"Indian media today is more competitive, sharper, accountable, sensitive and rewarding," said Shekhar Gupta, the editor-in-chief of The Indian Express. Speaking at Expressions, a media seminar at which he was the keynote speaker, Gupta traced the evolving field of the Indian media, from its "inadequate representation" in the 1980s to being more trustworthy at present. Contradicting the prevailing belief that media professionals are cynical and unethical, Gupta said, "I've seen this business grow a great deal, [and] 95 per cent for the better."
Amar Deb, the head of Channel V in India, cracked the 'theory of perspective' by explaining how, in the entertainment industry, everything is about how you look at things and how you see the humour in different situations. The seminar also featured a session on international media, in which speakers from overseas such as Savithri Rodrigo, the managing director of the Colombo-based Stratyx Promotions and Media Concepts Private Limited, Sanjay Bhatt of the Seattle Times, Washington participated.
Speaking on effective film distribution, Uday Singh, managing director of Sony Pictures Entertainment, said that distribution can either make or break a film. He also said that censorship is "an insult of intelligence" and that audiences are smart enough to choose what they want to view. Uma Magal, the CEO of the Bangalore-based Fenugreek Productions, took the audience through the history of film production.