'We will double down on investment in content'
Within, the blue beams of lights shone through the dark audi where the Prime Video event was being held. Outside the cameras were waiting for the stars on blue carpet. Suddenly there was a flurry of flashes and clicks and the air turned from anticipation to action.
The stars had arrived and the evening began. The event that was attended by a slew of celebrities such as Madhuri Dixit, Madhavan, Amit Sadh, Pankaj Tripathi, Ritesh & Genelia Deshmukh, Vidya Balan, A R Rahman, Kamal Haasan, Vishal Bhardwaj and Farhan Akhtar
PV sneak peek into the future
Before the evening began, the audience were treated to all the Amazon originals they can expect in the future. From drama to crime to politics the shows have it all! Sneak peeks into Dilli, Bandish Bandits, Paatal Lok, Gormint, Mumbai Diaries-26/11, The Last Hour and Sons of Soil - Jaipur Pink Panthers were unveiled at the event
Fire side chat
The most anticipated moment of the evening was the fire side chat of Jeff with Shah Rukh Khan and Zoya Akhtar. The conversation was peppered with humor, life lessons, interesting insights and more. Here are some snippets:
PV investment in India
Whlle talking about the growth of Prime, Jeff said, “Prime Video is doing well all over the world, but nowhere it’s doing better than India. We have just made a decision to double down on our Prime Video investments.”
Saying that content creation is tough, Jeff underlined the fact that the goal of Amazon Studios is to be the most talent friendly studio in the world. He added, "Telling riveting, engaging, inspiring stories is very difficult. But, when you get it right, it's a lever that can change the world."
The last time Jeff visited an offline store!
When SRK asked him when was the last time he visited an offline store, he told an interesting story of the store he visited "just today." Giving details to the audience he said, "It was an incredible experience. We have a whole program and we have thousands of these points of presence now, where they do their regular business with customers and they also provide a place where people come to get their packages. I spoke to this young man who helps his parents run the store, and about how it has really improved their lives to have that extra source of income. It was very moving experience."
'I aint pompous 'coz my last few films have flopped'
At one moment during the chat, SRK got up to give Jeff some water. To which Jeff said that despite all his fame, SRK remains not pompous at all! To which SRK replied with his typical self critical humor saying, "I am not pompous because my my last few films have flopped!" This sent the audience into splits.
The famous Jeff laugh
Everyone had heard of the famous Jeff laugh, but they got to hear it at the end of the show when SRK made him say a few lines, albeit changed, from his movie Don. The lines were, "Jeff ko pakadna mushkil hi nahi, namumkin hai!" As Jeff tried to say this, and he did, he laughed out loud and it was the perfect way to end the fun conversation.
The magic of Sufi music
After the scintillating conversation it was time for some music and none better than A R Rahman to set the mood for magical Sufi evening, From Khwaja mere Khwaja to Mast Kalandar to Kun Faaya Kun, he kept the audience spell bound with his mellifluous renditions.