Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC) in Mumbai on January 19.
The state-of-the-art museum, built at a cost of Rs 140.61 crore, aims to take its visitors through an absorbing journey of over a century of Indian cinema in a storytelling mode with the help of visuals, graphics, artefacts, interactive exhibits and multimedia expositions.
The creation of the museum has been guided by the Museum Advisory Committee headed by Shyam Benegal. An innovation committee headed by Prasoon Joshi was also constituted to provide an upgrade to NMIC.
The museum is housed in two buildings – the new museum building and the 19th-century palace Gulshan Mahal – in the Films Division campus in Mumbai.
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 filmmakers over the years to produce a cinematographic impact on the silver screen.
--Cinema across India: it showcases the charismatic kaleidoscopic presence of the vibrant cinematographic culture across India.
The museum, founded on an amalgamation of technology and amenities in a Victorian structure, has been constructed and refurbished by state-owned NBCC (India) Limited.
Set in an elegant 19th-century heritage bungalow in South Mumbai, the project involved refurbishing the historic Gulshan Mahal and constructing the state-of-the-art NMIC building that has five floors and two mezzanine floors accounting for a total built up area of 12,000 sq metres.
Gulshan Mahal is an ASI Grade-II Heritage Structure which has been restored as part of the project. The displays present here to showcase the journey of over a hundred years of Indian cinema.
It is divided into nine 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 and Beyond and Regional Cinema.
"NBCC was able to complete the project despite facing challenges like the locality being a congested one, with barely any working space available. Apart from the space constraint, another major obstruction was restricted working hours along with regulated sound decibels. The movement and entry for the heavy vehicles was also restricted during day time," a press release from the company said.
In an endeavour to make the entire complex a potential ‘film hub’, the Victorian-Gothic era complex, which once drew luminaries to its musical soirées and cultural gatherings, is now well-equipped with modern amenities and facilities, including expansive auditoriums. In addition to this, the complex houses a multi-purpose hall that has been designed to be used as a movie preview theatre and for social functions, conferences and other seminars.
Another highlight of the project is its design features that involve a unique front elevation designed with inclined structural glazing supported by cable net with spiders and a glass façade which gives 3D view look to the structure. Besides adding aesthetics to the building, this unique feature, while giving an appearance of more space, allows more natural light to pass through the building making it highly energy efficient.
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