Ektaa Kapoor became the first Indian to win the International Emmy Directorate Award. She was honoured with the award at the 51st International Emmy Awards' World Television Festival 2023, held in New York, on November 20 (November 21 in India). Deepak Chopra presented the award to her at the prestigious stage. She got emotional and said, "I'm bringing home an Emmy. This is for India."
Renowned producer and filmmaker Ektaa Kapoor was presented the award for her significant contribution to the world of arts and entertainment. After winning the Emmys, Ektaa spoke to India Today exclusively from New York.
Ahead of her big moment, spoke to the 'woman of the hour' in New York about her feelings, her journey, what keeps her going, and more.
Ektaa reacted to this grand feat and said, "I think art and writing and storytelling have a far bigger impact than we gave it credit. Now to be honoured by this global platform on a global stage, I just feel a little overwhelmed and humbled. This honour has made me feel a little responsible. I feel this voice that I have been given, I must use it for the benefit of others and to tell stories to people who are not being heard."
She added, "There is no journey without obstacles or challenges. Your resilience should enable you to navigate through them and move forward. It's okay to take a moment to realign and rework your approach. However, from that point on, you have to keep moving forward. Standing still and feeling sorry for yourself will accomplish nothing; the only way from the bottom is up."
Earlier, in August, Ektaa Kapoor, sharing the news of her nomination, wrote, "Overflowing with humility and exhilaration as I receive this recognition. The award holds a cherished spot in my heart, symbolizing a journey that transcends work. Representing my nation globally through this esteemed platform is an honor beyond words. Television has been my compass of self-discovery, especially as a woman crafting tales for women. This accolade empowers me to stand for them and our shared achievements on the global stage.
Congratulations, Ektaa Kapoor!