- The glory of cinema returned to the valley after three decades
- First multiplex opened in Sonawar area of Srinagar
- Rajat Sharma, Editor-in-Chief, India TV, Guest of Honour.
Multiplex in Kashmir : Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha inaugurated the first multiplex in Srinagar today. After nearly three decades, cinematic splendor has returned to the Valley of Kashmir. After a long wait, the people of Kashmir have got a chance to watch movies on the big screen. India TV Editor-in-Chief Rajat Sharma was present as the special guest at the inauguration of the multiplex.
Special screening of Lal Singh Chaddha
A special screening of the film ‘Lal Singh Chaddha’ took place today at the inauguration of Kashmir’s first multiplex in Sonawar area of Srinagar. People were eagerly waiting for the opening of this multiplex. People say that now they will not have to go out of the valley to watch Bollywood movies on the big screen.
Regular shows will start from 30th September
Eminent businessman Vijay Dhar had planned to open the first multiplex in Kashmir, which was inaugurated by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today. Vijay Dhar is also the owner of a reputed private school in Srinagar. The multiplex has been opened to the general public with the special screening of ‘Lal Singh Chaddha’. The regular shows will begin with the screening of ‘Vikram Vedha’ starring Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan from September 30.
Changes after the August 5, 2019 verdict – Manoj Sinha
On this occasion, Manoj Sinha said that this has been possible due to the commitment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the historic decision taken by the Parliament on 5th August 2019. It is clear from this that the Government of India does not believe in buying peace but in establishing peace. He also remembered Bollywood actor Shammi Kapoor whose ashes were immersed in Srinagar’s Dal Lake on the occasion.
Beginning of a new journey – Rajat Sharma
On this occasion, India TV Editor-in-Chief Rajat Sharma said that when Salman Khan was making the film Bajrangi Bhaijaan, he told me that the people of Kashmir would not be able to watch it due to lack of internet and cinema halls. Now Manoj Sinha and Dhar Sahab have started a new journey. On the other hand, Siddharth Jain, Director, INOX Multiplex said – We are eager to win the hearts of film lovers in Kashmir.. We hope this will lead to investment in not only cinema but content production as well.
The multiplex has a capacity of 520 seats.
Kashmir’s first multiplex has three movie theaters with a total capacity of 520 seats. There is also a ‘Food Court’ in the premises with the aim of promoting local cuisines. The scheduled inauguration of multiplexes run by INOX comes at a time when Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha inaugurated one multiplex each in Pulwama and Shopian districts on Sunday. Cinema halls in the Valley have reopened after three decades. In 1989-90, theater owners closed cinema halls in the Valley due to threats and attacks by terrorists.