Eros Int'l to acquire 50% stake in Vashu Bhagnani's Puja Entertainment
Eros International Media, a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry, has announced a strategic alliance with veteran producer Vashu Bhagnani by signing a term sheet to acquire a 50 per cent stake in his film company, Puja Entertainment & Films, which owns a valuable library of films with great franchise value.
Under this joint venture, blockbuster hits of the 90s, known better as the ‘No 1’ series including Hero No 1, Coolie No 1 and Biwi No 1, will be the among the first of Vashu Bhagnani films to be remade. The deal will also allow Eros International access to Puja Entertainment’s vast library of all-time hits like Bade Miya Chote Miya, Rehna Hai Tere Dil Main and F.A.L.T.U. In addition to the remakes of some of these all-time hits, several new projects are in the pipeline as well.
Commenting on the announcement, Kishore Lulla, Chairman, Eros International, said, “This alliance is an extension of the very special association we share with Vashu ji. As a studio, we want to continue developing prolific content and through this partnership with a seasoned expert like Vashu ji who has produced some of the biggest Bollywood hits, we can present cinema at its entertaining best”.
Chairman of Puja Entertainment, Vashu Bhagnani, added here, “It’s not just a strategic alliance for Puja Films, it's in fact a culmination of a friendship that goes back more than two decades. Kishore ji and I had wanted to do this for a very long time. Puja Films has been in the movie making business for the past 20 years and it is crucial to partner with a global player like Eros to continue making meaningful and profitable cinema.”