CINTAA Tower, a Testament to the Vision of Stalwarts, Becomes a Reality
What was once a dream of yesteryear stalwarts, including Dilip Kumar, Sunil Dutt, and Amjad Khan, among others, has now become a reality with the unveiling of the CINTAA Tower. This towering building, located in the upscale Mumbai suburb of Andheri (W), will serve as the permanent address of the Cine & TV Artistes’ Association.
The CINTAA Tower not only signifies the growth and strength of CINTAA but also the realization of the dreams of legendary stars from the past. This state-of-the-art building features a two-story auditorium, a welfare center, conference rooms, a cafeteria, and workshops, making it an all-encompassing hub for the film and TV industry.
Amit Behl, General Secretary of CINTAA, explains, “Our stalwarts did not just dream. They acted on their dreams to safeguard the interests of the artistes working in the film fraternity. Their desire to give back was as strong as their passion for the craft. As a tribute, those who gave shape to our future are immortalized in a Wall of Fame at CINTAA.”
Amit Behl acknowledges that this achievement is the result of more than four decades of selfless work. “We are fortunate to have artists who believe in unselfishly helping their fellow actors who need support.”
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He goes on to recall the journey: “In 1991, luminaries of Indian cinema, including Dilip Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Mithun Chakraborty, Amjad Khan, and Asha Parekh, came together to establish the Cine Artiste Welfare Trust (CAWT), a sister concern of CINTAA. Their mission was to garner support for the welfare of artists in the industry. The genesis of this story is the construction of a tower, a testament to their dedication.”
“These cinematic icons secured a plot of land along the Juhu-Versova Link Road for the construction of a tower to benefit CINTAA members. However, due to coastal regulation zone restrictions, they had to relinquish that land. In its stead, a new plot was provided. The foundation stone for the tower was laid in 2011 by the late Dilip Kumar, Aamir Khan, and Johny Lever, among others.”
The Grand Opening of the CINTAA Tower will be presided over by Asha Parekh, with Showman Subhash Ghai as the Guest of Honour. Special guests include Dr. Bharati Lavekar, MLA Versova Constituency, and numerous Bollywood luminaries.
“Actors empower masses to dream. This time, we have empowered our own fraternity, and that is truly heartening for each of us that our tireless efforts have finally paid off,” concludes Amit Behl.
The CINTAA Tower stands as a testament to the commitment and dreams of the industry’s legends and offers a promising future for artists and performers in the film and television world.