Essel Group is a leading business house in India. Here is a brief profile and history of Essel Group of companies.

Essel Group

Essel Group is a giant conglomerate with diverse business interests. Essel Groups business interests span media programming, broadcast & distribution, specialty packaging, entertainment, telecom and trading. Subhash Chandra is the founder of the Essel Group of Companies. The Group has several firsts to its credit such as launching the first private television channel in India and setting-up India's first laminated tube manufacturing facility.

Businesses of Essel Group

1. Media & Entertainment: In the filed of Media & Entertainment, Essel Group has business interest in Broadcasting & Content, Cable Distribution, DTH Television, Direct To Home, Films & Animation, and Print Media.
2. Amusement & Theme Parks: Essel World is Asia's largest amusement park sprawled over 64 acres on the coastal Goral village in northwest Mumbai. Water Kingdom is a theme park located adjacent to Essel World. It provides international water park experience in India.

3. Gaming: Essel Group Company Playwin has introduced popular gaming formats Lotto and Thunderball in India. Play TV is India's first interactive gaming channel. It offers games and contests on a real time basis through SMS, emails and chat.

4. Telecom & IT: Essel Group is involved in following businesses in the filed of Telecom & IT
5. Education: Zee Interactive Learning Systems Limited (ZILS) provides IT Educational Services through its Own and Franchised Network of Centers branded as Zed Career Academy. Zee has also set up a network of play schools under the brand Kid Zee.

6. Realty: Essel Group has entered real estate business through its company Fun Republic FEC. The company offers a wide variety of leisure, entertainment, gaming and shopping options under one roof. Fun Cinemas, a chain of multiplexes is also owned by this company. Another company Suncity Projects Private Limited, promoted by Essel, Action and Odeon Groups, is engaged in the development of international quality real estate infrastructure for shopping, commercial, leisure and housing activities.

7. Retailing: Essel Group company, Asian Sky Shop is India's leading telemarketing company.

8. Packaging: Essel Propack Ltd promoted by Essel group is the World's largest packaging company dealing in laminated tubes. The company offers packaging solutions in the toothpaste, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals sectors to top multinational customers.

Note: The above information was last updated on 21-07-2007