Members of media and Jammu and Kashmir government officials wait to enter a multi-screen cinema hall run by Inox before its inauguration in Srinagar (Photo: Reuters)
As the lights went out at the auditorium, a deafening but familiar “yahoo” cry greeted the audience at Kashmir’s first multiplex. It was the evergreen song “Chahe koi mujhe junglee
” featuring Shammi Kapoor that was shot in Kashmir in 1961.
The song ended with a tag line, “Kashmir has witnessed every emotion of Bollywood,” and drew a big applause. It was followed by more nostalgia — a montage of Bollywood songs, starring from the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Rakhee Gulzar and Shashi Kapoor to Ranbir Kapoor — reminding one of Hindi cinema’s link with Kashmir, a favourite shooting location.
Madhu Gauri, a local who was in the audience, said later: “I am
First Published: Sep 20 2022 | 10:45 PM IST