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National Museum of Indian Cinema
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
Government of India
Films Division Complex
24-Dr. G. Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai-400 026.
Email : admin@filmsdivision.org / website : www.filmsdivision.org

To Film experts, Enthusiasts, Studios, Producers, Film Companies, Cinema Lovers and Curators

The Government of India has envisaged to establish a “National Museum of Indian Cinema” in Films Division Complex, Mumbai- first ever of its kind in Asian Region with a view to give impetus to the movement of showcasing the history of Indian Cinema and its global impact. The main objective of the proposed Museum are to :

  1. To encapsulate the socio-cultural history of India as revealed through the evolution of cinema
  2. To develop as a research center focusing on the effect of cinema on society
  3. To exhibit the work of the noted directors, producers, Institutions etc. for the benefit of visitors/film enthusiasts
  4. To arrange seminars, workshops for film makers & film students
  5. To generate interest in the future generation in the field of film movement

The Museum of Moving Images will not only provide a store house of information to the laymen but it will also help film makers, film students, enthusiasts and critics to know and evaluate the development of cinema as a medium of artistic expression not only in the country but also in all parts of the world.

Artefacts, equipments like Cameras, Editing, & Recording Machines, Projectors etc., Costumes, Photographs and other material are proposed to be kept in the Museum. The properties, dresses, sets, tapes, vintage equipment, posters, copies of important films, prints, promotional leaflets, developing equipment books, biographies, sound tracks, trailers, transparencies, Cinema magazines, statistics covering film distribution etc. to be displayed in a systematic arrangement depicting the history in a chronological manner, will be procured through donations and also by purchase. There will also be a Museum shop which will sell the copies/photographs etc. of the vintage items, books and booklets on the work of noted film makers and mementoes.

The Museum of Moving Images will cater to the needs of contemporary people for acquainting themselves with the changes in the field of film production and also enlist their active support in appreciating the technological changes in the present media scenario.

A high level Expert Committee would be set up in the Ministry of I&B to closely monitor the project in its entirety and for studying the possible models for the operation of the museum and making suitable recommendations on the sources of revenue generation.

An Agreement has been signed on 31-03-2010 in between Films Division and The National Building Construction Corporation(NBCC)(E-mail : maharashtra.nbcc@nic.in) for the work of Renovation of Gulshan Mahal and construction of New Block for the National Museum of Indian Cinemas” at the total cost of Rs.101.20 Crores.

Contract /MOU is also being entered into between Films Division and National Council of Science Museums(NCSM ) (www.ncsm.gov.in, www.ncsm.org.in)for setting up Gallery for exhibition of exhibits , Artefacts etc.

The Museum is expected to be ready in the year 2013.

To realize the objectives and activities of the Museum it is also appealed that suitable items, if any available with Film Enthusiast, Film Studios, Producers , Directors, Film Companies, Artistes and Curators in the field of Indian Cinema may please be made available to Films Division, Government of India on donation basis for run-up of the establishment of Museum by following way : (Special mention of donor will be made against their articles, items ):

  1. By organizing permanent/periodic exhibition to show the evolution of Cinema in India as well as changing phases and thematic pre-occupations of the filmmaker.
  2. By providing necessary infrastructure for fabrication and reconstruction of original artefacts, equipments and gadgets, which are not available or too risky for handling.
  3. To develop into a display cum exhibition center of Indian Cinema, to attract daily groups of local public as well as tourists from India and abroad.
  4. To have an on going audiovisual documentation of all important personalities that matter in the film scene of the country.

Some of the Resources for display in the Museum are contemplated to be consisting of :

a) Artefacts Costumes, Wardrobes, Draperies, Jewellery, and other propos and drum dance sets and Make up kits like cloth banners, holdings , three dimension Cut outs and lighting display mechanisms, specially prepared miniature models of Cinema Theatres from the early tent cinemas specially associated with landmark films made in the country like Sant Tukaram, Sikander, Chandralekha, Awara, Mother India, Pather Panchali, Mughale-e-Azam, Sholay, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge etc;
b) Equipment Cameras, Sound recording, Editing, Laboratory and Projection equipments used from the beginning of Cinema, Cameras from manual (hand cranked to motorized ones for various gauges and electronic used for silent and sync shooting, sound recording and reproduction equipments from wire recordings, Gramophone disc recording to optical (variable density, variable area) to magnetic and stereo(Dolby, DTC) and the related equipments like microphones etc., Editing gadgets from simple magnifying glass to viewer to pedaled moviola, and multiple edged prism viewed Steenbeck and the electronic editing Avid systems.
c) Films, Tapes, CD,s/DVDs Copies of all classics of Indian and world cinema in permanent collection preferably in film format and with English subtitles. Disc records, Audio tapes, CDs/DVDs of film songs and interviews with film personalities.
d) Manuscripts & Paper print material Original hand written shooting scripts with Director’s notes and sketches, Personal diaries of film people, producer, Star, Director, Technicians, Studios, Distributors, Exhibitors Agreements and Contracts.Paper print material like Books, Journals, Film Magazines, Directories, Yearbooks, Film Festival Catalogues, Souvenirs and other publications. Still Photographs, Working stills, Slides, Transparencies Publicity folders. Wall Posters of different sizes. Song Booklets, Screenplays and Shooting Scripts; Dialogue & Continuity Sheets, Silent Film Music scores, Film can labels, Set design sheets, Art Director’s drawings, News paper Advertisements and clipping, Film Reviews and comments, Censor records, Postage stamps on film personalities brought out in India and abroad, Theatre programme notes, Cinema Tickets etc.

Suggestions are invited from all the film historians /enthusiasts and experts in the field of Cinema, museum administration to setting up of a dynamic and unique project which would be a living example of museums with interactive galleries. Comparative with other Cinema Museums in the world..