My distinguished guest on The Master’s Voice podcast series is Alok Tandon, Chief Executive Officer, Inox Leisure Ltd -- an industry leader and statesman for the massive theatrical exhibition of Entertainment industry in India, We caught up in anticipation of cinema halls reopening across the entire state of Maharashtra on Friday, the 22nd of October. Thank God It's Friday, again. At long last.
In this episode, Alok speaks of INOX’s readiness for the reopening of cinema halls across Maharashtra on 22nd October. He speaks of the SOPs, INOX’s plans, and how the strong combination of cinema halls reopening in the festive season with a stellar lineup of movie releases for movie lovers vaccinated and waiting to watch films on the big screens will help the flat-lined business find its feet and recover very quickly.
Alok also reflects on the terrible lock-down period, and how it impacted the greatest, most loved form of passion entertainment for families across India - ie, cinema-hall movie watching. He also shares his views on industry matters such as exclusive (release) windows and areas where the cinema/theatrical business needs government- and industry support for.
In this, the 34th episode of The Master’s Voice podcast series, featuring Alok Tandon, CEO – INOX Leisure Ltd, in conversation with me.
Tune in for Alok’s excellent insights into the theatrical exhibition business that is the mega brick-and-mortar behemoth that delivers the heart and soul of that great passion format of entertainment – movies. Which are best enjoyed only on the big screen in cinema halls, which alone can bring alive the spectacular, incomparable experience of the great passion genre that is cinema in India.
Alok has more than three decades of experience across the Entertainment, Hospitality and Pharmaceutical industries, and instrumental as he has been in setting up and growing businesses across genres, brings great insights from his vast experience in strategy, growth and innovation. And has been instrumental in growing INOX to one of the largest and most significant multiplex chains of India.
Ever since he joined INOX Leisure Ltd in 2001 as Vice President-Technical, when the company was in start-up mode, till this day more than two decades after, Alok, as a member of the start-up team of INOX, spearheaded the organization for two decades from scratch to a footprint of more than 650 screens across India. Alok has helped INOX Leisure achieve strong market share with continued business growth. Throughout, Alok has steered the growth momentum, building on the ethos of INOX around the three pillars of ‘Luxury’, ‘Technology’ and ‘Service’, and strengthening its motto of ‘LIVE the MOVIE’.