Indian cinema has taken a big leap in terms of technique, storyline, treatment of plot and has become at par with world cinema. The upsurge of Indian cinema comes at a point where in one part of the country cinemas are banned. Kashmir has spelt terror for long and the violence and political unsettlement has given very little reason for the people of Kashmir to think about the glory of cinema. Cinema is not a way out of the condition Kashmir, however a little refreshment might actually prove to be a start towards a normal life for the people of Kashmir.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra, a much acclaimed producer of the Hindi film industry or Bollywood as we know is a Kashmiri. His heart goes for the people of his native place as they burry their lives in the despair over the unsettling issues of the land. Vidhu Vinod Chopra feels that people of Kashmir should be given a chance to appreciate cinema the way people over the world do. He has appealed to the chief minister and other concerned members of Kashmir over the reopening of the cinema halls in Kashmir.
Given an opportunity he is even willing to fund the reopening of the cinema halls that has brought him much happiness and given him the exposure that he needed to realize his dreams and become a part of the film fraternity. According to the ace producer who happens to be the producer of movies like ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’ and ‘3 Idiots’, the youth of Kashmir needs more medium to engage themselves than bloodshed and political rallies.
According to Vidhu Vinod Chopra Kashmir tourism will also get a boost by the development of the cinema theatres. His idea is to transform the tourist centre into a youth centre which will house a library, a room for games and most importantly a movie screen to give the people of Kashmir a normal life. Cinema has changed with time and it is considered to be a replication of society and its values. The people of Kashmir especially the youth needs to know what the world around them are thinking and how progressive people have become.
It has been almost twenty two years since the movie halls were shut down in Kashmir and the people have acclimatized themselves to a world without entertainment. This has lead to more troubled nation with violence and destruction topping the sentiments influencing people. Vidhu Vinod Chopra says that his favorite place during his childhood days in Kashmir was Broadway cinema where many a movie changed his outlook towards life. Like the movies affected and inspired him, he wants the youth of Kashmir to appreciate world cinema and learn to think beyond the boundaries of the state. The producer is so keen about this endeavor that he is willing to fund the project that will lead to a better Kashmir. Cinema can indeed give the people of Kashmir a hope of a better life and leave behind the political upheaval of the state.