Movies return to Jammu and Kashmir after 30 years: Valley opens its door to first multiplex


Despite reports of disturbances and repeated conflict in the area, residents of Jammu and Kashmir can now enjoy the simple pleasure of watching a movie in the multiplex after thirty years of forced banishment from cinemas.

As a special treat for all Kashmiris, the valley’s first multiplex opened in Srinagar after a thirty-year hiatus from movies. Kashmir’s highly anticipated first multiplex is set to open today following its inauguration by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.

With the opening of the multiplex designed by INOX, in Srinagar, Kashmiris gets the chance to see movies on the big screen after more than three decades. Earlier, according to an official, three large auditoriums have already been built in the multiplex with a capacity of more than 500 people at a time.

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The room is equipped with the Dolby Atmos digital sound system, giving viewers surround sound for the best movie experience. The Kashmiri handicraft of ‘khatamband’ and ‘papier mache’ has been used in the cinema hall, which stands out.

A food court is also being created for the people visiting the multiplex, the official said. The project’s chairman, Vijay Dhar, had said that the young people should be given the same facilities in the cinema as outside Kashmir.

“We saw that something like this didn’t exist here for 30 years. Did we think why not? So we’re just getting started. The young people should have the same facilities in the cinema as in Jammu or in other cities of the country,” he said.

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Dhar said that the people of Kashmir have suffered from mental stress for years and that is why it was important for the people to have multiplexes for entertainment. JK was a particular destination of choice for the filmmakers, which declined in the 1990s due to militancy in the region.

According to the official, locals often went here to watch movies before and hoped that peace and brotherhood would reign in the valley just like in the old days.

The creation of a multiplex in Kashmir, which has long seen terrorism from across the border, comes three years after the repeal of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. In particular, the theaters in the Valley were closed in 1990 due to the increase in militancy.

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Earlier in August, ANI project manager Vishaq said: “We are starting with the first multiplex in Kashmir, designed by INOX. There are three auditoriums in which the latest sound systems are installed. A silver screen is used. In addition to normal seats, they are also made available. “

(with ANI inputs)

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