer and Mukesh Ambani – Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries.

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