An adult film-goer’s sensibility should be respected: Ekta Kapoor

Producer Ekta Kapoor feels certain values should be kept in mind when TV soaps are made because they are watched primarily by a family audience but while making films the sensibility of an adult should be acknowledged.

Speaking on the issue of censorship, Kapoor said, “We honour certain values as we enter people’s houses and I certainly keep that in mind for our programmes.

“He (the film viewer) should be allowed to what he wants to see outside his house,” she said while speaking at a Q & A session at the FICCI Ladies Organisation here last evening.

When asked about censor board’s act of censoring scenes in recent films, Kapoor said, “We cannot be prudish… We cannot run away from certain problems. Can we stop or prohibit anyone from speaking or doing what he wants?”
Kapoor credited her success to the fighting instinct that women have.

“…whatever I am is because I am a woman. All these fighter instincts women have, make them successful in life… I was too young to be taken seriously by people when I had started (at 18). Contrast that with the environment at present which is women-centric,” she said.

Allaying fears about the Indian film industry’s future, filmmaker Ekta Kapoor avers Bollywood is here to stay and the change is the transition of viewers who are now consuming content online.

“Audiences don’t die. They shift. People are consuming content on the net. Bollywood is not going anywhere, but personally I believe piracy should go. With digital coming in, there is a certain amount of realignment that is happening,” Kapoor said here at an interactive session on Thursday.

She was asked to comment on the future of Bollywood in the age of digital media.

Quizzed on her career and her experiences as a woman in the industry, Ekta said: “We should never believe it’s a man’s world. The moment you think about that, you put yourself back.”