PM Narendra Modi launches National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC) in Mumbai on January 19, 2019.

The development of the Museum was guided by the Museum Advisory Committee headed by Shyam Benegal. An innovation Committee headed by Prasoon Joshi provided an upgrade to the NMIC.

National Museum of Indian Cinema

Built at a cost of Rs 140.61 crore, the museum depicts the journey of over a century of Indian cinema in a story telling mode with the help of visuals, graphics, artifacts, interactive exhibits and multimedia expositions.

The Museum is housed in two buildings – the New Museum Building and the 19th century historic palace Gulshan Mahal – in the Films Division campus in Mumbai.

The Gulshan Mahal is an ASI Grade-II Heritage Structure which has been restored as part of the NMIC project.

It is divided into 9 sections, namely, 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.

Four Exhibition Halls

The New Museum Building has four Exhibition Halls:

  • Gandhi & Cinema: It depicts the movies made on the life Mahatma Gandhi and showcases the deep impact his life had on cinema.
  • Children’s Film Studio:  It gives visitors an opportunity to explore the science, technology and art behind filmmaking. It offers hands on experience on various facets associated with making cinema like camera, light, shooting, and experience of acting presented in an interactive format. The exhibits displayed include chroma studio, animation studio, and makeover studio.
  • Technology, creativity & Indian cinema: It showcases the creative use of technology by Indian film makers over the years to produce cinematographic impact on the silver screen.
  • Cinema across India: It showcases the charismatic kaleidoscopic presence of the vibrant cinematographic culture across India.
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