Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur on Thursday visited the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai. The minister gave a visual tour of the museum located in two buildings, the Gulshan Mahal and the new museum building.
“The National Museum of Indian Cinema is a must visit for those interested in films, especially Indian films; your visit to Mumbai will be incomplete if you do not visit NMIC when you are in Mumbai,” the Minister remarked.
Thakur encouraged moviegoers to visit the museum to learn about the history of Indian cinema.
“Spend time here at NMIC and the museum will take you back 100 years when cinema was made without any modern technology or equipment. Today we talk about animation, visual effects, graphics and gaming, technology, but here we will see how movies were made back then in the absence of these and what progress have been achieved until today,” the government statement quoted the minister as saying.
The minister also remarked on the pain that filmmakers and technicians of the time took carrying such large cameras over rough terrain to shoot movies.
The exhibits in the heritage building Gulshan Mahal trace the history of Indian cinema from the silent era to the new wave. On the other hand, the building of the new museum houses interactive exhibitions.
Film properties, period equipment, posters, prints of major films, promotional flyers, soundtracks, trailers, transparencies, old film magazines, statistics covering the making and distribution of movies, etc are displayed in a systematic manner illustrating the history of Indian cinema in a chronological order Order.
“Indian cinema is the soft power of our country that rules the hearts of millions across the world. Through entertainment, Indian cinema has succeeded in creating an identity for India in the world. He said the most films in the world are made in India,” Thakur said.
The Minister also planted a sapling at the premises of NMIC and held a review meeting with officials from the Film Division, NMIC, Central Film Certification Board and NFDC.
In May, the NMIC complex, featuring state-of-the-art auditoriums, will host the 17th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentaries, Short Films and Animated Films (MIFF).