Srinagar: Amid no access to the internet, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has decided to restore cinema and open-air theatres in Srinagar and other districts of Valley Officials told that the Jio Cinema is in touch with the Jammu and Kashmir administration to provide content at identified locations. The administration has issued a circular to all deputy commissioners to identify land to start open-air theatres across the Valley.
They said the other plan which is in the consideration of administration is to convert the famous Tagore Hall into a cinema hall. At least 11 cinema halls were closed down in Kashmir in the ’90s with the onset of militancy. This is such great news, says filmmaker Danish Renzu who would like to release his international Kashmiri film Half Widow in Kashmir. It’s amazing news for the artists in Kashmir who want their work to be seen. Our recent film Half Widow starring local artists who have traveled the world, and recently had a release in India has not yet reached it’s Kashmir audience. We have a huge fan following, people wanting to watch out the film.
The opening of this cinema is a milestone for the artists in Kashmir and will encourage us to make local films in the valley. The filmmaker was quite disappointed when his film Half Widow was not allowed to release in India due to curent political climate even without local administration has seen the film. “Our film is a film about love, peace, and empowerment. I wonder why they had issues with the film even without watching it even when we had the Censor ceritification with zero cuts.” The filmmaker is hopeful that they will be able to bring the film to J&K in the near future after normalcy is restored.