Ekta Kapoor has ruled over the TV industry for over a decade and a half. As a talented, fierce successful mentor to many, she has launched the careers of several actors who have gone on to become big names in the TV and film industry. After all, she is known as the TV Czarina for a reason. Over the years, as a producer, she has diversified to the medium of films, and has proved her worth even there —case in point being films like, Veere Di Wedding, The Dirty Picture, Udta Punjab among others. As far as TV goes, if it wasn’t for Ekta, we would have probably been robbed of some of the most iconic on screen characters we’ve grown up watching. Thus, on the occasion of her birthday today, we bring you 5 TV character roles coined by the TV czarina herself, that became integral parts of the stereotypical Saas-bahu saga that patrons love watching even today.
1. Baa —the death defying head of the family
Remember Baa?The oldest member of the Virani family, for whom ageing was an alien concept? Well, yes, the character was essayed by the late actress Sudha Shivpuri, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 77. However, for the time that the show (Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi) went on, Baa was a very important character, who looked the same, despite the many time leaps the show underwent. Although she breathed her last in 2015, her character as Baa in KSBKBT was immortal.
2. Komolika, Ramola Sikand —the quintessential vamps
Who can forget Komolika (Urvashi Dholakia) from Kasauti Zindagi Kay? Not only were her deeds questionable, which made her the vamp (obviously) but it was the way she dressed that emphasized her role as an antagonist on the show. Always seen in backless blouses and interesting bindis, (which created a new fashion trend), Komolika paved the ways for the vamps on Indian television. Whenever we heard “nigaaa…” we knew it was time for the vamp of the show to enter. Her role was to plant seeds of doubt in the minds of the protagonists (Anurag and Prerna) and separate them. She married numerous men from the Basu family for their name and property. Similar to her there were other vamps on Indian television, in other shows such as Ramola Sikand aka Sudha Chandran (Kaahin Kissii Roz), Pallavi aka Shweta Kawatra (Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii) and Jigyasa aka Ashwini Kalsekar (Kasamh Se) among others who almost had similar traits. They became important faces on Indian television during the 2000s.
3. Tulsi, Parvati — the epitome of goodness and purity
Tulsi and Parvati became household names in the era of cheesy soap operas by the TV czarina, who stood for pride, respect, sacrifice, bragging rights and other random shit things like “maan”, “mariyaada” and all that uptown funk. They were the very definition of the quintessential Indian bahu. Every Ekta Kapoor serial had “the female protagonist”, who would be the sacrificial cow of the family, and face every challenge, (sometimes detrimental to their own happiness) for the betterment and welfare of their loved ones. Whether it made sense or no, was besides the point but they were the idealistic daughter-in-laws of Indian soap operas back in the day.
4. Mihir, Abhi—The flawed husbands
The character of the male lead will always be inversely proportional to that of the female lead on the show. It is somehow the responsibility of the woman to rescue her man from all his flaws, whether it’s infidelity, alcoholism, drugs or even an issue with his work/business. Talk about women empowerment!
5. Savita Virani – The difficult mother-in-law who eventually has a change of heart
Where there is a kind-hearted and loving bahu (daughter-in-law), there has to be a difficult and uncompromising saas (mother-in-law),—that’s what became the very essence of a saas bahu saga written by Ekta Kapoor. This mother-in-law may be a vamp sometimes (as was the case with Ramola Sikand of Kahin Kisi Roz) or else someone who is forced to change for the better because of her daughter-in-law’s niceties (such as Savita Virani of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi). Whatever, be the case, a mother-in-law, was/is a permanent fixture in almost all Ekta Kapoor serials.