PM Modi to unveil National Film Museum in Mumbai

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Jan 18, 2019, 03:16 PM(IST)

File photo: PM Narendra Modi. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

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The museum will also have film sets, props, film tapes, soundtracks, trailers, transparencies and a rich collection of film-related literature and memorabilia depicting Indian film history in chronological order.

PM Modi will inaugurate National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC) on Saturday in Mumbai in what is currently a 19th-century heritage bungalow. 

The NMIC is being made to provide an insight into the Indian film history in order to help film students, filmmakers, fans and critics to learn and understand about cinema as a medium of artistic expression in the country and globally.

As per a report in the IANS, the museum will have on display artefacts like vintage cameras, projectors, editing and recording equipment, costumes, photographs and other materials portraying the journey of Indian cinema since its dawn in 1913. It will also showcase the first Indian full-length feature film, ‘Raja Harishchandra’ that was made by the legendary Dhundiraj Govind Phadke, known as Dadasaheb Phalke.

The museum will also have film sets, props, film tapes, soundtracks, trailers, transparencies and a rich collection of film-related literature and memorabilia depicting Indian film history in chronological order.

The design features include a unique front elevation designed with inclined structural glazing support by cable nets with spiders and a glass facade to provide a 3D view impression to the structure. The museum complex includes a multipurpose hall for movie previews, social events, conferences or seminars and cultural gatherings, besides incorporating several features to make it green and eco-friendly.

Designed by the National Council of Science Museums, it was first conceptualised in 1997 and set up in the 19th-century heritage bungalow Gulshan Mahal and in another adjacent modern five-storeyed building, spread across 12,000 sq. metres.

The opening ceremony of the eventful night will see stars including Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, AR Rahman, David Dhawan, Rohit Shetty, Waheeda Rehman, Jeetendra Kapoor, Asha Parekh, Raveena Tandon, Pankaj Kapoor, Rakesh Mehra and others attending. 

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