Seems like Indian cinema is going through its really good days. A while ago a delegation of young actors and filmmakers met the Prime Minister of India and now, we have good news that India has got its very first film museum in Mumbai.
The inauguration ceremony which took place this Saturday was attended by a host of Bollywood stars including veteran actor Manoj Kumar, filmmaker Karan Johar, Simmba director Rohit Shetty and Zero director Aanand L Rai to name a few. The event was also attended by Poonam Dhillon along with producers Nikhil Dwivedi and Mahavir Jain.
At the start of his speech, the prime minister invoked the popular line from the recently released film Uri: The Surgical Strike. “How is the josh,” he asked, drawing laughter and applause. In his speech he said;
“Films and society are a reflection of each other. What you see in films is happening in society and what is happening in society is seen in films. This shows India is changing. Earlier, poverty was considered a virtue... Films were about poverty, helplessness. Now, along with problems, solutions are also being seen. If there are a million problems, there are a billion solutions. Once only rich people from tier 1 cities could enter the film industry, but now artists from tier 2 and tier 3 cities are getting a foothold on the strength of their artistic abilities. Films also play a big role in the growth of the tourism sector, which gives employment to even the poorest people.”
He also assured the film industry that effective steps are being taken to curb piracy and “camcording”. “A single-window system for obtaining permissions for film shoots and related matters are on the anvil,”. He also suggested that a global film summit could also be organized in India.
As per reports, the museum is built across two buildings - a five-story new museum building and Gulshan Mahal that is over 100 years old. The museum will the take the visitors on a journey from the silent era of the Indian cinema to the current hi-tech studios.
The museum has four halls named Gandhi and Cinema, Children’s Film Studio, Technology, Creativity and Indian Cinema and Cinema across India. It is also reported that a committee headed by the Central Board of Film Certification chief Prasoon Joshi helped upgrade NMIC. The museum is said to house artifacts, cameras, editing and recording machines, projectors, costumes, photographs related to filmmaking in India.
PM Modi had earlier met two delegations of Bollywood personalities. While a delegation of younger actors including Ranveer Singh, Vicky Kaushal, Alia Bhatt, Rajkummar Rao, among others, met the PM in Delhi, an earlier panel, which included names like Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, filmmakers Karan Johar and Siddharth Roy Kapur, was criticized for not including any women in the panel.