All stories by VANITA KOHLI KHANDEKAR
Love your music? Read this about SpotifyRediff.com6 Nov 2020
About 18 months after its entry in India, a Spotify listener spent an average of 97 minutes on the app, almost ten times more than any other streaming music brand.
Salute the Power & Glory of Indian Cinema!Rediff.com3 Nov 2020
It is the most potent symbol of India's soft power -- more perhaps than the IT industry and our managerial skill, notes Vanita Kohli-Khandekar
Uday Shankar, the Star performerRediff.com28 Oct 2020
Uday Shankar's biggest contribution was that he managed to take years of resentment about Star's foreign origins and turn that around. Most people now think of Star as an Indian company, says Vanita Kohli-Khandekar of his stint at Star india.
Netflix has spent 3,000 crores on India programsRediff.com18 Oct 2020
Since its entry in 2016, Netflix has announced over 60 titles to be sourced from India.
How long will OTTs survive?Rediff.com8 Oct 2020
The argument that the pandemic has given a boost to streaming video is fallacious. Only three OTTs saw a rise in viewership; the others fell.
Could this be the most watched IPL ever?Rediff.com3 Sep 2020
It could reach more than 530 million viewers on TV and a few hundred million more online. But can it make money for Disney Star?
The INSPIRATION behind television showsRediff.com3 Sep 2020
Till the lockdown was imposed in March, more than 200 Zee staffers had spent over 2,500 hours across 28 regions in Punjab, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal to understand the audiences. The effort paid off, again and again.
Why Bollywood is NOT worth its nameRediff.com7 Aug 2020
The Rs 19,100 crore 'Indian film industry' is more than its monikers for three simple reasons, feels Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.
Lockdown Effect: New TV channels strike gold!Rediff.com3 Jun 2020
Dangal's and Shemaroo's entry shows there is ad-supported gold at the bottom of the Indian consumer pyramid if you can keep the costs low.
Why movie theatres will thrive after lockdownRediff.com31 May 2020
Cinema screens bring in over 60% of the Rs 19,100 crore that Indian films earned in 2019. The reception a film gets in theatres impacts the price of every other revenue stream -- TV, OTT, overseas. Vanita Kohli-Khandekar explains why the theatre business is not doomed and why OTT won't become the first window of release.
Of course, you will watch a movie in a theatre!Rediff.com30 May 2020
Audiences are missing theatres desperately and will go back to them within two-three weeks of them reopening. All those hours of films on television and OTT have not reduced the audience's need for the theatrical experience.
Life during lockdown: Clean, cook, binge, repeat...Rediff.com17 Apr 2020
If everybody is 'working' from home, then how has TV consumption gone up? Who is making all that gourmet food being posted on social media?
How Tata Sky is coping with the lockdownRediff.com5 Apr 2020
'If after 3-9 weeks we don't have fresh content, then there is a problem.'
'In a crisis like this, everybody is in the same boat'Rediff.com28 Mar 2020
'This is not like a one quarter hit; it will take time.'
More Indians watching movies than before!Rediff.com21 Feb 2020
Whether it is non-Hindi films dubbed in Hindi or Hindi dubbed in other Indian languages or English dubbed in Indian languages, the whole multilingual film is bringing more ticket sales.
Can Indian storytellers conquer the world?Rediff.com11 Jan 2020
If Indian storytelling can deliver, it can make the entertainment industry an engine of economic growth and a substantial contributor to GDP, says Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.
It is time to fix Indian news televisionRediff.com6 Jan 2020
'Of the 202 debates, 79 were around attacking Pakistan and 66 attacking the Opposition and Nehru.' 'The PMC Bank scam where thousands of depositors lost their savings got just one,' points out Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.
What Indians are watching on NetflixRediff.com1 Jan 2020
Five of the ten most popular shows such as Bard of Blood, Delhi Crime, and Typewriter are Indian.
Lessons India Inc can learn from Subhash Chandra's exit from ZeeRediff.com26 Dec 2019
His exit has created a benchmark of sorts for how entrepreneurs and businesses should deal with debt crises. Unlike many other Indian businessmen, he hasn't fled, tried to hang on to the business by any means or wrangle out of the debt by using his closeness to the current government. It is so very rare for Indian media businesses to grow out of their founding family's shadow, however, benevolent it may be.
How Dangal TV beat Star and ZeeRediff.com29 May 2019
Is Dangal TV a flash in the pan?
Zee5 drives broadcaster's digital dreamsRediff.com4 Apr 2019
Zee5 is now the fifth largest streaming app after YouTube, Hotstar, MX Player and Voot, and there is talk of hiving off Zee5 to drive valuation, says Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.
Aamir, Salman, Shah Rukh's 50s problemRediff.com24 Jan 2019
Why do Hindi cinema superstars flounder in their fifties, asks Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.
Why did viewership for kabbadi fall?Rediff.com30 Dec 2018
'Why was PKL scheduled bang in the middle of festivals and big film releases?' asks Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.
Badhaai ho, Bollywood!Rediff.com1 Nov 2018
The hit parade of well-made movies continues, ticket sales are creeping up and OTTs are upping the game in one of the best years for the film industry.
How talent management firms make starsRediff.com17 Oct 2018
A clutch of professional talent management firms is changing the balance of demand and supply in India's entertainment industry, writes Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.
2018 is a moneyspinner year for Indian cinemaRediff.com24 Sep 2018
After a miserable two years of flopping films and stagnant revenues, what has changed for the film industry?
Sacred Games: The action is fast and furiousRediff.com9 Jul 2018
If one drops the book-versus-series chatter, is Sacred Games watchable? Very much so, promises Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.
Netflix chief: India is our biggest market for contentRediff.com6 Jul 2018
'We commission more from here than anywhere else.'
Why Veere Di Wedding and Raazi workedRediff.com15 Jun 2018
Both Raazi and Veere Di Wedding are interesting films that worked. There is no point reading a trend in them, says Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.
Hindi TV channels lose 1/5th of their audienceRediff.com19 May 2018
The problem is not that more people are not watching more TV, but that they are not finding anything of interest on Hindi television, says Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.
How to tackle fake newsRediff.com21 Apr 2018
The ability to make out fake news from real could save the coming generations a huge amount of conflict and heartburn, says Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.
How Secret Superstar beat Star Wars in ChinaRediff.com22 Mar 2018
There is talk about 'cultural connect' and the 'warmth of storytelling' in Indian films vis-a-vis the spectacle and scale that Hollywood specialises in.
How the multiplex killed BollywoodRediff.com17 Mar 2018
'We need more universal films like Dangal, Sultan or Padmavat that work across single screens and multiplexes.'
Saregama strikes the right notesRediff.com2 Dec 2017
In the past couple of years, Saregama has redefined itself into a 'content IP company'.
Want to eat this on your movie date? Click here!Rediff.com12 Nov 2017
Theatres are finding innovative new ways to increase footfalls, discovers Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.
The IPL jackpot: What will Sony do after Star's win?Rediff.com21 Sep 2017
Sony's estimated profit on IPL over 10 years is 2,500 crore. Why didn't it fight tooth & nail to keep the rights?
Netflix Next Gen: Change is comingRediff.com16 Sep 2017
First phase of online video's growth is over. Netflix, Amazon developing new content ecosystem.
Rethinking the Indian film criticRediff.com30 Aug 2017
Over the last decade the Indian film industry has reinvented itself. Do film critics need to do that too?
ChuChu TV: It began with a dad's love for his daughterRediff.com28 Aug 2017
Doting father Vinoth Chandar made an animation character based on his little girl to amuse her. Today, it has grown into a YouTube channel with 14 million subscribers from 75 countries.
Coming soon: BBC News in Indian languagesRediff.com29 Jul 2017
The BBC is all set to produce daily newscasts in Telugu, Gujarati, Punjabi and Marathi (in addition to the existing Hindi, Tamil and Urdu), Jim Egan, CEO, BBC Global News, tells Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.