It seems bollywood actors and actresses now truly believe in the power of internet and social media. Rather than just making their strong presence felt online on Facebook, Twitter, Websites and Blogs, they probably have also made it a point to mint money with them. Take the case of the popular bollywood actor Ajay Devgan who has unveiled an online ticketing and entertainment portal called Ticketplease.com.
According to Ticketplease, it is a one-stop portal for tickets to movies, concerts, plays and sporting events. The site will also offer other services like theatre information, photos, videos, news, reviews, celebrity blogs, and interviews among others. Ajay Devgan will also be blogging and interacting with his fans on the site.
Other key members of this online ticketing venture include stalwarts from Bollywood including actor Sanjay Dutt, who is the director cum promoter, Vatsal Seth,producer Nitin Manmohan, Ramakant Tibrewal, Amit Sharma among others. Jimmy Mistry is the founder and chief executive of the site. Currently, veteran journalist Bhawana Somaaya holds the position of the editor-in-chief.
There is also a news doing round that the site is the online partner of the veteran actor Dharmendra’s latest movie Yamla Pagla Deewana and will be promoting the film through the site as well.
We at WATBlog just went through the site to find out what it has in store for cine-goers and others. Being in its infancy stage, the site does not have those striking features, as one would have surely expected considering the fact that it has hot-shot people behind it. Currently, it just offers users the service to book movies ticket only as against its other areas of interest. We expect them to come in days ahead. The only value additions on the site, which are not so common on other such sites, include the “Celebrity Blog” and “Forum”. The Celebrity Blog column now has only Ajay Devgn, Bhavna Somaaya and Vatsal Seth. The “Forums” are also yet to gain the momentum. There is also a quote section where quotes by bollywood actors and actresses are shown. But the very basic social badge is absent on the website except for two share buttons, one on Facebook and other on Twitter.
At this point, Ticketplease looks like just another online ticketing site. It also may certainly face big completion from Bookmyshow.com and Kyazoonga.com, which have been doing very well in this space. They certainly have to walk that extra mile to bring them up to the competition. But these days most of the people from Bollywood are venturing into media entrepreneurship. So chances are that there may be many more following the suit.
All said and done, it is believed that financing won’t be a main concern for Ticketplease as it is backed by these key people. We expect the site to add up other features and keep the momentum maintained. However, for time being, we just have to wait and watch.
Have you tried TicketPlease? Let us know what you thought!