Television shows are diluted to not hurt sensibilities, says Ekta Kapoor

Sunday, Mar 6, 2016,11:30 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Mumbai | Television producer Ekta Kapoor says unlike in films where there is scope for experiment, one has to be careful with content on small-screen so as to not hurt the sensibilities of the viewers. Ekta has backed traditional television shows like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii while producing failry bold films like Love Sex aur Dhokha, Ragini MMS 2 and the recent adult comedy Kyaa Kool Hai Hum 3.

The producer feels it is easier to experiment in films than on television. It is easier to experiment way more in films, not so much in television. We have one television in home and 10 people sitting and watching it. You have to maintain the sanctity of the house. You dress up according to the person’s house you are going to, Ekta told. That respect has to be there keeping in mind that you are going to so many homes, culture and thought processes.

You have to make television a little diluted so that it does not hurt anybody’s sensibilities, she said. When asked that even movies have a wider reach and cater to a variety of audience, she said, but in films you put out a promo and say ‘this is what I offer, if you want to watch, pay the money and come.’ That way you can do a lot more experimentation in films. Ekta has been producing shows for over two decades, starting with the 1995 shows Mano Ya Na Mano and Hum Paanch. The producer, however, feels there is nothing you can change about television as it is a monster who decides what it wants.

Television is a big monster which sits on your head. Ninety percent of the times when you say television should do away with something, you should do away with it. It is like you cannot decide what to feed the monster, the monster decides what it wants to eat. You can lure him with new food but that’s on him to accept it or not.