‘This sort of love from our viewers exhibits that our music is working.’

IMAGE: IMAGE: Nora Fatehi in T-Series’s Dance meri rani. Photograph: Kind courtesy T-Series/YouTube

T-Series has been the most well-liked channel on the world’s largest OTT, YouTube, for a very long time.

Last month it crossed 200 million subscribers, bringing in roughly 10 per cent of YouTube’s world customers.

Vanita Kohli-Khandekar speaks to T-Series Chairman and Managing Director Bhushan Kumar on what this implies and the way T-Series, with estimated revenues of about Rs 800 crore (Rs 8 billion), is positioned within the booming marketplace for streaming music.


Do 200 million subscribers mirror simply T-Series or all its channels put collectively?

This is only for T-Series. We have 29 channels throughout languages and genres.

The whole subscriber base for the T-Series community is over 383 million and these recover from 718 billion views.

What does it imply for T-Series?

It took us 10 years to succeed in 100 million and inside two years we now have doubled the quantity.

Our job is to serve music. This sort of love from our viewers exhibits that our music is working.

What adjustments did Covid deliver for T-Series?

Since there have been no movie releases through the pandemic, there was no movie music.

So we did loads of non-film songs, about 100. Of these, 80-85 labored.

Sad songs labored extra through the pandemic, now (as issues opened up) social gathering songs and romantic songs like Chaka Chak (from Atrangi Re) or Kusu (Satyamev Jayate 2) are doing nicely.

The music market is booming, there are many streaming apps and alternatives to monetise.

How is T-Series positioned?

We have the very best variety of streams on all platforms.

The brief video market has been giving us licence charges.

The consumption of music briefly format is rising day-to-day.

There are so many apps — Reels, Moj — with mass viewers consumption.

And what works isn’t essentially a brand new launch.

The majority of consumption on brief video apps and streaming platforms comes from our library (greater than 207,000 songs and 62,000 movies).

The measurement of the enterprise stays small (the Indian music enterprise is nearly Rs 1,500 crore/Rs 15 billion in income general), however the valuation is rising as a result of there may be lot of alternative from platforms reminiscent of YouTube, Amazon Prime Music, brief video apps; these are serving to improve income.

IMAGE: Bhushan Kumar with spouse actor/director Divya Khosla Kumar and son Ruhaan. Photograph: Kind courtesy Divya Khosla Kumar/Instagram

You have been investing so much in movies. What does it deliver to the T-Series prime line and bottom-line?

Both music and movie herald roughly half-half of our enterprise.

Music does higher due to our catalog, particularly the devotional songs are an enormous income earner.

Hanuman Chalisa alone has received over 2 billion views.

We are including 50-100 songs to the devotional catalog.

We might be co-investing in/producing 40-50 movies within the subsequent 18 months.

That includes Rs 1,500-Rs 2,000 crore (Rs 15 billion to Rs 20 billion) in (general) budgets.

Just Adipurush directed by Om Raut (due for launch in 2022) is a Rs 400 crore (Rs 4 billion) movie. (It has been billed as the costliest Indian movie).

Is all this movie funding occurring to feed the music enterprise?

The notion is that T-Series does movies just for the music.

Now, so many movies we do haven’t any music or simply have a background observe or title track.

During the pandemic we invested in loads of non-film music.

Do you elevate cash for movies or buying music?

We by no means elevate capital. All the cash comes from T-Series.

Are you planning on launching an audio or video OTT?

We are exploring the concept of a video OTT, however no plans for an audio OTT. There are some nice music platforms already out there.

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