Film and TV producer Ekta Kapoor says big budgets and busy schedules of actors. However, she is averse to making films with big Bollywood stars and now she has revealed the reason behind it.
In a conversation with PTI, she said, “It is not about the access to the stars. We have not made films with Salman Khan or Shah Rukh Khan because at this point if I have to spend half a year in planning a film with a big star, it would require certain effort.”
She added, “We have got into an eclectic mix of films. Access doesn’t always mean…you could have picked up a phone and called them. It is not that we are making a big star Rs 100 crore proposal.”
Instead, the producer’s banner Balaji Motion Pictures has backed a number of unconventional films such as Love, Sex Aur Dhoka and Lipstick Under My Burkha.
She soon moved to the big screen with films such as Shootout at Lokhandwala, The Dirty Picture and Ek Thi Daayan. There have been failures along the way but Ekta says she does not dwell on them too much. “Either you win or you learn. I don’t like to live a delusional life, which is an easy thing. We all have dreams but we have to understand where the dream becomes delusional,” Ekta says.
She also has her eyes locked in on the regional film market. She said, “I feel we have a huge local market. I want to grow with regional content but that would be three years later. I have done two shows – one is a Bengali and other is a South Indian show. I had a huge wing that made lot of South Indian shows, not many people know we had a south show called Kudumbam. I am a firm believer that as the content gets local there will be more identification.”
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