India: J&K set to welcome cinema on big screen after three decades

Construction work of a multiplex is in the final stages in Srinagar



INOX multiplex under construction in Srinagar. — Courtesy: Twitter
INOX multiplex under construction in Srinagar. — Courtesy: Twitter

By ANI

Published: Sat 17 Sep 2022, 8:21 PM

Cinema halls were closed in India’s Jammu and Kashmir since the 1990s due to unfavourable conditions, but residents will soon be able to watch cinema on the big screen as the construction work of a multiplex is in the final stages.

With the successful completion of the multiplex, which is being designed by INOX in Srinagar, people will get the opportunity to enjoy Bollywood movies on the big screen after a long time.

According to an official, three large auditoriums are being built in the multiplex with a seating capacity of more than 500 people at a time. The auditorium has been provided with the Dolby Atmos digital sound system giving the viewers surround sound for the best movie experience.

The Kashmiri handicrafts ‘khatamband’ and ‘papier mache’ have been used in the cinema hall, which stand out. A food court is also being made for the people visiting the multiplex, said the official.

Earlier, chairman of the project Vijay Dhar had said that the youngsters should get the same facilities in the cinema that they get outside Kashmir.

“We saw there had been no such thing here for 30 years. We thought why not? So, we’ve just started. The youngsters should get the same facilities in the cinema which they get in Jammu or in other towns of the country,” he said.

Dhar said that the people of Kashmir have suffered from mental stress for years and therefore it was important for the people to have multiplexes for entertainment.

J&K was a preferred destination for the moviemakers, which diminished due to militancy in the region during the 90s.

The setting up of a multiplex in Kashmir, which has seen terrorism for a long time, comes three years after the abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. Notably, the theatres in the Valley had shut in 1990 due to the rise in militancy.


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