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Full house as South Kashmiri cinemas open in Shopian and Pulwama

Sinha called it a "historic day" and claimed that by taking this action, more young people will have jobs.

Manoj Sinha, the lieutenant governor of Jammu and Kashmir, opened multipurpose movie theatres in the Pulwama and Shopian districts of South Kashmir on Sunday.

Sinha called it a “historic day” and claimed that by taking this action, more young people will have jobs.

As Sinha stated, “Providing health infrastructure, jobs, excellent education, and to empower the youths is our focus.” He went on to say that these kinds of measures will not only help in producing employment but will also give social security to our youths.

At the screening were the Divisional Commissioner for Kashmir, PK Pole, the ADGP for Kashmir Zone Police, Vijay Kumar, and a number of other senior law enforcement and government officials. There were also a lot of students there and watched films in the halls.

Due to unfavourable circumstances, movie theatres have been closed in Jammu & Kashmir since the 1990s. The establishment of these multiplexes in Srinagar after 30 years is a significant step toward providing employment possibilities and enjoyment for the youth of the Valley.

One of the students praised the action taken by the J-K administration and expressed optimism that things would get better in the valley.

Later, Sinha also tweeted the following: “For J-K UT, today is historic! Multipurpose Cinema Halls were opened in Pulwama and Shopian. It provides services including movie screenings, infotainment, and youth skill development.”

INOX is said to have designed the multiplexes, according to an official. The multiplex has three huge auditoriums with a combined seating capacity of more than 500 persons. The Dolby Atmos digital sound system has been installed in the auditorium to give audiences surround sound for the greatest movie experience.

The movie hall distinguishes out because it was decorated with “Khatamband” and “Papier Mache,” two distinctive Kashmiri handicrafts.

Vijay Dhar, the project’s chairman, has previously stated that the young people should have access to the same amenities in the theatre as they do outside of 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.

Notably, J-K was a popular destination for filmmakers before the 1990s militancy in the area caused it to decline.

The official claimed that the villagers frequently went to the movies earlier and wished for the Valley to return to its previous state of peace and brotherhood.

Three years after Jammu and Kashmir’s removal from the scope of Article 370, a multiplex is being built in Kashmir, a region that has long been the target of terrorists from across the border. Notably, the Valley’s theatres had closed in 1990 as a result of the uptick in militancy.

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