From starting her career at 17 as an intern to becoming the most successful producer, TV czarina Ekta Kapoor has come a long way, and she recalls her earlier days after receiving the 'Bemisaal Rishta' award during an award function.
Though she started her career in the entertainment industry very early, her first successful show was the 1995 sitcom 'Hum Paanch'. Later in 2000, her show 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi' became the most successful TV serial.
Post that, she did several hit shows, including 'Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki', 'Kabhi Sautan Kabhii Sahelii', 'Kalash', 'Kasautii Zindagii Kay', and 'Kasamh Se'. Ekta also came up with a fearless reality show, 'Lock Upp' hosted by Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut.
She said: "I certainly have to say that I was only 17 years old and created history by starting at such a young age with the serial 'Hum Panch'. I still remember taking the entry form for the pilot shoot of the show. I was not sure at that time, but I would say it doesn't matter if you are young or old, you have a filmy background or not, this channel always functions with you, based on your ability."
She also expressed her gratitude towards the team of her popular shows and said, pointing towards 'Kumkum Bhagya' actor Shabbir Ahluwalia that everyone from the team misses him.
"A special thanks to the team of 'Kundali Bhagya', 'Kumkum Bhagya', and 'Bhagya Lakshmi'. The man standing here, Shabbir, the channel doesn't miss you because they have you. But, we miss you," she added.
'Zee Rishtey Awards' airs on Zee TV.