Ajay Bijli gifted me this popcorn machine on my birthday,” says Amit Burman pointing to a vending machine at the right corner of his 12-seater home cinema hall at Kautilya Marg in Delhi. Not many people would count on the country’s largest multiplex-chain owner to build their home theatre. But then this is Amit Burman, who has Ajay Bijli and Neeraj Kanwar of Apollo Tyres as his close buddies and who double up as movie buffs.
Bijli is also an investor, in his personal capacity, in the quick service restaurant and fine dining venture Lite Bite that Burman co-owns along with Rohit Aggarwal. Incidentally, Burman, too, is on the board of PVR. Burman’s venture owns restaurants such as Punjab Grill (JV), Subway (partnership), Fresc Co, Street Foods of India, Bakers Street, Asia 7, and Food Union of India (JV) among others.
The 46-year-old, who shifted to his new house five years ago, believes that setting up a movie theatre inside your house is the best way to spend time with family and friends. “The good things are you can serve your own food, have your own drinks, chill out… pause the movie when you