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Mumbai’s National Museum of Indian Cinema reopens for public after long Covid break

Dr. L. Murugan, Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting watching the exhibits in the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai

For cinema lovers and tourists visiting the foremost film city, Mumbai, there is good news as the National Museum of Indian Cinema has reopened after a long break. The institution had remained closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

To mark the reopening of the Museum, the Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Dr. L Murugan, visited the place. The Minister went around the Museum — located in two buildings — the Gulshan Mahal heritage wing and the new building on Pedder Road in South Mumbai and keenly followed the exhibits displayed.

The exhibits at the Gulshan Mahal heritage building — spread over eight different halls of varied sizes – reflects the Indian Cinema history right from the inception in the silent era to the new wave. The new premises of the Museum houses mostly interactive displays.

The NMIC boasts of a large collection of artefacts including the armour worn by Sivaji Ganesan in the film "Veera Pandya Kattabomman" and the red coat worn by M.G. Ramchandran in the film "Adimai Penn".

Those who are keen to know the history and growth of the Indian film industry in a chronological order, the Museum showcases in a systematic manner properties that were used during filming, vintage equipment, posters, copies of important films, promotional leaflets, sound tracks, trailers, transparencies, old cinema magazines, statistics covering film making and distribution etc.

Among other prominent attractions are the Kids’ Film Studio and Gandhi and Cinema.

The Director General of Films Division Ravindra Bhakar who accompanied the Minister, briefed him about the comprehensive restoration work that had to be undertaken due to prolonged closure of the museum.

The NMIC was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2019.