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Srinagar: People of Kashmir are queuing up to watch Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Pathaan”, making it the first film to have houseful shows in 33 years in the Valley.

The cinema halls reopened in Kashmir final yr after being shut for 3 many years due to threats and assaults by militants.

Vikas Dhar, proprietor of Kashmir’s solely multiplex theatre, mentioned all of the shows of the spy thriller had been houseful on the first day of its launch on Wednesday.

“I didn’t know Shah Rukh Khan has such an enormous fan following in Kashmir. All shows on the first day had been absolutely booked whereas 5 of the seven shows on Republic Day had been additionally offered out,” Dhar mentioned.

It was due to restrictions on motion of individuals on account of the Republic Day parade in the neighborhood of the multiplex in Badamibagh space of the town that the first two shows had lower than anticipated viewers, he added.

Dhar opened his multiplex theatre final yr in September. The theatre has three screens with a complete capability of 520 seats.

“This is after 33 years that persons are queuing up to watch motion pictures in Kashmir. This was the dream after we set out with this challenge and it has come true,” he mentioned.

Besting boycott calls over the music “Besharam Rang”, “Pathaan” has carried out phenomenally on the field workplace, elevating Rs 219.6 crore gross worldwide in simply two days. The film launched on January 25 amid excessive safety throughout the nation.

Dhar mentioned much-like the remainder of the nation, there was no impact of the controversy on the film’s run. “Everyone right here is coming for leisure,” he added.

The Valley had almost a dozen stand-alone cinema halls functioning until the late Eighties, however they’d to wind up companies after militant outfits threatened the homeowners.

Though makes an attempt had been made to reopen a number of the theatres in the late Nineteen Nineties, militants thwarted such efforts by finishing up a lethal grenade assault on Regal (*33*) in the guts of Lal Chowk in September 1999.

Two different theatres — Neelam and Broadway — had opened their doorways however had to shut enterprise due to poor response.

Mohammad Iqbal, an avid cinema viewer, mentioned the final time he noticed a housefull board outdoors a theatre was in 1989 when Sunny Deol’s “Tridev” was launched.

“It has been 33 years since I noticed a home full board outdoors a theatre. The final I noticed such a board was for Sunny Deol’s ‘Tridev’ in 1989 at Khayyam cinema,” he mentioned.

“Pathaan ” opened on Wednesday in over 5,000 screens throughout the nation. Due to excessive demand, the film’s whole display screen rely was later elevated to 8,500 worldwide.

A Yash Raj Films challenge, “Pathaan” is directed by Siddharth Anand. It additionally options John Abraham and Deepika Padukone.

The film is Shah Rukh’s first large display screen launch as a lead after over 4 years.

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