PVR makes a grand debut in Kolhapur: 22nd October, 2015: India is home to one of the largest film industries in the world with thousands of Hindi, regional and art films being produced every year. Kolhapur, the birth place of Bhalchandra Pendharkar, the father of Marathi cinema, has been the epicentre of Marathi cinema for many years. It was about time that Kolhapur had a multiplex revolution to redefine cinema for the thousands of movie aficionados in the city. Understanding this need, PVR, the largest cinema exhibitions company in India has ushered the multiplex revolution in Kolhapur with their debut project in DYP City. At the launch, Mr Gautam Dutta, CEO, PVR Cinemas, said, ?From being an industrial hub for the entrepreneurs, to a favourite tourist destination for the explorers; Kolhapur breeds a population with varied interests. But one thing which binds everyone is ?Cinema?; no wonder that the city plays a host to so many important film festivals. This is PVR?s debut project in Kolhapur. The multiplex is offering state- of-the art infrastructure with the most advanced technology to the patrons in the city. We are very excited and hope that we receive an equally overwhelming response from the people here as well.? For decades, Kolhapur city has been a favourite shopping destination for people from neighbouring small towns. With its increasing demand for family entertainment, it was evident that a multi brand mall was the need of the hour. The Kolhapur based DY Patil Group, gauging the demand and the potential of the city, has opened Kolhapur?s first mall - DYP City. At the launch of the mall, Dr Sanjay D Patil, President, DYP Group, ?It?s our consistent effort to bring in the finest facets of lifestyle to the people. Our multi- brand mall is one of our many thoughtful efforts to bring in all the luxuries across verticals/ categories through multi- brands. We are very overwhelmed to have the biggest and the most prestigious brands like PVR, which is also making its debut with our mall in the city, to be a part of our journey of developing this city. We hope and look forward for a long term association with them.? Situated on the third floor, PVR is spread across an area of 19,012 sq. ft. that promises to cater to 726 seating audience. The auditoriums are equipped with regular mainstream seating and recliners to serve the patrons a high end luxury experience. The walls are installed with plasmas and poster boxes to share the latest and upcoming movie information with the customers. The screens are equipped with the latest 2K Projection along with 7.1 Digital Dolby surround Sound and 3-D screens to accentuate the movie watching experience. Mr Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, Joint Managing Director, PVR Ltd also added, ?Our debut in Kolhapur is an earnest attempt to bring in the multiplex culture to the city. We want to make sure that the best in class cinematic experience is accessible to all our patrons, not only metros but to tier 2, tier 3 cities. Kolhapur is a film city for the cinema lovers and we see tremendous scope and potential in this market to launch our property. I would like to extend my gratitude to the mall developers, Mr Sanjay Dnyan Deo Patil of DYP Group, who has provided us the most suitable location- in the heart of the town, which is easily accessible to our patrons not only in Kolhapur, but also in adjoining cities like Belgaum, Bhiwandi, Ichalkarangi etc.? With this launch, PVR?s screen count in Maharashtra reaches to 138 screens across 34 properties; and 477 screens in 107 properties across 44 cities (pan India).
India Premier of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Justice Leila Seth inaugurates India premier supported by USAID, Show of Force and PVR Nest : 20th October 2015: PVR Nest is proud to announce the largest multi city premier of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. The documentary -- inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book of the same name ? travels to ten countries around the world and introduces women and girls who are living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable ? and fighting bravely to change them. Travelling with intrepid reporter Nicholas Kristof and A-list celebrity advocates America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde, the film reflects viable and sustainable options for empowerment and offers an actionable blueprint for transformation. The multi-city screening is part of a larger initiative, Half the Sky Movement Global Engagement Initiative, a USAID-supported program that seeks to use media and technology ? including film, short video, gaming, and social media -- to challenge harmful gender practices and norms by fostering discussion around specific issues and promoting alternative discourse, knowledge, and behaviour. Karishma Srivastava, India Country Director of Half the Sky Movement Global Engagement Media Initiative said,?We are enthusiastic and positive about our partnership with PVR Nest to create awareness and knowledge on gender related issues. This marks the launch of multi city screenings to help foster dialogue on women and girls empowerment at the regional and national level." Speaking on the occasion, Deepa Menon Sr. Vice President- Corporate Social Responsibility PVR Limited said ?We are excited about the opportunity to host screening events of the powerful piece, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Through powerful stories, we can challenge decade-old behaviors and ignite the change we need for inclusive growth and development.? An interesting mix of five women achievers were awarded by Justice Leila Seth and the program partners for their exemplary work and contribution towards women?s issues or just rising above their difficult circumstances and breaking barriers. The achievers Sonal Kapoor- Founder Director & Creative Director- Protsahan India Foundation, Deepika Kaliraman- President- All India Wrestling Association, Subha Rajan - Director- SOS Villages, Priyanka Devi and Jaya Jaimala Iyer.
17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with STAR India Announces its Stellar Program Line-Up: With less than a month to go for the 17th edition of India?s biggest film festival, the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival in association with the STAR Network, announced its stellar program line-up. The line-up included new programming sections being introduced this year, special screenings and events. The 17th edition of the festival will take place from October 29th to November 5th in Mumbai. The festival's presenting sponsor is Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJIL) -- and STAR India is the Associate Sponsor Partner. Mrs Nita M. Ambani, Founder & Chairperson, Reliance Foundation was announced as Co-Chair, Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI). The announcement was made in the presence of members of the Board of Trustees that include Kiran Rao, Chairperson ? MAMI, Anupama Chopra - Festival Director, Filmmakers Dibakar Banerjee and Vishal Bhardwaj, Mr. Ajay Bijli, Chairman and MD, PVR Ltd, Mr. Siddharth Roy Kapur, Managing Director, Disney India, Mr. Manish Mundra, Founder and CEO, Drishyam Films and Gayatri Yadav, Executive Vice President Marketing & Communications, STAR India We are thrilled to announce that Jio MAMI 2015 will present two Excellence in Cinema awards ? one to an international personality and one to an Indian. I?m also kicked to announce that our international Excellence in Cinema award will be given to the iconic Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai who has created landmark films and won laurels around the globe including two Palme D?Or nominations. Our Indian Excellence in Cinema award will be given to two legendary screenwriters who changed the course of Indian cinema and created several classics ? they are none other than Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar. We are also introducing a special section called ?Half Ticket? for kids, which will have an exciting slate of children films from around the world.?- Kiran Rao, Chairperson, 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival in association with Star India. Mrs Nita Ambani, Founder and Chairperson, Reliance Foundation & Co-Chair, MAMI Board of Trustees, said, ?I am honoured with the appointment and the faith that the MAMI Board of Trustees has reposed in me. I thank them for inviting me to be a part of this movement that will showcase the best of Indian and world cinema.? Mrs Ambani further added, ?Jio MAMI deserves to be recognized as one of the best film festivals in the world. We are convinced that Jio will have a lot to do with films, and films will have a lot to do with Jio.? Uday Shankar, CEO, STAR India said, ?Star India believes in content that inspires a billion imaginations and moves the nation forward and MAMI is all about celebrating the joy of cinema. By supporting this festival we want to do our bit to fuel imagination that we all know has the power to change the world.? Announcing the stellar programme line-up for the festival, Anupama Chopra, Festival Director, 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival said,? We are here because of the generosity of many people. Foremost among them is Jio and our associate sponsor ? STAR India. And I also want to thank our third partner ? the Government of Maharashtra. Our aim is to create a movie-soaked week in which you can see the best of Indian and international cinema. We want to foster a cultural exchange, enable conversations and shape a cinematic sensibility.? Leading filmmaker, Mr. Dibakar Banerjee, said ? I really wish Jio MAMI a great success this year as it is a cultural icon of the city. It aims to be the gateway to Indian cinema. This year, the festival received an unprecedented 248 feature film submissions in 29 languages, including Pashto, Wanchu and Jaunsari. The selection of Indian films includes 14 World Premieres, and 17 India Premieres. Audiences at Jio MAMI will get a chance to watch 31 Indian films that have never been shown before in India. 13 films are competing for the best film award in the India gold section. There are 15 fiction features and 5 documentaries in the India story section.? Announcing a new section, After Dark at the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, Ms. Niharika Bijli, Director, PVR Pictures said ?The journey for MAMI, the Mumbai Film Festival and the multiplexes started back in 1997 and now in its 17th year, PVR Cinemas will not only encourage the homebred cinemas, but will also provide the best in world cinema. All this have been possible with PVR?s association with MAMI from past many years and have been very successful. Genre films are a mainstay in world cinema, and, ?After Dark? is one of the sections of the festival. It will bring a fantastic genre films to Mumbai and these are horror, thriller, science fiction curated by Jongsuk Thomas Nam, who is the artistic director of one of Asia?s biggest genre film fests PIFF in South Korea. We have six films in this section, which is opening with Ludo, made by Qaushiq Mukherjee.?
PVR introduces Passive 2nd generation 3D screens at selected PVR properties: Technology is evolving every second. From mobile phones to laptops to entertainment, there is a constant up gradation in our lives. It is no longer just about doing a job with ease; today it is about enhancing our experience too. Keeping in pace with the latest technological advancements, PVR Ltd, the largest cinema exhibition chain in India, is introducing 2nd generation 3D screens at selected PVR Cinemas . The light triple polarized 3D system aims to provide the most superior movie watching experience to movie lovers on account of brighter and better 3D effects. It also promises to bring high sharpness to the images with minimized image distortion. With this transformation, the cinema screens would have unique brightness and amazing light efficiency, elevating the 3D-presentation to a new level at PVR. On the latest development, Mr Gautam Dutta, CEO, PVR Cinemas said, ?PVR Cinemas are known to bring the best for the patrons. We are the pioneers of bringing IMAX, ECX, online ticketing in the digital sphere of multiplex industry. Taking the legacy forward, we are now installing the 2nd generation 3 D screens in our cinemas to give even greater impact of cinematic experience to our audience. With this new transformation we bring the new level of technological comfort and cinematic experience. PVR will install this technology at prime properties including- MGF Mall- Gurgaon, Select Citywalk- Delhi, PVR Juhu- Mumbai, PVR Kukatpally- Hyderabad, PVR Pavillion Mall- Ludhiana, PVR Elante- Chandigarh and many more. About PVR Ltd. PVR is one of the largest and most premium film and retail entertainment companies in India. Since its inception in 1997, the brand has aimed to redefine the way people watch movies in India. PVR currently operates a cinema circuit comprising 474 screens spread over 106 properties in 43 cities across India. The company acquired the Cinemax properties in 2012 and currently serves 60 million patrons across India. PVR has entered the World Economic Forum?s List of Fastest-Growing Global Growth Companies.