MUMBAI: From Raj Kapoor’s classics to modern-day hits, Indian cinema has long enthralled audiences across the world with its variety. Reiterating the fact, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said that cinema is India’s greatest soft power.
“Indian cinema is our country’s soft power which rules the hearts of millions of people across the world,” Thakur said during his visit to the National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC) in Mumbai on Thursday.
He also said that through entertainment, Indian cinema has succeeded in creating an identity for India in the world.
The museum housed in two buildings – the 19th-century heritage structure the Gulshan Mahal and the custom-built New Museum Building – caught the attention of the minister.
“National Museum of Indian Cinema is a must-visit for those interested in films, especially Indian films. Your visit to Mumbai will be incomplete if you don’t visit NMIC when you are in Mumbai,” Thakur stated.
Exhorting the film buffs and enthusiasts across the country to visit the NMIC to know about the history of Indian cinema and its evolution, the I&B minister said, “Spend some time here in NMIC and the Museum will take you back 100 years when cinema was made without any modern-day technology or equipment.”
“Today we talk about animation, visual effects, graphics and gaming, and technology, but here we will get to see how films were made in those days in the absence of these and what progress has been made until today,” he added.
The minister also remarked about the pain taken by the filmmakers and technicians of those times to shoot films and added that technology has brought ease to human life and to filmmaking itself.
He also planted a sapling at the premises of the NMIC and held a review meeting with the officials of the Films Division, NMIC, Central Board of Film Certification, and NFDC.