Ekta Kapoor’s popular romantic show, Kasautii Zindagii Kay, is having a reboot, which will be on air from September 25 on Star Plus. The characters on the show, Anurag and Prerna, are being played by actors Parth Samthaan and Erica Fernandes, respectively. There’s a lot of buzz around the new show considering its previous version was a hit among the audience. Now, to add to this buzz, producer Ekta Kapoor just made quite an interesting statement. In her recent interview, she talked about the reason behind casting Erica and Parth in the lead for Kasautii Zindagii Kay Reboot.

In an interview with Spotboye, Ekta mentioned that it was her decision to have both Erica and Parth as her new Anurag and Prerna. She revealed that she wanted to cast the actress ever since she saw her glimpse in a promo of her previous show, Sony TV’s Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi. As for Parth, she said she wanted to have a male actor with ‘speaking eyes’ on board for the character and Parth just perfectly fit the bill.

She said, “I think this thing is unbelievable and even Erica doesn’t know about it. I came for a holiday to Kolkata with two of my friends, two-three years back. I remember somebody had put up a promo of Kuch Rang Pyaar Ke Aise Bhi on Facebook. One of my friends and I saw the promo. And I instantly made a call to someone and asked, ‘who’s this girl?’ They said her name is Erica. I wanted to cast her since the day I saw her in the promo. And then I offered her the show as soon as hers ended. As for Parth, I auditioned many guys but none had the eyes that speak like his’ does. I saw his picture and cast him.”

Ekta also talked about the casting of her original Anurag and Prerna aka Cezanne Khan and Shweta Tiwari. She revealed, “Shweta ko to maine Doordarshan ke ek chhote se clip mein dekha tha where she was not even the lead. (I had spotted Shweta in a short video on Doordarshan. She was not even in a lead role). I told my production people that ye jo Doordarshan ke show mein peeche khadi hai usse bulao casting ke liye. (I then asked my team to call the girl who was standing behind in that Doordarshan video, for the role). And Cezzane was already doing a show for us on Doordarshan.”

Ekta Kapoor

Well, Ekta has got a terrific sense of casting whether it’s her TV shows or films. She’s called Hindi TV’s czarina for a reason after all!