Vanita Kohli Khandekar

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Govt and the bogey of content regulation

Govt and the bogey of content regulation

Rediff.com13 Feb 2021

Even if it wants to censor what you read, watch, or consume, the amount of content online is so huge that it is physically impossible for any government to do it, notes Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.

How Amazon Prime Video is pushing the envelope

How Amazon Prime Video is pushing the envelope

Rediff.com18 Jan 2021

From convincing film-makers to do shows for online, to having a slate with some of the best films and shows, Amazon Prime Video has come a long way since it came to India four years ago.

TV journalists have become politicians!

TV journalists have become politicians!

Rediff.com9 Jan 2021

India's news broadcasters are a national shame that have polarised Indians, observes Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.

Love your music? Read this about Spotify

Love your music? Read this about Spotify

Rediff.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!

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 performer

Uday Shankar, the Star performer

Rediff.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 programs

Netflix has spent 3,000 crores on India programs

Rediff.com18 Oct 2020

Since its entry in 2016, Netflix has announced over 60 titles to be sourced from India.

How long will OTTs survive?

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?

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 shows

The INSPIRATION behind television shows

Rediff.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 name

Why Bollywood is NOT worth its name

Rediff.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!

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 lockdown

Why movie theatres will thrive after lockdown

Rediff.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!

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...

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 lockdown

How Tata Sky is coping with the lockdown

Rediff.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'

'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!

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?

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 television

It is time to fix Indian news television

Rediff.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.

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