Gayatri Jayaraman reviews Kingdom of the Soap Queen
The Cult of Ekta - Books News - Issue Date: Sep 8,
Jump to navigation. Balaji Telefilms' official response to the book is that it is an unauthorised attempt to tell its tale. Gupta, in his acknowledgements, however, claims that he based the book on a one-hour interview with Balaji Telefilms Managing Director and Ekta's mother Shobha, during which she gave him access to company annual reports, and 15 minutes with Ekta herself. This, says Gupta, is apart from the scriptwriter meetings he was part of when he worked on the television serial Bade Achche Lagte Hain, and the insights he got from the pantheon of actors associated with the production house.
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In an interview, he revealed as much. We went to six actors and after six rejections, I told Shakun Batra, director we should drop the idea and he started developing another screenplay. Later, on a flash, Fawad came to my mind.