Happy Birthday, Mr Subhash Chandra!

30 Nov,2011




By Punit Goenka


Although I was too young in 1992 when Zee TV started, our family was confident of him achieving success in the media and entertainment space.


* I have been fortunate to work with him. His perseverance, never-give-up attitude, and complete commitment to his work have helped him achieve the status that he has today. It was his visionary abilities that enabled him to foresee opportunities much before others and launch pioneering ventures like India’s first Hindi satellite channel – Zee TV, India’s first Hindi News Channel – Zee News, India’s first direct-to-home company – Dish TV and many more.


* Zee, under his leadership, has always remained grounded through its journey spanning two decades. Our ability to implement cost-control initiatives has helped us overcome the economic slowdown and achieve further operational efficiencies, which is why Zee has been able to deliver a shareholder value CAGR of over 30 percent since inception. Apart from this, the connect with our viewers and ability to innovate and create successful indigenous home grown formats have helped us sustain our leadership.


* He has done a lot for all of us. We want to consolidate on the strong foundation he has created for Zee. We are working towards making Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited one of the leading Media and Entertainment Company from the emerging markets.


* By becoming the first Indian to be conferred with the prestigious Emmy Directorate Award 2011 recently, he has done the entire Indian M&E Industry proud.


* His vision when he started was to take entertainment to the home of every Indian. In fact he was able to envision and understand the value chain of the entire TV broadcast business from content creation to content delivery – right upto the last mile. Now he wants to take Indian entertainment to the global audiences.


Punit Goenka is Managing Director and CEO, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited


As told to Johnson Napier

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One response to “Happy Birthday, Mr Subhash Chandra!”

  1. Anjoom71 says:

    i have always wanted to be associated with zee as when i married mr. sanjay bhatt who happens to be the first sponsored prog. producer of jaipur doordarshan with gudgudi the game show(1994 30th april -aug.1994) then many for jdd and in 200-2006 for national network the no.1 manzilein,dil dhoondhta hai and kaun baega no.1 and afanti ke kisse .that time the jaipur t.v.fraternity used to be associated with zee in away or the other even one of our drama teacher later joined zee(mr.sunil )but i never went to have a meeting with zee people it was in 2007 when went to meet apurva and then ashwini(couldn’t meet).i had a very hotmind as a topper all through my life and the president of maharani’s college students’union1989 the daughter in law of rajasthan patrika astrologicalwritings late devarshi pt.gokulnath bhatt”dixit i decided that i will definately one day meet mr.s.chandra and tell him to at least let the educated people come and meet your production team and creative team as well because communicating ideas makes a channel going strong .i have done my m.phil. in philosophy and by the grace of god never struggled to make my lievlihood but the people sitting on the chairs of a channel think that they are the gods of ideas and creativity and can snub anyone who wants to embrace the profession of their own.i wish mr. chandra a happening b’day as well as a healthy life ahead with a lots of success.i also have the same rajputana blood flowing in my veins so i know how we react when our self respect is hurt.i pray to god for the best programming on zee as they are the pioneers of sattellite channels.

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