By Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service
Mumbai, Sep 5 (IANS) This year's Ganesha festival was
very special for Ekta Kapoor as she brought her first Ganpati in her
new home and her serial "Karam Apna Apna" went on air on STAR Plus.
"It's my first Ganpati in my new home. I couldn't have as much
celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi. I'd just had a pooja in the morning,
dinner with close friends and then went to Tirupati the next day to
pray for my new serial 'Karam Apna Apna'."
As for her new serial "Karam Apna Apna", Ekta says it's a full-on
Balaji brand of entertainment.
" 'Karam...' is a simple identifiable story. We wanted viewers to
get something to chew on. I won't call this show different or out of
this world. I'm accused of becoming distanced from reality in my recent
"Well, 'Karam...' is real. But I can't move too far away from my
style. Finally, my sensibilities will show on my shows. People say they
find 'Kkasam Se' very relatable. I think they'll say the same about
And why Iqbal Khan as the main lead?
"Well 'Karam...' will have its hero in an extramarital affair. My
hero should look like someone two women, best friends would be fighting
over. Iqbal fits the bill. It's a very sweet, innocent story."
Iqbal's other daily "Kaissa Yeh Pyarr Hai" for Ekta on Sony will go
off air in a couple of months.
However, Ekta says she hardly has anything to do with the new Smriti
"Thodisi Zameen Thodasa Aasman", which went on STAR earlier this
month is very unlike what I do. Full credit to the writer Kamlesh
Pandey and Smriti Irani plus the STAR executives like Shailja Kejriwal
for this authentic serial. As for me, I've just lent my name to
"Karam..." on the other hand is entirely Ekta's baby.
"You've no idea how many auditions I've conducted until we found the
right girl for 'Karam...'"
Ektat hunted for new face in Simla, Jaipur, Surat, Pune and Delhi
and finally found Pallavi Subhash in Mumbai.
"We wanted a face that was pretty and yet next door-like. Then one
day I happened to see a show called 'Tumhari Disha' on Zee. Pallavi
came on for maybe 30 seconds. And I said, 'This is the girl I want for
'Karam...'. My mom nearly threw a fit. Can you imagine? We hunt high
and low and finally we find her in Mumbai on television."
"Tumhari Disha" where Pallavi played a minor role has ended.
"And a new chapter has started for Pallavi. She's a complete Balaji
kid. We're shooting with her now."
"She's Marathi. But she's playing a Bengali girl from Kolkata.
Pallavi does lapse into a Marathi accent. But we control her. We'll
manage in the dubbing."
So is Pallavi another Balaji actor who'll soon start throwing her
Ekta shakes her head. "I hope not! See, the stress of suddenly
shooting night and day takes its toll on the actors. I love my actors
and my shows. I hope I never lose my energy level about them."