National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC)
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In News: PM Modi and Bollywood make National Museum of Indian Cinema inauguration a blockbuster.
Films are an integral part of our society – PM Modi
The medium of films is a “silent power” that can quietly influence the peoples thought process and contribute to bringing out major social changes and boost development in the country. The country is changing and finding its own solutions. If there are a million problems, there are also a billion solutions
Films are identified with social changes. They have the knack to catch the future developments. Films help integrate our people who speak hundreds of different languages and thousands of dialects, the vastly diverse cultures, boost tourism in a big way and help generate employment opportunities, thus contributing immensely to the nation-building process.
Indian films represent the country around the world, show a ‘mirror’ to the people outside, help improve our image globally, with our films, music, songs, stars creating a long-lasting impact in many countries.
Films also create hopes and aspirations among the people all over the country. Now, youngsters hailing from smaller towns or Tier II-III cities are emerging in a big way and creating waves in the film industry. Our strength is now coming out of such small places. This is a sign of changing times and society, problems are being portrayed along with solutions, obstacles are being removed, millions problems have billion solutions. We are not overawed by problems, but work to resolve them… That’s the determination of New India.
Films with social messages like the need for toilets can catch the popular imagination and many filmmakers are already making a conscious effort in this direction, plus science and development, integrating films and theatre and other aspects of modern times.
About the National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC)
Aim: To conserve the film heritage of India
Nodal Ministry: Ministry of I&B
- Housed in two buildings – the New Museum Building and the 19th-century historic palace Gulshan Mahal (ASI Grade-II Heritage Structure) – in the Films Division campus in Mumbai. It is divided into 9 sections –
- 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
- Beyond and Regional Cinema
- Provides a glimpse of the evolution of Indian cinema in a storytelling mode with the help of visuals, graphics, artifacts, interactive exhibits, and multimedia expositions
- The creation of the Museum has been guided by the Museum Advisory Committee headed by Shri Shyam Benegal. An innovation Committee headed by Shri Prasoon Joshi was also constituted to provide an upgrade to NMIC.
The New Museum Building has four Exhibition Halls which encapsulate:
Gandhi & Cinema: it not only depicts the movies made on the life Mahatma Gandhi but also showcases the deep impact his life had on cinema.
Children’s Film Studio: it gives visitors, particularly children, 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, experience of acting, etc. – presented in an interactive format. The exhibits displayed include chroma studio, immersive experience zone, stop-motion animation studio, virtual makeover studio, etc.
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.
Steps being taken by Government
- Provide facility of ‘Ease of Filming’ by putting in place a Single Window Clearance system, for Film Shooting approvals in different parts of the country.
- Amending Cinematograph Act 1952 to check the problem of Film Piracy.
Connecting the Dots:
- Do you think Indian Cinema plays an important role in portraying India as a soft power? Discuss.
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