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PVR Cinemas Expand Its Presence To International Market; Launches First Property In Sri Lanka

PVR Cinemas, the largest and most premium film exhibition company in India announced its entry into the Sri Lankan market with the opening of PVR Lanka at One Galle Face Mall, Colombo today. PVR in collaboration with the Shangri La Group introduces Colombo’s biggest entertainment destination with the launch of the new 9- screen property. Redefining movie viewing experience, PVR Lanka hosts premium formats like PVR LUXE, a luxury cinema format and PVR PlayHouse, a dedicated auditorium for the young ones and their family. Designed with contemporary flair blended with local influences and enabled with technological excellence, PVR aims to introduce the epitome of modern cinema in Sri Lanka.

Mr. Ajay Bijli, Chairman and Managing Director, PVR Ltd. said “Entering Sri Lanka was part of our business strategy for FY 19-20 and I am happy we have been able to make it happen. The socio-cultural similarity between the two nations makes the scope for business growth opulently clear. The vision has been to introduce new concepts and make regional content more accessible for the audience in Sri Lanka. The Indian film industry has grown exponentially in last few years and has a global fan base that we aim to cater to through innovation and expansion.”

The property spreads across two levels with an area of 38,454 sq. ft. and a seating accommodation of 1,139 audiences. It is integrated with modern technological solutions for superior cinematic experience and digital solutions for an enhanced customer experience.

Mr. Ajay Bijli, Chairman and Managing Director, PVR Ltd. H.E. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, High Commissioner of India, Sri Lanka Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, Joint Managing Director, PVR Ltd.
Mr. Ajay Bijli, Chairman and Managing Director, PVR Ltd. H.E. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, High Commissioner of India, Sri Lanka Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, Joint Managing Director, PVR Ltd.

Speaking on the launch, Mr. Sanjeev Kumar BijliJoint Managing Director, PVR Ltd. said, “We feel very happy to be able to bring PVR’s offerings to Sri Lanka. The market dynamics in Sri Lanka are very similar to that of India which helped us design our product with much more ease. The love for Indian content is huge here and we are aiming to offer a rich and diverse experience to the cine buffs.”

Accompanied with gastronomic extravaganza and best-in-class hospitality services in plush and luxurious seating arrangements, PVR Lanka presents itself as a one stop entertainment destination to the cinema goers. The integration of modern décor with intricate design adds to the grandeur of the new multiplex.  An exquisitely designed, bespoke lounge is created for our LUXE audience.

He further added, “Our endeavor was to introduce eagerly awaited, world class cinema formats to offer holistic entertainment to the market. We are very confident that we will be successful in offering unique experiences to the people of Sri Lanka.”

PVR is the largest film exhibition company in India and has a total screen count of 809 screens at 171 properties in 70 cities. (India and Sri Lanka).

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Sonu Sood’s sweet gesture for a special fan in Sri Lanka!

Sonu Sood, who has been appreciated for his roles in films such as Dabangg (2010) and Simmba (2018), made a quick trip to Sri Lanka to attend a fan’s wedding. The actor, who has made a mark in Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada film industry, flew down to attend his fan, Madara W Hemachandra’s wedding, says that she is a special fan.

“When you are doing movies, you meet a few people who become a part of your family and friends circle. Madara is one of my most special fans. Any news about me that appears on the internet, she is the first one to share it with me,” he says, adding, “I remember, when I visited Sri Lanka for the first time, she came with her family and I was very happy to meet them. We bonded well and when they wanted me to come for her wedding, I thought, if I could do this little thing, it would make her happy and we will be making memories.” Ask him if he had to reschedule his shoot, and he says, “I had to alter my schedule a little bit. When I requested my director, even he was surprised that I am changing the schedule for a fan.” About his time in Sri Lanka, Sonu says, “This was a short trip but I visited a few beaches and went shopping.”

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Saurabh Pandey Visits Sri Lanka

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Saurabh Pandey is refreshed after an exotic trip to Sri Lanka. The actor made sure to visit all the tourist spots and had an amazing time. “I went to a lot of places in Sri Lanka but majorly, we were located in Colombo. We had decided to stay for three days but then we extended our trip by 3 more days. Sri Lanka is very reasonable and it is an awesome place to go to because we see a mixture of western and our culture. In Sri Lanka, Buddhism is the most followed and practised religion there and there are lots of historical temples of Buddha, where Gautam Buddha had actually visited, meditated and given lectures so it is just amazing,” he says, “We visited most places in Colombo and outside Colombo city, we went to Minneriya National Park. There is the Dambulla cave where people say that Buddha had visited and meditated. Other than that, we went to Gangaramaya Temple, it’s a very sacred temple.”

The zoo was an amazing experience for the actor. “In Colombo, we had a great time at the National Zoo. We spent time with the tigers when they were not inside their cages but in close proximity to us. There was just a glass between the tigers and us, it was just amazing. The tiger was coming right to the glass and trying to touch us and on the other side there was a cage and the lioness came and looked right into my eyes. It was great fun. In fact, a monkey held my finger tightly and it felt like he knew me from before,” he says.

Saurabh tried and loved the local cuisine there as well. “The major cuisine in Sri Lanka is seafood. We enjoyed that a lot. There is also something known as Pittu which is made of rice and coconut. We tried a lot of things there; crab curry, vegetarian curry, dal curry, dal rice. It’s very similar to Indian food which we eat, more on the southern side of India,” he says.

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