Vanita Kohli Khandekar

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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.

What Indians are watching on Netflix

What Indians are watching on Netflix

Rediff.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 Zee

Lessons India Inc can learn from Subhash Chandra's exit from Zee

Rediff.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 Zee

How Dangal TV beat Star and Zee

Rediff.com29 May 2019

Is Dangal TV a flash in the pan?

Zee5 drives broadcaster's digital dreams

Zee5 drives broadcaster's digital dreams

Rediff.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 problem

Aamir, Salman, Shah Rukh's 50s problem

Rediff.com24 Jan 2019

Why do Hindi cinema superstars flounder in their fifties, asks Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.

Why did viewership for kabbadi fall?

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!

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 stars

How talent management firms make stars

Rediff.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 cinema

2018 is a moneyspinner year for Indian cinema

Rediff.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 furious

Sacred Games: The action is fast and furious

Rediff.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 content

Netflix chief: India is our biggest market for content

Rediff.com6 Jul 2018

'We commission more from here than anywhere else.'

Why Veere Di Wedding and Raazi worked

Why Veere Di Wedding and Raazi worked

Rediff.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 audience

Hindi TV channels lose 1/5th of their audience

Rediff.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 news

How to tackle fake news

Rediff.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 China

How Secret Superstar beat Star Wars in China

Rediff.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 Bollywood

How the multiplex killed Bollywood

Rediff.com17 Mar 2018

'We need more universal films like Dangal, Sultan or Padmavat that work across single screens and multiplexes.'

Saregama strikes the right notes

Saregama strikes the right notes

Rediff.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!

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?

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 coming

Netflix Next Gen: Change is coming

Rediff.com16 Sep 2017

First phase of online video's growth is over. Netflix, Amazon developing new content ecosystem.

Rethinking the Indian film critic

Rethinking the Indian film critic

Rediff.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 daughter

ChuChu TV: It began with a dad's love for his daughter

Rediff.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 languages

Coming soon: BBC News in Indian languages

Rediff.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.

5 questions I have for J K Rowling

5 questions I have for J K Rowling

Rediff.com24 Jul 2017

'How did Hermoine fall for Weasley?' 20 years after Harry Potter made his debut, Vanita Kohli-Khandekar has some questions for its author

How will GST impact India's media and entertainment industry?

How will GST impact India's media and entertainment industry?

Rediff.com28 Jun 2017

Though GST could mean complications in the short run, it will bring in undeclared revenues and streamline taxation across the value chain, the benefits should be worth the pain.

There's serious money in the fake news business

There's serious money in the fake news business

Rediff.com19 Jun 2017

And since social media platforms benefit from it, shouldn't they too be held responsible for the hate and fake news they spread, asks Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.

The Dangal opportunity: How India can woo China

The Dangal opportunity: How India can woo China

Rediff.com1 Jun 2017

Dangal's success in China opens up the world's second-largest film market for India. But there are risks, warns Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.

The Dangal opportunity: How India can woo China

The Dangal opportunity: How India can woo China

Rediff.com1 Jun 2017

Dangal's success in China opens up the world's second-largest film market for India. But there are risks, warns Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.

'We need to push back on fake news very hard'

'We need to push back on fake news very hard'

Rediff.com22 May 2017

'We have to believe that in the long run, stable and secure societies thrive on a reputable news culture and people will recognise this.'

Taking Made-in-India TV shows to the world

Taking Made-in-India TV shows to the world

Rediff.com9 May 2017

Can you imagine a show made in India beating both The Voice and The X-Factor on ratings? Vanita Kohli-Khandekar profiles Greymatter, the Indian content firm that made it possible.

Why Indian media is headed for a meltdown

Why Indian media is headed for a meltdown

Rediff.com8 May 2017

Vanita Kohli-Khandekar analyses why the rising tide of conservatism will not help India's ambition to have a world-class media industry.

For the great love of British TV shows

For the great love of British TV shows

Rediff.com25 Apr 2017

Love Sherlock, Dr Who, and Downton Abbey? Vanita Kohli-Khandekar finds out how the UK became one the world's largest creators of television content.

Will Arnab recreate his magic with Republic TV?

Will Arnab recreate his magic with Republic TV?

Rediff.com18 Apr 2017

Analysts say that Republic TV has to hit the top spot in the shortest possible time if it has to make a dent in the ad market and break even, writes Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.

'I want to give media back to India'

'I want to give media back to India'

Rediff.com13 Apr 2017

Times Now, the English news channel Arnab Goswami headed until recently, had an average daily reach of 1.7 million people. That may be a fraction of the 48 million Aaj Tak reached every day in 2016, but Goswami had no trouble getting investors for his new venture.

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