Northeast’s furthest town to get its first movie theatre

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In 2006, Arunachal Pradesh joined the league of Indian Cinema with its first feature film Sonam.  The movie was shot in Tawang town
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Northeast’s furthest town to get its first movie theatre

Tawang: At least 32 years after its formation and 15 years after shooting the first feature film of Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang, the furthest northeastern district of India finally going to have its first movie theatre soon.

With a population of 50,000, Tawang remains in the news for being one of the epicenters of the Indo-China border dispute. However amidst tension, the opening of a cinema hall slated on November 20 with a seat capacity of 80 has brought a lease of fresh air in the otherwise tense town.

Jadooz, a start –up founded by Rajiv Nehra, is going to start a fully air-conditioned movie hall in Tawang town. The start-up aims at connecting remote towns of India in tier-2, 3, 4 cities.

In case of Tawang, it is situated at an elevation of 3,048 meters, and lies roughly 16 km south of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China, making it the furthest North-eastern town.

Apart from movie screening, it will also be equipped with virtual reality gaming zone, a 20-seater café and e-tech. It plans to open seven more movie theatres in Arunachal Pradesh, one of the remotest parts of India.

Rajiv Nehra, Founding Managing Director Jadooz said, “The theatre is going to provide quality entertainment to the local population at an affordable rate. Each ticket will cost Rs.100 only. The theatre will also have a ‘First Day First Show’ facility for Bollywood movies.”

In 2006, Arunachal Pradesh joined the league of Indian Cinema with its first feature film Sonam.  The movie was shot in Tawang town. However, ironically the locals had been depending on watching movies in laptops and in projectors of conference halls. After first lockdown in early 2020, watching movies in projectors has also stopped.

NIma Geychhan, a local music composer and cinematographer from Tawang town seems to be very happy to have full-fledged movie theatre hall after all these years.

“I am delighted to hear the news. I remember, 15 years back, some groups used to come to the town and show us Bollywood movies in projectors. Bu it stopped after a few years. We used to bring pen drives and collect soft copies of movies from shops by paying money and then watch it in small screens. Now that is going to change. So it is definitely a whole new experience for the town,” he said.

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