Bollywood at US theatres

Under the brand name Big, Reliance Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. (REPL) has put up its socks to start a film chain in US from the next month. The company has claimed that the more than 200 theatres will show both Hindi and regional films particularly from South India. According to a company official who has confirmed the schedule, renovating and refitting of the cinemas that have been acquired is being done and announcement will be done formally about the opening of the theatre later.

The information states that Reliance Entertainment has acquired over 200 cinema halls in 28 North American cities which include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit and Washington in the last one year. These theatres will have the company’s name Big instead of Adlabs by which REPL’s cinemas in India are called. An American theatre management firm has been bought by REPL for overseeing the operations of its Big cinema chains. As REPL is in the task of producing Hindi movies and other in other regional movies under the Big Pictures banner, it may also get into distributing movies overseas for its outlets exhibition in foreign countries will help it fix up its distribution venture. It will also screen other Asian countries movies for those not living in their respective countries. Both the mainstream Hollywood movie and art house productions and movies which are made by the independent producer that will be screened will add to the glory of the brand of the Big cinemas. Screening Indian movies will help in making good profit from the US box office.

Amitabh in Chote Ustad

Amitabh Bachchan in Chote Ustad.
These days it has become a fashion for the film stars to come in the reality shows for the publicity of their forthcoming films. With every reality shows popping out of the TV channels every day or the other, the film stars are choosing them as the best platform for publicity. Today all the stars in some way or other take part in the entire publicity of the film. Although this is one of the motives for these stars to flock the reality shows, but we should also not undermine the fact that reality television throws up a lot of surprises and these stars love encouraging the people.

The latest from Bollywood to join this league is our very own Amitabh Bachchan. This veteran living legend of Bollywood came for the promo shoot of the ‘Chote Ustaad’ comes on star plus and is in the final stages. It is said that Amitabh Bachchan was in an excellent mood when he was shooting with Aishwarya Majmudar and Anwesha Dattagupta, who are left for fighting for the crown and even joked with them. Both the finalists of the reality show were congratulated by the versatile actor. Amitabh Bachchan has wished them luck. Amitabh Bachchan will also be present at the grand finale of the ‘Chote Ustaad’ which will be telecasted on Star Plus on Saturday, April 5th from 8th onwards. Here he will also be promoting B.R. Chopra’s ‘Bhootnaath’, his forthcoming release for 2008.