Countdown for the
opening of the National Museum of Indian Cinema, NMIC at the Films
Division premises in Mumbai has begun. The Museum Advisory Committee
chaired by veteran film maker Shyam Benegal has made a fervent appeal to
people associated with the film industry to come forward and donate rare
artefacts, vintage instruments and other memorabilia to the National
Museum, which chronicles the century old journey of cinema in India.
The Museum Advisory Committee, which met in Mumbai today also gave its
nod for the thematic display in the Phase II of the museum. National
Council of Science Museums, Kolkata, under the Ministry of Culture, is
curating the museum.
Secretary, Information & Broadcasting, Ajay Mittal, who was a special
invitee at the meeting, said the government has attached enormous
importance to NMIC, to build it as a platform to present various facets
of Indian cinema.
NMIC is conceived as a two phase museum. Phase I is housed in the
heritage building- Gulshan Mahal, mostly displaying static artefacts and
telling the story of Indian cinema in a chronological form. Phase II of
the Museum, being housed in the modern building will sport over 40
interactive galleries devoted to cinema across India, journey of Indian
cinema from silent era to talkies, technology and creativity in cinema
as well as a Children's activity gallery.
Shyam Benegal said "' a visit to the film museum should be an engrossing
experience and we should have a number of interactive sections, where
viewers can watch clips from classics, listen to rare recordings or
learn about how cinema was made in the bygone era".
Veteran film makers Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Krishna Swamy, noted
cinematographer A K Bir, former Director of National Film Archives of
India, Suresh Chhabria, film conservationist Shivendra Dungarpur, film
critic Sanjit Narvekar, DG, NCSM Anil Manekar and DG of the Chhatrapati
Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalay, Mumbai Sabyasachi Mukherjee and film curator
Amrit Gangar were among those who were present at the meeting today.
NMIC, when inaugurated will be the first of its kind national film
museum in India.
PIB Mum |MD