Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday inaugurated Digital Movie Theatre at Kishtwar district.
The Lt Governor congratulated the people of Kishtwar, District Administration and all stakeholders on the return of the movie culture to the district.
“J&K is witnessing a new era of peace and development in Amrit Kaal and the launch of a movie theatre after almost three decades in picturesque Kishtwar is a symbol of aspirational society,” the Lt Governor said.
Art and Creativity transcend all boundaries and bring people closer. Cinema is not just a medium of entertainment, but it is also an integral part of the culture, society and a reflection of change happening around us, he observed.
Kishtwar has immense potential for film tourism. This movie-theatre and infotainment center for children will be an important step to harness the potential of local talent, the Lt Governor added.
The Lt Governor shared the efforts to revive the J&K’s bond with the film industry. Significant steps like Film policy, opening of cinema halls in the districts have created a vibrant film ecosystem in the UT.
“Today, Jammu Kashmir has become the most preferred destination for the filmmakers and more than 300 movies and web series were filmed last year. This is also providing huge opportunities to the local youth,” he said.
The Lt Governor said, in July, three more cinema halls will be opened. These cinema halls will also become the center of information and exchange of ideas for the youth, he added.
“The aspiration of youth is our biggest strength in developing progressive and inclusive Jammu Kashmir. We are fully committed to provide all the resources for their holistic growth and development”, the Lt Governor further said.
The Lt Governor urged the people of Jammu Kashmir to actively contribute to the successful conduct of Amarnath Yatra, starting from July 1 and make it as successful as G20 summit.
The innovative edu-infotainment digital movie theatre at TRC Kishtwar is the collaborative effort of District Administration Kishtwar, Kishtwar Development Authority and Picture Time to address the public demand and provide facilities of recreation to the people.
Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Dr Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, Principal Secretary to Lt Governor; Dr. Devansh Yadav, Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar, senior officials, various stakeholders, youth and people from all walks of life attended the inaugural ceremony, in person and through virtual mode.