Chairman's Foreword

For over three decades, Essel Group has been a leading business conglomerate having diverse business presence across media, entertainment, packaging, infrastructure, education, precious metals and technology sectors. We have created an impressive track record of value creation in all our businesses that compares well with their respective industry peers. Our companies strive to bring the latest innovations and the best value offerings to all our consumers in our quest to deliver the best in class. "Faith in innovative and organized growth" works as the guiding principle behind every business at Essel and keeps us committed to enhancing operational excellence through greater focus on innovation and efficient resource utilization. With worldwide operations and a workforce of over 8000 employees, Essel Group is growing in strength day by day.

This journey of a thousand miles began with a single step in 1976 with a commodity trading and export firm. With its ardent passion and a clear and focused vision, Essel has not only built and expanded new businesses but has built a formidable and exemplary position in all these businesses in a short span of time. Essel has grown to become a strong integrated media network in India with presence across the entire value chain, developing and adopting new technologies to remain ahead of the growth curve.

Essel offers a strong portfolio of numerous entertainment and news channels, reaching millions of viewers in India and internationally. "ZEE" is considered as one of the strongest Indian Media brands across the world. Essel’s print venture "DNA" – an English daily, provides responsible journalism to its readers.

Essel's distribution arms – 'Dish TV' and 'WWIL' with their vast reach across the country provides quality viewership experience to millions of subscribers and is well poised to take advantage of the mandatory digitisation of the distribution platforms in the country.

Essel has made a successful foray into socially relevant business ventures such as infrastructure and education. Essel Infrastructure is engaged into construction of roads, power plants and urban infrastructure development and has built an impressive order book. Essel has established a vast network of preschools across the country shaping young minds to drive India’s future. Essel is currently building its network of K-12 schools and vocational training centres expanding its reach to millions of students in the country.

Another Group venture - "Essel Propack", a laminated tube manufacturer, is considered to be one of the largest in the world. Essel has also undertaken new ventures such as precious metals which has a promising outlook.

Our companies are at an exciting juncture of their business journey, as they continue to expand their product offerings and explore new markets. Having attained respectable scales in most of its businesses, Essel is now pursuing the next level of growth. We are committed to adopt and develop new technologies to provide a wider range of offerings and a better experience to our consumers.  Given Essel’s growth potential and increasing international outlook, the promoters as well as the entities in the Group continue to pursue fund-raising opportunities both domestically and in the international markets. Essel with its experience and resources will keep tapping new growth opportunities.

We believe in inclusive growth and are ever committed to the various stakeholders – shareholders, customers, employees and vendors. Our companies are well poised to not only grow further in scale but also balance the growth with the interests of its stakeholders and civil society. It is the unflinching goal of Essel to become a greater force to reckon with and Essel is on its journey towards it.

Group Profile


Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd - India's largest media and general television entertainment network with a range of businesses encompassing the content-to-consumer value chain.

Zee News Ltd - a cluster of news channels touching the lives of millions of Indians.

DNA - an English language newspaper in a joint venture with the Dainik Bhaskar Group.


Dish TV - India's first direct-to-home (DTH) entertainment service, brings the latest in digital technology to television viewers, broadcasting high quality programmes straight from the satellite to the consumer's home.

SITI Cable Network Ltd - The largest Cable TV distribution system in India, present in 60 cities.

Cyquator Technologies Limited - an IT infrastructure outsourcing company that provides end-to-end Internet Data center and high-end managed hosting services.


Essel Propack - the world's largest specialty packaging company manufacturing laminated tubes for personal care, pharmaceutical, food and industrial businesses.


Pan India Network Infravest Pvt Ltd - Playwin, India's first and largest online gaming company, provides infrastructure, data communication, marketing support and service to facilitate a secure online lottery network.

Pan India Paryatan Limited - Pan India Paryatan Limited (PIPL), belonging to the 'Essel' group of companies, owns and operates two amusement parks viz. 'EsselWorld' and 'Water Kingdom' at Mumbai. EsselWorld is the largest amusement park in the country, located on 64 acres of land off Marve beach, at Malad (outskirts of Mumbai). 'Water Kingdom', commissioned in 1998 adjacent to the Essel World, is one of the largest Theme Water Parks in Asia.

E-City Bioscope Entertainment Pvt Ltd - A chain of multiplex cinema cum- family activity centers across non-metro towns in India.

Fun Multiplex Pvt Ltd - With a leading position in the Indian multiplex market, Fun Multiplex Pvt Ltd operates 81 cinema screens in 20 cities and twenty three locations - Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Gwalior, Delhi, Ghaziabad, Lucknow, Agra, Jaipur, Bangalore, Panipat, Ambala, Karnal, Hyderabad, Gulbarga, Panjim and Margao.


Essel Infraprojects Limited - EIL is engaged in the development of roads, power plants, Sports complexes and Special Economic Zones.

E-City Real Estate Pvt. Ltd - The Company behind the successful lifestyle brand Fun Republic plans to develop and operate 20 million sq ft of retail real estate by 2011.

Siti Energy Limited (SEL) - SEL is incorporated under Companies Act 1956 to inter-alia, implement the Piped Natural Gas (PNG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) project for various application in the Domestic, Commercial, Industrial & Automotive sectors in Indian cities.

E-City Property Management Systems - EPMS is the Largest Comprehensive Mall Management Company of India incorporated in 2005. EPMS has a vision to deliver maximum value for retail real estate assets managed by us through innovation, technology, operational efficiencies and lasting business relationships.


Zee Learn - The education arm, through its chain of pre-schools (Kidzee), schools (Zee Schools) and youth institutes (ZICA and ZIMA) promises to give light to the paths of children and youngsters who wish to realise their potential in order to set foot on the path of development. Zee Learn's purpose is to improve human capital via quality education


Veria - Veria is committed to promoting health and wellness in the United states through its High Definition TV network, website and all natural product line. Veria's philosophy is that good health is a fundamental and necessary, right shared by all regardless of age, gender, class and ethnicity.


Shirpur Gold Refinery - A world class refinery located at Shirpur, Maharashtra. It has the technical capability to refine and fabricate Gold & Silver upto 999.9 fineness. To facilitate secured logistics, the refinery has its own airstrip with night landing facilities and an established all India dealer network for effective distribution.