Entertainment starved Kashmir braces up for re-opening of cinema halls again - watsupptoday.com
Entertainment starved Kashmir braces up for re-opening of cinema halls again
Posted 13 Dec 2017 03:05 PM

In entertainment starved Kashmir, things are likely to go in favour of the youth as the Valley of unease is fast bracing for re-opening of cinemas after almost three decades. Courtesy: peaceful environment in the wake of mass causalities inflicted on the terrorists this year by the forces collectively.
A senior minister had given a big hint about re-opening of cinemas in Kashmir recently but there seemed very less takers of his announcement. Now that the Saudi Arabia has announced lifting of ban on cinemas, the move may gain speed and the government, according to reliable sources is all set to re-open all the defunct cinemas of Kashmir “in a one-by-one manner.”
“Today, we see peace in the air and it was because of the collective efforts of forces, the army, police and the CRPF,” a senior cabinet minister in the PDP-BJP government revealed, pleading anonymity. “There is a proposal to re-open cinemas in Kashmir and the government is seriously considering it in the wake of peaceful atmosphere in the Valley. There are hardly any law and order disturbances, stone pelting or any untoward incidents, nevertheless situation continues to remain fragile. But we need to cash on the peace dividends.”
What is the major challenge for the government in re-opening the cinemas that were closed after the eruption of militancy in 1989 in Kashmir, is the fact that majority of eight cinemas that were functional earlier in Srinagar, have either been converted into shopping malls or into hospitals while a few have been under the use of forces.
Waheed ur Rehman Parra, youth PDP leader, J&K, while talking to STATE TIMES said that, “It is a very good move, these cinemas would have been opened ten years back. For People’s Democratic Party, it is not an issue. Our Party’s stand is to bring peace in the region which we have brought. Opening of Cinemas clearly indicates that Kashmir region is witnessing conducive atmosphere day by day, unfortunately, youth of Kashmir are not getting entertainment facilities here, although Pakistan (which always provokes youth in Kashmir) have cinema facilities there.”
However, at the time of eruption of terrorism in 90’s in the valley, cinema owners had shut down their halls for security reasons. Later in 1998, after the Farooq Addullah, the then Chief Minister, intervened that cinema’s should opened in the valley, Broadway Cinema was opened for Bollywood movies, and also Neelum cinema was opened for few years. Later grenades were hurled at the cinema halls by terrorists that left several cine-goers injured resulting in shut down of cinemas again.
Sometime back, senior PDP leader and spokesperson of PDP, Naeem Akhtar had said that the Jammu and Kashmir government would take steps to re-open cinema halls across the Valley to provide genuine entertainment to the people.
Pertinently, soon after the Saudi-Arabia announced opening of cinema halls in their country, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti also favoured Saudi Arabia’s decision and tweeted, “I welcome the decision by the Saudi Arabia to lift a decade-long ban on cinemas as part of a series of social reforms by the crown prince. Introspection and self reform are makers of a progressive society,” Mufti had tweeted.

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