Hyderabad

Catch a movie before your train

The mobile movie theatre at the Kacheguda railway station. After being packed up here, it will move to Kamareddy, Nizamabad and Basar stations.

The mobile movie theatre at the Kacheguda railway station. After being packed up here, it will move to Kamareddy, Nizamabad and Basar stations.   | Photo Credit: G_RAMAKRISHNA

150-seater mobile theatre set up on Kacheguda station premises for free, until Tuesday

In the next two days, if you have a train to catch from Kacheguda railway station, do take the trouble of reaching a couple of hours early. Even if you are passing by the station, hop into the mobile movie theatre complete with AC, Dolby sound and crystal clear picture.

Set up on Saturday and opened by South Central Railway (SCR) General Manager Vinod Kumar Yadav, this inflated makeshift theatre made of fire-proof material offers you multiplex-like movie experience of the latest Telugu and Hindi blockbusters, all free of cost.

Conceived by New Delhi-based PictureTime DigiPlex, the 150-seater mobile theatre of 1800 sq.ft can be packed into a single giant truck and it is usually used for screening movies including educational ones in villages in the northern States. Three blowers keep the ambience inside comfortable without letting in outside sounds to creep in; 10 rows of plastic chairs provide decent seating inside.

The facility has been brought here by SCR in a first-of-its-kind initiative in the Indian railway network to showcase films on ‘Swachh Rail – Swachh Bharat’ to kick off the fortnight-long “Swachhta Hi Sewa – Pakhwara” till October 2 and other social awareness themes related to railways.

Mr. Yadav is confident it will help create public awareness on several issues concerning railways as theatres can create such an impact.

“We saw this concept during a visit to Delhi and the GM decided to get it here. We will be screening the latest Hindi and Telugu movies with a social message, and short films promoting cleanliness and other initiatives of the railways,” explains spokesperson M. Umashankar Kumar.

PictureTime Digiplex president Anurag Trivedi says its their first foray into the South and maiden one at a railway station. “We generally pack our truck to move into the far-off villages where people do not have access to digital move screening with Dolby sound. We do four shows a day and the response here has been amazing,” he claims.

The digital theatre will be packed up after Tuesday and move to Kamareddy, Nizamabad and Basar stations.

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