Wednesday, Jun 28 2017 | Time 07:39 Hrs(IST)
  • Ostapenko chases more Wimbledon glory as Kasatkina lurks
  • Trump to nominate Textron executive for Pentagon acquisition post
  • China sets yuan midpoint at strongest level since June 19
  • Saudi, Qatar ministers spar over Arab nations' demands
  • Trump pushes US labor board toward Republican control
  • At least 24 migrants die as thousands rescued in seas off Libya
  • FIFA finds no cause to block Russia and Qatar World Cups
  • US judge reopens case of Colorado 'intersex' veteran denied passport
  • Clinton campaign chairman testifies in US House Russia probe
  • Security clampdown in far-western China exacts toll on businesses
  • Top Senate Republican expresses optimism on healthcare bill after Trump meeting
  • US House overwhelmingly backs NATO mutual defense
  • Mexican ex-state governor accepts extradition to Mexico
  • Merkel sounds conciliatory tone on trade before G20 summit
  • Brazil's Temer makes impassioned defense against corruption charge
Entertainment Share

Opposition NC president advocates reopening of cinema halls in Kashmir

Opposition NC president advocates reopening of cinema halls in Kashmir

Srinagar, May 17 (UNI) Advocating reopening of cinema halls, main opposition National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah said the Kashmir valley is probably the only place in the world where people watch films on television.
Cinema halls, wine shops and beauty parlours were closed in the Kashmir valley in early 90s in the wake of eruption of militancy.
However, Dr Abdullah headed government after 1996 assembly polls provided financial assistance to some cinema houses which later reopened in high security Cantonment area and near civil secretariat.
Both the cinema houses were later closed after militant attacks and threat.
Dr Abdullah advocated reopening of all closed cinema halls in the valley so that people could watch movies.
'When cinema houses are functioning in our neighbours, including Pakistan, why not in Kashmir ? ' he told reporters at premier show of “ Sarghoshiyan”(conspiracy), a film based on Kashmir at S K International Convention Complex (SKICC) on the banks of Dal Lake last evening.
Sarghoshiyan made under the banner of “ Imran Khan Productions” is the first Bollywood film premier show of which was organised in Kashmir.
Dr Abdullah urged people from across the country and abroad to visit the valley to see the hospitality of local people.
Appreciating Producer and Director of the film Imran Khan for making the film, he said it (film) presents Kashmir and its people in a very different and positive way.
Tourists should come here and see that there is no threat to their life, Dr Abdullah said, adding that people of Kashmir have enough love for tourists and other people of the country.
However, former Chief Minister and MP from Srinagar constituency admitted that there was political uncertainty in the valley which is one part of the Kashmir while the film will definitely remove the misconception about the situation here.
He said tourists have been visiting Kashmir even during the turmoil but not a single guest was harmed and in fact locals helped them and assisted them.
'We have very good weather in Kashmir when it is very hot in other parts of the Valley,' Dr Abdullah said, adding that let people come and enjoy pleasant weather.
He recalled that majority films were being made in the Kashmir valley until eruption of militancy in early 90s, when all cinema halls, wine shops and beauty parlours were closed because of terror threat.
Three cinemas—Broadway in Cantonment area and Neelam near Civil secretariat and Regal cinema in the civil lines—reopened after government provided them some financial help.
However, Regal Cinema was closed immediately after a grenade attack after a show.
Later, Broadway and Neelam cinemas were also closed because of threat and due to very less reopening.
Majority other cinema houses were occupied by Security Forces, including Shiraz, Palladium and Shah Cinema.
Khayam cinema has been converted into hospital while security forces has withdrawn from Firdous cinema in the downtown.


European Union Film Festival in Goa from Jul 1

Panaji, Jun 27 (UNI) The European Union Film Festival, organized jointly by the Delegation of the European Union, Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) and Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, will be held in Goa from July 1 to 8.


Bollywood lauds Kidambi Srikanth on winning Australia Super series

New Delhi, Jun 27 (UNI) Bollywood fraternity today lauded ace badminton player Kidambi Srikanth who has created history by becoming the first Indian ever to win Australia Super series.


Sarthak, Savina crowned Bollywood Mr & Miss India 2017

New Delhi, Jun 27 (UNI) Sarthak Verma from Delhi and Savina Birla from Chandigarh were crowned Bollywood Mr India and Miss India 2017 respectively at a first of its kind Bollywood pageant, held in the capital.


'Tubelight' earns Rs 65 cr on opening weekend

New Delhi, Jun 26 (UNI) Riding on the brilliant performances by Salman Khan and child actor Matin and the strong buzz for the film, Kabir Khan's 'Tubelight ' has earned Rs 65 crore in its opening weekend, trade sources said today.


Daler Mehndi lends support to US girl's vision to Oxygenate Earth by planting 100 trees in Delhi

New Delhi, Jun 24 (UNI) Having entertained music lovers in India as well as abroad over the years with his unique brand of Punjabi rock music, pop icon Daler Mehndi has now joined hands with the DDA for the humanitarian cause of 'Oxygenating' the Earth for future generations.

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah to act in Kannada-English film

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah to act in Kannada-English film

Bengaluru, Jun 22 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today donned the paint to act as a reel Chief Minister in a children's film Though not a first politician to figure in the tinsel town with some of his predecessors including former Chief Minister Ramakrishna Hegde taking the leader earlier.

India focus in Al Gore's climate crisis sequel

India focus in Al Gore's climate crisis sequel

Cannes, May 26 (UNI) A year after Paris hosted the historic climate change conference, the Cannes film festival maintained the momentum on saving the environment by screening the sequel to former US Vice-president Al Gore's path-breaking documentary film on the subject.