Ajay Bijli’s passion for movies led him to set up PVR Cinemas in 1997. The largest multiplex chain in India has unassailable lead in the number of screens over competitors. Clearly, Mr Bijli transformed the way millions of Indians consume entertainment content over the past two-and-a-half decades. Mr Bijli’s entrepreneurial spirit has been best translated in his achievement in building the brand PVR. In 1995 he signed a JV with Village Roadshow, a global film production and exhibition company of Australia, and within a few years the company pioneered the multiplex format in India. Since its inception in 1997, the brand has redefined the movie watching experience in the country serving approx. 100 million patrons at PAN India level. The company acquired Cinemax in 2012, DT Cinemas in 2016 and has recently taken over SPI Cinemas in 2018. Today, with 800 screens across the length and breadth of the country, PVR Cinemas is the largest chain of multiplexes in India with 170 cinemas in 69 cities.
With an Owners/President Management program from Harvard Business School and a passion to venture into the unknown; Mr Bilji saw his business diversifying into distribution with PVR Pictures, hospitality, and retail. Acknowledging his business acumen, he has been honoured with “International Exhibitor of the Year award” at Cine Asia 2017 in Hong Kong. Furthermore, CNBC TV 18 presented him with Asia Innovator of the Year at India Business Leader awards, 2016 (IBLA) and Images Retail honoured him as one of the 100 Retail ICONS of INDIA 2019. Besides the recent recognitions, he has also been gratified with prestigious awards like E&Y Entrepreneurial Award for Business Transformation, CNBC’s Emerging India Award, Most Admired Multiplex Professional by CMO Asia’s Multiplex Excellence Award, to name a few. Under his leadership, PVR has also bagged the Fortune India’s Next 500 Big and Mid-size companies’ award as well.
As an industry leader of Indian film exhibition, Ajay is on the Board of Trustees of the Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) and the founding member of FICCI Multiplex Association (India). He is also a member of The Film and TV Producers Guild (India), Young Presidents’ Organization and is associated with the Central Board of Film Certification, Government of India.