Following Dawn.com’s coverage on the aftermath of the destruction that severely crippled the Pakistani cinema exhibitor’s fraternity, and subsequently on Capri cinema’s renovation, we caught up with Farrukh Rauf, Director of Capri cinema, for an exclusive behind the scenes look at the renovation and upgrades.
Talking to Dawn.com, Mr. Rauf thanked the media for its constant support and answered questions about Capri’s revival, the difference between a big-screen experience, and the cost-effectiveness of a multiplex.
Before and during the interview, we had unrestricted access to every room as well as exit at Capri, regardless of the hour. The management, which includes directors Asif Razzaq and Mr. Rauf, and General Manager Aziz Khattak, were accommodating to our camera’s interruptions as construction work continued on their looming deadline.
Capri cinema opened today, Friday December 21, 2012, and by both luck and design, the date was exactly three months since the cinema was burnt down by angry protestors.
The first film screening at Capri is the full-on Salman Khan entertainer “Dabangg 2”; a surefire box-office success that guarantees more than one weekend of housefulls.
Mohammad Kamran Jawaid takes a look at the return of Capri Cinema for Dawn.com.