Presenting Indian cinema fans with a nostalgic journey, the home of Bollywood (Indian film category) Mumbai now houses a 19th century bungalow-turned-film museum.
India’s first-ever national film museum is a 6,000 sq.ft heritage building with a modern five-storey glass structure.
“It showcases to the world outside what Indian cinema has achieved in its entirety over more than 100 years,” informed Amrit Gangar, a consulting curator who worked on the project.
The government-funded National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC) is a repository of memorabilia, recordings, film-making tools and interactive touch screens for visitors to watch their favorite movie clips.
According to Indian Government’s Film Department Director-General Prashant Pathrabe, the museum takes visitors through a memorable journey of Indian cinema from the silent era to talkies to the studio era to the new wave.
The museum does not limit the ‘filmy experience’ to Bollywood but introduces visitors to other Indian regions and languages.
“Films are made in about 25 different regional languages in India and all are included here so that the entire country, irrespective of which part you come from, can enjoy this museum,” Pathrabe adds.
The museum was setup at a cost of INR 1.4 billion and was completed in 2014.
However, the inaugural was delayed after the Indian Government planned to build the new wing, which includes a section depicting Mahatma Gandhi’s impact on world cinema and on Charlie Chaplin.
A South Indian native Maria Jones says that she’s really delighted with her experience while speaking about her experience at the museum.
“I’m really happy and excited to see the history of Indian cinema until now. The different cameras have been fascinating for me. The first cameras were really huge,” said Jones.