14 National Museumof Indian Cinema - Cynera Rodricks

posted Apr 30, 2019, 6:17 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 30, 2019, 6:18 AM ]
If you are looking for options for an outing in the city this summer, this new museum at Pedder Road is worth a visit.

Have you ever wondered how films are made or how the Bollywood machine works? Are you enchanted by the world of movies and film stars? Or are you passionate about the historic, social or cultural impact of Indian cinema? Whatever your motivation for films or Indian films in particular, the newly opened National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai is bound to expand your horizons and give you an educated insight into all things ‘cinema’.

Since its inception, cinema has remained the most powerful media of mass communication in India. Cinema has the ability to combine entertainment with communication of ideas. It also has the ability to touch the innermost layers of a person. A film can evoke joy, pain, empathy and happiness in a viewer, a myriad of emotions. Cinema is not just a form of entertainment; it can be a reflection into the world we live. The Indian film industry has evolved over a period of time, and can now be probably considered to be a global second to its more illustrious elder brother in the US. But Indian cinema cannot be really compared to Hollywood, since it carries a unique DNA and outlook towards the making of films. Indian cinema is intrinsically connected to India and the Indian people.

The museum commemorates the entire history of cinema from its origins to the New Wave, in a story-telling mode with the help of visuals, graphics, short films, publicity materials, artifacts, interactive exhibits and multimedia, making the entire experience very engaging. The museum is housed in an elegant 19th century heritage bungalow, Gulshan Mahal, along with another newly built state-of-the-art NMIC building (New Building of National Museum of Indian Cinema) that has four floors and two mezzanine floors with a total built up area of 12,000 sq. meters. The entry fee is minimal, and to be honest the museum offers you way too much for the price you pay. It is ₨ 20 for locals, Rs 500 for foreign nationals and free for kids below 12 years and students with valid college ID.