Smriti Irani shot to fame with the tele serials ‘Saas-Bahu’ & ‘Kyunkii…Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’. Actually, Producer Ekta Kapoor preferred Smriti Irani for this serial though her Team rejected her saying she isn’t fit for Television. This was a big turning point in her career & she continued her association with TV for over two decades.
At the 17th Indian Television Academy (ITA) Awards, Smriti Irani recalled: ‘I had hosted ITA Awards in 2007 and that’s when I invited then Information & Broadcasting Minister on stage. Now, I was invited on this stage as I&B Minister. So, Life has come a full circle for Me’.
The Union Minister had given credit for her film career to Ekta Kapoor who picked her from a bunch of young girls who attended audition despite her team rejecting her. She even clicked a selfie with the Television Queen Ekta at the ITA Awards event.
At the gala, Ekta, who was named the ITA Sterling Icon, said: “There is one episode relating to Smriti Irani which I have to narrate. I used to call my nanny ‘Amma’ and she was so hooked to Smriti’s character that every night, she would narrate the happenings from the show to me. So once I took her on the sets to meet Smriti and Smriti bowed down and touched her feet.
“That image of Smriti will remain with me forever.”
Ekta’s father and veteran actor Jeetendra said: “My memories of Smriti from her ‘Kyunki…’ days are still so fresh. Her dedication to her craft was exemplary and it was evident from her young days that she was cut for bigger things.”