All stories by Vanita Kohli Khandekar
'I am like an energiser bunny'Rediff.com19 Jul 2021
'I was born a lower middle-class person, am one today and will die as one,' Billboard's International Power Player Devraj Sanyal tells Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.
Movie business loses Rs 120 billion!Rediff.com3 May 2021
From Rs 191 billion in 2019, the world's largest film producing industry now stands at Rs 72 billion thanks to the pandemic.
Netflix-ication of print media in India?Rediff.com24 Feb 2021
Monetising online readership, a deeper focus on content and getting revenue from the reader are ways to make the business future-proof, observes Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.
Govt and the bogey of content regulationRediff.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 envelopeRediff.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!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 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.'