The National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC) which remained closed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been reopened again after a long gap. Information regarding the same was shared by the officials who added that the Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Dr. L Murugan, paid a visit to the Museum heralding its reopening.
As per reports, he keenly observed the content displayed at the Museum, spread over two buildings – the Gulshan Mahal heritage wing and the modernist new building on Pedder Road in South Mumbai.
Officials gave him an overview of the Museum and he was accompanied by the Director General of Films Division Ravindra Bhakar who also explained the comprehensive restoration work that had to be undertaken due to prolonged closure of the museum.
NMIC, which is a one of its kind museums in India, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2019.
While displays at Gulshan Mahal heritage building, spread over eight different halls of various sizes, trace the history of Indian Cinema from silent era to new wave, the New Museum Building houses mostly interactive displays. NMIC has a huge collection of artefacts including the armour worn by legendary actors Sivaji Ganeshan and the Red Coat worn by M.G. Ramchandran.
Film properties, vintage equipments, posters, copies of important films, promotional leaflets, sound tracks, trailers, transparencies, old cinema magazines, statistics covering film making & distribution etc. are displayed in a systematic manner depicting the history of Indian cinema in a chronological order. The Kids’ Film Studio and Gandhi and Cinema are the other prominent attractions.
As per reports, the NMIC Complex, comprising state-of-the-art auditoriums, will play host to the 17th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Shorts and Animation Films (MIFF) which is scheduled to be held in May 2022.