Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s first cinema museum in Mumbai today. For the historic event, the who’s who of Indian film industry including names like Aamir Khan, Karan Johar, Poonam Dhillon, Subhash Ghai, AR Rahman, Kartik Aaryan and many more gathered together. Important issues pertaining to the Indian film industry were addressed, following which it was like a party of sorts and social media was thus flooded with selfies and groupfies, some with the PM, some without.
The National Museum of Film Studio offers visitors an opportunity to explore the science, technology and art of film-making, hands-on experience on various facets associated with making cinema like cameras, lights, shooting, experience of acting — presented in an interactive format. The exhibits displayed include chroma studio, immersive experience zone, stop-motion animation studio, virtual makeover studio and more.
Respected pm Sh @narendramodi ji,it was nice meeting u n great knowing ur inspiring ideas and progressive views about our film industry and our nation. N sir I must say u have a great sense of humor too! regards 🙏 pic.twitter.com/2fDpGC2qwh
— KAPIL (@KapilSharmaK9) January 19, 2019
Designed by the National Council of Science Museums, it was first envisaged in 1997, and set up in the 19th century heritage bungalow, Gulshan Mahal and in another adjacent modern five-storied building, spread across 12,000 sq metres, in the heart of south Mumbai. The new building has four exhibition halls, including one which shows “Gandhi & Cinema” which features not only the movies made on Mahatma Gandhi, but also showcases the deep impact his life had on cinema.
The wonderful city of Mumbai is now home to the excellent National Museum of Indian Cinema.
Here are some pictures. pic.twitter.com/F9Jb9tM8IB
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 19, 2019
The museum comprises more than three dozen interactive galleries devoted to cinema and its journey from the silent era to talkies, black-and-white to colour, from the celluloid films era to digital technology and a children’s activity gallery. It is divided into 9 sections comprising “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“.
— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) January 19, 2019
The NMIC project was undertaken by the state-owned Navratna public sector undertaking, NBCC (India) Ltd, and is a delightful treat for historians, tourists and film buffs from all over the world thronging the country’s film headquarters.