On Tuesday, Jammu and Kashmir lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha inaugurated the valley’s first multiplex with 520 seat accomodation in Sonawar area of the city. The event is addressed to be one of the most significant venture as a major socio economic revolution in last three years also an end of three-decade wait of the movie buffs of Kashmir.
On this historical day the first movie that is specially screened at the multiplex was one of the most controversial films of 2022 that’s Amir Khan and Karina Kapoor starring ‘Laal Singh Chadda’. Reported that the regular shows will start from September 30 with the screening of Vikram Vedha, starring Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan.
Manoj Sinha while the inauguration said, “Culture is a way of life and cinema being the powerful medium of sharing thoughts and ideas reflects societal values and change. Cinema brings people together. Apart from entertainment, it gives hopes, dreams and inspiration to youth to pursue their dreams till they realise it,” Manoj Sinha said at the ceremony.
He also mentioned, “It is a reflection of a new dawn of hope, dreams, confidence and aspirations of people.”
In his respective Twitter handle Manoj Sinha shared some of the snaps of the inauguration ceremony with a note. Take a look :
Yesterday inaugurated Multipurpose Cinema Halls at Pulwama and Shopian. It offers facilities ranging from movie screening, infotainment and skilling of youth. pic.twitter.com/rsCzxgqNwL
— Manoj Sinha (@manojsinha_) September 19, 2022
“Inaugurated INOX multiplex theatre in Srinagar. Congratulations to the people, Sh. Vijay Dhar & INOX Group. A major socio-economic revolution is sweeping through J&K in the last 3 years,” Sinha said while inaugurating the 520-seater multiplex theatre in Srinagar. He also informed that land has been identified for developing a film city in the Union Territory (UT).
A source reveals, “The multiplex will be operated by INOX, comes close on the heels of the Lieutenant Governor inaugurating multipurpose cinema halls — one each in the twin Pulwama and Shopian districts. The cinema halls have reopened in the valley after three decades as theatre owners downed their shutters in the Valley due to threats and attacks by militants in 1989-90.
The Valley had seen nearly a dozen stand-alone cinema halls functioning till the late 1980s, but they had to wind up businesses after two militant outfits threatened the owners.
Though authorities made attempts to reopen some of the theatres in the late 1990s, militants thwarted such efforts by carrying out a deadly grenade attack on Regal Cinema in the heart of Lal Chowk in September 1999.
Two other theatres — Neelam and Broadway — had opened their doors but had to shut business due to poor response.”