South India’s First Director’s Cut Launched in Bengaluru by PVR
South India’s First Director’s Cut Launched in Bengaluru by PVR

PVR Cinemas launched the first Director’s Cut in South India at Rex Walk on Brigade road in Bengaluru to provide an unmatched movie-watching experience, blending premium hospitality and entertainment.

The new Director’s Cut is the third of its kind in India. With a total of 243 seats in its five luxurious thematic auditoriums that have been designed to offer an unparalleled experience, said Ajay Bijli, Managing Director, PVR.

The property is equipped with the best technological offerings, plush leather recliners, a 4K laser projection system, and razor-sharp image quality along with a 7.1 Dolby surround system and Real-D 3D technology.

“The auditorium will have 1.2 meters’ legroom and 750 mm seat width. You have got a call button, a swivel seat, torchlight, therefore providing service on seats. I think food and beverages are phenomenal, offering all sorts of cuisines,” added Bijli.

On ticket prices, the PVR MD said it is looking at averaging it out to about Rs 900 currently.

There will also be dynamic and flexible pricing on weekends, peak hours, and weekdays to meet all types of consumers.  Furthermore, Bijli said PVR Ltd opened its first Director’s Cut in 2011 in Delhi with an idea to attract people to cinema theatres who wanted a different experience, and the response they got was ‘phenomenal’.

The company is planning to set up Director’s Cut movie halls in Noida, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune, and Chandigarh.

The latest launch in Bengaluru is the 884th screen of PVR Limited, which opens 100-odd screens every year, with 20 more screens coming up this quarter.

Talking about the performance in the last two quarters in the wake of an alleged social media boycott, Bijli said the boycott did not really impact PVR much.

“There has been a little up and down. The first quarter was just phenomenal when we got almost 25 million people in our cinemas. In the second quarter, we got about 18 million. But the volatility did not happen due to any social media boycott, according to me. The volatility only happened because of the content,” he explained.

The PVR MD attributed the below-par business performance to the poor content of the films instead of the social media boycott.

“Sometimes, consumers connect with the cinema, and sometimes they don’t. So when they connect, obviously box office revenues go up and if they don’t connect, then, of course, the volatility brings the footfalls down,” Bijli said.

He, however, was optimistic about the Indian market for the diversity it offers, and the Indian consumers’ habit of watching movies on the big screen. Bijli further sought to downplay the effect of Over-the-Top (OTT) platforms impacting the film industry.

He added, “The noise levels of OTT went very high because of the pandemic when cinemas were shut. Now that the movies have come back, things are changing fast.”

“The OTT is a coexistence of consumption of content. In fact, it doesn’t impact because theatrically when the movie gets released it sets the benchmark -the quantitative benchmark and the qualitative benchmark,” Bijli added.

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