Hindmata catches up with times, 20 yrs after it closed

Mumbai :  Twenty years after it shut down, Hindmata cinema hall on the arterial Ambedkar Road at Dadar (E) is to be re-launched as a swanky theatre of 240 seats with a mini food court and a sizable parking lot to boot.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will inaugurate it on Friday as yet another in the chain of Gold Digital Cinema which has 36 such theatres across India in places such as Khopoli, Palghar, Mathura, Guwahati and Shillong.

 Hindmata is in the heart of what was the mill district in central Mumbai. This place saw the biggest protest rallies during the Independence struggle. In fact, Hindmata was part of the trio of Jai Hind and Bharat Mata.

Bharat Mata still stands, catering mainly to a Marathi audience. After the disastrous mill strike, the landscape and the skyline began changing. High-rises started sprouting up and the area was gentrified. In fact, the ITC Grand Maratha hotel is bang opposite Bharat Mata.

Hindmata, which is just two stops down the road towards Dadar, folded up much earlier. In fact, a Google search does not yield anything about its past. For the last two decades, the hub is known as a popular cloth market. The cinema hall itself is obscured by a flyover, ironically called the Hindmata flyover. The junction here is notorious for water-logging during monsoon.

The new cinema hall building has been ready for over two years now. It was earlier given to a bank; then it was a cloth mall. There was a fire and then it had been closed.

Gold Digital Cinema is an association between Trikaal Theatres & Realty, Time Media & Entertainment owned by Shri Hasmukh Shah & Ratan Jain, Director of Prachar Communication.

Time Media has produced movies such as Vijaypath, Sabse Bada Khiladi, Krishna, Khiladiyon Ke Khiladi, Kurukshetra, Hu Tu Tu and Jodi No. 1.

“Our theatre venture is proof of our commitment to provide quality entertainment options to our movie fans,” said Hasmukh Shah, chairman Time Media & Entertainment and Director, Gold Digitech Theatres Pvt. Ltd.

Anil Singh

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