BookMyShow, PVR-backed Vkaao launches Vkaao Gems to bring foreign films to India

MUMBAI: Vkaao, a theatre-on-demand platform backed by BookMyShow and PVR Pictures has introduced Vkaao Gems. This property will bring the best foreign language films to cinemas in India. Vkaao Gems held its first screening on Friday with Oscar-nominated Lebanese film ‘Capernaum’, a story about the journey of a young boy who survives the dangers of the city streets using his wits. The film is being screened at PVR Cinemas for one week across six cities – Mumbai, Pune, Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Chennai.

Vkaao Gems, the latest from Vkaao’s stable, will offer viewers a chance to catch a host of foreign language films that audiences can otherwise access, only at international film festivals. Vkaao Gems will help bring such movies into Indian mainstream cinema viewing. In the initial phase, the focus will be on critically acclaimed, award-winning and Oscar-nominated films. With this initiative, Vkaao further aims at releasing international foreign films within a few weeks of their release in their respective home country.

The movies will be listed on BookMyShow under a different language tab in the dropdown section. Vkaao Gems has a line-up of films ready starting July, including the Japanese Oscar-nominated film – ‘Shoplifters’, ‘Ash is Purest White’ (China/Mandarin), ‘Yomeddine’ (Egypt/Arabic), ‘Taxi 5’ and ‘The Big bad fox and other tales’ (French) and ‘Tokyo Ghoul S’ (Japanese) through the year.

Vkaao co-founder, CEO Vaibhav Lal said, “Cinema is a global art form. The world of cinema is vast and varied, filled with different stories, styles, and languages and Vkaao Gems is the ticket to that world. Our vast and continually growing cinematic library offers audiences the chance to be able to experience films from all over the world. With such a wide theatrical influx of content storming Indian theatres soon, consumers have the privilege to become global cinema connoisseurs with Vkaao. With Vkaao Gems, audiences can enjoy the best of French, Japanese, Arabic, Chinese cinema and much more at their nearest theatre and gain an opportunity to experience foreign language cinema like never before.”

BookMyShow head marketing, business intelligence Marzdi Kalianiwala said, “We have seen a growing demand for international content in India over the years. Consumers are looking for new and varied content experiences that give them more exposure to global culture. Vkaao Gems will offer internationally acclaimed films in foreign languages to our vast user base of several million, looking for a curated, niche and exclusive experience. Our analytical intelligence coupled with our huge database enables these films to reach the right set of audiences making BookMyShow the preferred choice for a personalised cinematic experience.”

PVR Pictures CEO Kamal Gianchandani said, “Bringing movies that would suit the tastes of discerning audiences has always been a key focus at PVR. Vkaao Gems is the latest addition to our offerings which aims at bringing star-studded line up of films from an extraordinary pool of global filmmakers. As we enter three years of Vkaao, we continue to grow driven by our dynamic team and our platform partners.”

Enabling over 4500 screenings from across genres and language, Vkaao aims to offer a platform to showcase quality content to the Indian audience. With a library of over 650 movies offering an equal mix of Hollywood, Bollywood and regional content; the theatre-on-demand platform enables patrons to enjoy complete control of the movie viewing experience. Functioning through PVR Cinemas’ theatrical circuit and BookMyShow’s online presence; Vkaao has enabled global content to reach to the smaller towns of the country. It allows movie patrons to screen a film of their choice which is available in the Vkaao library on a specific date at a specific PVR theatre.

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