On January 20, 2019, Films Division Campus in Mumbai opened the doors to the National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC). The Museum will be open to the public, from Tuesday – Sunday (it will remain closed on Mondays), from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
According to the Press Information Bureau release, the institution of the Museum will allow the audiences of all ages to understand and learn about Indian cinema. The Museum will have also include detailed history of the Indian entertainment industry, along with tales of struggles of various film personalities.
NMIC is housed in two buildings—the New Museum Building and the 19th century historic palace, Gulshan Mahal—both at the Films Division campus in Mumbai. The creation of the Museum has been guided by the Museum Advisory Committee headed by Shyam Benegal. An innovation Committee headed by Chairman, CBFC Prasoon Joshi was also constituted to provide an upgrade to NMIC.
The new building has four exhibition halls focusing on the
Gandhi and Cinema: The exhibit focusses on the movies made on the life Mahatma Gandhi but also showcases the deep impact his life had on cinema.
Children’s Film Studio: It offers hands on experience on various facets associated with making cinema like camera, light, shooting, experience of acting, etc., presented in an interactive format. The exhibits displayed include chroma studio, immersive experience zone, stop-motion animation studio, virtual makeover studio, etc. It is targeted at children, for them to explore the science, technology and art behind filmmaking.
Technology, Creativity and Indian Cinema: Learn how creative use of technology by Indian film makers over the years produce cinematographic impact on the silver screen.
Cinema Across India: This section will highlight the exceptional work and presence of the vibrant cinematographic culture across India.
Gulshan Mahal is an ASI Grade-II Heritage Structure, which has been restored as part of the NMIC project. The displays present here showcase the journey of over a hundred years of Indian cinema. It is divided into nine sections viz. The Origin of Cinema, Cinema comes to India, Indian Silent Film, Advent of Sound, The Studio Era, The impact of World War II, Creative Resonance, New Wave and Beyond, and Regional Cinema.
The Museum was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Governor of Maharashtra C. Vidyasagar Rao; Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis; Information & Broadcasting Minister Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore; Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale; Benegal; Joshi and other film fraternity stalwarts graced the inaugural function of NMIC.
Images courtesy: Press Information Bureau, GoI
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