About This Talk
Gaurav is Head, Content Disney+ Hotstar and HSM Entertainment Network, Disney Star. In this role, he oversees all entertainment content for Disney+ Hotstar, and for Hindi Entertainment channels of Star TV Network. Gaurav runs the Star Content Studio which has made 9 out of the top 15 digital and 6 out of the top 10 Hindi TV shows in the country.
Gaurav joined Star News as prime time anchor and senior producer and launched the Bengali news channel of the group, Star Ananda in 2005.
He moved on to lead the content strategy of the network’s regional entertainment channels in 2008 and expanded the company’s reach in two new markets, Bengal and Maharashtra with Star Jalsha and Star Pravah respectively. Within a year of launch, Star Jalsha became the number one Bengali language channel in India.
In October 2009, Gaurav moved on to Hindi entertainment as Head of Content Strategy at Star Plus, and he was responsible for Star’s widely popular shows like 'Diya aur Baati Hum' and 'Sasural Genda Phool'.
Gaurav took on the role of General Manager of Star Plus in 2013 and propelled Star Plus into a strong leadership brand with blockbuster shows like Mahabharata and Yeh Hai Mohabbatein.
Around 2015-2016, as Star’s entertainment became available across screens, Gaurav took charge as the leader of the Content Studio and refreshed the storytelling approach for Star Plus and Star Bharat. He has strengthened the Disney+ Hotstar library with world class content that appeals to unique tastes of audiences with Hotstar Specials like ‘Special Ops’ and the Emmy nominated ‘Aarya’.
Gaurav is dedicated to nurturing a pool of talented writers with Star Writers Program – one of India’s most immersive courses in television writing.
Gaurav believes that good stories provide context. It comes from his experience of being a journalist with Aaj Tak in 2000. As an anchor, he covered the Afghan war and the General Elections.
Gaurav has a Master’s in Film Making and Video from Mass Communications Research Centre, Jamia Milia Islamia University, Delhi.