Anything Populist Will Be Criticized: Ekta Kapoor

Popular producer Ekta Kapoor is all set for the release of her upcoming web series named Apaharan. She has now responded to all her critics by admitting that anything populist will always be criticized anywhere in the world. Ekta and ALTBalaji web series’ actors Nidhi Singh, Mahie Gill, and Arunoday Singh were interacting with media on Wednesday. The sexually explicit content and superstition that is promoted on her show has raised some eyebrows, but Ekta explained, "I am very happy showing sex. There is no problem with sex when you show it on-screen. We should not have a problem with sex. I feel the problem with our country is that we have two set of teeth -- one is to show off and the other to chew with. We should have problem with non-consensual sex and sexual crime.

"As far as superstition is concerned, ‘Naagin' is a fantasy show. I loved ‘Harry Potter' and ‘Game of Thrones'. We don't match up in effect because our budgets are 1/100 of that and the day we get those kind of budgets, we will match up to that also. We make up more in our storylines, and that is why ‘Naagin' is such a big hit.

"As far as the world over, I am talking about post-colonial era, anything populist will be criticised. You cannot take a step with a fear of criticism."
 Mahie talked about her experience while working on Apaharan, saying, "I always wanted to work in a web series. I really like its subject and the director of this web series is really nice. I always wanted to be associated with Balaji Telefilms (production house) but I never got that opportunity.

"Ten years back, when I was struggling to get work as an actress, I went outside Balaji's office to meet Ekta Kapoor but the security person over there sent me back and now after 10 years, I have got an opportunity to work with them. So, it's a really nice feeling working them."

Arunoday also spoke out about the show, revealing that his character in the show is very different from his actual real-life personality.

 -Rubaina Bilgrami
Picture Courtesy – Ekta Kapoor Instagram