Mumbai: Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani says producer Ekta Kapoor chose her to lead the cast of “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi” even though her team had rejected her as “not fit” for television.
Irani spoke at the 17th Indian Television Academy (ITA) Awards where she was conferred the ITA Pride of Indian Television award here on Sunday night.
“I have been associated with television for over 20 years now. Television gave me a platform to enter Indian political space and I will be forever grateful for that. Also, Ekta Kapoor spotted me among the many young girls who had come for audition and selected me despite her team having rejected me as not fit for TV.
“In 2007, when I was the anchor at the ITA Awards, I had invited the then Information and Broadcasting Minister on stage. So life has come a full circle for me to be invited on this stage as the serving Information and Broadcasting Minister.”