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Cinema Theatres opened in Kashmir after a long gap of 32 years

Two movie theatres in Kashmir, one in Pulwama and the other in Shopian, were opened on Sunday by Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. Since the big screen had not been seen in the area for more than 30 years, this was no ordinary event.

“A momentous day for the J&K UT! Multipurpose Cinema Halls were opened in Pulwama and Shopian. It provides services including movie screenings, infotainment, and young skill development, according to a tweet from the Office of LG Manoj Sinha.

32 years ago, Islamist Fatwas that closed theatres and outlawed movies put an end to Jammu and Kashmir’s cinematic heritage by designating any kind of audio-visual entertainment as “Haram,” which is Arabic for “against Islamic principles.”

On Sunday, LG Manoj Sinha opened a multipurpose movie theatre in Pulwama and another in Shopian. He also promised that the government will construct such theatres in each of Jammu and Kashmir’s districts. The multipurpose theatres will be used for a variety of other activities, such as infotainment and skill development programmes, in addition to showing movies.

The valley had 19 movie theatres in Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramulla, Sopore, Handwara, and Kupwara before the rise of Islamic terrorism in J&K in 1990; however, all have either collapsed or are now being repurposed for various commercial endeavours. Bollywood movies were shown in eleven theatres in Srinagar alone, including Firdaus, Shiraz, Khayam, Naaz, Neelam, Broadway, Regal, and Palladium.

The Farooq Abdullah administration allowed Regal, Neelam, and Broadway to start filming movies in 1999 in an effort to resuscitate movie theatres. However, a terrorist incident took place during the Regal Theater’s debut performance, leaving one person dead and twelve others wounded. The theatres were once again locked after terrorists used three strong hand grenades to target the movie theatre.

The CRPF set a camp at Lal Chowk in the remains of Srinagar’s iconic Palladium Theatre. The movie theatre was set on fire by terrorists.

Two years ago, while the BJP-PDP was in power, there was another attempt to reopen movie theatres when Mehbooba Mufti, the then-chief minister, praised crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s decision to do so in the Islamic Republic of Saudi Arabia. However, any move to restore theatres was resisted by Hurriyat leader Sayyed Ali Shah Geelani and other Islamists in the region.

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