India offers a variety of television programmes. Some are received through an antenna, while most are digital and received via a satellite dish. Programmes are aired in various Indian languages and also in English. The foreign English-language broadcasters include BBC, HBO, Disney Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, CNN and many more. The Deutsche Welle is also broadcast by some providers.

Hotel rooms are generally equipped with a TV. It is interesting to zap through the channels once and get to know the Indian television world. Picture quality is excellent; however, there are rarely any HD broadcasts.

If you live in Pune, you can get your own connection. The monthly cost is about 7 dollars; you have to pay about 60 dollars for the dish and installation.


Cinema plays an important role in Indian society. There is hardly any Indian, who does not go to the cinema regularly. Film stars are to some extent revered as gods, some even have temples built in their names. Cinema is like a religion for many Indians. The Indian cinema is the most productive in the world; more than 1,000 films are made each year, not only in Bombay, home of the Bollywood film industry but also in other states. South India has its own film industry with movies in their own regional languages.
The Indian films are characterised by singing, dancing and a lot of emotion. For the Western taste, they are usually pretty kitschy but there are also sophisticated productions. The professional style of Bollywood films has many fans in the West too. Legendary stars of Indian cinema are Amitabh Bachan, Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya and Hema Malini.

There are many modern cinemas in the big cities and in Pune as well, which are comfortable, clean and air conditioned. They are usually housed in multiplex theatres. A wide range of films are shown in these theatres; even the latest successful Hollywood productions are shown here in English.


India is the world’s largest democracy and has a free press, which plays a crucial role in politics, which is riddled with corruption. It is this free press, which takes up social wrongs and denounces it and thereby holds high the banner of democracy. Politics too cannot escape its influence, because it is under constant pressure to justify its existence. The literacy rate in India has steadily increased in recent decades. In 1950 when the Indian Republic was formed, the literacy rate was still a mere 18%, since then more than 80% of Indians can read and write. And most of them read a newspaper. Newspapers cost almost nothing and are available in all major languages. The ?Times of India” for example has a circulation of nearly four million, making it the newspaper with the largest circulation in the world. The online version is read monthly by more than 12.2 million visitors. And this newspaper is characterized by enlightened, critical and challenging journalism.

Daily papers

Many Indian newspapers are published in English. In Pune, other than the Times of India you will also find the Indian Express, Maharashtra Herald, Pune Today, Mid-day, Business India, Financial Express, The Economic Times
In addition, there are a large number of magazines; “India Today” is particularly focussed on politics.

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