Be it television or films, technicians and behind-the-scenes people are never in focus as much. But not Rekkha Modi, the infamous writer of the mother-soap Kyunki...Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi..., who gave tough competition in terms of popularity to high-profile actress Smriti Iraani not very long ago!
It all happened when all the reel-life drama crept into Rekkha’s real life with one-time good friend Smriti accusing her of conspiring against her life, claiming threatening calls were made to her. Things took more of a dramatic turn when the issue reached the court of law where, surprisingly, the dark horse Rekkha emerged victorious.
Now she is all set to give competition to the recently turned producer Smriti Iraani (Smriti is getting into co-production with Ekta Kapoor) all over again. Rekkha, on her part, has taken up co-production also with Betiyaan on Zee TV. She is also in the process of producing her first Bhojpuri film.
Writing coupled with production, Rekkha currently has a lot to share. “Yes, I have taken up production. I have been scouting for locations in UP for my Bhojpuri film too. And then my serial, Betiyaan which I am co-producing with Creative Eye, is happening too,” claims Rekkha.
“Betiyaan was formerly titled Dulhan. The story was immensely liked by the channel in the very first narration itself. I was asked to produce it following which I got an offer from a number of production houses for 50 per cent partnership (their money and my creativity). I chose Creative Eye because Dheeraj Kumar is a nice person, my rakhi brother and good at his work.’’
Moreover, her original profession is keeping her busy, too! “Along with serials, I also wrote the screenplay and dialogues of a film for Satish Kaushik. Salman Khan has almost been finalised for it, but has not signed on because of the lack of dates.”
But which one ' the film or Betiyaan ' will be her launch pad as a producer' “The Bhojpuri film came first, but work on both the projects is happening simultaneously.”
Rekkha Modi has been through a long journey starting out as a journalist for magazines like Meri Saheli before getting into serials.