Business Today

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Print Edition: October 2, 2011

Picture of happiness
Sanjeev Lamba, CEO of Reliance Entertainment, is a happy man these days. Bodyguard and Singham, two films distributed by his company, have grossed over Rs 100 crore each. Indeed, the Salman Khan-starrer Bodyguard, co-produced by Reliance, achieved the feat within one week of its release and is en route to becoming an all-time blockbuster. Lamba, who ensures he watches a film a day, feels his love for movies is finally transforming into better returns for his company. "The success is due to the involvement of the Reliance team with the movies we back, right from the preproduction stage, including the scripting process," he says. "We are focused on quality, not quantity." Reliance plans to make five to six films in Hindi and four to five in regional languages every year, he adds. Lamba has a huge movie collection of his own, which includes around 200 made in Africa. He is also a big fan of the legendary singer Kishore Kumar.
-Anand J.

Sandeep Girotra, Head (India), Nokia Siemens Networks
Sandeep Girotra, Head (India), Nokia Siemens Networks
Quality conscious
Sandeep Girotra admires Jack Welch, the legendary former chairman of GE, for his ability to create an organisation with a shared vision. As the recently appointed India Head of Nokia Siemens Networks, a telecom infrastructure and solutions company. he hopes to achieve the same. He wants to take his company to the next level by delivering smart solutions, listening to customers and understanding their needs. "As the industry matures, the focus will move from cost-consciousness to quality-consciousness," he says. Away from work, Girotra enjoys reading, a workout at the end of the day and spending quality time with his family.
-Sunny Sen

H. Harish Hande, Co-founder, SELCO India
H. Harish Hande, Co-founder, SELCO India
Spreading the light
In 15 years his company has brought light into the lives of over half a million people by installing solar lighting in 120,000 households and 2,000 institutions and microenterprises. "It should not have taken that long," says H. Harish Hande, 44, Co-founder and Managing Director, SELCO India, a firm that has become synonymous with solar power lighting. He now wants to help new entrants scale up fast and get to such levels in five to seven years. This year, Hande won the Ramon Magsaysay Award. He hopes the award will encourage more people to take up social entrepreneurship.
-E. Kumar Sharma

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