On December 20, a star-studded premiere of ‘Dangal’ was held at Lightbox, which was attended by the Phogats — Mahavir and his wrestler daughters Geeta and Babita, in addition to politico Raj Thackeray. Now, sources on the preview theatre, owned by Excel manufacturing companions Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani, say it was the final screening there.
“From January 1, the place stays non-useful. The workers has been paid properly upfront and requested to search for alternate jobs. What the bosses plan to do with the place, we do not know. No one is aware of if it has been briefly shut,” a employees member current at Lightbox on Sunday knowledgeable.
In 2012, Farhan and Ritesh had launched the personal theatre forward of the discharge of their movie, Talaash. The idea was to let it out to trade folks wanting to host intimate gatherings. Earlier than Lightbox, most previews have been both held at suburban multiplexes or in Movie Metropolis. The prime location (Santacruz) and quiet setting was an enormous attraction for business insiders.
A supply near Farhan informs, “Ritesh had been nagging Farhan to close down the place since final yr. After a few of their movies did not work on the field workplace, their 12 months-finish financial overview confirmed it was not possible for them to run the theatre. For the reason that place holds sentimental worth for a number of trade individuals, they’ve volunteered to get the place up and working once more, however Farhan and Ritesh are but to take the ultimate name.”
Amongst these eager to resurrect the theatre, Shah Rukh Khan tops the listing. “He was planning to host the primary screening of Raees (an Excel manufacturing) at Lightbox,” mentioned the supply.
Regardless of repeated makes an attempt, Farhan and Ritesh did not reply to messages.