|Products||Movies, music, home video, merchandise (Yedaz)|
|Services||Content creation, aggregation, and distribution|
Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd. is an Indian content creator, aggregator and distributor, specifically in the media and entertainment industry. It was founded by Buddhichand Maroo in 1962 as a book circulating library under the name Shemaroo and set up India’s first video rental business in 1979. The company went national after it began content distribution in 1987, became aggregators and bought rights to movies for home video.
Currently, the brand has a collection of more than 3700 movie titles in multiple Indian languages and offers services to customers in more than 30 countries, including USA, UK, Singapore, UAE and Australia.
The company’s partners for content distribution include Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, iTunes, Reliance Jio, Vodafone, Tata Sky, Hotstar, etc. Shemaroo has offices in Mumbai, New Delhi and New Jersey.
Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd. was founded on 29 October 1962 as a book circulating library by the Maroo brothers (Buddhichand, Atul and Raman) in collaboration with Gangajibhai Shethias. The name of the company is an acronym of the founders’ surnames. The library was located at Warden Road of South Mumbai and opened three branches soon after.
In 1987, the company forayed into distribution of content via the video home system (VHS) format, which was labeled Shemaroo Video Private Ltd. They also bought rights to several movies for home video and were one of the first brands involved in distribution of video rights in India.
Shemaroo started buying cable and pay television rights in the 1990s and in 1995, while negotiating a deal to buy films of Sony’s Columbia Tristar, the company bought an equity stake in Sony’s Indian TV channel.
2000s to present
Shemaroo became an integrated content media house with the commencement of Digital Post Production Facilities. The company ventured into film production with movies like Kuch Meetha Ho Jaye, Omkara, Ishqiya, Dedh Ishqiya, Hunterrr followed by several others in the subsequent years.
In 2012, Shemaroo completed 50 years of operations and in 2018, the company unveiled a new logo and tagline ‘India Khush Hua’.
Shemaroo’s content library includes more than 3700 film and non-film titles, including classic Bollywood movies such as like Anari, Jab Jab Phool Khile, Neel Kamal, Amar Akbar Anthony, Dharam Veer, Roti, Khuda Gawah, Dil, Beta, Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, Khakee, 3 Deewarein and Chupke Chupke, latest ones like Jab We Met, Ishqiya, Slumdog Millionaire, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, Omkara, Judwaa 2, Padmaavat, Pad Man, 102 Not Out, Ishk Vishk, Soldier and animated features like Bal Ganesh and Ghatothkach.
They also include movies classic nataks in several Indian regional languages like Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, Bengali, etc. such as Chhelo Divas, Passport, Gujjubhai Banya Dabang, Thai Jaishe and more.
They also have a large plethora of content in the devotional spectrum with devotional videos, live streaming of shrines, temples and more in categories such as Bhakti, Ibaadat, and Gurbani via their apps Ibaadat and Hari Om.
Their distribution network includes an in-house television syndication team, a new media technology team for mobile value added services (MVAS), internet, DTH and a nationwide home entertainment distribution network. The company has partnered with Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, MTN, Ooredoo and Etisalat to distribute content like videos, music, live streaming, etc. via MVAS. They also have an online presence on YouTube, where their channels receive an estimated 2.2 billion monthly views on average.
Their partners include Airtel Digital TV, Tata Sky, Dish TV and other major DTH platforms and with channels such as Sony, Star India and Colors. The company’s subsidiary Contentino Media provides in-flight entertainment for airlines like Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Air India, Vistara, Lufthansa and Virgin Atlantic.
The company’s brand Yedaz is the official Bollywood licensing and merchandising rights holder that sells Bollywood themed products like T-shirts, mugs, etc. They also established the Shemaroo Institute of Film and Technology (SIFT), for students looking to work in the film industry.
In February 2019, Shemaroo Entertainment launched its own video-on-demand service app called ShemarooMe, which is available for Android and iOS. It is also available on web for viewers. Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff was present at the launch event of this app in Mumbai.
The OTT video streaming service primarily consists of content from the company’s content library including movies, TV shows and songs pertaining to Bollywood classics, contemporary Bollywood, premium Gujarati, kids category, etc. The content is available in languages like Gujarati, Marathi and Punjabi, with more such vernacular languages expected to be added in the future versions of the app.
The aim is to bring a rich and diverse offering via this platform. Indian content is popular not just in India, but also in US, UK and the Gulf regions due to the presence of the large Indian diaspora. We will be adding more content on the platform and in more languages. Apps for TV are also currently in development.— Hiren Gada, CEO
In June 2011, they won 13 awards for their DVDs, out of the total 20 awards at the “DVD Awards for Indian Home Video DVD releases 2011”.
In April 2016, they won the “National Awards for Excellence in Digital and Social Media Marketing 2016” for their online campaign for a cricket tournament, Comedy Premier League. In September 2016, Shemaroo entered Limca Book of Records twice for the ‘Longest Digital Antakshri’ and ‘Most Tweets in a Day’ for the campaign #FilmiGaaneAntakshari.
In March 2018, they won the “DIGIXX Awards 2018” for their Filmi Gaane campaign #KuchKisseKuchKahaniyan. In August 2018, they won the “DIGIXX Awards 2018” for sponsorship and partnership marketing between Yedaz and the social platforms Vigo Video and Tiktok. In December 2018, the company’s Shemaroo Bhakti App won the “Innovative Mobile App Award 2018” at the Drivers of Digital Summit 2018.
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