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PM inaugurates National Museum of Indian Cinema



The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai today.


Governor of Maharashtra Shri C. Vidyasagar Rao, CM of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister of State Shri Ramdas Athawale and Union Minister of State Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore (Retd.) along with other dignitaries were present on the occasion.  


In his address,  the Prime Minister said that the National Museum of Indian Cinema will provide a wonderful opportunity for the younger generation to understand and learn about Indian cinema. He added that the Museum will have detailed information about the history of Indian entertainment industry, along with tales of struggles of various film personalities.


Stating that film and society are a reflection of each other, Prime Minister said that whatever happens in the society are reflected by the movies on screen while the images from the  films are also mirrored in the society. 


Talking about trends he said  there are many films now which depict both the problem and the solution which is a positive sign as compared to earlier years when only the helplessness was displayed. 


Mr. Modi said that India is now confident of finding its own solutions to the problems it faces and this he said is a sign of a New India which is  confident and capable of taking issues head on and resolving them.


The Prime Minister in his address highlighted the global reach of Indian Cinema. In this context he mentioned his interaction with various global leaders who can even sing Indian songs. 


He extended best wishes to the film fraternity for creating the characters that have captured the imaginations of young generations. He said that due to global appeal of such characters, India’s youngsters are now not just fans of Batman, but also of Bahubali.


The Prime Minister said that the Indian Cinema has a big role in enhancing India’s soft power, its  credibility and building the Brand India across the world. He said that through Cinema important social issues such as sanitation, women empowerment, sports etc are now reaching to people. Cinema plays an important role in nation Building and strengthens the feeling of Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat. PM said that the film Industry has a huge potential of contributing in the growth of Tourism in the country.


He mentioned that Government is working to 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. Prime Minister said Government is working on amending Cinematograph Act 1952 to check the problem of Film Piracy.


PM said Government is also working towards setting up a National Centre for Excellence for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics.  Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that a fully dedicated university for Communication and Entertainment is a need of hour and urged Film personalities to suggest and contribute on this. He also suggested the idea of Global Film Summit similar to Davos Summit which would focus on the expansion of market for Indian Cinema.




24th December, 2018


Films Division in association with Ms. Ratnottama Sengupta & WMC is organizing a special screening of the film And They Made Classics directed by Ratnottma Sengupta, daughter of Bengali litterateur and screen writer Nabendu Gosh. The screening will be at Audi-II Theatre, New NMIC Building, Films Division, Mumbai at 5:30pm on Wednesday, 26th December, 2018. Please find details and poster of the film as attached for publishing/listing in the UNWIND page of Mumbai Mirror dated 26th December, 2018.


Nabendu Ghosh shared a unique bonding with his film-guru, Bimal Roy.

In 1951, when the celluloid master went to Bombay to make ‘Maa’ for Bombay Talkies, he took the Bengali litterateur turned screen writer in his team. And in 1964 the director’s last film Bandini, that won a silver trophy at Karlovy Vary, was scripted by screen playwright Nabendu Ghosh. In between they had created such timeless classics as Baap-Beti, Parineeta, Naukri, Biraj-Bahu, Devdas, Yahudi and Sujata.


How did the writer-director duo work? And what made their unique association work? ‘And They Made Classics’ goes behind the scenes with an interview with Nabendu Ghosh that was taken by Joy Bimal Roy in 2005, as he prepared to make ‘Remembering Bimal Roy’. Ratnottama Sengupta revisits the stories in a Centennial Tribute to Nabendu Ghosh (27 March 1917 – 15 December 2007).


An additional layer of the film has the writer’s colleagues such as Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Nutan, Dilip Kumar, Sunil Dutt and Gulzar, and students such as Jaya Bachchan, Saeed Mirza, Girish Kasaravalli, Ravi Ojha and Vikas Desai talking about his art and his contribution to moulding the New Indian Cinema. This makes this Centennial Film a storehouse of information, anecdotes, and comments of archival value.


“And They Made Classics…” produced by Dr. Debasis Sengupta, has so far been screened in six international film festivals, in Kolkata, Dhaka, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar and Delhi. This is its first screening in Mumbai – the karma bhoomi of the writer and his filmguru.


Director will be there to present the film and interact with the audience.


Screening is open to all and first come, first seated.



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Films Division, Mumbai


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Four Films Division documentaries bag IDPA Awards


Mumbai /  July 25, 2017


‘Kapila’ and ‘Living the Natural Way’, the two documentaries produced by Films Division,  Mumbai, have won the Gold at the 12th IDPA Awards in up to 60 minutes and above 60 minutes category, striking a rare double honour. 


‘Kapila’ an eponymous film by Sanju Surendran explores Koodiyattam – the classical theatrical art form of Kerala, through the life and recitals of young exponent Kapila Venu. The 62 minute documentary by the FTII alumnus captures the genius of the artiste through performances, rehearsals, memories and desires. This is the fourth award for Kapila, having already bagged 62nd National Film Award, Special Jury Award at Vision du Reel, Switzerland, 2016 and Best Documentary Award at 9th SiGNS film awards, Kerala.


Kapila Venu is a disciple of the Koodiyattam maestro Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar and is considered the torch bearer of the art form.


Living The Natural Way’  by  Sanjib Parashar,  winner of  Golden Award in the Best film under non-fiction above 60 minutes  unfolds the  miraculous and tender process of the creation of a big river island with rich biodiversity on the barren sand deposits of river Brahmaputra by a tribal person over a period of 30 years. It  also focuses on the  destruction of the largest river island, Majuli in Assam.


Two more documentaries produced by Films Division of India have also been honoured.

While ‘Earth Crusader’ by Shabnam Sukhdev won the Certificate of Merit, ‘Silent Voices’ by Pritha Chatterjee got the honour of Jury’s Special Mention.   


‘Earth Crusaders’ unveils the life and ideology of internationally renowned architect Didi Contractor, known for working and experimenting with sustainability in building homes driven by a strong Gandhian ideology.  For the past two decades Didi Contractor has been passionately implementing her architectural visions in the Kangra Valley, at the foot hills of the Himalayas combining rural traditions with modern requirements


Pritha Chatterjee’s ‘Silent Voices’ tries to dig into three young Bengali women’s lives in respect of the sociological stand point and system of marriage.


Films Division, the oldest media unit under the Information & Broadcasting Ministry has been encouraging independent documentary production through funding, mentoring and finding outreach for issue based documentary films.


The IDPA Awards, instituted by the Indian Documentary Producers’ Association, the apex body of documentary makers, are considered prestigious by film makers. Every year, IDPA gives awards recognizing excellence in documentary films production, student films,  animation films, public service films and a slew of technical categories.



The Films Division under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting also joined the ‘Green Maharashtra’ drive today by planting a number of saplings in its sprawling complex on Pedder Road in Mumbai. A total of 40 saplings were planted, with the hope of increasing the green cover at the complex, where the prestigious National Museum of Indian Cinema is also coming up.

Chairman, Central Board of Film Certification, Pahlaj Nihalani and other senior officials of the I&B Ministry media units including DG, Films Division Manish Desai, Director Swati Pandey, Addl. DG, Doordarshan, Sudarshan Pantode, CEO, CBFC, Anurag Srivastava and CEO, Children’s Films Society, Shravan Kumar also planted saplings.

Maharashtra forest department has launched an ambitious campaign of planting 5.5 crore saplings during this month. Out of this, 2.0 crore saplings are being planted in non-forest areas. Over 4,000 saplings will be planted in Mumbai city alone. To make tree plantation a mass movement, the state government has been making extensive use of mass media and digital media to propagate the ‘green Maharashtra’ message.

Films Division has prepared a two-and-a-half minute AV, ‘Harit Maharashtra’ incorporating appeals of Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, CM Devendra Fadnavis, Forest Minister Mungantiwar and Brand Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, which is currently being screened in cinema theatres across Maharashtra. Maharashtra Minister for Finance, Planning and Forests, Sudhir Mungantiwar in his message has said “today, Maharashtra has a forest cover of only 20%. We need to increase it to 33%. Every single tree planted will increase the tree cover and help reduce the carbon foot print . In this regard, Films Division initiative is welcome”.





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Event ID 106/2015-16

Press Conference on

Mumbai International Film Festival –  MIFF 2016


Event  Press Conference on the forthcoming 14th edition of Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short & Animation Films   ( MIFF 2016 ) to be held from January 28 – February 3, 2016.

The Press Conference will be addressed by Mr. Mukesh Sharma, DG, Films Division;  Mr. Siddharth Kak, Actor & anchor;  Mr. Mike Pandey, Veteran documentary maker.


Mr. Jackie Shroff, brand ambassador of MIFF 2016 will also be present

Time 04.00 pm   
Day & Date Monday, January 25, 2016 
Venue J.B. Hall, Films Division, 24, Peddar Road, Mumbai 400026. 
Contact info. Vinay Vairale 9869043864
PIB Cordination sonaltupe82@gmail.com / sridhar.patil@gmail.com 

 Kindly depute your Correspondent / Photographer to cover the event .


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Documentary festival bonanza  to start from January 28th in Mumbai

 Jackie Shroff roped in as the brand ambassador of MIFF 2016.

Mumbai | January 21, 2016


The 14th edition of Mumbai International Film Festival, one of the most prestigious festival in the documentary, short and animation genre will be held in Mumbai from January 28 to February 03, 2016.


For the first time, veteran actor Jackie Shroff has been roped in as the brand ambassador of MIFF 2016, which is organized by the Films Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and is supported by the Government of Maharashtra.


Apart from the Competition Section, the festival has interesting packages like Homage, Retrospective & Special Package, Open Forum & Seminar, Workshop and Master Class etc.


The inauguration and closing functions will be held at the Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi at 5.00 pm on 28th January and 03rd February, 2016 respectively.


The screenings will be held at

  1. Films Division theaters,
  2. Russian Culture Center
  3. Sophia College Auditorium
  4. Doordarshan Kendra, Worli.
  5. University of Mumbai, Kalina.


Press Conference  

Mr. Mukesh Sharma, Director General, Films Division,  Actor & Anchor -Siddharth Kak, Veteran documentary film maker – Mike Pandey  & Actor – Jackie Shroff (Brand Ambassador) would address a press conference to give details about  MIFF 2016 on January 25th at 04:00 p.m. at J.B. Hall, Films Division,  Government of India, 24 – Dr. G. Deshmukh Marg, Peddar Road, Mumbai 400026.


Five documentary films produced by the Films Division of India have been selected in the prestigious Indian Panorama  of the 46th International Film Festival of India-2015, Goa. This  is a record for the 67 year old  film production unit under the  Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, having  five of its best recent works finding place in the Indian Panorama  the same year.

The Jury selected  Phum Shang (Haobam Paban Kumar), Even Red Can Be Sad, (Amit Dutta), Aamar Katha: The Story of Binodini (Tuhinabha Majumdar), Spaces Between (Roohi Dixit &  Ziba Bhagwagar) and Tender Is The Sight (Torsha Banerjee) for the Indian Panorama-2015.. Shri Mukesh Sharma, Director General Films Division while congratulating the film makers and crew for selection in the Indian Panorama has informed that the FD films and  other films selected in the Panorama will be screened in the 46th IFFI,  Panaji, Goa held between 20 – 30 November, 2015. All the five Films Division films have been selected in different national and international film festivals and won critical acclaim and awards, he added.    Shri Sharma stated that while the Panorama films will be screened at select places after the IFFI- Goa,  DVDs of FD films shall be available soon for sale, both on-line and from Films Division offices.

Rangbhoomi which is an invocation from the text of semi-autobiographical play of the same title  by Dadasaheb Phalke  has also been selected in the competition section of the prestigious Rome International Film Festival, 2013..