Renowned Indian filmmaker Ektaa Kapoor has achieved an unprecedented milestone by becoming the first-ever Indian filmmaker to be honored with the prestigious International Emmy Award. This remarkable achievement not only celebrates Kapoor’s exceptional storytelling and creative brilliance but also showcases the global impact of Indian cinema.
Ektaa Kapoor, a visionary producer and director, has consistently pushed the boundaries of storytelling across various media platforms. Her innovative approach to filmmaking and her dedication to producing diverse and captivating content have earned her both critical acclaim and a devoted global audience.
The International Emmy Award, a symbol of excellence in international television and media, recognizes Kapoor’s outstanding contribution to the world of entertainment. Her ability to create narratives that resonate with audiences of
“Ektaa R. Kapoor has built Balaji into one of India’s foremost entertainment players with market leadership in the television content industry reaching mass audiences across India and South Asia with their long running series and OTT platform,” said Paisner. “We look forward to honoring her remarkable career and influence on the television industry, with our Directorate Award.”
Kapoor has been a major figure in Indian television since starting Balaji in 1994, with her parents; Indian movie star and producer Jeetendra Kapoor and media executive Shobha Kapoor. She is credited with revamping India’s television landscape, pioneering an entire genre of television content and heralding India’s satellite television boom. Under the Balaji banner, she has created and produced more than 17,000 hours of television and 45 films and launched one of the country’s first Indian OTT platform, Alt Balaji.
“Receiving this recognition fills me with a profound sense of humility and excitement. This award holds a special place in my heart, as it signifies a journey that goes beyond mere work—it’s a pivotal aspect of my personal and professional life,” said Kapoor. “Representing my country on the global stage through this esteemed platform is an incredible honor. Television has been instrumental in helping me discover my identity, particularly as a woman working to make stories for women. This award allows me to represent them and our shared accomplishments on an international level.”
Balaji’s shows have been and continue to be channel drivers for most general entertainment broadcasters. Balaji has won almost every major TV award. Kapoor is among Fortune India’s 50 most powerful women in Asia and the only woman from the Indian television market listed in Variety500 – an index of the 500 most influential business leaders shaping the global media industry.