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‘Back then everybody was a James Bond fan’: Kashmir before militancy shut down entertainment

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Updated on: 25 September,2022 11:05 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Heena Khandelwal | heena.khandelwal@mid-day.com

As a multiplex opens in the Valley, the first theatre in 33 years, those in showbiz tell the story of what it was like before militancy shut down entertainment

‘Back then everybody was a James Bond fan’: Kashmir before militancy shut down entertainment

Educationist Vijay Dhar is behind the opening of Srinagar’s first multiplex, INOX. He is photographed a day ahead of the inauguration of the multiplex comprising three auditoriums with a capacity of 520 seats. Dhar used to run Broadway Theatre, a 750-seater single screen theatre in Sonawar. Most cinemas in Kashmir have remained closed for the last 30 odd years. Pics/Getty Images


On January 1, 1990, all cinema halls were shut down,” recalls Vijay Dhar over a phone call from Srinagar. Dhar used to run Broadway Theatre in Sonawar, a 750-seater single screen, which was inaugurated in 1965.


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