Ajay Bijli is known as the king of multiplexes. He was born on 9 February 1967 in Delhi. He comes from financially sound family. He completed his Bachelors in Arts from Hindu College, Delhi and went Harvard Business School to undertake the owner/president management program. He has two daughters – Niharka & Naina and one son Aamer. His favourite movie is Godfather. As he belongs to a business family, it wasn’t difficult for him to understand this profit/loss world. In the year 1988, he started working in his father’s transport business Amritsar Transport Co. at the age of 22. Though he never enjoyed it but worked sincerely like an obedient son.

Since it was his fathers and grandfathers wish. He married Selena in 1990. He confessed to his father about his desire to start something else of his own, apart from the family business. As a supportive father, he agreed to his son’s wish. In 1978, his father acquired Priya Cinema but due to loss of reputation of its property they faced the problem of controlled ticket prices and taxation. Later, Bijli took over the responsibility to run Priya. He was working in both truck and cinema business. He is the proud founder, Chairman and Managing Director of PVR Group. He renovated Priya with Dolby sound, to start playing English movies in the theatres.

For renovation, he spent Rupees 45,00,000. In 1992, Ajay confronted the hard time when his father passed away. His uncertainty of either to pursue the transport or cinema business was a dilemma. After consulting with his mother, he decided to continue working for both the businesses by putting more efforts. Priya became a hub in Delhi and also led other companies like McDonald’s, Nirula’s, etc. to come up around it. Ajay met John Crawford MD of village exposition to get in touch with Australian media. And they agreed to 60:40 joint ventures with the name PVR. By 2000, the company owned 12 screens under them. 2001 began with the great surprise when the multiplexes got freedom from paying taxes for five years by the government.

By 2001, the Australian company wanted to leave this venture and went back to Australia. Due to which Ajay alone had to tackle everything, even he had to buy 40% remaining stake too. But he was lucky when Bharti, Airtel and ICICI joined hands with him. Today the value of PVR Cinema is Rupees 13,50,00,00,000 and has 471 screens in 44 cities. He lives the good life by following three principles – It must be expressive, it must serve a functional purpose, and it must have aesthetic value.

Ashwani Chopra Hindi Actor

Ashwani Chopra

Ashwani Chopra is an Indian actor, casting director, and producer. He has predominantly worked in Bollywood and Tamil film Industry. He was born in Jaipur, in Rajasthan. He has produced about 35 Bollywood movies and did cameo appearances in about 15 movies. He is well known for films like Bhootnath Returns, Bhagam Bhag, etc. Ashwani started his Bollywood venture as a line producer through the 2001 Indian romantic film Pyar Ishq Aur Mohabbat starring Keerthi Reddy opposite three male leads who were Aftab Shivdasani, Arjun Rampal, and Sunil Shetty. This film also marked the beginning of Arjun Rampal’s Bollywood journey and he was critically acclaimed for his performance by the critics. Ashwani made a cameo appearance in this film. Then he was line producer for iconic Bollywood blockbuster Baghban in 2003 starring Hema Malini and Amitabh Bachchan in lead roles. This film depicts the story of an elderly couple and how their four children, instead of taking care of them, give them the vibe that they are burdens. Later in the film, the couple struggle to regain their value and dignity back. Till now the audience is giving good reviews about this film for its realistic and relatable storyline. He was also the line producer for Hit Bollywood movies like Teesri Aankh(2006), Dil Diya Hai(2006), Shaadi Karke Fas Gaya Yaar(2006), Baabul(2006), Saalam-E-Ishq(2007), etc. The critics appreciated him in recent years for producing films like Yamla Pagla Deewana 2(2013), Bhootnath Returns(2014), Azhar(2016), and Guest in London(2017). He was also the producer for four episodes of the TV Series Roshni: Ek Nayee Umeed. He began his career as an actor through 2006 Indian mystery thriller film Teesri Aankh starring Sunny Deol and Vivek Oberoi as protagonists, and he did a splendid job in portraying the character of a police officer in that film. In the same year, he did a cameo appearance as a doctor in the Blockbuster rom-com movie Bhagam Bhag starring Govinda and Akshay Kumar as leads. This film did exceptionally well on the box-office. He also did cameo appearances in films like Salaam-E-Ishq, Yamla Pagla Deewana and Bhoothnath Returns. The audiences loved the comic characters he played in the film Bhoothnath Returns and Bhagam Bhag. Currently, he is busy in making Tamil Horror film Mohini starring Trisha Krishnan in lead role and Bollywood crime thriller film Aiyaary which has its plot based on the true story of a protégé and his mentor starring Siddharth Malhotra in lead roles. Both movies will release in 2018.

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