PVR Cinemas, the largest cinema exhibition company in India, announced the launch of VKAAO (vkaao.com), a collective action web-platform that enables individuals to choose the films that play in their local theatres. VKAAO will start offering India’s first ever ‘Theatre on Demand’ service to the entire PVR Cinemas circuit, starting today. PVR Cinemas will provide all its theatrical venues for individually curated events showcasing VKAAO’s growing collection of hundreds of studio and independent films.
“We have created an innovative way for moviegoers to experience the films of their choice in a theatre of their choice. Through VKAAO, movie goers are empowered to select a film, screening time, and nearby theatre, and then spread the word to their immediate and online community. Once a necessary number of patrons commit to attending, the screening will get confirmed and VKAAO will reserve the theatre, manage ticketing and ensure delivery of the film; allowing the audience to sit back and enjoy the show. By being an early mover in offering our theatres on demand, PVR is helping bring a new way of movie going to India,” said Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, Joint Managing Director, PVR Ltd. VKAAO’s partnerships with distributors and independent filmmakers have helped build an extensive library of content for audiences to choose from, covering a wide array of film genres and subjects. From action-packed thrillers to real-life stories of heroism to light-hearted comedies, there is something to suit the tastes of every film fan. In addition, VKAAO’s demand-based service provides a unique platform for offering new and old releases to targeted markets across the country, and creates exciting opportunities for new and old films to reach theaters and audiences through a local, community-based approach. “VKAAO will allow the film to play wherever there is an audience for it. Films target diverse set of audiences, the most interesting aspect of VKAAO is that it empowers audiences to find their preferred films and films to find their audiences. We are extremely pleased to offer a platform that facilitates for exhibitors, film-makers and producers, an extraordinary collaboration with movie goers and influencers. We look forward to VKAAO becoming an important platform to connect our film makers and their films with individuals and communities across the country,” said Kamal Gianchandani, CEO PVR Pictures Ltd About PVR Limited PVR is the largest and the most premium film entertainment company in India. Since its inception in 1997, the brand has redefined the cinema exhibition industry and the way people watch movies in India. Serving 75 million patrons annually, the company acquired Cinemax in 2012 and has recently acquired DT Cinemas. Currently, PVR operates a circuit of 562 screens at 122 properties in 48 cities (18 states and 1 Union Territory). From PVR’s Gold Class and Mainstream Cinemas, Director’s Cut to the latest formats- PVR Icon and PVR Superplex, the company has made exceptional technology like the IMAX and the ECX (Enhanced Cinema Experience), 4DX accessible to its audience. PVR Ltd, the integrated ‘film and retail brand’ has PVR Cinemas as its major subsidiary. Its other two subsidiaries are PVR Leisure and PVR Pictures. PVR Leisure focuses on rolling out F&B and retail entertainment concepts. It’s one of a kind venture, PVR BluO is the largest bowling chain in India comprising of 135 cosmic bowling lanes which spreads across 6 centres. Adding to the portfolio, PVR Pictures has been a prolific distributor of non-studio/ independent international films in India for many years. VKAAO (vkaao.com) is a platform which gives viewers complete control of their movie watching experience at theatres. It allows them to select their preferred movie along with the location, date, and time of the screening at any theatre of their choice. This novel approach to movie going is why VKAAO is being considered as an exciting alternative to the conventional way of watching movies at the theatres. VKAAO’s USP lies in its focus on leveraging state-of-the-art technology in order to create a social, crowd-sourced movie going experience and to add value for all key stakeholders.