The scenic valleys of Jammu and Kashmir have long been known for their breathtaking beauty and rich cultural heritage. Yet, for more than three decades, the echoes of laughter and joy that once filled the cinema halls of Baramulla were silenced. Today, in a historic first after the abrogation of Article 370, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has ushered in a new era of hope and revival by inaugurating 100-seater Multipurpose Cinema Halls in Baramulla and Handwara. Cinema Returns to Baramulla.
The resurgence of cinema in the region began last year when the Lieutenant Governor took the bold step of reviving the Cinema Culture by inaugurating Cinema Halls in Shopian and Pulwama. Now, the opening of new Multipurpose Cinema Halls in Baramulla and Handwara marks another milestone in this cinematic renaissance. Additionally, the Private Multiplex that came up in Srinagar in 2022 added to the growing cinema culture in the region.
The Lt. Governor’s vision of setting up a Cinema Hall in every district demonstrates a commitment to providing the people of Jammu and Kashmir with access to the big-screen experience. This endeavor not only brings entertainment and recreation but also reflects the growing aspirations of the people.
These Multipurpose Cinema Halls, established under Public-Private Partnerships, hold the promise of becoming more than just venues for movie screenings. They are envisioned as spaces for the young generation to rejuvenate and engage in discussions and seminars. The facilities, which will include a cafe, VR experiences, and conference facilities, are set to become hubs of creativity and intellectual exchange.
In addition to the cinema halls, the Lt. Governor has inaugurated various development projects for the district of Baramulla. Commending the efforts of the District Administration, PRIs, and civil society, he acknowledged the progress made in socio-economic development. Baramulla’s transformation from an aspirational district to an inspirational one is a testament to the dedication and hard work of its people.
The commitment of the J&K administration to socio-economic empowerment for all is evident in the efforts to provide land to landless and build Pakka Houses under PMAY for marginalized families. This approach aligns with the broader vision of “Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas,” aiming to harness the creative power of the population for holistic and scalable development.
The Lt. Governor’s call to pay tribute to the Lion of Baramulla, Maqbool Sherwani, serves as a reminder of the region’s historical significance and the need for all sections of society to contribute to its promising future. However, the journey towards an aspirational Jammu and Kashmir is not without challenges.
The dismantling of cronyism and unethical nexus, which thrived for 70 years, has triggered resistance from certain influential groups. As the administration takes stringent action against corruption, it is crucial for society to stand united with the government against those who aim to disrupt the growth of J&K.
The revival of cinema culture and the commitment to holistic development are promising signs for Jammu and Kashmir’s future. These initiatives, coupled with the unwavering determination to confront obstacles, indicate a new dawn for the region, where the dreams and aspirations of the people can flourish.
As the curtains rise in the Multipurpose Cinema Halls of Baramulla and Handwara, let us welcome this new chapter in J&K’s history, where culture, development, and progress intertwine to create a brighter and more promising future for all. The journey towards Viksit Jammu Kashmir has begun, and it is now up to all of us to contribute to its success.